If you are like me and are seeking solace in gardening, you may be chomping at the bit to start planting vegetables and flowers. New England’s Spring weather is iffy at best, and this April was the coldest on record, complete with frost warnings and even snow. Cold weather vegetables can be cautiously planted earlier in the Spring, but traditionally, New England gardeners wait until after Memorial Day to start planting their warm weather vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. The following are some books (ebook and print) that can help inspire you and answer your gardening questions. Ready, set, go — get your hands dirty!
Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening by Deborah Martin
A beginner’s guide to starting a healthy garden. This is a classic in the field!
All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
Ten new features in this all new updated edition. Anyone anywhere can enjoy a square foot garden!
Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Hayes
Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators. Help protect threatened butterflies, bees and other pollinators and have an alluring colorful garden, too. It’s a “win-win” solution!
Container Gardening Secrets: tips for the beginner by Danielle Long
A great tool that will help the novice gardener to learn the techniques that are required to have a successful container garden. It is also a great text for those who have limited or no garden space that wants to grow some vegetables and herbs for home consumption or simply want to add some color to their home with some great flowers.
Grow Food for Free by Huw Richards
The sustainable, zero-cost, low-effort way to a bountiful harvest. Grow your own vegetables from kitchen scraps!
Covering Ground by Barbara Ellis Unexpected ideas for landscaping with colorful, low-maintenance ground covers. A pretty, practical and sustainable way to transform your ordinary lawn.