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In My Library: the Edible Garden Edition

January 23rd, 2014

I realized that I haven’t featured books from my library recently. This time around, I settled on part of my edible gardening shelf.
Kitchen Gardening Books 1
We’ll start off with the newest addition to my shelf The Complete Kitchen Garden. This book is fantastic if you are wanting to set up a traditional pottage. It’s filled with layouts and ideas for including a small potager in your landscape.
Kitchen Gardening Books 2
In the French Kitchen Garden: The Joys of Cultivating a Potager is a sweet little book filled with beautiful watercolors of vegetables and garden layouts. I love watercolor art, so this book is a joy to look through.
Kitchen Gardening Books 3
Gardens of Plenty: The Art of the Potager Garden is a fantastic book for those of us that love to look at photos of grand edible gardens. Even though the gardens in this book are mostly large and very involved, there are lots of ideas that can be incorporated into the small home garden. This book is one of my favorites to flip through on a cold winter evening.
Kitchen Gardening Books 4
Next up is The Art of French Vegetable Gardening, an older book. Even though the photos are older and not as artistic as we’re used to with newer books, there are still lots of beautiful things to see inside.
Kitchen Gardening Books 5
My all time favorite edible gardening book is Creative Vegetable Gardening. This is the one book I would keep if I could only have one book on my shelf in the edible gardening section. If you want your edible garden to be pretty this is the book for you. This book is filled with loads of creative ideas, from the more classic to the more laid back garden styles. There’s definitely something for everyone in this book!
Kitchen Gardening Books 6
Classic cottage gardens are among the things I love, especially those that include vegetables, herbs and fruit. Naturally, I LOVE The Cottage Garden. This book made it’s way into my library many years ago, in fact it was one of the first books I purchased when I fell in love with edible gardening. There’s something captivating about traditional cottage gardens. This book is filled with beautiful imaged and wonderful ideas on how to make your garden like the stunning cottage gardens of England. I love pulling this book out on cold winter evenings and dreaming of my future cottage garden!
Kitchen Gardening Books 7

Do you have a favorite edible gardening book? 

The Series:
In My Library – part 1
In My Library – part 2
In My Library – Part 3
In My Library – Birding Books

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3 Comments to “In My Library: the Edible Garden Edition”
  1. Nebraska Dave on January 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Susy, I don’t have any French cottage garden books but they do look interesting. I will have to check them out on Amazon. I have always admired the cottage garden look but never really thought about having one. They just looked too busy for an old row crop farm boy. Now that I’ve integrated raised beds into my garden, the cottage garden is not quite so intimidating. I may have to reconsider having some pretty in the garden after I get my fences built.

    Have a great cottage garden book day.

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  2. Lorna on January 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Thank you for the wonderful book suggestions; I have a few, but have requested others from my library (I like to ‘try’ before I buy).
    When we moved to New England I planned to be a market gardener using permaculture principles; however, time ran out and I threw in a garden in standard rows. I hope to slowly transform it over the years. But, I have a wonderful space on the south side of the house that is just begging to become a potager. I can’t wait to get a look at The Complete Kitchen Garden!

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  3. Debbie Feely on January 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for the book suggestions. I think a trip to the library is in order, first off. I am growing more into edibles. My basic book is Sunset’s The Edible Garden. It is a basic manual, but since I live in California the info on year round veggies makes it a must have.

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