This discussion should really be credited to Petra not me because she started this one off in the Conversation side of things this morning, but I thought it merited an airing in the Discussion area too, so our thoughts are gathered together in one place.
Petra asked about Ken Thompson's book 'An Ear to the Ground' and if anyone had read it/had views on it. For those of you unfamiliar with Ken Thompson, he writes about the science of gardening in a very readable way. 'No Nettles Required' is my particular favourite.
Whilst these books aren't dedicated to vegetable growing, the principles involved still apply. So I'm widening out the topic to ask you about any books you've read on the 'science' of gardening and which one(s) would you recommend?
Well hopefully my copy will arrive soon, so I will be able to relay some of the highly anticipated content! In the meantime, have discovered that I have read a book by Kenneth Thompson, but as I have a terrifically appalling habit of forgetting names, I didn't realise. It is in fact probably also a 'scientific' type book, relevant to this discussion - "Compost; the natural way to make food for your garden". Worth reading!
I can recommend 'Botany for Gardeners' by Brian Capon. I used it for my RHS studies and it was invaluable. It is fascinating to discover the complexity of plants. It is probably up to A level Science but that shouldn't put people off, he has an excellent way of explaining subjects.