The Vegetable Gardening Book: Your complete guide to growing an edible organic garden from seed to harvest (Paperback)
The award-winning television and podcast host Joe Lamp’l is here with insider tips and next-level insight for creating a lush, fruitful, and resilient vegetable garden.
Just when you think you have a secure grip on what it takes to grow a vegetable garden, a pro like Joe comes along to surprise you with a wheelbarrow full of new-to-you information to knock your gardening socks right off. In The Vegetable Gardening Book, Joe distills insight from years interviewing highly experienced growers for public television’s Growing a Greener World and The joe gardener® Show Podcast along with his own extensive, hands-on knowledge of the craft to present practical and useful info on everything from starting seeds and selecting varieties to building the perfect tomato cage, encouraging pollinators, and creating biodiversity-rich soil in a 100% organic food garden. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in growing the best edible garden their backyard (or balcony!) has ever seen.
Inside you’ll find:
- Ideas for designing and laying out your garden for the greatest yields in the smallest amount of space
- A sure-fire plan for reducing maintenance and trimming down the traditional workload of a garden
- Detailed growing profiles of 40 of Joe’s favorite crops
- A handy reference chart with an easy-to-follow crop rotation plan
- Advice and tips for extending the growing season, building raised beds, setting up a potting station, and deciding which garden tools are worth your time and money
- Strategies to grow anywhere and everywhere—from in-ground garden beds and containers to grow bags and raised-bed planters
Among the most trusted, recognizable, and sought-after voices in the gardening world, Joe Lamp’l is here to help you “Grow like a pro – no experience required!™”
Joe Lamp’l (aka joe gardener®) is one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and green living. With over 30 years of real-world growing experience, Joe was the host of Fresh from the Garden on the DIY Network, where he taught viewers how to grow vegetables from seed to harvest, with each of 50+ episodes dedicated to an entirely new crop. Currently, he is the creator and Emmy-winning host of public television’s Growing a Greener World, which has aired for 12 seasons (200 episodes) and is still going strong. The program airs in 96% of the US and in numerous countries.
Joe has been an on-air contributor for NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and The Weather Channel. His podcast, The joe gardener® Show, is the #1 most-listened-to gardening podcast in the country. His conversations with professionals, book authors, plant breeders, and others in the green industry and gardening world are downloaded by millions of listeners every year.
As the founder and “Joe” behind the successful brand joegardener.com and the Online Gardening Academy™ he has created an ever-growing network of resources dedicated to all things gardening. His videos and blog posts are viewed by hundreds of thousands each and every month, and his comprehensive online courses encourage and inspire a growing number of students to become better gardeners in their own backyards. Joe and his family live on a small farm just north of Atlanta, Georgia.
“With the soul of a farmer and his reverence for the soil, Joe is a role model for anyone wanting to up their vegetable-gardening game.”—Margaret Roach, garden writer for The New York Times and author of A Way to Garden
“Joe Lamp’l has done it again! Not only does he tell you how to make a superb vegetable garden, he also explains why his recommendations work as well as they do. Joe claims that this beautifully illustrated book does not answer every question about vegetable gardening, but I am skeptical; it certainly answered all of mine.”—Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, Nature’s Best Hope, and The Nature of Oaks
“In this long-awaited garden guide from the man with the greenest of thumbs, ‘Joe Gardener’ walks the reader through his garden from artichokes to winter squash, sharing tips he’s amassed over decades of tending his own plots. Be prepared to have your muck boots knocked off!”—Lisa Steele, founder of Fresh Eggs Daily and author of Gardening with Chickens
“Joe breaks down everything you need to know to create a productive food garden using modern techniques. As a naturalist concerned about pollinator and songbird decline, I can say Joe’s advice on managing pests and using natural gardening practices is spot on. This is now my go-to vegetable gardening book.”—David Mizejewski, Naturalist, National Wildlife Federation
“If you’re a beginner to vegetable gardening, I definitely recommend this book. If you have already experience growing vegetables, again, I recommend this book. Clearly, and with oodles of informative and luscious photos, Joe Lamp’l covers everything from where to site your garden to soil care to tips on growing individual vegetables to harvest, and everything in between.”—Lee Reich, author of Growing Figs in Cold Climates, The Pruning Book, and Weedless Gardening.
