For Your Green Thumb

Gardening can be a great way to productively pass the time while also adding greenery to your home. Be sure to get the kids involved, too!

01

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening

Deborah L. Martin

When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie’s language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods.

02

The New Seed-Starters Handbook

Nancy Bubel and Jean Nick

Starting plants from a seed grants earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier seedlings, lower costs, and the undeniable sense of satisfaction and reward.

03

Perennial Combinations

C. Colston Burrell

Perennial Combinations by C. Colston Burrell features plant medleys that bring color, texture, and excitement to the garden in every season. The book features 130 of the best perennial combinations with photographs of each grouping, along with a numbered photo key and plant list. Each grouping features just two to six plants; gardeners can plant the combinations as they appear for small garden spaces or they can repeat or mix the combinations for large beds and landscapes.

04

Great Garden Companions

Sally Jean Cunningham

Discover the secrets of a naturally pest-proof vegetable garden with Great Garden Companions. Let master gardener Sally Jean Cunningham show you how to keep pests and diseases at bay with her unique companion-gardening system. By planting special combinations of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, you can minimize pest and disease problems and create a high-yielding, beautiful garden!

05

Your Backyard Herb Garden

Miranda Smith

Practical tips and advice on all aspects of successful herb growing.

A wealth of great ideas and helpful how-to on using herbs in cooking, crafts, cosmetics, health care, insect repellents, and more.

06

Lasagna Gardening

Patricia Lanza

Lasagna Gardening, a gardening system that works– so you don’t have to!

Turn in your tiller for a stack of old newspapers! Replace your shovel with a layer of grass clippings! Let Pat Lanza show you how you can create lush, successful, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of backbreaking digging or noisy tilling.

07

The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control

Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis, and Deborah L. Martin

With growing consumer awareness about the dangers of garden chemicals, turn to The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control (by Fern Bradley) as the most reliable and comprehensive guide on the garden shelf.

08

Vertical Gardening

Derek Fell

The biggest mistake gardeners make each season is starting out too big and then quickly realizing their large plot requires too much weeding, watering, and backbreaking labor. Vertical gardening guarantees a better outcome from the day the trowel hits the soil—by shrinking the amount of “floor” space needed and focusing on climbing plants that are less prone to insects, diseases, and animal pests.

09

Small Garden Style

Isa Hendry Eaton

A stylishly photographed guide to creating lush, layered, dramatic little gardens no matter the size of your available space–an urban patio, a tiny backyard, or even just a pot by your door.

10

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

John Jeavons and Carol Cox

From the author of our best-selling and widely beloved How to Grow More Vegetables comes this “quick and dirty” introduction to biointensive gardening that shows it is not only possible but easy to grow astonishing crops of healthful organic vegetables and fruits, while conserving resources and actually helping the soil.

11

The Beautiful Edible Garden

Leslie Bennet and Stefani Bittner

A stylish, beautifully photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.

12

The Rooftop Growing Guide

Annie Novak

If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings.

13

How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition

John Jeavons

The world’s leading resource on biointensive, sustainable, high-yield organic gardening is thoroughly updated throughout, with new sections on using 12 percent less water and increasing compost power.

14

Fruit Trees for Every Garden

Orin Martin and Manjula Martin

Written by the long-time manager of the renowned Alan Chadwick Garden at the University of California, Santa Cruz, this substantial, authoritative, and beautiful full-color guide covers everything you need to know about organically growing healthy, bountiful fruit trees.

15

The Mindful Gardener

The New York Botanical Garden and Rachel Federman

Through writing exercises, inspirational quotes, and simple tutorials, this guided journal for gardeners helps users transform terms like “living in the moment,” “meditation,” and “mindfulness” from mere buzzwords into helpful everyday practices that will help them de-stress, reconnect, and handle whatever challenges the day brings.

16

The Little Book of Bonsai

Jonas Dupuich

This charming, beautifully photographed beginner’s guide from a trusted bonsai expert covers all the basics to keep your bonsai alive and happy.

17

Rooted in Design

Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give

A stylish and full-color guide to creatively integrating indoor plants with home decor from the owners of the popular Sprout Home garden design boutiques.

18

How to Window Box

Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit

Grow a few square feet of green no matter where you live. Meet the window box: by far the most accessible container garden for any skill level, space, or quality of light. Whether your window faces south where the sun floods in or north with nothing but shade, these indoor and outdoor projects show you how to easily arrange and cultivate succulents, herbs, cacti, vegetables, monstera, and more.


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