It’s time to make the plunge into making my second goal for the new year come true and start thinking more about that vegetable garden!
I should preface by saying that I’m very new to gardening. Last year we just grew tomatoes in a large pot and I just about died with excitement when they grew and grew! Pretty miraculous it seemed to me. (These had to be some of the most photographed tomatoes ever!)
But this year I’d like to grow more than just tomatoes and have an actual garden.
The idea of eating locally and growing veggies we’ve grown ourselves has enormous appeal. But where to begin?
These are some of the books I delved into over the weekend (the links will put you through to amazon, but of course getting the books from your local library or an independent bookstore would be ideal!)
- The Budget Gardener: Twice the Garden for Half the Price by: Maureen Gilmer. This is a short and sweet book that had really good ideas. Lots in here about composting, which is something we started last fall.
- The Garden Primer by: Barbara Damrosch. Actually haven’t looked at this one very closely, but wow — there’s a lot of information in there for all types of gardens.
- Gardening in Wisconsin by: Melinda Myers. This book is awesome, it’s broken down by month and lists what needs to happen in different types of gardens each month. Pretty obvious from its name, but because we live in Wisconsin, this book is very, very helpful especially when it offers specifics about what should be planted when.
- 1001: Hints & Tips for Your Garden: An Indispensable Guide to Easier and More Effective Gardening by: the Editors of Reader’s Digest. Must say that I can’t give this book a glowing recommendation just because it covers a heck of a lot more than just vegetable gardens, but the pictures and illustrations are very informative and I think it would be worth a skim for any newbie gardener.
- Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest by C. E. Voigt and J. S. Vandemark. This book and The Garden Primer mentioned earlier were the most useful/helpful in planning my garden. One section of the book is devoted to an alphabetical listing of vegetables and then lengthy descriptions are given telling you all about the hows/whats of each vegetable.
- Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant. This book is like eye-candy. Packed full of good ideas for the beginner gardener. The book contains samples of gardens and offers ideas for how the gardens can expand each year.
After some chats with friends and after reading these books I was able to identify which veggies we’ll be growing and I’m in the midst of planning the layout for the garden.
Hang tight — next I’ll write about which veggies we are going to grow and I’ll show you the garden’s layout. Are you planning to have a garden later this year?