Gardening Books for Fun and Profit

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Gardening seems to have been around since 10,000 BC.  That’s when historians believe people first started to enclose outdoor spaces to keep out animals and marauders.  Today we may only have to enclose our gardens from pets and the mail man but we are still gardening.  I remember when I was growing up a neighbor had a dog that would defend their garden from the birds.  The neighbors bragged about their dog, until the day everything in the garden ripened. The dog ate it all.

If you’re interested in gardening Alibris has some wonderful gardening books which we included in the March Gift Guide as well.

Garden-pedia book coverGarden-Pedia; An A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms

by Maria Zampini and Pamela Bennett

Quick: do you know the difference between hardpan and hardening-off? Between a native and a nativar? A cold frame and a cloche? Do you wish someone would write a gardening book that explains in simple English what all those gardening terms mean? Just give you the stuff you need to know, so you can be a knowledgeable gardener? Veteran horticulturists Maria Zampini and Pamela Bennett have done just that. This authoritative, up-to-date guide is destined to be the reference of choice for gardeners everywhere. Go ahead: impress your friends and family with your newfound knowledge.

Pocket Gardens book on Alibris
Small is the new big.

Fine Gardening Pocket Gardens: Design Ideas for Small-Space Gardening

by the Editors and Contributors of Fine Gardening

Love the idea of growing your own fruits, flowers, and vegetables but don t think you have the space? Don t worry, let Fine Gardening, America s most respected gardening magazine, show you how to make your small space work for you and your plants. This inspiring new book from the editors of Fine Gardening magazine shares the most popular design ideas and easy planting solutions for creating gardens with less dirt and less square footage than you ever imagined. Fine Gardening Pocket Gardens is packed with eye-catching small garden designs, advice on choosing the best plants for your space and locale, and strategies for keeping plants healthy and lush in cramped environments.

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs book coverRosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

by Rosemary Gladstar

With Gladstar’s expert advice, anyone can make their own herbal remedies for common ailments. Gladstar profiles 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants and then shows exactly how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use them.


The Living Landscape book coverThe Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

by Rick Darke (Photographer), Doug Tallamy

Many gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife. But they also want beauty, a space for the kids to play, privacy, and maybe even a vegetable patch. Sure, it’s a tall order, but The Living Landscape shows how to do it. By combining the insights of two outstanding authors, it offers a model anyone can follow. Inspired by its examples, you’ll learn the strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape—one that offers beauty on many levels, provides outdoor rooms and turf areas for children and pets, incorporates fragrance and edible plants, and provides cover, shelter, and sustenance for wildlife. 

Mini Farming is one of Brett Markham's many books on self-sufficiency
Ready to take your garden to the next level? This is the first of Markham’s many books on growing your own food.


Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

by Brett L Markham

Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that shows you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this gardening book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.


Gardening is a relaxing activity for many people.  Just take my advice and leave your dog out of it.


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