“Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” Book Review
Summary: One in a series of five vegetable garden guides, this particular one focuses on the Pacific Northwest, which is my home region. Each is written by local gardening experts. The author in for this book is Lorene Edwards Forkner, Editor, Pacific Horticulture.
Genre: Guide, Informational, Detailed
Gardening Experience Level: Beginner through intermediate level
Author: Lorene Edwards Forkner
Publisher: Timber Press
Date of Publishing: 2012
Format: Soft Cover
First, let me say the cover and page “feel” to these books is only what I can describe as delicious. I think the paperback cover would actually wipe down nicely for those of us who take our garden book resources outside, and the pages have the recycled paper feel. Perhaps a silly detail, but I think the avid readers out there will get it.
In regards to content, this book covers everything you need to know! Ms. Forkner reviews the unique maritime climate here, along with basic gardening tips and garden planning.
Part 2 is month-by-month tips and instructions, starting with a summary focus page, moving to what your garden plan for the month should be, how to prepare and maintain, which seeds to start indoors, what to sow and plant, and what to harvest. These are followed by all kinds of great monthly appropriate tips and suggestions.
Part 3 is 49 pages of alphabetized edibles and information about them. Each has growing tips, harvesting information, and recommendations for varieties to try in your garden.
In short, this is a super handy reference guide to growing vegetables in your specific growing region. But it’s a bit more. It’s lovely reading. I anticipate enjoying and learning from these books for years to come.
You can follow the author through her blog: PlantedAtHome.com
Photos: Pencil drawings scattered throughout.
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