Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Give a Gardening Book!

Tis the season -- and it makes a very nice for Mother's Day.   

All the President's Gardens - Hardcover just $21 on Amazon - and get their quick delivery if you want this for Mother's Day. “A history-rich and very readable account of how our presidents and their families have left their imprint on the 18 acres surrounding the executive mansion.” --Traditional Home  

NOTE: While I link you to Amazon for your ease of ordering, I heartily encourage you to instead drive to your local bookstore - preferably a mom and pop - and order or buy it there. We don't want those wonderful places to disappear! 

Considered to be the best Gardening book of all time, here is the updated, modernized Second Edition: All New Square Foot Gardening. From the Mel Bartholomew, the master himself, a revised version from his first book where he developed his techniques to maximize small garden yields back in the '80's. There is renewed interest, especially in raised bed gardens and vertical gardening. Even talks about making gardening fun for kids.

The Garden Primer... Highly Praised and considered the most comprehensive, yet easily read and digested book on gardening from A-Z.  This is a bible you can read cover to cover on everything gardening from flowers to veggies -- and this new version goes all Organic. A full on classic for any and all questions and needs - great for novices and experienced gardeners alike.

Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farms wrote another classic the Four Season Harvest, Second Edition, which shows how you can grow fresh veggies all year long.  The First edition can be out of print, tragically, but able to be found used on many websites. Here's Barnes and Noble...

The New Southern Living Garden Book: From the Editors of Southern Living Magazine. Considered THE definitive book on gardening by those in the South, but gardening lovers will benefit and appreciate having this. It's gotten a whole facelift and there is a GREAT Q & A section.

Mike McGrath's Book of Compost.  Mike has written several books, all excellent, and has a radio show. He even did a Ted Talk on composting, found HERE.

And for those into flowers: English Cottage Gardening, A book filled with sage advice and sumptuous, inspiring photos. English Gardens are known to be planned to bloom all season long - as soon as one flower dies off the next round are blooming. I bought a house where someone worked to do this and it's amazing. Things all come up yellow to start, then move into deep purples, then multi colored, and finally, August and September blooms!

Also -- READ this great New York Times article packed with suggestions for great gardening books.

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