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 Post subject: Gardening books
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:31 am 
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Recommend your favorites!

Someone on the internet told me about Edible Front Yard and I love it so far. It's inspired me to try a veggie garden in lawn next year. I'm a little scared because I'm on a somewhat busy street...

I've also been loving the Lifetime Heirloom Gardener. Such amazing info and written by vegans.

Both are beautiful books that are full of pics and fun to flip through, which is how I like to do my reading these days.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:25 pm 
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I love gardening books!
My current fave is Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler, she has lots of great advice that I hadn't read elsewhere and I like the pictures too.

The Backyard Homestead has so much helpful information but sadly all those homesteading books at least have a chapter about keeping food animals.

From Seed to Skillet has absolutely fantastic pictures and information about varieties for every vegetable. I love to look though that one.

Gaia's Garden is an amazing permaculture one that I will buy once I take it back from the library. I really want to learn more about permaculture after reading it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:32 pm 
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This is super specific to my area, but I love Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:51 pm 
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I love You Grow Girl and Grow Great Grub - both by Gayla Trail.
And of course, Growing Green - by Jenny Hall about veganic gardening techniques.

My favorite gardening books are all listed here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:09 am 
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Are you ready for a readin' list? Check it out:

My faves:
Lasagna Gardening by Particia Lanza
Gardening Indoors With Soil and Hydroponics by George Van Patten-Available at wormsway.com
Foolproof Planting by Anne Moyer Halpin and Rodale Press
The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control Edited by Barbara W. Ellis and Fern Marshall Bradley
Let it Rot: The Gardener's Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell -Available at wormsway.com
Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, 2nd Edition by Jim Wilson -Available at wormsway.com
All New Square Foot Gardening By Mel Bartholomew -Available at wormsway.com
Hydroponic Q&A by Howard M. Resh -Available at wormsway.com
Hydroponic Basics by George Van Patten -Available at wormsway.com
Hobby Hydroponics by Howard M. Resh -Available at wormsway.com
Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Apelhoff -Available at wormsway.com

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:13 am 
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a nation of farmers- less technique but inspirational (alas, also includes some animal raising if i recall)

the victory garden, which i found to be really helpful for each plant

they have a book that goes with this site and their blog http://urbanhomestead.org/ . i found them really inspirational but since they are in CA, it's sort of unfair..... their weather allows for a lot that most places aren't capable of.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:33 pm 
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torque wrote:

they have a book that goes with this site and their blog http://urbanhomestead.org/ . i found them really inspirational but since they are in CA, it's sort of unfair..... their weather allows for a lot that most places aren't capable of.

Bonus points for supporting this book. They're one of the people involved in the law suit over the trademark on "urban homestead".


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:52 am 
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Thanks for the suggestions! I ordered Growing Green.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:47 am 
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mollyjade wrote:
Bonus points for supporting this book. They're one of the people involved in the law suit over the trademark on "urban homestead".


Yes, http://urbanhomestead.org/ - they are the family who is bullying other bloggers who use the term "urban homestead" and now want everyone to write ™ when they use that term. I think the book you're thinking of is the one by coyne/knutzen which has the same title.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkini ... ks_the.php

and you thought vegans were weird.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:06 am 
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i hadn't heard about the website, bullying or assorted douchebaggery (which makes me feel bad about recommending the site), but know that the site has a lot of info about specific veg culture and how to fit it all in a small urban space, and if watching their videos doesn't make you want to go out and rip up your grass, nothing will.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:25 pm 
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Yeah, I used to check out their site too since I was impressed with what they could grow in their space. I stopped when they started promoting raising fish for food and then aggressively went after a bunch of bloggers using the term "urban homestead". That term pre-dates them and I think they're being unreasonable.

I like the book Square Foot Gardening for it's spacing guidelines. Although if you check out that guy's website he offers most of that info freely.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:30 pm 
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Ones that I don't think have been mentioned yet:

How to Grow More Vegetables by Jeavons

The Vegetables Gardener's Bible by Smith

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Martin and Pleasant

Growing 101 Herbs that Heal This one has been reprinted with a new title, but I have the old one and it's really good.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:37 am 
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i've been reading How to grow more vegetables! we live about 20 minutes from the farm were the do this method,and we have become friendly with a couple who work there. I am finding The Sustainable Vegetable Garden is easier for me to understand, though.

Last year i loved my copy of A Year of Gardening in Iowa, by the state garden club- i wish i could find something that would help me understand the gardening year and needs for my little microclimate area of California.


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 Post subject: Re: Gardening books
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I haven't gotten to use this on the groundyet, but it is so different than all other gardening books I've seen- "Gardening when it counts" by Steve Solomon. It shows you how to grow stuff with the least amount of inputs (watering and fertilizers) so that you get the most food for your buck and work.

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