Gardening—and by extension, cooking with the results—is definitely one of those pursuits in life where you’re constantly learning. I glean knowledge from an ever-widening range of sources, including books, blogs, extension websites and more. These are the ones that I have returned to again and again.

The page, like my gardening abilities, is a work in progress. So keep coming back for new additions!


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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver

Best known as the author of The Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver takes you through a year of her family’s effort to grow or locally source almost ALL their food. It’s hilarious and eye opening. You will learn a lot, and you will be inspired to plant way too much next year.


Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 12.17.11 PMThe Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, by Edward C. Smith

This one was invaluable me as a new gardener, and I keep going back to it. Whether it’s while starting seedlings, trying to figure out fertilizer needs, or identify potential pests, I crack it open several times a year. Smith is easy to understand and incredibly helpful.


Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 12.23.07 PMAmerican Horticultural Society’s New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques

Whatever gaps in knowledge you end up with after reading Smith’s book as a new gardener, you can make up with this one. From soil pH to ideal germination temperatures, this book has the nitty-gritty details.





Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 12.30.10 PMSmitten Kitchen

I’ve followed Deb Perelman’s blog for yearrrrrs. She’s funny and wonderful, and her food styling skills? Get outta town. Her recipes are delicious, and since she cooks with quality ingredients, she’s my go-to when I need to use up veggies.