There are certain books on organic gardening that I think every gardener needs. I refer to the internet a lot for resources but there’s just nothing like having a great book for what you’re looking for. I often find myself thumbing through some of my favorite books on organic gardening.
I love books that are chock full of detailed information and beautiful pictures. I’m a visual learner so pictures make me happy. There are some books that are great even without a ton of pictures too. Who am I kidding? I love all the books!
These books on organic gardening go into detail on the types of soil, ph levels, pests, water and sun needs, and beyond. I know a lot about gardening but I definitely don’t remember all of this for each plant right off the top of my head. Having book references is a great tool for the home gardener.
I want to share with you some organic gardening books that are go to’s on my shelf.
4 Best Books on Organic Gardening
All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space by Mel Bartholomew is at the top of my list. We have grown square foot gardens and loved them. Even if you don’t grow a square foot garden, this book has so much great gardening information that you can utilize. Remember me mentioning loving pictures in books? Well, this one has some great ones!
Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener by Fern Marshall Bradley is a great resource for all kinds of garden plants, You’ll be able to quickly reference what you are looking for and read up on it. This one even covers things like soil amendments.
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! by Carleen Madigan This is a great guide to utilizing space and growing productively. It shows you how anyone can grow their own food, even in smaller spaces. Definitely a nice quick reference guide to have on hand.
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself by Carla Emery This one is great for gardening and also for anything homesteading, country living, or self sufficiency. If you ask any homesteader, most would probably tell you that this is their top go to resource. I’ve used this one over and over again for years.
Those are just my top 4, I love so many books, it’s hard to choose. What is your top gardening resource book?
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I don’t have a lot of room for gardening in my backyard but I would like to start growing some of my own organic food.
Thanks for your recommendation, Jenna. I was dealing with a lot of stress when I was in my 20s (a long time ago!), and it was unbelievable to see the stress relief found through gardening. Just being able to get outdoors and work on my garden was something unique.
Thanks for sharing this information, as good weather starts I would like to start growing my own vegetables and herbs with my daughters. So much to learn!!
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I find gardening therapeutic and also rewarding when all the flowers bloom and the plants mature. Thanks for sharing these great books, learning never stops as we constantly gain new information and learn how to do things better.