Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

Storey. 2nd ed. Feb. 2023. 232p. ISBN 9781635864137. pap. $19.99. GARDENING
First published in 2010, Pleasant’s second edition is almost identical to the first, updated with new sources for seeds and plants. The book, with beautiful color photos, contains 24 detailed, illustrated garden plans from bountiful borders and family food gardens to a Cajun spice garden. Each plan includes crop yields, size, skill level, when to plant, necessary materials and tools, and the suggested plants for each garden bed, followed by instructions for establishing, planting, and caring for the garden. Pleasant also shares information on garden design, seeds and seedlings, plant supports, watering, mulching, fertilizing, major pests and diseases and how to treat them, harvesting, and stretching the seasons. She concludes with an alphabetical listing of recommended vegetable/herb varieties for each crop, a glossary, and sources for seeds and plants.
VERDICT This step-by-step guide is a good introduction for beginners who need specific directions for planning and planting a vegetable garden. Gardeners looking for expanded details on growing individual vegetables may wish to consult a work such as Edward C. Smith’s The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible.
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