An updated version (8th) of this classic book by John Jeavons, director of Ecology Action. So ... no chemicals needed, folks. And the premise is that you can grow more on less land than you can possibly imagine.
It's all in How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine (Ten Speed Press, 2012). As chef Alice Waters says in the introduction, "John's methods are nothing short of miraculous. He has shown that almost any soil can be prepared for the planting of food, and that astonishing quantities of high-quality produce can be grown on even the most devastated land."
The book is filled with easy-to-understand how-to's on soil preparation, composting, seeding, weeding, watering, and planting. A great chapter on companion planting, and wonderful sample garden plans. If you want to go natural ... and you should ... this is the guide you want.
And this second book from Ten Speed, Herb Gardening from the Ground Up: Everything You Need to Know about Growing Your Favorite Herbs is by journalist Larry Sheehan and Sal Gilbertie, the owner of Gilbertie's Herb Gardens in Westport, CT. I don't think I could live without an herb garden -- where in the world else would I ever get enough sorrel for soups and sauces??? The authors take you through the process of getting the herbs going -- seeding, planting, maintenance, etc. But the best part is section III - a wealth of "plans" that will fire your imagination and fit your culinary personality. Also, lists of how to use all the herbs -- and how to dry and store them. And hey, if Martha Stewart says "there's no better herb guide," it's more than good enough for me.