Gardening Books

Recently, as people avoid the grocery store, and even CSA farms are seeing increased demand for their produce, I’m becoming more interested in gardening.

Though it’s not a recent publication, a relevant read that I really enjoyed is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (the ebook and audiobook are on Overdrive). The author and her family moved to a farm and spent a year eating mostly locally, largely from their own land. Initially I thought this sounded overwhelming and austere. However, Kingsolver suggests that it’s abundant – enriching in many ways, even beyond the increasingly-necessary reductions to carbon footprint and plastic use. For example, producing their own food helped her family build community. The garden allowed them to give produce to neighbors; projects like mushroom hunting required them to rely on others’ expertise; and other tasks, like canning tomatoes and raising poultry, became opportunities to share experiences that many people haven’t had. 

To learn more, I found some ebooks on Overdrive!

General Guides:

How to grow practically everything
Low-Maintenance Vegetable Gardening
Grow cook eat

Small Spaces and Indoors:

All new square foot gardening : the revolutionary way to grow more in less space
Apartment gardening : plants, projects, and recipes for growing food in your urban home
Indoor kitchen gardening handbook : turn your home into a year-round vegetable garden : microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers & more

Gardening with Kids:

Square foot gardening with kids : learn together : gardening basics : science and math, water conservation, self-sufficiency, healthy eating
Gardening lab for kids : 52 fun experiments to learn, grow, harvest, make, play, and enjoy your garden

Other Topics:

Native Plants for New England Gardens
Compost City
Propagating plants : how to create new plants for free
Step-by-step garden basics
The gardener