Best Gardening & Horticulture Reference Books
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1. The Old Farmer's Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook (Old Farmer's Almanac (Paperback))
Author: by Old Farmer’s Almanac
Published at: Old Farmer's Almanac; Illustrated edition (November 12, 2019)
This book is the perfect companion for every vegetable gardenereven those who have never touched a trowel and wouldn’t know mulch from mud! The practical advice presented in the Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook demystifies gardening by providing the best, most proven methods for sowing, growing, and harvesting.
Highlights include Step-by-step advice for success with more than 30 vegetables in any zoneThe dirt on soil: why testing is so importantand how to do itEasy techniques for growing in-ground, plus alternatives to traditional raised bedsSeed-starting and -saving methods simplifiedGardeners’ friends and foes: which plants help (or hinder) vegetablesEnlightening (and humorous!
Anecdotes from fellow gardenersSpace for noting observations and experiencesMore than 150 full-color photosEssential reference tables and chartsMuch, much more! Created for new gardeners, green thumbs, and old hands alike, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook is loaded with advice and inspiration to help plantsand growersthrive.
2. The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
Author: by Carla Emery
#1 The Best Country and Rural Living Books*#1 15 Best Homesteading Books for Beginners in 2021*For more than 50 years, this homesteading classic is the essential book of basic skills and country wisdom for living off the land, being prepared, and doing it yourself.
Keep your family healthy, safe, and independent-no matter what’s going on in the world. From homesteaders to urban farmers, and everyone in between, there is a desire for a simpler way of life: a healthier, greener, more self-sustaining, and holistic approach that allows you to survive and thriveeven in uncertain times.
With its origins in the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s, Carla Emery’s landmark book has grown into a comprehensive guide to living a self-sustaining lifestyle. Learn how to live independently in this comprehensive guide, including how to:* Can, dry, and preserve food * Plan your garden * Grow your own food* Make 20-minute cheese* Make your own natural skincare products* Bake bread * Cook on a wood stove * Learn beekeeping * Raise chickens, goats, and pigs * Create natural skincare products * Make organic bug spray * Treat your family with homemade remedies * Make fruit leather* Forage for wild food* Spin wool into yarn* Mill your own flour * Tap a maple tree And more!
3. Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible
Author: by Jorge Cervantes
Van Patten Publishing
With 512 full color pages and 1120 full color photographs and illustrations, Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible is the most complete cultivation book available. The Fifth Edition of the former Indoor Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor Bible was originally published in 1983, when it immediately became a best seller.
More than 500,000 copies of the Indoor Bible are in print in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish. New greenhouse and outdoor growing chapters make this a book both indoor and outdoor growers will keep under thumb. The other 15 chapters (17 total) are all updated with the most current information, completely rewritten and significantly expanded.
For example, Dr. John McPartland contributed an all new medical section – The books credits list more than 300 contributors and reads like a who’s who in the world of cannabis cultivation.
4. The Drunken Botanist
Author: by Amy Stewart
The Essential, New York TimesBestselling Guide to Botany and BoozeA book that makes familiar drinks seem new again … Through this horticultural lens, a mixed drink becomes a cornucopia of plants. NPR’s Morning EditionAmy Stewart has a way of making gardening seem exciting, even a little dangerous.
The New York TimesSake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn.Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.
Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaursbut each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.
This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixologywith more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardenerswill make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
5. 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Creative Homeowner) Fences, Chicken Coops, Sheds, Gardening, and More for Becoming Self-Sufficient
Author: by David Toht
Learn all about how to build sheds, feeders, fences, and other backyard structures to enhance your sustainable living! Garden structures: Raised beds, planters and arbors, self-watering beds, grow-light stand, soil blocks Fences and pens: Fence post basics, picket fence, solar electric fence, installing and stretching fences, hen pen and hurdle, gates, PVC hen pen Housing chickens: Basics for housing chickens, building a coop and run, complete material and cutting lists, exploded views, building an A-frame chicken tractor Building sheds: Basics for building, goat shed, saltbox garden shed, backyard-homestead shop, roofing alternatives Solar and wind power: Compressor and gearbox windmills, how solar works, erecting a windmill, installing a solar power system Aquaponics and hydroponics: Understanding aquaponics, understanding hydroponics, basics of a DIY aquaponic system, how to install a hydroponic system Building beehives: Langstroth beehive, Warr beehive, top-bar beehive (aka the Kenyan or Tanzanian beehive), step-by-step building instructions and exploded views Plumbing and wiring: Plumbing basics, ground-fault circuit interrupters, freeze-proof watering options, outdoor wiring, supplemental lighting A companion volume to Backyard Homesteading, 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead provides details on how to build more than 40 projects to enhance your sustainable living.
