I’ll keep this brief as we are, given the considerably damp weather and forecast, undertaking a not-small home reno project in the hours after work (I’m “essential”, so no shelter in place or WFH for me during the work week) so time is short for things like writing!
I’ve got a handful of coworkers that are (driven by what I suspect is a spot of fear and a desire to try to regain control- or attempt to- over something, anything!) suddenly interested in vegetable gardening. I’ve happily been doling out bits and bobs here and there, but today it reached a critical mass when it became glaringly obvious that one (very, very well educated) individual wasn’t doing any research or learning on their own, but rather religiously mining me for information (not tips or help, like, a full tutorial on how to grow potatoes in containers with about 15 “but why?”s thrown in).
I believe my direct quote was “You need to read a book.”
I stand by my rather blunt retort and I sent along my recommendation for an easily accessible but also beautiful and jam-packed with information favorite:
The Complete Gardener by the steadfast Monty Don. (Amazon link, $28.50 paperback)
What I need to know is, if you were in the same position and had to recommend just one book to someone who wanted to learn to grow some vegetables, which one would it be?
I can’t wait to read your recommendations! Now, I’m off to relocate the contents of not one, but two bookshelves. Stay safe, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands! -xo