Grow Great Vegetables Michigan
by Bevin Cohen
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 04 Apr 2023
The ultimate guide to growing food in the Great Lakes State! This must-have guide to growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs provides you with insider advice on climate zones, average frost dates, and growing season details. Information includes details on sun, soil, fertilizer, mulch, water, and the best varieties for your region. A garden planning section helps with design and crop rotation, and monthly lists explain what to do from January through December. In-depth profiles of the state’s best edibles help ensure a can’t-miss harvest.
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Grow Great Vegetables in Michigan is a regionally tailored home gardening guide for producing vegetables for taste and nutrition and to increase self-reliance and food security. This is one of a series of regionally/state specific guides released & reformatted by Timber press. Edited by Bevin Cohen, it's due out in May 2023, runs 212 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. It's based on an earlier release Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest by Michael VanderBrug, reformatted and edited for MI gardeners. All of the guides in this series follow the same format.
This guide is arranged by seasons with a chapter for each month. The introductory chapter (~13% of the page content) covers garden planning, climates and subzones in MN & WI, as well as very general gardening advice. Worth noting that a majority of the content of the books in this series based on/edited from the same volume (in this case Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest) contain overlapping information and there are only slight differences in content and recommendations.
The monthly sections include tasks for each month, potential problems and troubleshooting, planning and placement of the garden plot, harvesting and more.
The third section of the book is a regional guide to choosing vegetables and specific varieties which will thrive in the area.
There's a resource list (slanted to readers in the Midwest), a bibliography and further reading list, USDA based hardiness zonal map, and an index. The photography is crisp, clear, and abundant. This is a well crafted book which will provide gardeners with hours of blissful dreaming as well as serving as a valuable troubleshooting guide. For readers who have the aforementioned Gardening in the Midwest, much of the content is verbatim here. For readers unfamiliar with the earlier title, there's a lot of worthwhile info here.
Four stars. Very well done.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
Where has this book been all my life?! Step by step monthly directions with modifications for our ever-changing weather and things like our beautiful Michigan deer eating anything they can in our yards. Thanks to Timber Press for the advanced copy - I’m going to wear it out!
This is easy to read and the information is easily digested by the reader. The writing is full of information without it being overwhelming.
This book makes gardening accessible to the average person and gives the reader flexibility to make gardening their own without the pressure of there being only one "right way." It's incredibly inviting and feels like you are getting adice from a close friend who has been doing this for years.
I'm completely obsessed with the "Edibles A to Z" section!
I can see myself recommending this to anyone wanting to start ornhas just started a veggie garden.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC for me to contribute an honest review.