Best Gardening Books


favorite gardening books

It’s that time of year when all thoughts turn to gardening—at least if you’re the kind of person who likes to dig in the dirt. Like most gardeners, I have quite a few books on the subject, and like most gardeners, I have my favorites: the ones I turn to over and over again when I have a gardening question. Here are seven books at the top of my list for all-around best gardening books.

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener 

This is my A-1, go-to, favorite gardening resource of all time. Like all books by Storey Publishers, it’s on high-quality paper, the photography is out-of-this-world gorgeous, and the writing quality is superb.

This beautiful book, written by Nova Scotia gardening maven Niki Jabbour, is divided into two parts. Part I explains how you can stretch your gardening seasons. Part II (my personal gardening bible) features a one-to-three-page-long look at each of more than forty vegetables from arugula to winter squash. For each plant, she provides an overview, tells you when and how to plant, and provides important growing and harvesting information.

She also lists a few of her favorite varieties of each vegetable, a guide I’ve found invaluable. She’s introduced me to all sorts of veggies I’d previously either never heard of or knew nothing about growing: Bright Lights chard, mache, claytonia, pak choi, celeriac. There’s also an informative section on herbs.

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener is both practical and a delight to read—Jabbour’s inimitable gardening enthusiasm shines through its pages. And it’s so inspiring! For one thing, the author manages to successfully grow food outdoors year-round in Canada’s Maritimes. That alone should encourage the rest of us.

3/8/2018 9:00:30 AM

I am definately going to check these books out and probably buy a couple! Thanks Barbara Pleasant, I trust your judgement!

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