Can a Chowhound be a gardener? Compatible motivations, similar skills.
I have the aspiration to plant, tend and harvest a gourmet garden this spring, one which will multiply my dining enjoyment by providing fresher and tastier produce. It seems that the same dichotomy would apply to vegetables as to beef and pork: there are commercial breeds/varieties chosen for cost and storage considerations, and there are less-known breeds/varieties and methods which produce the superior dish.
SO...suggestions requested for 1) purveyors of superior seeds or plants; vegetables and herbs, and 2) books or other schemes of advice on best practices for best harvest. Thanks, Hounds.