There are many, many gardening books out there. I am kind of a bibliophile (book junkie). I love collecting books, especially gardening, homeschooling, parenting, marriage, and, and, and…you get the point. Today I want to share the gardening books on my bookshelf. And remember, I am an Amazon affiliate so these are affiliate links.
1. Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening by Sal Gilbertie
What I love about this book: It walks you through the whole process, from planning to planting to tending. This is the book that sold me on trying raised beds, for which I am grateful. This book includes plans that are very helpful for visualizing how much space you need to feed yourself (and/or a family).
2. The Backyard Homestead edited by Carleen Madigan
What I love about this book: The book covers a wide range of topics from succession planting, grains, veggies, fruits, animals, and even canning and cooking. The statistics on how much you can grow in X amount of space are incredible. The book is a good overview to help any beginner. I would recommend it as a jumping off point if you want something more visual than #1 (there are more pictures).
3. Herbs in the Kitchen by Carolyn Dille and Susan Belsinger
What I love about this book: I was given this book for my birthday last year. I love that each herb has its own in depth section on growing and using it. There are also recipes for each herb, which I find tremendously helpful since I seem to forget why I grew something when it comes time to harvest it.
4. Putting Food By by Janet Greene, Ruth Hertzberg, and Beatrice Vaughan
What I love about this book: The recipes. This books is a GREAT resource for canning your harvest. Also covers curing, drying, root cellaring, and pickling.
5. How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-Sufficiency by Piers Warren
What I love about this book: It is compact and has some photos. It is a quick reference that I pull out when I just need to know how I can preserve something. (Mine has a different cover, it seems to have been updated since I bought my copy in 2011)
6. The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden: A Blueprint for Continuous Color by Lee Schneller
What I love about this book: This book taught me to look at gardening as a continuous cycle. I long to be a flower gardener, but I seem to be able to only focus on one form of gardening at the moment and flowers won’t feed our family sadly. I’m hoping that as our kids get older and I have more hands available, we can have a pretty flower garden, too. I just love this book, it is one that I originally checked out from my library and then just HAD to buy it.
So those are the books currently on my bookshelves. Let’s get to a few that I would like to add…soon…
Now, if I were to list all the gardening books that I would love to add to our bookshelves, we would be here all day. So I decided to just share my top three in the post and add an Amazon widget with a collection of great gardening books that I would also eventually love to get my hands on.
1. Herb Gardening from the Ground Up by Sal Gilbertie
Why: I have yet to get herb gardening down and this is something I would really, really, really like to conquer soon. Personally, growing our own herbs could potentially save us as much money as growing food. We use them a lot.
2. Vertical Vegetables and Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces by Rhonda Massingham Hart
Why: We only have so much ground space to work with. I would love to utilize our one acre to the best of our abilities, so up we go!
3. Landscaping with Fruit by Lee Reich
Why: We spend so much on fruit (and we don’t even buy organic, gasp!), it would be nice to grow some of that ourselves. We are trying, we have a peach, cherry, and an apple tree (3 of the 6 trees we planted made it). I also like buying blueberry bushes. We have yet to have one grow leaves. Ahem.
So there you go! Do you have a favorite gardening book? Please share it in the comments below.