6. Marijuana Grower's Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation
Author: by Ed Rosenthal
Quick American Archives
This book will change the way you grow. Marijuana Grower’s Handbook shows both beginners and advanced growers how to grow the biggest most resinous, potent buds! This book contains the latest knowledge, tools, and methods to grow great marijuanaindoors and out.
Use the most efficient technology and save time, labor, and energy. Ed Rosenthal has been teaching people how to grow marijuana for more than 30 years. Let him help you cultivate bountiful buds and lots of them. With 500 pages of full-color photos and illustrations, the book delivers all the basics that a novice grower needs, as well as scientific research for the experienced gardener.
All aspects of cultivation are covered, from the selection of varieties, setting up of the garden, and through each stage of plant growth all the way to harvesting. Readers can link to Ed’s research for additional information, photos, and equipment updates.
Full-color photographs throughout clarify instructions and show the stunning results possible with Ed’s growing tips. “Marijuana may not be addictive, but growing it is.” Ed Rosenthal
7. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
Author: by Brett L. Markham
Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income. Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acreand earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.
Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more.
Because self-sufciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
8. How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged
Author: by Veronica Peerless
You had one job: watering your new plant. But it’s been a week and it’s already dying.Fear not! This helpful guide is here to show you how to rescue your plants. Follow the survival tips outlined in this book and you’ll be on your way to having your home brimming with green life.
It’s absolutely possible not to assassinate your houseplant all you need is this book! From identifying exactly what’s in the pot to helping it flourish and grow, this is your guide to creating an oasis of happy, flourishing houseplants. With over 50 different types of popular houseplants, this book summarizes what type of care your plants do (or don’t) need.
Find out which types of plants will thrive in your living space. You’ll also discover how to keep a cactus alive, where to hang air plants, and how to repot succulents. Understand how much light, water, heat, and humidity your plant needs.
Whatever your horticulture woes, this book will explain and fix it. Yellowed leaves, drooping leaves, and dried leaves learn to spot the danger signs and how to take the proper action to rescue your sick plant. Packed with helpful tips, pictures, and information panels, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will equip you with the skills necessary to raise a healthy plant.
9. The Complete Gardener: A Practical, Imaginative Guide to Every Aspect of Gardening
Author: by Monty Don
DK (May 4, 2021)
Even great gardeners like Monty Don are always learning and always experimenting. This extensively revised new edition of his Complete Gardener, first published in 2003, brings you right up-to-date on how Monty gardens today – and his recommendations for you. The most comprehensive, practical, and highly illustrated book Monty has ever written, it covers what he believes are the most important aspects of gardening.
Organic techniques have always been at the core of his practice, but this new edition picks up on another key principle: the need to provide habitats in your garden for local wildlife. Over half of the photographs in this new edition will be new, taken over a year in his Long Meadow garden, and he is going through the text with a fine-tooth comb to ensure everything he says reflects his latest approach.
10. Peonies: Beautiful Varieties for Home & Garden
Author: by Jane Eastoe
A floral gardening guide to the ultra popular peony. From Shawnee Chief to Top Brass, this guide to over 60 varieties of peonies presents an eclectic selection of specimensfrom those with the best visual appearance and the most fragrant perfume, to those that are easiest to grow and produce the best cutting flowers.
With commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow growing advice, and glorious photography, Peonies will appeal to anyone who appreciates the romance of the majestic peony. Journalist Jane Eastoe is author of Vintage Roses (Gibbs Smith, 2016) plus gardening and outdoor books published by National Trust Books (UK).
Georgianna Lane, author of Paris in Bloom, is a leading floral photographer whose work also appeared in Vintage Roses.
