For some, gardening is one of the many pleasures of life. The peace and serenity they find in gardening can only be experienced by them. However, there are some books out there that succeed at capturing that essence to an extent and also give you tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts of gardening as well.
And today, we have compiled a list of some of the best gardening books you could find out there. Be it for a beginner or an expert; these books cater to everyone. The books on this list were comprised on the basis of their content, their eye to detail, their ratings and reviews and the authenticity of their ideas.
Hope you enjoy reading the rest of the article while also gathering some valuable information.
1. All New Square Foot Gardening
The best feature the book presents is it really does cater to everyone. Anyone anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults, even complete novices, anyone with limited mobility can achieve spectacular results. The book features ten new features, it is even simpler than it was before, and you do not have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil as you will be growing above the ground.
The ten new features the book presents are-:
New Location – Square Foot Garden needs just twenty per cent of the space of a traditional garden, so you can now move your Garden closer to your home.
New Direction – No need to worry about pH soil tests, double-digging, or the never-ending soil improvements and locate your Garden on top of the existing soil.
New Soil – The new “Mel’s Mix” is an excellent growing mix. Best of all, you can even purchase the different types of compost needed.
New Depth – Only 6 inches of SFG box would be required as when grown at this depth, the majority of plants develop just fine.
No Fertilizer – If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don t need to add fertilizer.
New Boxes – The new method uses bottomless boxes aboveground. The book shows you how to build your own with step-by-step photos.
New Aisles – The ideal aisle width is three to four feet. That makes it easier to kneel, work, and harvest.
New Grids – Prominent grids added to the SFG box help visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest.
New Seed Saving Idea – Gone is the old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras. The new method means two or three seeds–per planting hole, and you’re done.
Tabletop Gardens – The new boxes are smaller and lighter; you can also add a plywood bottom to make them portable. And that is not all. The book includes simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations.
2. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is a well comprehensive guide to growing your own fruit and vegetables easily. It offers simple and practical advice ranging from building raised beds, planning your veg patch, to making your own compost. It also helps you learn how to make the most of your garden and grow vegetables to feed your family and friends.
Smith’s legendary high-yield gardening method focuses on wide rows, organic methods, and deep soil. The book helps you succeed with fussy plants, try new and unusual varieties, and learn how to extend your growing season with new innovations.
With thorough profiles and details of hundreds of popular varieties, The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible provides expert and concise information and an inspiring roadmap for gardeners of all skill levels to enjoy abundant homegrown vegetables.
3. Carrots love Tomatoes
Full of brilliant tried and tested ideas for successful gardening, Carrots Love tomatoes is an excellent reference. There are details for every plant imaginable beyond just what they can be best planted for.
Using the advice for each plant in this book will get you an awesome garden without a doubt. Like did you ever think of planting parsley and asparagus together so that you’ll have more of each or keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive?
These are some of the many tips the book has to offer. Utilize these properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest. With a plethora of helpful advice and ideas for planting schemes, this book will inspire you to turn your Garden into a nurturing ecosystem.
4. Veg in One Bed
Huw Richards Veg In One Bed has a bunch of insightful ways and suggestions for various activities. Huw Richards’s clear and practical suggestions will help you produce a beautiful harvest with minimal space and effort. Huw Richards demonstrates how to grow vegetables easily, organically, abundantly, and also inexpensive to have something to harvest every month.
Everything in the book is explained in clear steps with photographs like building your bed, growing from seed, planting, feeding, and harvesting. Huw shows how to guarantee early success by starting off young plants on a windowsill. He advises what to grow in each part of the bed and provides alternative vegetables as per your preferences. No-dig gardening methods mean no backbreaking work, too.
Veg in One Bed goes beyond the inspiring demonstrations. In this book, he organizes all of his ideas and suggestions into a blueprint for growing your own vegetable month by month. People with very little growing experience or only a small space can also do wonders with Veg in One Bed.
5. The Complete Gardener
A revised, extensive new edition of The Complete Gardener (2003), this book brings you right up-to-date on how Monty Don spends his time in his gardens today, his process of gardening, the produce he uses, the tools he prefers and all his new recommendations for you. This has been referred to as the most practical, comprehensive and highly illustrated book Monty Don has ever written. The book covers his beliefs and the most important aspects of gardening.
The core of his practice has always been organic techniques, but this new edition picks up on another key principle: the need to provide habitats in your Garden for local wildlife, which not a lot of gardening books offer. Over half of the photos in this edition are new, taken over a year in his Long Meadow garden. Even great gardeners like Monty Don are always learning and always experimenting in order to be a better version of themselves in their field of work.
6. The Well-Tempered Garden
The Well-Tempered Garden by Christopher Lloyd is perceived as a timeless classic work by a simple gardener who combines the passionate love of his subject with critical intelligence and practicality, all in a good helping of wit.
The book is packed with loads of information that keen gardeners crave – from weeding, planting to the pleasures of propagation. The book was hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published and is still as fresh, enlightening and necessary for gardeners in the 21st century as it was when it first appeared more than 40 years ago.
7. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
This practical guide has step-by-step advice, which is perfect for a new gardener or a green thumb. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden helps you successfully plan, plant, and tend your garden.
This hardworking guide includes thorough details on the essential practices of perennial care—included deadheading, pinching, and thinning—along with growing information for specific species and cultivars, on-trend garden design advice, a monthly planting and maintenance schedule, and details on native plants and gardening for wildlife. The Well-Tended Perennial Garden will be your ally in the quest for a beautiful, well-maintained garden.
This book encourages large, lush garden beds after determining soil types, moisture conditions, sunlight and shade, wind direction, and existing vegetation and structures as well.
8. How Not To Kill Your Houseplant
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant is a guide for beginners to help it flourish and grow. The book begins with the basics, which covers how to buy the plant, how to water it, how to feed it, where to put it, and how to spot pests and diseases.
The beginning of the section has an eight-page index of illustrations to identify your plant and find it in the book. Each plant has plenty of information, including full-colour photos and details on what that plants requires to survive indoors.
This book is going to help cover every scenario. The book is a handy quick-reference guide as the index of illustrations proves helpful. How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will explain and fix your horticultural woes.
9. Gaia’s Garden
Gaia’s Garden is a great book with over 250,000 copies sold will be recorded in history as a milestone for gardeners and landscapers. Gaia’s Garden has ignited the imagination of home gardeners around the world over with a simple message: working with nature, not against her.
Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening can take place only on a large, multi-acre scale. The book demonstrates fun and easy ways–even for the beginner–to create a backyard ecosystem by assembling communities of plants. The book also features topics such as:-
- Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure
- Growing an edible ‘forest’ that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods
- Providing a re-wild and biodiverse habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals
- Catching and conserving water in the landscape
This revised and updated edition also features a chapter for people in cities and suburbs who have limited space. Whatever size yard, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, natural, productive, and beautiful.
10. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener gives you ways and ideas to grow harvest even in winter’s coldest months. You will be able to harvest fresh, delicious produce on a regular basis. Insights gained from over the years of growing vegetables, Niki Jabbour shares her simple yet insightful techniques for gardening throughout the year.
Learn how to build inexpensive structures to protect your crops from the elements, the best varieties for each season, and the art of succession planting. No matter where you live, you’ll soon enjoy a thriving vegetable garden year-round.