My most recent book is titled Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A guide to vegetable gardening for the rest of us. It covers the basics on everything from seed starting to composting, frost zones, aeration and vegetable gardening techniques. It is a collection of everything I have done in my own gardening experience since my dad got me started in this wonderful hobby over 30 years ago.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am originally from Trenton, NJ now living in Burlington, married with two young sons. I have been vegetable gardening for over 30 years and I decided to write the book because I wanted to get everything down on paper as to what I do that has been successful for me in vegetable gardening. I also wanted to be able to pass along vegetable gardening to my own sons just as my dad has done for me. Since releasing the book I have started my own vegetable gardening company called Mike the Gardener Enterprises, LLC.
What inspired you to write this book?
I absolutely love vegetable gardening. My wife thinks it’s an obsession, but being able to grow your own food seems like common sense to me. My inspiration was my father and of course my wife and kids as I wanted to pass along what my dad has taught me to my sons and felt that putting it in a book was a great step towards doing that.
How did you choose the title?
I think I am like most people out there who either want to start a vegetable garden at home or whom already have one. Those that want to grow enough food to enjoy and share but do not necessarily want to become farmers.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
The only publishing obstacle I encountered was which self publishing company I was going to go with. I chose Lulu because their process was much easier to get everything done and handled getting the book on Amazon.com as well as some other sites.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Yes. I learned a lot of scientific and industry data doing research for topics within the book such as collecting rain water in Colorado is illegal.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would spruce up the appendices section a bit better with some information that I believe would be useful to the reader that I discovered after the book was published.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I like to read books on any type of gardening. I don’t say I have a favorite writer but my favorite topics include anything related to composting, edible landscapes and growing techniques.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Read, read, and the read again your book, then have three other people read your book before you get it published. Proof reading is the key to eliminating a lot of typos and grammatical errors. You would be surprised what others see in your book that you do not.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Anyone that gardens or that is interested in gardening. I believe this book will open your eyes to some things you may not have thought of before and if you are new, break down gardening to the point where it is so simple you will wonder why you didn’t start a vegetable garden sooner.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?