11. The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 2nd Edition: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions: Wide Rows, Organic Methods, Raised Beds, Deep Soil
Author: by Edward C. Smith
Storey Publishing, LLC
Smith’s legendary high-yield gardening method emphasizes wide rows, organic methods, raised beds, and deep soil. Succeed with fussy plants, try new and unusual varieties, and learn how to innovatively extend your growing season. With thorough profiles of hundreds of popular varieties, The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible provides expert information and an inspiring roadmap for gardeners of all skill levels to enjoy abundant homegrown vegetables.
12. Plantopedia: The Definitive Guide to Houseplants
Author: by Lauren Camilleri
This is the definitive text for potting, maintaining, and loving your houseplants. Houseplants have the power to transform any room. With their lush foliage and structural beauty, they help create indoor oases that bring a sense of tranquility to our busy lives.
Fostering a connection to plants has many positive implications for us and our environment by strengthening our relationship with the natural world. In Plantopedia, Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan from Leaf Supply present the definitive guide to keeping happy, healthy houseplants in any space.
Featuring: More than 130 plant profiles including foliage plants, succulents and cacti, as well as rarer gems of the plant world. Detailed care information including troubleshooting tips and tricks to ensure that your houseplants thrive. Plants for all levels of indoor gardeners, from budding novices to green thumbs and beyond.
13. Hydrangeas: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden
Author: by Naomi Slade
Gibbs Smith (May 26, 2020)
A favorite indoor-outdoor flower adorns the summer in colorful bursts of petals. Perhaps the most abundantly blooming plant, hydrangeas have captivated gardeners and cultivators alike with their old-fashioned charm and tantalizing colors. From late spring to early autumn, they burst from the ends of stems in natural bouquets of vibrant pink, stunning white, lavender, rose, and blue.
With over 75 species and 600 named cultivars that range over the world, the variety makes them perfect for any occasion. Georgianna Lane’s entrancing photography showcase the varieties of nature’s firework flower, such as the intensely colored Alpenglhen and the airy Lanarth White, while Naomi Slade imparts her gardening expertise for the fullest bloom of this rewarding flower.
Readers will discover the wide array that hydrangeas have to offer, and why these bountiful blossoms are becoming increasingly popular as houseplants and gifts. Naomi Slade is a well-known journalist and photographer specializing in gardening, environment, and lifestyle. A biologist by training, naturalist by inclination, and with a lifelong love of plants, she contributes regularly to a range of British publications including The English Garden and House and Garden.
14. Edible Wild Plants for Beginners: The Essential Edible Plants and Recipes to Get Started
Author: by Althea Press
Wild plants are not only beautiful, but they can also be an affordable and sustainable way to add flavor and nutrition to your diet. Edible Wild Plants for Beginners provides you with the essential information and guidance to begin foraging for edible wild plants and including them in your diet.
Edible Wild Plants for Beginners provides profiles of common edible wild plants and includes information on dangerous look-alikes, the best time to harvest, where to find each type of wild plant, and how to cultivate your own garden. From natural remedies to delectable dishes and exotic cocktails, Edible Wild Plants for Beginners provides more than 95 ways for you to use these newfound ingredients.
Edible Wild Plants for Beginners will help you explore the world of edible wild plants and teach you how to use them in your home and kitchen, with: More than 95 easy-to-follow edible wild plants recipes and remedies, including Amaranth Vegetable Curry, Pickled Jerusalem Artichokes, Chamomile Cookies, and a Purslane Martini Tips for foraging, harvesting, and cultivating edible wild plants Techniques for serving, preserving, and cooking with edible wild plants 31 edible wild plant profiles, including descriptions, distinguishing features, preparation and collection tips, and common uses 10 simple steps to making tinctures A guide to identifying edible wild plants and avoiding common poisonous plants With Edible Wild Plants for Beginners, you’ll be able to start living sustainably, saving money, and adding variety to your diet the way nature intended.
15. The Complete Gardener's Guide: The One-Stop Guide to Plan, Sow, Plant, and Grow Your Garden
Author: by DK
A one-stop treasure trove from the RHS that covers every aspect of gardening, from planning and planting to growing and care. Choose plants that will thrive in your space. Design a border for year-round color. Grasp different pruning techniques. Discover how to protect your veg patch from pests.
Make the best compost. Delve into this concise, practical encyclopedia to find all the ideas and advice you need to create a spectacular, thriving garden.
16. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Author: by Paul Stamets
Ten Speed Press
Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.
The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called mycelium-the fruit of which are mushrooms-recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening).
In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined mycorestoration, as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes.