At the moment, Martin Crawford’s 2012 “How to grow Perennial Vegetables” is on the nightstand. It is written with the thoroughness and accessibility that characterize Martin Crawford’s publications, and well-illustrated with instructive drawings of background information plus photos of all the plants in the A-Z section of perennials. The layout and wording resembles that of “Creating a Forest Garden”, clear, concise, packed with info. There’s a fan right here. 🙂
From design to maintenance, with plant lists for each layer of the temperate forest garden, Martin Crawford’s “Creating a Forest Garden” is truly a wealth of knowledge and experience, presented in a beautiful and highly useful book.
Eric Toensmeier’s book, “Perennial Vegetables“, covers design and techniques for site preparation, as well as plants suitable for a wide range of climates. Plants are organized in plant families, with descriptions of growing conditions, harvest, storage, uses and more. A both inspirational and practical book.
Charles Dowding’s “How to Grow Winter Vegetables” takes you through how to extend your growing and harvesting season. The book covers soil care, choosing what to grow, protecting your plants before and after harvest and combinations of main crop and second crop. With sowing calendars for British and similar climates, making it all manageable even without much experience.
Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal have co-authored this 500+ page comprehensive handbook on urban farming with a genuinely sustainable approach. It will take you through site design and care, use of resources, choice of materials, tools, plants and animals, and details on all aspects of how to manage it all. With humor and attitude, “The Essential Urban Farmer“ almost reads like a novel, without compromising its how-to usefulness and orderly structure.