EatingWell's Guide for How to Start a Kitchen Garden
5 things you need to get your garden growing, from the ground up.
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Helpful Reading and References
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith (Storey, 2009) features his WORD system—Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds & Deep soil. It’s approachable for beginners and insightful even for experienced gardeners. Detailed plant profiles are an easy reference.
If your idea of a vegetable garden is a beautiful, whimsical space that not only provides food but is an oasis in your backyard, you’ll find inspiration in gardening guru Ellen Ecker Ogden’s latest book The Complete Kitchen Garden (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, March 2011). She includes 14 themed kitchen gardens, from a salad lover’s garden to a chef’s garden, along with garden plans, plant profiles and recipes to use up the harvest.
Connect with other gardeners. In EatingWell’s Gardening Well online community you can meet and ask questions of other gardeners, share your tips, photos and videos: eatingwell.com/go/gardeningwell.