Each of these books have a place of honor on my gardening and homesteading bookshelf. Which books would you add?
All New Square Foot Gardening - of course I recommend Mel Bartholomew's updated book as a reference for everything SFG
Week by Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook - plug in your frost dates and the book guides you through all your gardening activities week by week throughout the year. It also works as a gardening journal where you can record plant varieties that you particularly liked or that did not work well, events to keep track of (like the great "helicopter seed drop" I get in May), [You can find your frost dates by plugging in your zip code here]
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible - this is a gardening book written by a Vermonter which I use as a guide for plant-by-plant care and timing information. He does not use SFG, but as a New England gardener he works with plants that we can grow in our frost zones. (did you know you can grow artichokes here? I learned that from him!)
Designing the New Kitchen Garden - this book inspired me to design garden spaces that are as beautiful as they are functional. It details how classical potager garden design can be applied to home kitchen gardens.
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! This is an amazing reference for all the homesteading activities you can support on a typical suburban lot. It starts with a very cool set of plans for a homestead on .10 acre, .25 acre and .5 acre lots. It covers fruits, nuts, poultry, livestock, beekeeping etc.