Rockin’ Resources for Gardening

We finally have plants at our house!  Although it happens every year, there is always that moment of surprise and excitement when the first green leaves poke through the soil!

Other than seedlings sprouting, this is a bit of an in-between week for us.  It’s too wet to do anything outside, and we are still waiting on soil delivery to tackle getting the garden ready for planting.  So I thought it would be a good time to talk about some great gardening books. 

This list is by no means extensive, but are the best of what Hubby and I have read.  If you know of any other great resources please share them in the comments.  It’s always wonderful to discover new books!

How to Grow More Vegetables  (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains and other crops) Than you Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine  by John Jeavons.

Other than winning the award for gardening book with the longest title, this book is an excellent resource for extending the capacity of your garden!  My favourite part, however, is the chapter on companion planting and the extensive list of plants that grow well together, as well as plants that should never be grown together.  When planning our garden this year I know we will refer to this often!

Herb Gardening for Canada by Laura Peters

Lone Pine publishes an excellent selection of books for Canadian gardeners, but this one is my current favourite.  It has an extensive list of herbs, lists the best varieties for each one, and explains how each herb is best grown, cultivated and utilized.  This is my go-to resource when I am looking at adding new herbs to the garden.   

Square Foot Gardening  by Mel Bartholomew

I’ve already talked about this great resource when discussing soils and gardening boxes and you’re probably sick of hearing about it, but it is definitely the classic guide for gardening in raised garden boxes and has great information on soils as well. I have actually only read the older version of the book, but I imagine this updated version is even better than the first. 

 

Lois Hole’s Perennial Favourites by Lois Hole

Much like the herb book mentioned above, this book is an extensive list of great perennial plants for the garden, including information on how to best grow each  one.  Another great go-to resource when you are planning on adding new plants to the garden.

Grow the Best Tomatoes By John Page

I love Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins!  They produce these small, economical, books on a variety of topics  related to country living and I find they are full of “just enough” information on each topic (as a “big picture” person, I am easily overwhelmed!)  This is the guide we are going to use for growing our tomato plants this year.

The Winter Harvest Handbook and Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman

These are two of Hubby’s current favourites.  We first took these out of the library, but there was so much information and reference material that hubby had to have copies of his very own.   Both books provide detailed instructions for extending the gardening harvest all year through a variety of means.  They are a must-have for anyone who is serious about growing as much of their own food as possible in a gardening zone that typically provides a short growing season.  I’m excited about what this will mean for our own gardens in the future!

Front Yard Gardens: Growing More than Grass  by Liz Primeau

This is one of the first gardening books I ever read and I read it completely cover to cover.  It is an excellent resource on alternatives to grass lawns, but more than that it is an inspirational walk through many different types of gardens.  The garden photos alone make this book worth checking out, even if you never plan to turn all of your lawn into garden (we certainly haven’t reached that goal by any means!)

Do you know of any great gardening resources we should know about?  Any great gardening blogs or websites out there?  Share them in the comments or come hang out and share your photos and gardening stories on our new Facebook Page!

Happy growing!

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3 Responses to Rockin’ Resources for Gardening

  1. It is SO exciting to see plants coming up out the dirt–EVERY time!

    Those books look like a great library of gardening tools to have around, thanks for sharing.

  2. Happy Sunday, Andrea! Thank you for providing a detailed list of recommended gardening books! I like your descriptions of each book. You could be a professional book reviewer!

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