What Gardening Book Would You Recommend for Beginners?

| 8/26/2009 9:55:46 AM

Looking to beef up your gardening library? Lucky for you, there are heaps of great resources out there. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch (Workman Publishing Co., 1988; available for sale at Mother Earth Shopping)The Garden Primer
  • Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver (now on CD-ROM; available for sale at Mother Earth Shopping)
  • The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Barbara Pleasant and (Storey, 2008; available for sale at Mother Earth Shopping)

But we want to know which gardening books you think are best for beginners? If someone has never had the opportunity to grow a garden, what books would you recommend they read? And what about helpful websites? Please post your responses in the comments section below.



1/29/2010 9:49:03 AM

The Vegetable Gardeners Bible by Edward C. Smith I poured over this book almost daily. It is very user friendly with its color pictures and useful hints. It touches on pH, composting, root depth, irrigation, pests and planting companions. He introduces various options to weeding, seeding, fertilizing and choosing varieties. When is a watermelon ripe? He discusses that, too. Each veggie has its own easy to read section. Everything a beginning gardener needs to know to water her enthusiasm and reap success.

12/27/2009 6:42:53 AM

One straw revolution, Fukuoka

Sandra Dyer
12/6/2009 6:46:50 PM

The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control by Barbara Ellis and Fern Bradley is a great reference for experienced and inexperienced gardeners alike. Detailed plant requirements as well as insect and disease identification. Great even if you don't garden organically!

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