My love affair with gardening started years ago when I was a little tyke helping my mom tend to our small kitchen garden.
The area was no more than a 4 x 4 plot, filled to the brim with an odd combination of lettuce, carrots, peas, marigolds and rhubarb. Not a tomato plant in sight (no earthly idea why, since I LOVE a good tomato).
Every spring I would patiently till up the garden, use a hoe to make neat rows and with great precision plant my seeds. Poking them down into the soil with my chubby little fingers and praying they would grow up to be big and strong and healthy.
And then I’d ceremoniously staple the seed packet to a popsicle stick and “plant” it at the end of the row so I could remember what was where. Back then, my knowledge of plants was limited to the instructions on the back of those seed packets.
I’m sure there were books on gardening at the local library, but I never once thought to go to the library to learn to garden. In my mind, gardening was not something you needed book-learning for.
It was full of skills handed down from your mama. And from her mama before her.
Most of that may be true, but ALL THE PHOTOS I was missing!!! And the STORIES!!! And the ADVICE!!!
I’ve since come to realize the error of my ways and have become somewhat of a gardening book junkie. Here is a list of some of my favorite gardening books and some I have just recently discovered.
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10 Outstanding Gardening Books: The Best Of The Bunch
Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
Gardening With Chickens: Plans And Plants For You And Your Hens
The New Southern Living Garden Book: The Ultimate Guide To Gardening
The Bee Friendly Garden: Design An Abundant, Flower Filled Yard That Nurtures Bees And Supports Biodiversity
The Well Tended Perennial Garden: The Essential Guide To Planting And Pruning Techniques
The Backyard Homestead: Produce All The Food You Need On Just A Quarter Acre
Welcome To The Farm: How To Wisdom From the Elliott Homestead
Container Gardens: Over 200 Fresh Ideas For Indoor And Outdoor Plantings
The Layered Garden: Design Lessons For Year Round Beauty From Brandywine Cottage
And since I apparently have a hard time counting to 10, some bonus books:
Garden Made: A Year Of Seasonal Projects To Beautify Your Garden And Your Life
Gardening In Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World
Gardenista: The Definitive Guide To Stylish Outdoor Spaces
What’s your favorite gardening book?