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I went into the gardening section of the library yesterday and was quite overwhelmed! It's like the parenting book section if not bigger! So I figure, like the parenting books, there are some that are better than others.<br><br>
What are your favorites?
 

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I have a few favorites but I recommend that you go to your library and check out TONS of them at a time. I think I usually started with 20 and browsed through- what appeals to you might be different than someone else. My main "books" now are "Month by Month gardening in Florida" because it helps keep me on track with what to do each month. Also I have a book called "The Gardener's A-Z Guide to growing organic food." That is helpful to know what to do with my veggies and how to treat pests, naturally.<br><br>
I also have a few other randoms on the shelf, from thrift stores. 100 easiest annuals and a general garden-plan book.
 

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I second the recommendation for <i>The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic</i> (Tanya Denckla), and would add <i>Gaia's Garden</i> by Toby Hemmenway. (I think I got his last name right....) I actually also use the Square Foot Garden book quite a bit, too. Most of it is just a sales pitch for his gardening 'system,' but I am glad I bought it for the charts on growing distances for different veggies.
 

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for any complete newbie like myself the Mike McGrath Book of Compost is sooo awesome, it's a lot of in depth information presented in a really accessible way. I feel like a compost expert and haven't even started composting yet.
 

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I like the lazy gardener too! It's a fun little book and it is a great introduction to a variety of gardening styles such as no till gardening, companion planting and square foot gardening. It doesn't give a whole lot of detail but enough to get the idea and help you decidde if you want to investigate further.<br><br>
I also recomend finding books by local authors if at all possible. Varieties and planing times recomended by a gardener in Florida would not work at all for me up here in Canada for instance. The pacific north west has much diferant gardening strenths and draw backs than the south west or the east coast. Books that are specific for your area are going to give you a lot more useful advice than books written somewhere else.
 

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My fave gardening books are permaculture ones. I have found a total lack of literature on gardening in the conditions I live in ie cool winters & cool summers with continual evil sea breezes interspersed with the odd gale every few weeks. I experiment all the time to see what works. The books that have inspired me the most to keep going & have helped me with the overall concepts are<br><br>
One straw revolution which is a classic<br>
The permaculture home garden by Linda Woodrow<br>
Creating a forest garden by Patrick Whitfield ( I think )<br>
What's happening in the garden & also Permaculture orchard design by Kay Baxter.
 

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I really like Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. I really like the square foot approach and this book was a great introduction.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I also recomend finding books by local authors if at all possible.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/truedat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Truedat"> It would have been nice to have a book geared more toward my growing zone. Some of the guidelines were definitely not applicable to a zone 2 garden.
 
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