From Book 1: Can’t wait to plant your first garden, but where to start? In The First-Time Gardener: Growing Vegetables, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.
Maybe you want to grow your food, but you are scared and don’t know where to start. Or perhaps you can relate to me, having had experience and success growing a few vegetables for decades, but much more familiar with wasted time, money, and failed gardening attempts.
If you want to grow your garden with confidence, The First Time Gardener Growing Vegetables: All the Knowledge and Encouragement You Need to Grow and Fall in Love with Your New Garden from Jessica Sowards is a significant investment.
With the purchase of my land, the construction of my house, and the dream of having a successful garden, I know the fame of Jessica Sowards of Roots and Refuge Farm through her youtube channel.
I spend most of my free time indoors watching gardening and farming videos, and her channel is one I learned a lot about gardening. Her love of gardening is contagious, and she is a mine of plant knowledge. When she announced that she had written a book, I knew I had to buy it.
Jessica Sowards writes this 176-page book with photographs. It’s part of a gardening guide, inspirational prose, and a visual feast at the coffee table.
This book is not a detailed encyclopedia of plant names, varieties, and specific growth details for each plant. This is a summary of encouraging information.
- Welcome to the classroom
- The Foundation: what every gardener needs to succeed
- Create your garden
- Grow with the seasons
- Need seeds or not
- Grow something beautiful – design a captivating space
- The basics of garden management.
- Conclusion – Growing up, gardener.
The chapters are short. Short introductory texts that cover the most important parts of gardening. Including some summary information tables, lists, and graphs. The group’s information in small chunks that are not overwhelming for the new gardener and would be good pointers and reminders for gardeners with some experience.
Just one growing season is enough to fall in love with growing your own healthy, organic, nutrient-dense foods. With Jessica as your guide, you will soon discover all the joys, challenges, and joys of gardening your garden.
This book is part of The First-Time Gardener’s Guides series from Cool Springs Press, including The First-Time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers.
Each book in The First-Time Gardener’s Guides series is aimed at beginning gardeners and offers clear, factual information presented in a user-friendly and accessible manner, including step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations.
Learn more about why I chose this book:
I managed to grow tomatoes (and a small handful of tiny potatoes) on my south facing balcony. But I haven’t tried growing a garden in the ground for a few years (oh my God, decades! Time flies!).
With my planned move to four acres, I dream of having a garden with a variety of Growing Vegetables that I can eat fresh or canned for later. Even though I am excited about my projects, I am also scared.
I am afraid of further plant failures. Throughout my life, I have made many attempts to grow plants: houseplants, vegetables, berries, fruit trees … and I have failed enormously.
I wasted so much time, energy and money finding myself with seedlings that die, store bought plants that I kill, and a variety of plants that never produce anything edible.
It also overwhelms me to feel that there is so much information to remember; when to plant, what to use as fertilizer, when to harvest, etc. Although everything is available on the Internet, I want to make sure I have good Growing Vegetables reference books at home.
I don’t have reliable connectivity at the top of the mountain ridge. There will be many times when I cannot search the internet for things. Also, with this book, it will be faster to open a list or quick reminder.
Last year I impulsively bought a few zucchini and cabbage from a roadside stall and planted them in my flower garden.
Although I only visited my country sporadically and did not take care of these plants, several zucchini grew and I was able to make my own zucchini bread. With a little guidance and support from Jessica’s book, you should be able to be even more successful this year.
It is a beautiful, helpful, and encouraging book, not just for beginning gardeners. It is full of beautiful photos of the author’s gardens and a lot of information.
There were some areas that I wish there were more information on, like Sowards recommends straw and hay (less) as mulch, but also says that she is an organic gardener and that I have never been able to find straw or straw.
There were a few other places I would have liked to have included more information, but they are things. Small, and it’s still one of my new favorite gardening books I’ve read in a while (and read a lot).
Sowards’ cheerful demeanor, beautiful photos, and precise knowledge create a book that is a true delight.
Wherever you are on your gardening trip, this book is a must-read. The beautiful pictures and the inspiring writing are so beautiful. She has done a great job providing accessible gardening insight, along with tips that even a seasoned gardener can use.
Jessica Sowards’ book on growing vegetables is a practical manual for those who dream of starting their garden. This easy-to-navigate gardening guide includes full-color images, along with Jessica’s encouraging garden wisdom and tips for growing an entire crop.
It covers topics such as soil health, pest management, traditional varieties, and harvesting. Anyone who is a fan of Jessica’s YouTube channel will appreciate this book.