I got a few new books around Christmas time that have been providing plenty of ideas and inspiration for the coming growing season. Two are by gardener/author Amy Goldman. Her books are carefully detailed descriptions based on her extensive growing trials of heirloom varieties in her home garden. The information is thoughtfully laid out, and the photographs are, simply put, spectacular.
The first book is called "The Heirloom Tomato," and perusing it has given me ideas for a few new heirloom varieties to try.
The second is "Melons for the Passionate Grower" and, as you can see, the photographs in it are literally works of art.
The last of my new books is called "Tender: Volume 1" by Nigel Slater. Slater is a british garden writer and chef. He uses this book to talk about his experiences growing and cooking most of the primary vegetable crops in the home garden. The recipes and information are a good read, and the photos are, once again, outstanding.