The 26-year-old publication
arrives with a nutrient-dense wrap-up of horticultural and agricultural news, research, book reviews and products. It’s the brainchild of two former MIT engineers living on a farm in Gravel Switch, Ky., and is available bimonthly in print and monthly online (
The Avant Gardener, a monthly horticultural news service, is also indispensable, and comes by mail from P.O. Box 489, New York, NY 10028.
Growing for Market (
), published by Lynn Byczynski, is aimed at the pros, but amateurs eager to boost their home garden harvest by a notch will delight in the precise directions that market gardeners require, such as planting garlic “when the soil temperature at four inches deep is 50 degrees F.”
As for full-scale gardening and lifestyle magazines, many include material on growing edibles, but Mother Earth News (
) serves it up in more detail. Remarkably, all its archived material is easy to access online.
The Web, in general, is a mother lode, but there is often a gap between brief, superficial entries on a subject and scholarly articles only a biochemist could understand. Some universities publish good regionally based advice, but they and their cooperative-extension arms are feeling the economic pinch, and the material is not always updated.
Forums, such as those on GardenWeb (
) and Dave’s Garden (
), can be very informative, and there’s a we’re-in-the-same-boat camaraderie when you find a kindred soul in your climate zone.
Then there are the blogs. Who can keep up with them all? I make a point of dropping in on two. Kitchen Gardeners International (
), founded by White House veggie garden advocate Roger Doiron in 2003, was a daring leap that has since paid off, with more than 20,000 members in 100 countries. This nonprofit group, which promotes home food gardening, is interactive and member-driven. The other blog is Garden Rant (
), which gives good information, hosts lively and knowledgeable guest ranters, and is anchored by four outstandingly uppity women, excellent writers all.
Damrosch is a freelance writer and the author of “The Garden Primer.”