Recommended Reads - Gardening

April showers brought May flowers – why not try your hand at adding some tomatoes and cucumbers! We have books for both beginners just starting out and experienced gardeners who may want to try something new.

Container Gardening

by Patricia R. Barrett

Part of the Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin series

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

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Field Guide To Urban Gardening

by Kevin Espiritu

How to Grow Plants, No Matter Where You Live

In Field Guide to Urban Gardening, author Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening shares the basics of growing plants, offers tips on how to choose the right urban gardening method, and troubleshoots the most common problems you'll encounter.

If you think it's impossible to grow your own food because you don't have a large yard or you live in the city…think again. There is a plethora of urban gardening options to create beautiful, productive edible gardens no matter where you live. The key to succeeding as an urban gardener is to choose the method(s) that make sense for your unique living situation and then give your plants what they need to thrive. Kevin helps you do just that.

But he doesn't stop there. He also provides in-depth garden plans, from upcycled DIY projects and intensive hydroponic systems to beautiful and functional raised beds. Urban gardening is a real, growing, and important movement in today's world. This fact-packed book is your roadmap to get growing today.

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Growing Tomatoes

by Jason Johns

Nothing compares to the taste of homegrown tomatoes picked fresh from the vine! Master gardener Jason Johns shares his love for and knowledge of growing this popular, savory fruit so that even novices can produce a bumper crop of their favorite varieties. This in-depth guide teaches you how to: select the best seeds and seedlings; grow tomatoes in beds, containers, or greenhouses; nurture your plants so they produce an abundant crop; choose companion plants; prevent pests and diseases; store and preserve your tomatoes to use later in the season; and make salsa, gazpacho, and other favorite tomato dishes. Growing your own tomatoes is an incredibly rewarding experience. If you follow Jason's guidance, you'll be guaranteed a healthy tomato harvest you can enjoy all season long.

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Growing Winter Food

by Linda Gray

How to grow, harvest, store, and use produce for the winter months

Grow Healthy Winter Produce

Grow your own keeper crops for the chilly days of winter-and you'll be sure of putting the freshest, tastiest produce, packed with goodness, on your kitchen table! Growing Winter Food is the essential gardening guide for those who want to enjoy their garden's output all year round. This easy-to-follow book shows you how to grow your own fruit and vegetables for winter use and includes detailed cultivation advice on each crop, along with nutritional value, recipe ideas, and storage suggestions.

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High-Yield Vegetable Gardening

High-Yield Vegetable Gardening

by Colin McCrate, Brad Halm

Grow More of What You Want in the Space You Have

You won't believe your eyes when you see the size of your harvest! In High-Yield Vegetable Gardening, authors Colin McCrate and Brad Halm show how you can make your food garden much more productive, no matter how big or small it is. You'll learn their secrets for preparing the soil, selecting and rotating your crops, and mapping out a specific customized plan to make the most of your space and your growing season. Packed with the charts, tables, schedules, and worksheets you need - as well as record-keeping pages so you can repeat your successes next year - this book is an essential tool for the serious gardener.

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The Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden

by Clare Matthews

Wouldn't it be great to easily and quickly grow fresh fruit and vegetables in your own backyard? Through the simple shortcuts and unconventional low-maintenance strategies presented in this guide, would-be gardeners can learn the tricks needed to grow their own produce without putting in a lot of work. The simple instructions are accompanied by inspirational photographs that will encourage novices, while the solid horticultural advice will help even experienced gardeners get great results in no time.

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Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening

by Katie Elzer-Peters

Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesot…

If you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you've joined the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you'll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local microclimate. Fortunately for you, Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the master gardener responsible for our bestselling Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening (2012), equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and-most importantly-harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Badlands, the Dells, the Quad Cities, or anywhere else in the Midwestern United States, you'll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide…and they'll be on your table before you know it.

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The Organic Composting Handbook

by Dede Cummings

Techniques for a Healthy, Abundant Garden

Great compost is one of the most important secrets of successful organic gardening. In this comprehensive guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about the various methods of composting and how to adapt them to your home and garden. With full-color photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, this will be a welcome addition to every organic gardener's library.

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Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds

by Jeff Hutton

A Fun, User-Friendly, Illustrated Guide to Creating a Vegetable or Flower Garden with Your Kids

Let writer and gardener Jeff Hutton show you and your kids how to grow your own food and your favorite flowers, attract butterflies, create crafts, and more. Teach your children how to start garden seeds indoors as well as how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and transplant seedlings. Additionally, there are over a dozen fun recipes and instructions for making stepping stones, decorating egg carton planters, planting a sunflower maze, and much more. Parents and children are sure to have a blast in the garden all year round!

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Tips For The Lazy Gardener

by Linda Tilgner

Linda Tilger encourages you to embrace the lazy gardener within to work smarter and relax harder. With hundreds of time-saving techniques, Tips for the Lazy Gardener shows you how easy it can be to grow hearty vegetables and fragrant herbs. Covering everything from planning an efficient garden to effective shortcuts for harvesting your crops, Tilga's expert suggestions are designed to mitigate chore time while increasing your gardening pleasure. Enjoy a thriving and abundant garden - without all the back-breaking, energy-sapping work.

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