Golden Gate Gardening: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California
The bible of vegetable gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area has been revised and updated! Packed with more than 400 pages of reliable information, Golden Gate Gardenin offers encyclopedic coverage of gardening principles and practices specific to the Bay Area and the Northern California coast. Author Pam Peirce explains strategies for growing common favorite vegetables and herbs, plus unusual ones that bring variety to the garden. She includes information on organizing a garden, dealing with pests, assessing a microclimate, cultivating fruit trees, gardening on a rooftop, harvesting the crop, and creating delicious gardener's dishes. This third edition also contains new or updated information on resources for specific seeds, tomato planting, organic gardening, and vegetables not included in previous editions, including amaranth, shell beans, Chinese broccoli, broccoli raab, Florence fennel, oca, okra, and quinoa. Charts, sidebars, maps, and online resources help make the vegetable gardening experience easier and more fun.
By Laura - February 25, 2010
This book tells me almost everything I need to know to start my first vegetable garden, from planning my garden to dealing with pests. I can't imagine a better all-around book for gardeners who live in the Bay Area or California coast. The information is all specific to local micro-climates, with no space wasted on information that is not relevant in this part of the country. My only criticism is that I would have left out the handful of recipes scattered in the book.
only book you need
By R. Ray - March 4, 2011
Michael Pollen was right. If you buy one book for gardening in the bay area, buy this on. It is all you need. It shows when to plant what vegetables with a very easy to follow visual chart. It explains in detail the hows and whys of vegetable gardening. We are starting a small farm, and I would be lost without this book. I am constantly referring back to it for information. I cannot disagree more with the fellow who gave it one star and said it was a disorganized mess. Many of us in the gardening community swear by this very well organized, detailed and informative book. It is my vegetable gardening bible!
worth the price many times over
By D. Kan "email@example.com" - March 10, 2010
I've been waiting for this book since Dec 2009 from the great reviews of the earlier edition. A great book for the beginner and experienced. This is mainly for veggies, but does go over some native plants, pests, sun and climate, and recipies. This guide is a great read and highly recommended.