Gardening is a learned skill, which means gardening books are an essential for us. I mean, it would be nice if we could plant something and *voila!* It thrives. But gardening isn’t quite like that. So I like to have books on a variety of topics including how-to, technique, and ideas. This includes both vegetable and flower gardening, because I do both. Here are the gardening books I’ve found useful as we learn and expand our garden.
New Complete Guide to Gardening by Better Homes & Gardens – this how-to guide is a comprehensive encyclopedia of plants. It also includes planting and growing techniques. I can’t remember when I first got it, but it helped me get my start with gardening.
The Backyard Homestead – I bought this on my Kindle when it was on sale and it is a wonderful guide. It doesn’t cover specific plants or gardening techniques in depth, but it’s a great overview of homesteading and self-sufficient living.
Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre – another book more about homesteading and the practical aspects of that, such as the self-sufficiency aspect and earning money from your mini-farm.
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener – this is my newest and favorite book. The author gives advice for people living in cooler northern climates and for continuing to garden throughout the winter. You can get it for $2.99 (at the moment) on Kindle, but I bought the hardcover and am glad I did. It has wonderful photographs and lists of the hardiest and tastiest varieties of plants for your garden.
Even though the internet has plenty of advice and information right at your fingertips, websites do come and go. Buying a book (I prefer hard or softcover, though ebooks are nice because they take up less space) is the best way to ensure you have the information you want accessible at all times.
I would love to hear what your favorite books about gardening, homesteading, or mini-farming are.