Today we’re talking favorite garden books. I wouldn’t be the gardener I am today without all the books I’ve read and learned from through the years. I did not grow up gardening or surrounded by gardeners, so I’ve found books to indispensable for guidance and inspiration.
Here are some of my favorites, with links if you’re interested in buying them or giving them as a gift (and yes, the links are through my affiliate program with Amazon, so I will get a tiny percentage…so if you buy, thank you for supporting me!).
One of the very first authors I read- even before we had a yard to garden in- was Ann Lovejoy. I really related to her first books because although she wrote for a newspaper, she was very real and shared that she started gardening as a mom with toddlers and learned along the way. She’s funny, too, and writes about plants in such a way that I read her books like I’d read novels.
A Year Along The Garden Path (or Further Along The Garden Path back when I bought it) is one of Anne’s later books and therefore dispenses a lot of knowledge that she’s gained over the years- luckily with trademark humor intact.
Ah, where would I be without Weedless Gardening?
Weeding more, of course.
Since my daughter just walked in and said, “that book sure didn’t help, mom, since we still have a lot of weeds!” I should probably state that I still weed, just not nearly as much as I used to before reading this book. Here’s where I gained the information to be able to garden without tilling, and where I first read about using newspaper and mulch in garden beds.
Every gardener needs to read this book at least once.
Steve Solomon has so much knowledge about Growing Vegetables West Of The Cascades. I use the recipe included in this book to make my own organic fertilizer. I used a lot of his recommendations when compiling my Organic Garden Monthly Checklist.
Because of this book, I dared to plant tomatoes earlier under cover and grow more fall crops. There’s tons of information in this, so if you live west of the Cascades (or in a maritime climate like ours) this book is a must.
Rodale puts out a lot of books for organic gardeners. This is just one, but I go to this Garden Problem Solver whenever I need answers. It’s organized by crop, so I can just look up “potatoes” to find out what’s eating the leaves (flea beetles), and what I can do about them (use a row cover in early spring, apply organic control if still around later).
Now here are a few books I’d like to put on my Christmas list- I’ve read about the first and really like the author, need the second, and am really curious about the third:
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control seems to be an update to the problem solver book- and I could really benefit from the color pictures of insects. I’ve read that it’s pretty comprehensive, which I need.
Sheesh. There seems to be no end to the new bugs and diseases a gardener faces…
But since I’ve always said it’s “just food” and there are other problems in the world, a title like Just Food: Where Locavores get It Wrong & How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly is gonna get me every time.
What about you- what are your favorite gardening books? Anything I need to add to my “wish list?”