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I am often asked questions regarding when to plant, how to control pests and which crops grow well in certain conditions. While most of this knowledge can be gained from trial and error, it’s definitely helpful to have a few points of reference when you are deciding what to plant and how to care for your garden.
One of my favorite resources is The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith.
When it comes to vegetable garden books, this volume is an invaluable resource of planting information, pest control ideas and methods for increasing the quality and quantity of your garden produce. My copy is always at my side during spring planting time (so I can reference seed depth and spacing), amid the heat of summer when I am on bug control duty, come fall time when the harvest is bountiful, and during winter when I’m busy planning the next year’s crops.
I have used Smith’s wide row format to design several gardens over the last 10 years. His use of deep soil and low tillage methods are perfect for the raised-bed planting style of many desert gardeners. If you have questions regarding how, when and what to plant or just want a great all-in-one reference for your garden, pick up a copy of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible.