The 8 Must-Read Gardening Books
Whether 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.
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.
Website– Big Blog Of Gardening
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.
Website– Fern Richardson
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
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!
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
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.
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
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!