"Precise, concise, and full of actionable advice, Joe's book is my go-to guide for growing a greener world and a more beautiful and bountiful garden no matter where you live! His sage wisdom continues to inspire and educate gardeners in the Bronx and all around the world! Read the book and you too will MAKE EPIC HAPPEN!"—Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine
"A well-researched, carefully organized, and beautifully written book, Joe is a true gardening scholar who has done an amazing job of taking the knowledge he has gained over a lifetime and putting it into an easy to read and understand form that even beginning gardeners can use. This is destined to be the go-to source for vegetable gardeners."—Jeff Gillman, PhD, author of 5 gardening books and Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
“Joe Lamp'l demystifies the essential components of successful organic gardening in this well-organized resource. His vast knowledge will help new and experienced gardeners alike in their quest to grow healthy, productive edible crops!”—Susan Mulvihill, author The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook and creator of SusansintheGarden.com.
“Joe Lamp’l demystifies organic gardening in a way only Joe can. In The Vegetable Gardening Book, he guides us through the process of growing flavor-filled food that, when done right, is good for you and the planet. Learn how to foster ecologically rich soil and biodiversity, and tend your garden from seed to harvest. This book is like a conversation with an old friend.”—Emily Murphy, author of Grow Now and Grow What You Love.
“Joe Lamp'l knows how to grow things; I've seen that up close and personal. I've spent time in his wonderful garden, had hours of garden conversations on the phone or on podcasts, and worked alongside him as we share our knowledge with our Growing Epic Tomato students. Even better, Joe knows how to impart his knowledge in a clear, direct and engaging way. Gardening is in his blood - it is his passion. This beautiful, comprehensive, well written book is a must read for all who wish to grow their own vegetables, no matter what the experience level.” —Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes
“The Vegetable Gardening Book pairs Joe Lamp’l’s lifelong quest for knowledge and lush photos to create an easy-to-follow seed-to-harvest guide for the modern gardener. It exemplifies the joy and beauty gardening provides to communities and family tables alike.”—Diane Ott Whealy, Co-Founder of Seed Savers Exchange
“Joe Lamp’l's popular and pragmatic garden voice sings across the pages of this gardening tome. Illustratively photographed, beautifully organized, and concisely written, this is the resource I wish I had from the beginning. Joe’s candor and expertise permeate every detail – he’s thought of everything to help you grow your very best garden. A must-have gardening resource for every level of gardener.”—Meg Cowden, author of Plant Grow Harvest Repeat
“A must have for all gardeners, this comprehensive vegetable guide is full of essential information and beautiful images. Joe has done a magnificent job sharing his life-long passion for growing and is sure to inspire others to sow a few seeds and enjoy the harvest!” —Brie Arthur, horticulturist and author of The Foodscape Revolution and Gardening with Grains.
“Joe is a life-long vegetable gardener. He has the unique perspective of learning from his personal experiences in his own gardens and hosting a gardening podcast and TV show where he has gleaned tips from other expert gardeners. The result is this comprehensive, organic gardening book filled with Joe's inspiration and practical advice.” —Charlie Nardozzi, author of The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening
“Despite the many vegetable gardening books already on the market, Joe Lamp'l's entry is by far the best of the lot. The conversational tone made it especially easy to read. The comprehensive coverage of the topic, having everything in one place, and the handy index will prove invaluable for experienced and novice gardeners alike. The vegetable grow guide is a treasure.”—Lorraine Ballato, horticulturist, and author of Success with Hydrangeas
“Joe Lamp'l has out done himself with his new comprehensive 'how-to' book on vegetable gardening, which we think is the best we've seen. It covers every aspect of vegetable gardening, including individual informational pages specifically for each type of vegetable. It's beautifully written and the images are superb. This amazing book will give you guidance to help you successfully grow your own produce.”—Brent and Becky Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
“The Vegetable Gardening Book covers everything you need to get started, expand a garden, or just grow vegetables with more success. The layout of the book makes it an easy-to-use reference tool. You can quickly find what information you need when you need it.”—– Lisa Mason Ziegler, author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers
“Joe Lamp’l is the knowledgeable, encouraging guide you need to grow vegetables - from seed to harvest. His can-do attitude is perfect for novice growers, but even experienced gardeners will benefit from his practical advice and techniques. He outlines in simple steps what you need to know to become a successful vegetable gardener and gives you the confidence you need to get started.”—Niki Jabbour, author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Growing Under Cover, co-founder of SavvyGardening.com
"...one of my top five gardening books for beginners. It has everything a beginner gardener needs to know, from picking their spots to the things you wouldn’t even think about, such as picking the right mulch."—Budget Earth
“…this is the only book on growing vegetables you need to have in your library. There are not enough superlatives to describe its comprehensive, step-by-step, description of the process of creating a food garden.”
—Los Angeles Daily News
"Even seasoned vegetable gardeners can learn from this comprehensive book."—California Bountiful