I had a great time looking at all your comments in last week’s Gardening Notebook giveaway which showed me that you guys are as ready for the new gardening season as I am. Some more than others, it’s true (I envy those of you who’ve gotten everything pruned…), but oh yeah, we are planning! And remember if you’d like to plan and organize your gardening tasks using Angi’s Gardening Notebook, you can go to this page and order it for 50% off through the rest of the month.
Now that we’re all thinking about planning (notice I didn’t say that we’re done with planning, ’cause I know I’m not, a-hem) let’s move on to the second installment of this Ready…Set…Garden! series: Favorite Gardening Books. After all, where would we be without books to help inspire and educate us to plan the garden of our dreams? I wrote about some of the books that have been the most helpful to me a couple years ago, but of course there are always more I can add to that list.
5 Favorite Gardening Books (+ 2 more on my reading list)
1. Weedless Gardening By Lee Reich. Even though I had it on my previous list, there was no way I could not mention it again – especially because I don’t see it talked about in gardening circles very often. While I don’t do everything in the book, it changed the way I gardened forever. My no-till method was developed using principles from this book.
2. All New Square Foot Garden by Mel Bartholomew. I started out gardening with this book and using raised beds and again, while I don’t do everything now that’s in the book, the raised bed principles found here influenced – and continue to influence – my gardening.
3. Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte. Companion planting and organic raised-bed gardening go hand-in-hand (well, along with crop rotation and succession planting – so hand-in-hand-in hand…) and this guide is the classic introduction and reference.
4. Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan. Love, love this book – there’s just so much information here! I read it from cover to cover when I first got it from the library and it immediately went on my “have to buy list.”
5. Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals by Gail Damerow. Of course you may remember my desire for chickens – but have I mentioned we have a little pasture (very little) that I wish we could raise some other farm animal on? This book has so much good do-it-yourself information on all the animals you can raise on small acreages and is another of those books to buy and keep for reference.
–The two books I’m putting on my “to read” list:
6. Urban Homsteading by K. Ruby Blume. I try to read lots of different books to learn what I can be doing on a small acreage to live sustainably and this seems to be one I should’ve read when it came out in 2011. The photos seem fabulous, the content large, and again the reviews are great. This I might just go ahead and buy.
7. Starter Vegetable Gardens by Barbara Pleasant. The reviews on this are so good! I’ve liked anything by Barbara Pleasant that I’ve read on gardening, but I thought from the title that it was for beginning gardens (and gardeners). Not so from the reviews, it seems. Still I think I’ll borrow first and then see if it’s a keeper.
Now I’m all ears: what are some of your favorite books? I’m thinking I may need more than just two on my list…