I love reading, gardening books and cookery books being my favourites. But there are so many out there, which ones are worth spending your money on.
I’m currently reading ‘The Organic Vegetable Gardener’ by Yvonne Cuthbertson, Guild of Master Craftsman, 2011 and ‘Your Kitchen Garden -Month by Month’ by Andi Clevely, David and Charles Ltd, 2010.
The Organic Vegetable Gardener is a good book for a beginner, I think. It’s well laid out and with a comprehensive guide to growing organically with information on composting, companion planting and a directory of vegetables to grow with recommended varieties. I particularly liked the section on organic fertilisers. However, for someone with a bit more experience it probably doesn’t offer anything they don’t already know.
Your Kitchen Garden Month by Month is quite different from other gardening books. It uses illustrations rather than photographs and although I am rather partial to a glossy photograph it was nice to see something different. The illustrations gave it a vintage, nostalgic feel. I liked the month by month layout with the monthly checklist section, what to sow, plant and harvest, plants of the month and the practical projects. There is a lot more text on each page which might put off the beginner but I think the month by month layout is a much better way of learning what to grow and when than the more common listing by individual plants. This book is more useful if you have a designated vegetable garden or allotment rather than a small space or containers but I think it certainly has a lot to offer both the beginner and the more experienced.