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The first thing I do when perusing a new garden book, no matter what group of plants is featured, is to check for information about climate. No good gardener can function without understanding the climate in which he or she gardens; likewise, the best garden books acknowledge that climate is a key factor in successful gardening.

Carol Klein writes from her experiences in the United Kingdom, where this book was first published. On her own, she is clear about relating the different vegetables she writes about to the best climate for cultivation. Undoubtedly due to significant input from contributing editor Fiona Gilsenan, a West Coast-based (California and British Columbia) garden writer, Grow Your Own Vegetables is one that I can recommend for gardeners within Pacific Horticulture's region, from San Diego to Vancouver. Though the primary reference to climate is in regards to the USDA hardiness zones, the Sunset Western Garden Book's climate zones are recommended for those gardening on the West Coast, where the USDA zones are of only minimal value.

With clear and succinct text, Klein addresses the reasons for growing your own food, discusses the principles of growing vegetables...

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