Must Have Books
It’s the dead of winter, and you’re craving a homegrown salad. The wilted lettuces at the local grocery can’t provide that fresh, satisfying crunch so familiar to backyard gardeners, not to mention the energetic rush you feel after eating a just-picked green. Thankfully, Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers good news: in a few simple steps, you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need for the winter months (or throughout the entire year) with no lights, no pumps, and no greenhouse. In fact, you don’t even need a south-facing window! You read that right: all the salad greens you and your family can eat, even when it’s below zero right on the other side of your windowsill.
My list of garden books is very short. The two books that I consider my 'Bibles' are the Square Foot Garden by Mel Bartholomew and the 'WORD' book by Ed Smith.
Both use the French-Intensive garden method invented years ago in the market gardens around Paris. The French-Intensive concept is simple, raised beds, very fertile deep soil, planted in a matrix rather than in rows. That is it, in a nut shell.
Whether you are an experienced gardener or a beginner, these books are a 'must have' for you library. The third that I consider required reading is Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. This reference book covers just about everything, add it to your library!