The Food Action Committee here at the EAC has an wonderful library of resources related to gardening and food. From Food not Lawns by H.C. Flores to Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison, there is no shortage of books to snuggle up with. I try and pull out one of these gems every day and learn something new. Lately, I can’t seem to get my hands off the Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver by Fern Marshall Bradley.
Bradley provides an A to Z guide to vegetable gardening which including crop basics, secrets to success, regional notes, preventing problems and problem troubleshooting for most garden vegetables. All suggestions and solutions are organic and manageable. Bradley speaks with an understanding and encouraging voice; which helps when we become overwhelmed with multiple problems at once.
Also offering detailed pest profiles, control methods and management timelines, the book can guide you through your battle against foul little creatures eating your food.
The logical manner in which this book is put together makes it easy to navigate and pleasant to flip through. I’ll open it looking for help on one topic and, with the help of it’s cross-references, I’ll find myself engulfed in another which is crucially related. It has helped me when ants started farming aphids on my tomatoes and when my peppers were stunted and yellow. I really can’t get enough of it. Come by and check it out!
To learn more about the FAC library…
You can download a full list of books, reports and DVDs found in our library here.
If you would like to borrow a book from the FAC library, find out how to do so here.
Written by: Mhari Lamarque