Review: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Ed Smith

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is a well organized reference book aimed at beginning gardeners, but intermediate gardeners will find it to be a quick, useful reference as well.

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Ed Smith is a vegetable gardener in Cabot, Vermont who tends a 1500 square foot garden filled with raspberries, blueberries, flowers, herbs, and nearly 100 varieties of vegetables.

A gardener since he was 8 years old, Ed set out years ago to design a garden bed that gives plant roots substantially more room to grow than the traditional row garden, and at the same time can be easily built and maintained. Ed’s wide, deep, raised beds provide almost 8 times more space than the traditional row garden, which gives his plants plenty of room to grow and establishes a healthier, more vigorous plant.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible provides step by step instructions for building your raised garden beds; ideas on garden design; interplanting tips; crop rotation; cold frame gardening and greenhouse growing; soil conditioning; why some tools are better than others; dealing with pest problems; and my favorite section, a plant directory with detailed info on growing the most common vegetables in raised beds.

Whether you’re a novice gardener or a pro, you’ll find The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible helpful. I refer to it often when I’m planning my garden and planting.

Buy on Amazon: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, 2nd Edition

About Todd Heft

Todd Heft is an organic gardener and freelance garden writer who lives in the Lehigh Valley, PA and has gardened for most of his life. When he isn't writing or reading about organic gardening, he's gardening. His first book, "Homegrown Tomatoes: The Step-By-Step Guide to Growing Delicious Organic Tomatoes In Your Garden" is available on Amazon now. Google
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3 Responses to Review: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Ed Smith

  1. Thomas E says:

    Hi, thank you for your viewpoints, I was researching this prior to writing my own review on the subject,I agree the book is great. O found the information on cold frames particularly interesting.

  2. melanie says:

    Thank you for posting this. Gardening was a favorite activity of mine, with my mom when I was little. It’s good to keep it up for the next generation.

  3. Just wanted to say great post. Just grabbed your RSS feed- looking forward to your future posts 🙂