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The Eight Best Gardening Books You Must Read

The 8 Must-Read Gardening Books

8 Must Read Books AboutWhether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out, we all need a little help now and again. From the best plants to grow indoors, to how to grow your perfect tomato, there are endless amounts of resources out there for us to devour.

But, which books are the most helpful? Which books will provide us with the most beautiful bounty on the block? We’ve scoured the internet to find you the 10 Must-Read books on gardening, from smaller blogs to big time gurus, these are the books to get you over the edge.

Homegrown tomatoes1). Homegrown Tomatoes:

A Step-By-Step guide to growing delicious organic tomatoes in your garden

Why you should read it– Todd Heft has been gardening since middle school, and decades later still has the gardening bug. In his blog, Todd shares his expertise with thousands of his readers and takes them step-by-step through the process of growing tomatoes.

WebsiteBig Blog Of Gardening


SMall space container gardens tiny2) Small-Space Container Gardens

Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio With Fruits, Flowers, Foilage, And Herbs

Why You Should Read It: Fern Richardson knows her tiny spaces and knows how to make them beautiful. In the book, she walks you through the process of “beautifying a small -space
-even when you have a similarly small budget”. If you love DIY and amazing ideas, you’ll love this book.

WebsiteFern Richardson


Grocery Gardening3) Grocery Gardening

Planting, Preparing, And Preserving Fresh Food

Why You Should Read It: This book, made from a team of gardening pros including Jean Ann Van Krevelen, Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley and Teresa O’connor, covers a range of topics from planning, planting, preparing and preserving to nutritional information and pro tips. If you are looking for a one-size-fits-all gardening book, this is a great way to meet all your needs.

Website: Seasonal Wisdom


Amy4) Winter Sowing Seeds

How To Start Seeds Outside In Snow And Freezing Cold

Why You Should Read It: Amy Andrychowicz is passionate about gardening and lives in a very cold weather place, Minnesota! For her, finding ways to grow plants and start seeds, even in the winter, is imperative. Learn about her tricks and tools to be prepared for the spring season, even if it’s still freezing and dreary outside.

Website: Get Busy Gardening!


shoestring gardener5) The Shoestring Gardener

A Complete Handbook of Eco-friendly, Creatively Frugal Gardening Ideas

Why You Should Read It: If you want to find creative and eco-friendly ways to care and tend to your garden, Claudia Brownlie created this book is for you. From learning how to increase the quality and fertility of your garden soil to saving lots of money on garden tools and gadgets, not only will you be helping the environment but also your wallet.

Website: Artistic Garden


nutrition plants book6) Teaming With Nutrients

The Organic Gardener’s Guide To Optimizing Plant Nutrition (Science for Gardeners)

Why You Should Read It: In this highly informative book, Jeff Lowenfels is able to explain the basics of plant nutrition for all of us organic gardeners.  This fascinating guide introduces you to an interconnected world of bacteria, worms, fungi, microbes and more, all living inside your soil to make you a healthier person. Find out how plants take up nutrients and the important chemical and biological processes in every plant. If you want to know more about how and why your plants act, read this.


gardening for the birds7) Gardening For The Birds

How To Create A Bird-Friendly Backyard

Why You Should Read It: Any bird lovers out there? If you’re anything like me, you may love the sound of birds chirping in the morning, reminding you of the rising sun. But in reality, I know very little about my flying neighbors. Modern development and industrial farming have harmed bird habitats as we know it, and their populations are shrinking. Find out how author George Adams, makes his yard (and yours too) a bird- friendly yard. And it’s good for your plants, too!

Website: Timber Press Blog


Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.14.09 PM8) Bonsai Gardening Secrets

The Insider Secrets To Creating Beautiful Bonsai

Why You Should Read It: Erik Olsen is a bonsai nut (in a good way!) and spends his time sharing his advice and wisdom from years of caring for these beautiful plants. If you’re interested in his “virtual encyclopedia of Bonsai gardening”, you won’t be disappointed. Chock full of information and pro tips, you’ll be a modern bonsai master in no time.

Website: Bonsai Gardener

Gardening is a life-long passion and hobby, one which promotes a community of fellow green thumbs, and dirt revelers. If you are looking for some great advice, tips, tools or tricks of the trade, you can’t go wrong with these eight books.

And don’t worry, these are just the beginning of gardening know-how!

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After finishing her masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Michelle wanted to share her love of plants and all things medicinal. With her knowledge of Chinese herbs and household plants, she decided to create a site sharing her love of indoor plants.

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