If you're looking for a food gardening book full of not only helpful information but plentiful- and gorgeous- instructional photos as well, look no further than this new offering from the American Horticultural Society. Homegrown Harvest: A season-by-season guide to a sustainable kitchen garden, compiled by garden expert Rita Pelczar (Mitchell Beazley, 2010, $32.50) is organized into early, mid and late sections for spring, summer, fall and winter so you know just what to do and when to do it in the food garden.
From asparagus to zucchini, apples to strawberries, there is advice on planting, caring for and harvesting edible crops throughout the growing season and in all regions of the country. Interspersed is advice on a wide range of topics, such as soil preparation, growing vegetables in containers, storing homegrown fruits and vegetables, kitchen garden design and growing edible flowers.
There is also a section with handy charts giving the timing for sowing and harvesting vegetables and fruits for different climatic regions, and the symptoms and controls for both vegetable and fruit pests and diseases.
This would make a great holiday gift for a new gardener- or you might even ask Santa to leave a copy under the tree for you!
For more information on this book and the American Horticultural Society, go to: AHS.
Article published on November 2, 2010.