My Books

Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round

“…this guide is a must-have reference for any vegetable gardener working in the [Pacific Northwest’s] unique maritime climate.” — Caroline Bristol, The American Gardener magazine

Gardeners in cool, maritime climates can grow food year-round, and Cool Season Gardener will show you how. Many photos, plus illustrations by Susie Thorness, offer ideas and examples you can use.

* Season extension tools and techniques
* Proper timing for sowing, transplanting and succession planting
* Best varieties for cool-season plantings
* Vegetables that you can “overwinter”
* How to sustainably keep your soil in production year-round
* DIY building projects for cloches, cold frames and more

To put your own food on the table through the holidays and keep your green thumb active, take your edible growing to the next level with Cool Season Gardener.


ORDER TODAY: Skipstone/Mountaineers Books (publisher) | Indie Bound (support local bookstores!) | Barnes & Noble |


Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden

“Along comes Bill Thorness, beautifully encouraging gardeners to take their edibles to the next level.” — Jill Lightner, Edible Seattle

Edible Heirlooms offers history, growing tips and variety descriptions for more than 100 varieties of the most-grown home garden vegetables. The book includes a color illustration of each plant type created by Susie Thorness. Also in the book:

* History of the heirloom vegetable and seed-saving movement
* Advice on year-round gardening and season-extending methods
* Ways to share the experience: host a seed exchange, create a community garden
* Tips on saving your own seed to grow again or pass on to the next generation
* An extensive list of heirloom seed sources and seed-saving organizations

ORDER TODAY: Skipstone/Mountaineers Books (publisher) | Indie Bound (support local bookstores!) | Barnes & Noble |


Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans

BPS cover“The best way to explore the Puget Sound region is by bike, and this book is a fantastic resource for doing just that!” – Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director, Cascade Bicycle Club

Biking Puget Sound (Mountaineers Books) is my guidebook for recreational cycling in the Seattle area. We released the 2nd edition in October 2014 with 12 new rides and new features like transit and route connections and downloadable cue sheets. For each ride, you get maps, turn-by-turn directions and elevation profiles for easy day cycling in:

* Seattle
* Cascade foothills
* Kitsap Peninsula
* Olympic Peninsula
* Whidbey Island
* San Juan Islands
* Tacoma
* Olympia
* Nine Western Washington counties

There are fun rides for people of all abilities, on urban, suburban or rural routes.

ORDER TODAY: Mountaineers Books (publisher) | Indie Bound (support local bookstores!) | Barnes & Noble | (Digital and print editions available through all sellers)

Also see my Biking Puget Sound Blog with best routes, club connections, events and regional rides.