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Which gardening book do you recommend?

Poll Results: Which gardening book do you recommend?

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    Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture - Toby Hemenway
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    Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) - Steve Solomon
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    The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times - Carol Deppe
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    Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening--With information on mushroom cultivation, sowing a ... ways to keep livestock, and more... - Sepp Holzer
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    None of the above, see below for my answer...
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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Last year was my first year with a garden as an adult.  The results were mixed, better than expected since I talked myself in to expecting zero, lol.  I want to grow a bigger chuck of our food in years to come (I've already got the chicken thing going, obviously), and could use some guidance.  I've done some looking on Amazon, and based on reviews these ones seem likely to have some of what I need.  I can't afford them all, so which, if any, would you recommend?

 

Edit to add I live in Western PA, and looking at my choices you may have guessed I want to add more trees and bushes.  I want to understand self sustaining methods, but am not gardening organically.


Edited by Niss - 2/19/12 at 10:24am
post #2 of 7

An alternative to spending a ton on books would be visiting BYC's sister site on gardening. Lot's of good hands on advice from people around the country.

 

http://www.theeasygarden.com/forum/

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post #3 of 7

I would add the gardenweb forum for area specific ideas

 

 

I love to buy used from Amazon, but it is really important to buy books that are relevant to your area.  Me, I want the new Sunset Western Gardner and I would like to get http://www.amazon.com/Vertical-Gardening-Vegetables-Flowers-Space/dp/1605290831/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329702590&sr=8-1 verical Gardening

post #4 of 7

Personally I feel the internet has all the info you could need. No one book can give all the info so I just search online for any questions I may have.

 

 

 

                                             

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post #5 of 7

i would suggest the square foot garden. serious results from a small area, with small water / feeding / effort. intensive. always something ready to eat....i use it, and i have 30 acres. do multiple beds. i do plow and plant large crops like corn and southern peas in the ground, but thats just because it takes so much room to grow these plants. a small return for the room invested. JMHO

post #6 of 7

I borrowed "Gardening With Children" by Beth Richardson, from the library and I really enjoy it. So much so, that I just ordered it off of Amazon.  I know, pretty basic, but it covers lots of topics and is very easy to understand. It is a bit outdated but fun to chuckle at some of the clothes...some I even wore.  Another good one, is "Homegrown" by Marta Teegen.

post #7 of 7

My favorite gardening book is 

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

http://www.squarefootgardening.org/main-home

 

I started this type of gardening and hardly ever have to week, never have to till the ground, and have a great place for my compost!

Mommy to BR (Onyx), 2 Delaware (Pearl & Opal), BO (Ruby), Blue Silkie (Amber), Splash Silkie (Raine), 2 Golden Laced Orps (Goldie & Lacey), 2 EE (Bunny & Rabbit) & 2 Blk Javas (Crow & Butterfly)!

Also a Pit/Mastiff mix, an American Bulldog, 1 cat, a guinea pig, a bearded dragon, and a koi pond.

Oh.. can't forget my daughter, granddaughter, step-son, and wonderful husband!

 

 

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Mommy to BR (Onyx), 2 Delaware (Pearl & Opal), BO (Ruby), Blue Silkie (Amber), Splash Silkie (Raine), 2 Golden Laced Orps (Goldie & Lacey), 2 EE (Bunny & Rabbit) & 2 Blk Javas (Crow & Butterfly)!

Also a Pit/Mastiff mix, an American Bulldog, 1 cat, a guinea pig, a bearded dragon, and a koi pond.

Oh.. can't forget my daughter, granddaughter, step-son, and wonderful husband!

 

 

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