The best vegetable gardening books will inspire you to plant your favorite vegetables, herbs and fruits so you can grow a harvest of bountiful fresh foods at home. With every seed that germinates, every flower that opens, and every fruit or vegetable that is finally ready to be picked, you will be inspired by the wonder of gardening. So below I’ve reviewed the 8 best vegetable gardening books to help you on your journey to growing a thriving vegetable garden you can be proud of!
But first, why would you want to grow your own vegetables? Have you ever bought “fresh” vegetables from the grocery store, dreaming all the way home of the taste of that yummy sandwich you plan to assemble? Only to be disappointed when you finally munch down on sub-standard veggies with no flavor? Growing your own vegetables ensures you have fresh produce every time. And you get to determine just what goes into growing your vegetables. From being chemical-free to the kind of fertilizers you use. With the help of one of these books, you can be growing your own garden-fresh veggies at home in no time.
Best For Beginners: Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Growing Vegetables At Home
Best Comprehensive Guide for Vegetable Gardening: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible
Best For Organic Gardening: Organic Gardening for Everyone: Homegrown Vegetable Made Easy
Best For Kitchen Garden: Kitchen Garden Revival
Best for Container Growing: Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots
For Year-Round Vegetable Growing: The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener
Best for Indoor Growing: Indoor Kitchen Gardening
Best for Growing Herbs: The Cook’s Herb Garden: Grow, Harvest, Cook
The Vegetable Gardening for Beginners is a wonderful addition to your gardening library and perfect for beginner gardeners. In this book, you will be introduced to simple yet practical ways to grow your vegetables at home.
You will learn which vegetables to plant in a raised bed garden and which ones are best-grown in-ground. With easy to follow steps to transplant seedlings, mixing your soil, and maintaining your garden for a fruitful harvest. To top it off, you will find solutions to common gardening problems and pests.
This book is ideal for beginners who won’t get lost in a complex book with hard-to-follow instructions. If you are new to vegetable gardening this book provides clear, detailed instructions on growing a beautiful vegetable garden.
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is a comprehensive book that speaks to both the novices and the experts in gardening. It teaches you how to enjoy bountiful harvests with minimal effort!
You may be thinking that gardening can’t require ”limited” effort. But having been in print for 20 years and counting (this second edition since 2009) and one of the most trusted gardening guides for gardeners of different levels, The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible will provide you with a wealth of gardening knowledge you will enjoy with every turn of the page!
Look forward to learning about over 70 edible plants with in-depth growing information to help you grow your bountiful vegetable garden. You will also learn about unusual varieties of produce that aren’t commonly sold in grocery stores. And of course, you can grow then too.
The author, Edward C. Smith, will transport you into a world of high-yield gardening methods that will produce impressive harvests. He uses W-O-R-D to stand for wide rows, organic methods, raised beds, and deep soil. And if you follow the system, you too can look forward to a healthy harvest of fresh food.
Do you find yourself jealously looking on at people’s vegetable gardens? Wish you could grow your own? Do you worry that perhaps you don’t have it in you? Organic Gardening for Everyone will help you grow healthy vegetables at home, without having any prior experience.
In this book, you learn organic gardening so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals in your food.
With details on just how much water you should give your plants and when. As well as mulching and its importance to a healthy garden. You will learn about harvesting your vegetables with tips on the correct ways to avoid damaging your plants.
The gardening enthusiasm that oozes from this book is enough to inspire even the skeptical would-be-gardener to at least try with one vegetable! An easy read packed with practical advice that will speak to different gardener levels.
A kitchen garden is really just a productive edible garden easily accessed close by the house, or kitchen. And if you’re one of those people who think you need acres of land to grow an edible garden then the Kitchen Garden Revival book will show you otherwise.
This book takes you through beautiful raised planting beds you can create in limited spaces for a productive kitchen garden. It inspires you to use the space you have to create modern, beautiful kitchen gardens that are easy to maintain.
You will learn of different ways to install your garden beds; whether to use wood, metal, or stone. Discover which crops will work best in your kitchen garden and which crops are best grown in which season.
With tips for harvesting herbs and vegetables including harvest frequency and how best to harvest your produce. This book also details which crops require consistent watering and which don’t, as well as how much fertilizer you should use.
Along the way, author Nicole Johnsey Burke shares humorous stories of mistakes made on her self-taught journey so that you don’t have to make the same ones.
If you are looking for practical information to grow your fruits and vegetables in pots, you will love Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots book. You will learn how to grow your crops in containers and place them on your window or balcony. This book helps you enjoy gardening when you have limited space.
In this book, you will learn which pots or containers to use when growing different types of fruits and vegetables. With information on which varieties to go for and how best to cultivate and care for your crops to ensure a healthy harvest.
And if growing your fruits and vegetables is not enough, author Aaron Bertelsen shares 50 delicious recipes. So you can try them out when you finally start harvesting from your pots.
With each page turn, there is entertaining information and beautiful images. This book is packed full of practical advice that can confidently be used to start a small container garden.
Growing vegetables in spring, summer and even fall is something we all know is possible but how about growing food in the middle of winter? Solving this dilemma, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener book is great if you are looking for how to grow your vegetables all year round.
Thanks to years of experience with growing vegetables in Nova Scotia, author Niki Jabbour shares her wealth of knowledge for growing fresh produce all through the year. Including simple techniques to use and details of the varieties of vegetables to grow for any given season.
Niki also gives you an idea of how you can put up inexpensive structures so your crops are protected from the elements. She introduces the art of succession planting and provides inspiration for growing healthy vegetable crops no matter where you live.
Harvesting your food from outside is exciting. I love the fresh air, the beautiful skies, and if the season allows – sun-kissed delicious produce. But, what if you don’t have an outdoor garden? Maybe live in an apartment or townhouse? And what if you still wish to grow your own food? The Indoor Kitchen Gardening might just be the answer you’re looking for.
Author Elizabeth Millard provides detailed instructions and useful tips on how to grow healthy produce right in your kitchen or basement. Learn how to grow mushrooms, herbs, microgreens, peppers, tomatoes, sprouts, and so much more inside your home. You’ll also learn how to mix the right soil for your crops to produce healthy harvests.
Learn how best to position your crops so they enjoy the light and grow healthy.
This book is packed full of practical advice, with easy to follow instructions that will give you a good understanding of how best to plant, implement, and harvest your garden indoors.
If you love herbs and are considering growing your own then this book is a must-read. The Cook’s Herb Garden: Grow, Harvest, Cook details over 120 culinary herbs you can grow. It also has over 30 delicious recipes to make. Whether it be salad dressings, prepping for delicious flavored cold drinks, or coming up with your own special blend of flavored butter, this book will inspire you to play with your herbs and come up with delicious dishes!
In this book, you learn when to plant herbs and how to take care of them as they grow – including how to keep pesky pests from destroying your herbs. You’ll also find out how best to harvest your herbs and different methods of preserving and storing any excess so you can enjoy them when they’re no longer in season.
So if flavor speaks to you and you would like to start growing herbs, this book will provide you with easy to follow instructions so you can enjoy a bumper crop of fresh herbs in your garden at home!
Reading a great vegetable gardening book always inspires me in the garden. Because there is always something new to learn and something new to try. It could be a new technique of fertilizing my plants, a new organic method of pest control I haven’t used or a previously untested edible plant to add to my garden. So whether you are a beginner gardener or experienced at growing your own herbs, fruits and vegetables, there is always more knowledge and inspiration to be found in the pages of a good vegetable gardening book. So please let me know, which of these vegetable gardening books sparks your interest? Let us know in the comments below.