It’s early March here and all I want to do is spend time in the dirt. Sadly, it’s not time to plant yet. (We’re in zone 6) I can clean and prep the soil, and watch the early perennials pop up, but nothing more. So what’s a girl to do? I cozy up in the mornings with my coffee and re-read through my most loved gardening books. Learning, gleaning more tips, and planning out my garden for the year.
You can get lost in all the gardening books out there. There are many good ones! I’ve found you don’t have to own them all though. As long as you invest in a few core books that cover the basics you’re ready to go! I use them to inspire, plan, and also to combat, and prevent disease in plants.
MY FAVORITE GARDENING BOOKS:
If you’ve been around for a while, then you know I love to garden for production and yield for our family, but I also mix in a healthy assortment of cut flowers and pretty things. Because gardening can be both functional and beautiful. I talk about how I want my garden to feel in this post, and how I made it happen. If you love your garden, you’ll tend it more.
This book has almost everything. From making a site plan, to crop selection, scheduling and record keeping, to crop rotation, selecting seeds, prepping the soil, and setting up irrigation systems, it’s covered in depth. The book also contains lots of pictures as examples, as well as worksheets. A must-have for a new or seasoned gardener.
An oldie but a goodie, this book has been around for years because it’s solid on its information. Ed shares his W-O-R-D system, which is a great way to make sure your garden yield is high.
A good friend of mine gave this book to me years ago when I was sharing some issues I was having with my plants. It’s a non-negotiable in your arsenal to combat bugs and diseases.
Not only is this a perfect coffee table book because of its absolutely stunning photography, but it also covers everything you’d need to know about having a cut flower garden. From the basics, like planning and getting started, techniques and tools, to which tasks to do based on the season for optimal growth and production.
Erin over at Floret knows her stuff. Plus her farm is less than six hours from me, so our growing seasons are similar! If you can catch her seeds when they go on sale, you’re a lucky duck! I missed them this year they sold out so quickly!
Not just about cut flowers, this book delves into flower gardening as a whole, and shares how to create your own personal style in your garden, the basics of garden design, and all you’ll need to know about perennials, annuals, bulbs, roses, ornamental grasses, ferns, and more. It also lists plants by region so you know what works best in your area.
And those are the core books I refer to each year. They provide wisdom, inspiration, and honesty it’s like hearing from a good friend that loves something as much as I do. They are what I flip through in the cold winter months, and what I use to prep in the spring. I refer to them when I have a problem, or when I want to try and grown something new.
I hope you cherish them as much as I do.
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