By: Garden4Dinner

The Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide: Planning Calendar for Year-Round Organic Gardening, Second Edition, is one of my favorite gardening books. The book is created by the non-profit Seattle Tilth gardening experts. The book provides very practical advice and a lot of inspiration. My favorite parts of the book are the regional planting calendar, recommended varieties, family and fertility rotation advice, and information for year-round gardening. Throughout the book there are a lot of interesting facts to help prepare a garden organized by month.

I enjoy opening it every month to review the selected gardening chores and review the articles for that month. It reminds me to be aware of things I could be doing to improve my garden.

One of the problems I had when I was beginning gardening was understanding when to start my vegetables. There are all sorts of seed planting calendars available and they are all very different. Additionally, within a particular USDA plant hardiness zone the climate varies. This book is written by experts in the zone, providing the calendar and recommended varieties that work for the Seattle area. It includes information about Western Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

When I plan vegetable placement in my garden I reference this book for family and fertility rotation advice. This helps me prevent diseases from being spread and affecting my plants another year. Additionally, it helps to provide extra nutrients naturally in the soil.

There is a section that provides “tried and true” vegetable varieties that grow the best in our regions. This helps me be more selective with the types of vegetable seeds I buy from the stores that carry so many different options.

The section on year-round gardening helps me plan my garden beds to maximize my produce. I hate to have empty garden beds waiting for vegetables to be planted. The book provides sowing dates and harvesting dates in the different harvesting seasons.

It is a great book for beginner gardeners and experts. It has many different fun subjects about edible flowers, vegetable facts, and herb planting. The only con I can see with the book, is that there isn’t an eBook available. I love my eBooks!

If you aren’t from the maritime northwest, I recommend looking for information from a local non-profit gardening expert. It may be some of the most helpful advice.


Do you have a favorite regional book or resource you use for gardening advice? Please share it in the comments!