I thought I would share some of my favorite gardening books with you. I have several favorites, so it is hard to narrow it down to a few. Tomorrow the list may be different. But here are some that I continually use as reference.
The Pleasure of Herbs: A Month-by-Month Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying Herbsand Herbal Treasures: Inspiring Month-By Month Projects for Gardening, Cooking, and Crafts, by Phyllis V. Shaudys, are my two all time favorite herb books. The Pleasure of Herbs has more information on planting and growing herbs. Herbal Treasures is packed full of ideas for using your herbs. Both of these books are stuffed with useful recipes.
Another favorite of mine is The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers (Gardener’s Supply Books), by Lynn Byczynski. I am not exactly a flower farmer, but this book is loaded with information on flowers, and organic growing information. It gives the height, growing requirements, and other useful information for a wide variety of flowers. It also tells how to preserve your cut flowers, and which ones are going to last the longest once they are cut.
Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation, by Lynn Coulter is another great book full of information about where some of our oldest heirloom seeds came from, and how to preserve their heritage. Her writing style makes the subject very interesting.
From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine, by Jeff Cox, is a book I just discovered this winter. It is a complete guide for growing grapes. From finding the right vines, where to plant them, and how to make wine. This book is full of information if you are interested in growing grapes.
Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!, by Patricia Lanza is my favorite book on Lasagna Gardening. I am new to this concept, I tried it last fall on a couple new beds. We’ll see how it goes this spring. The process is great for the soil.
These are my picks. Most of them are the specialized books I have found. There are millions of books out there on gardening. I wanted to share my special treasures with you. Books you may not find listed somewhere else. Let me know what your favorites are.