Grow Great Vegetables Illinois
by Bevin Cohen
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 04 Apr 2023
Grow Great Vegetables Illinois is the ultimate guide to growing food in the Prairie 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 fifty best edibles help ensure a can’t-miss harvest.
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Thank you Net Galley for an ARC of Grow Great Vegetables Illinois by Bevin Cohen. What a great book with a wealth of information! Ice never grown a garden but plan to next year. This book has schedules and everything!
Grow Great Vegetables Illinois 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 specific guides released 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 Illinois 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 Illinois, as well as very general gardening advice.
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.
Four stars. Very well done.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
This is a great resource. I really like the monthly to do list and the planting and harvesting chart. You can easily plan you garden based on your zone. As a beginner gardener, I found the information here helpful in planning a successful garden.
I am a remedial gardener at best. I try to plant but can always use more advice in planting. This guide is a great resource for me. I like how the guide shows which vegetables should be planted in which zones.
The monthly lists of when to plant will be helpful when I plant my veggies this spring.
Thanks to NetGalley and Timber Press for this book.
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