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I loved everything about this book, beautiful photography and a writer passionate about his subject. Being a lover of vegetable growing myself I love that somebody has elevated the vegetable growing book into something you would have on the coffee table. This is probably not a book for the new gardener, there is no section on tools, soil or rotating your beds. But if you want to learn how to grow the best ever veg, different varieties to explore and veg porn worthy photos then buy it!
I fancy myself a seasoned Gardner and found the material in this book refreshing and a great take on a very fashionable au currant topic of veggie gardening. I found the timing the most crucial part of this great book.
I'm an amateur gardener who gardens more for fun than sustenance so I gravitate towards varieties of vegetables that are either impossible/too expensive to get or that tastes a lot better than what you can get in the store. This is where the book shines in comparison with most of the other vegetable gardening books out there. The book is very well organised - each section deals with a different type of vegetables and describes unique or special varieties within the type. I think the book will work very well for a more seasoned gardener or coupled with a more general sort of gardening book that talks about making compost, ensuring soil health, amending soil, crop rotation etc.
One copy is a gift for Chris, an astonishing amateur cook who dreams of growing vegetables beyond the ordinary; and another copy is for my own garden library, because do not the best gardening books encourage dreaming?
Matt Mattus, the author/photographer of MASTERING THE ART OF VEGETABLE GARDENING, is a hip Renaissance guy: a gardener since he was five-years old, a passionate plantsman, an über designer, and an esteemed blogger who speaks to the dreamer in all of us. Full disclosure: He is also one of my precious go-to-horticultural gurus and the only person whom I will let prune my trees, albeit with me working alongside him.
Matt is both a master gardener and that encouraging friendly neighbor who lives down the block and has been growing vegetables on the same land where his family has gardened for three generations. His mother kept detailed records of everything they canned (24 pints of grape jelly, 12 quarts of corn, 15 pints of bread-and-butter pickles, etc.); his father was an ingenious artist/gardener who might not have understood kiwis, but no worries, Matt encourages us to go beyond what has become familiar. Think Celtuce!
Matt’s book will also tell you why and how to protect leek stalks from sunlight and which are the best varieties to buy, (‘spoiler,’ check out page 27). Or in one of those grey boxes, Matt gives you ‘Mastering Techniques’. He debunks gardening myths; he references back to antique volumes in his own garden library, not YouTube. Matt also reveals why cilantro always tastes like soap to me, and what to do about that. I just love all of his little entices, they get me thinking. I may not be a vegetable gardener but I do grow wild strawberries in containers and in one of the most persuasive photos Matt is showing a gorgeous bouquet of Belgian endive, forced in a pot.
(You and your big ideas, dear Matt, just wonderful!)
Just received this much anticipated book. It’s beautifully done and well written as I expected it to be after following Matt’s blog for many years. Looking forward to studying it as I prepare for the upcoming spring. Hopefuly he will now do a flower gardening book as well.
Love, love, love this beautiful and oh so helpful book! It is a gorgeous, easy to understand guide for all things vegetable gardening. Can’t figure out why your carrots are splitting, the author walks you through several reasons and provides easy to follow suggestions. I have already bought two more for gifts. I can’t wait for spring to arrive so I can get outside and put all of his amazing knowledge to work.
Matt's book is fabulous! The photographs are terrific, and there's great information about all kinds of vegetables. Matt has tips for both new and experienced gardeners. I love the "mastering techniques" boxes with next-level growing information. Definitely a book to add to your collection that you'll return to time after time.