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The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook

By Jennifer R. Bartley

It’s a book you can’t help but tuck with scraps of paper, and turn-down page corners, as you harvest a bumper crop of fine ideas.

Chicago Tribune

No longer content with separating the plants they grow to eat and the plants they grow for beauty, gardeners are discovering the pleasures of incorporating both edibles and ornamentals into their home landscapes. The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook makes it easy by showing how a well-designed landscape can yield both bounty for the table and beauty for the soul.

Whether she's sharing tips on planting radishes in spring, harvesting tomatoes in summer, or pruning perennials in winter, Bartley's friendly advice gives gardeners the tools they need to build and maintain a kitchen garden. Readers will learn how to plant, grow, and harvest the best vegetables, fruits, greens, and herbs for every season. They'll also find seasonal recipes that celebrate the best of the harvest, monthly garden chores, eight sample garden designs, and information on using cut flowers for decoration.

The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook is a guide for gardeners who want it all — the freshness of fruits and vegetables and the beauty and simplicity of hand-picked bouquets.

Media reviews

"If edible gardening is your passion, then this seasonally organized book, brimming with useful information, will come in handy."

—Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"One of the most complete kitchen gardener's aids we've ever seen. From design to cultivation advice to crop suggestions to recipes this book has it all."


"Filled with lovely photographs and detailed landscape plans, the book is a pleasure to look at."

—Ang Jordon, Gulf Coast Local Food

"Will resonate with folks who have some space and are looking to improve it with a year-round beautiful and edible outdoor yard."


"I have rarely seen a gardening book with such useful photos and illustrations, or one that does such a good job of making sure the images and text work together."

—Stefene Russell, Diggin' The Dirt (blog)

"Bartley uses this book to guide the gardener to incorporate edibles into the ornamental landscape, a very worthwhile endeavor for those with limited gardening space. ... A good choice for gardeners to want both beauty and good food from the same garden."

—Stuart Sutphin, Danville Register & Bee

"Lovely photographs [and] succinct to-do lists."

—Viveka Neveln, American Gardener

"It’s a book you can’t help but tuck with scraps of paper, and turn-down page corners, as you harvest a bumper crop of fine ideas."

—Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune

"A mouthwatering picture book."

Toronto Tasting Notes

"At heart, this is a book pulsing with the belief that we are richer for our connection to the patch of earth outside our kitchen door — whether it's the food we bring to our table or the beauty we tuck in a vase."

—Barbara Mahany, Syndicated Review

"If you are looking at gardening more from the chef viewpoint ... this book provides similar growing information and designs, but the real focus is the end products — the many recipes that use seasonal vegetables and fruits."


"A helpful, practical and beautifully compiled guide to growing what one wants to eat."

Lemuria Bookstore Blog

About the author

Jennifer R. Bartley

Jennifer R. Bartley traveled extensively throughout France to study traditional potagers (kitchen gardens), and has created her own versions for American chefs and gardeners. Emphasizing functionality and design in her work, Bartley seeks to create beautiful, vibrant gardens that embrace a simpler life.

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