Gardening Basics for Beginners


kitchengardeningWith spring headed our way, some of us will be eager to get our hands dirty in the garden again, while some will try it out for the first time. If you’re planning to pick up a gardening hobby this year, the library has what you need.

Here are a few books from the library’s catalog to get you started:

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners by Simon Akeroyd – Presents a guide for growing fruits and vegetables, covering such topics as preparing a garden plot, eliminating weeds, treating pests and diseases, using mulch, and feeding plants for optimal growth.

The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast by Ira Wallace – Including an A-to-Z list of edibles, this month-by-month guide covers every aspect of vegetable gardening in the Southeast, providing regionally specific growing information from a local gardening expert.

Garden Rescue: First Aid for Plants and Flowers by Jo Whittingham – Presents a guide to diagnosing a problem, discovering options, and then implementing the best course of action to save the plants from diseases and pests.

Edible Perennial Gardening: Growing Successful Polycultures in Small Spaces by Anni Kelsey – A guide to growing edible perennial vegetables offers advice on choosing and sourcing suitable plants, selecting a site, building fertility, growing in polycultures, maintaining and managing crops, and cooking with the yield.

All New Square Foot Gardening: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space by Mel Bartholomew – Provides the latest information about setting up a square foot garden, a growing method that is based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares which produces large yields with less space and less work.

Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality by Rochelle Greayer – Features examples of twenty-three different garden styles, with advice on selecting plants, trees, containers, and garden accessories to make a garden inviting and a reflection of individual taste.

Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden With Just Five Plants by Nancy J. Ondra – Offers 52 garden plans that each use only five plants; each one includes an illustrated planting plan, a shopping list with brief plant descriptions, information on what to expect as the planting matures, and tips on customizing the plan for different sites and climates.

One comment

  1. Great post Abby! I wanted to share with you that you also have a lot of great kids gardening books. I am the garden coordinator at Jackson-Via Elementary, and I recently came to the Central branch to research story books to use for our garden club. The librarian was super helpful and I came away with a dozen great books.

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