Our best market gardening book reviews

Read all about it! Market gardening book reviews from the literati at New Terra Farm. We have a BIG personal library of farming and gardening books (100+ volumes), but a few of these stand out from the crowd.

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The New Organic Grower;
A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener
by Eliot Coleman

This is a great reference both for home gardeners and organic gardeners who desire to become market growers. Coleman has done it all, and explains in great detail his growing system.

He covers everything from starting transplants to garden layout to crop rotation to maintaining garden fertility. The book has lots of pictures and diagrams to help demonstrate his methods.

Highly recommended for the beginner to intermediate level market gardener. Get the book from Chapters.ca or from Amazon.com

The Four-Season Harvest
How to Harvest Fresh Organic Vegetables from Your Home Gardens All Year Long
by Eliot Coleman

A follow-on book from ‘The New Organic Grower’. This is a great reference on season extension in a cold climate. We use many of his recommended techniques to extend our growing season, and at the time of writing are planning on building a moving hoop-house as explained in the book.

If you are looking for low-input and low-impact ways of growing food pretty much year-round (even in Canada the Cold), this is a great place to start your research.

Note: this is not the first market gardening book I would recommend for the beginner; see rather Coleman's other book above. But if you are an experienced gardener and would like to learn how to 'stretch out the season' without generating a lot of greenhouse gases, this is a good choice.

It is more focused on the home gardener than the market gardener, but many of the techniques are adaptable.

You can find this book at Chapter.ca or Amazon.com

The Complete Vegetable and Herb Gardener;
a Guide to Growing Your Garden Organically
by Karan Davis Cutler

This book provided me invaluable information when I was first developing my Bootstrap Garden Planner. It is probably the single best reference I own about how to grow specific crops, and the appropriate quantities to plan for.

Ms. Cutler discusses sites, soils, plant starting, transplanting, harvesting, and plant diseases and pests. If you could buy only one gardening book as a market gardener, I would recommend this one.

Find it at Chapters.ca or Amazon.com

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