On my bookshelf sit a few well-thumbed gardening books – most of them with splotches of mud and even a few bits of grass stuck in them. They’ve been carted out to the garden as reference and reviewed carefully each time I head out with a new set of seeds or hit a problem.
As I’ve written before, I think everyone who has access to some earth should have a garden – even a small patch . . .
- And gardening is a fun, challenging and enriching activity to do with your kids . . .
That being said, enthusiasm and determination will only do some of the work. It does help to have instructions and tips.
Here are some of my all-time favorite, go-to gardening books. Like I said, I go to them regularly. They make excellent investments for a beginning or well-experienced gardener. You can click on each book image to purchase it on Amazon.
The Best Gardening Book For Gardening With Kids
If you’re going to garden with kids, you’ve got to get this thorough and creative book written by Sharon Lovejoy. It shows you step by step how to create 12 different gardens designed just for kids. Talk about inspiration to make your garden more than just a workhorse – but a learning center and springboard for the imagination – this book does it.
The Best Gardening Book For Beginners And Pros
To start, I recommend Barbara Damrosch’s The Garden Primer – a complete seed to harvest primer, organized by plants. It’s a thorough start for any gardener. It’s the first book I purchased when I started gardening on my own and while sometimes I’ve had to delve a little deeper in additional references, it’s always been a solid start. And usually a good finish.
The Best Gardening Reference Book
Tanya Denkla’s The Organic Gardener’s Home Reference is well organized by vegetable or fruit with quick reference charts for planting dates, pests and disease problems. Each plant has a section for planting and harvesting tips along with a list of recommended varieties depending on your situation. One of my favorite features is the list of allies, companions and non-friendly plants for each plant. This book makes it into the garden with me every season.
The Best Gardening Books For Cold Climates
Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch’s 4-Season Harvest has become an absolute necessity for me living in cold northern New England. With this book I’ve stretched my gardening season to be almost year-round – despite the below-zero temps and snowdrifts. And I still haven’t put together the greenhouse of my dreams yet! If you’re in a chilly zone, you’ll love the insights, charts and plant recommendations this book combines.
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Since expecting their first Since expecting their first child, Sarah and her husband Cassius have made fitness a core part of their family life. From biking to hiking . . . from the heart of New York City to a farm in New England, they have found a way to stay active together. And through all this exercising as a family they discovered that family fitness builds not only strong bodies – but stronger families.
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