The Creative Vegetable Gardener: 60 Ways To Cultivate Joy, Playfulness, and Beauty Along with a Bounty of Food

Storey. Feb. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781635865035. pap. $19.99. GARDENING
Gardener Trimble (sr. editorial dir., HGTV; Vegetable Gardening Wisdom) has penned a delightful book about designing and growing creative vegetable gardens. She invites readers to rethink established vegetable gardening rules, such as using raised beds, record keeping, and plant spacing. She explores numerous garden styles, shapes, and unconventional materials to outline beds. Sharing multiple reasons (physical and mental health, spiritual, and social) for vegetable gardening beyond providing food, she introduces botany and plant family information in an easy-to-understand manner. Trimble advocates for gardening ecologically, thinking of a garden as an ecosystem by planting in layers and including vegetables, herbs, and flowers, as well as encouraging beneficial insects and improving soil health. Throughout, she profiles a variety of gardeners and their gardens, alongside beautiful color photographs of each garden.
VERDICT Experienced vegetable gardeners, as well as those considering growing a garden for the first time, will relish this informative, charming book, enhanced by the many lovely color photographs of gardens and plants. It simply brims with creative ideas for planning and growing a thriving vegetable garden.
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