Posted on 29 June 2008 by

Read a Good Gardening Book Lately?


By Vanessa Richins

There’s not much better in life than curling up with a good book….except for gardening of course!

Combine the two and it’s pure magic. Here are a few of my suggestions for books that can help urban gardeners.

Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew

This is a standard for small space gardening. Bartholemew presents his method for laying out your vegetable gardens in square foot increments. The results are a better producing garden with less effort. A win-win situation indeed! See our Urban Garden Casual book review.

Garden Wizardry for Kids by L. Patricia Kite
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy

These books both describe experiments and ideas for helping your children gain a love of gardening. Who could resist planting a “Pizza Patch”, as described in Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots, or growing your own peanuts, shown in Gardening Wizardry for Kids.

McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey

As we’ve seen on here before, containers are perfect to use when you don’t have a formal plot of land. This book is 400 pages describing the many plants that will thrive in a container. There are also theme gardens suggested, and many tips and techniques for getting the most out of your container garden.

Don’t Throw It, Grow It! by Deborah Peterson and Millicent Selsam

A friend suggested recently that I buy this book for review here. I am very glad he did. The authors show the methods use to grow new plants from 68 different fruits, nuts, herbs and spices. It even includes some I’ve never heard of – malanga (a tuber) or genip (a fruit), anyone?

What books would you suggest for an urban gardener?

One Response to “Read a Good Gardening Book Lately?”

  1. LivingSimple47 Says:

    I too would suggest the “Square Foot Gardening” book. It is amazing!! I am planning to look into “The Backyard Homestead”. It is said to have an area in the book for record keeping and provides planting dates and the methods used. The calendar log is supposed to be for an entire year. I thought this would be interesting. I also purchased: “The Self-Reliant Life and How to Live It”. I got it from the library some time back and skimmed it, but felt it was one that I definitely wanted in my library. Not only for gardening but for a simple lifestyle overall.

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