I am an avid but very amateur gardener. I've planted flowers and vegetables yearly for the past twenty-five years when I moved back to the US from Indonesia and settled first in Oregon and then moved to Southern California. Along the way, I've collected a few books on Gardening. Among my favorites for veggie gardening is Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening because I like the idea of intensive gardening and not having to weed.
Recently I checked this book out of my local library, and I'm hooked.
Believe it or not, I'm actually taking notes. Brett Markham writes in an easy to read style and knows what he's writing about. I don't want to become self-sufficient on 1/4 acre, but I am finding so many excellent ideas which I can implement in my tiny Willow's Cottage garden plot. He has a blog, too, although he doesn't update often. I don't think I'll implement his ideas for raising chickens for either eggs or meat. However, I'm enthralled with his instructions for building raised beds and trellises. I *heart* gardening! And I *heart* reading about gardening.