the subtitle of this regional gardening bible is “the complete guide to organic gardening,” and steve solomon brings thirty years of experience and a constantly updated and rewritten body of work (this is the sixth edition!) to a compact and text-driven wealth of information.
chapters are neatly organized in big categories like soil, planning, and seeds. most valuable section to be the final chapter, how to grow it, which has vegetable varieties arranged alphabetically and gives real, specific hands-on advice on each one.
this book feels more informative than inspiring in certain ways — there are very few illustrations and tables to break up the text. but whether you’re a visual learner or not, it’s a huge and helpful tool for the gardening in the western half of the pacific northwest, and some of the more general advice would probably be very helpful for organic gardeners in any part of the world.