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Name: Jake Whitaker
Amarillo Texas (Zone 7a)
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JakeW
Mar 13, 2017 6:04 PM CST
I was wondering what everyone uses as their "go to" vegetable gardening book. I seem to have jumped head first into vegetables and am wanting some seasoned knowledge. I am in a 6b to a 7b hardiness zone depending on the year...
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 13, 2017 7:44 PM CST

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We (National Gardening Association) publish what I believe is the best vegetable gardening book ever written. I've read a lot of books on edibles and this one is by far my favorite. It's not back in print (yet) but you can still buy second hand copies of it from Amazon.

Gardening: The Complete Guide to Growing America's Favorite Fruits & Vegetables
Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
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LizDTM
Mar 13, 2017 11:25 PM CST
For me it's the Sunset Western Garden book. Can't garden in Phoenix without it.
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Mar 14, 2017 9:08 AM CST
Backk when I was first learning to produce food in the garden I swore by the Crockett's Victory Garden book, companion to the television series. After gardening through the seasons twice I had pretty much learned all I could from the book.

That was then; this is now.
Figuring I still have much to learn, I just now ordered a used copy of the NGA book. Thumbs up Hurray!
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Name: Jake Whitaker
Amarillo Texas (Zone 7a)
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JakeW
Mar 14, 2017 4:19 PM CST
Thanks for the suggestions. Ill jump on amazon and get them coming!
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 14, 2017 10:45 PM CST
Try thriftbooks.com first. They often have a sale. They have mostly older books BUT you can find lots of them for cheap. I've gotten tons of gardening books from there and I even read some of them!
Keep going!
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Mar 21, 2017 4:15 PM CST
I had ordered the NGA garden book as recommended by dave; it arrived two days ago ($5.99, free shipping, used paperback in very good condition).
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Mar 22, 2017 12:33 AM CST
My favorite books are:

1. The New Encyclopedia Of Organic Gardening
2. The Organic Gardener's Handbook
3. Square Foot Gardening
4. Gardening In The Mid Atlantic
Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Mar 22, 2017 9:07 AM CST
@greene I just got mine in yesterdays mail (total price $7.41). Looks like it never had been opened (even had a tear out coupon in the back - 3 full months free of NGA Rolling on the floor laughing )

I looked through last night and loved what I saw. Can't wait to really "dig" into it
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Mar 24, 2017 11:23 PM CST
In the evening, after dinner, reading a good gardening book with a cat on your lap beats TV every time! The cat is happy, I am soothed by the rumblypurrs, and I am thinking of what to do in the garden the next daylight...
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 24, 2017 11:39 PM CST
I don't own a television (or a cat) but I agree about the books!
Keep going!
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Mar 24, 2017 11:46 PM CST
Jai, you don't need the TV, but someday you should have a cat. They can be amazing companions. I also agree that books are great, and I like holding a real book!
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 24, 2017 11:47 PM CST
There are several hundred billion stray and TNR feral cats near my house. Sometimes I feed them, and...uh...so do the birds. Whistling
Keep going!
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Mar 25, 2017 12:14 AM CST
That's sad that there are so many ferals near you. One of my daughters is a vet. They have a program in Las Vegas that has reduced the feral cat population by over half in just a few years. They trap, spay and neuter and release them back where they got them. It's really working. A lot of the vets spend one day a month volunteering for the program.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
Om shanti om.
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 25, 2017 12:32 AM CST
There are programs like that here, too. A good number of the ones I have seen have the chipped ear which means they're a TNR, but there are still a lot of them.
Keep going!

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