Recommended e-books

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Explore our just-purchased selection of e-books for beginner and advanced gardeners. For more options, use the search feature in cloudLibrary to access e-books owned by other libraries in the consortium.

These books will be ideal for those involved in Loving Spoonful's Garden for Good campaign.

101 Organic Gardening Hacks

101 Organic Gardening Hacks

In 101 Organic Garden Hacks you'll find the top tips, tricks, and solutions Shawna has dreamed up in her career as one of America's most creative gardeners. Some are practical timesavers; others offer clever ways to \"upcycle\" everyday items in your garden.

All New Square Foot Gardening

All New Square Foot Gardening

Grow more fresh produce in less spaceand with less work.

Backyard Homestead

Backyard Homestead

This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

Fruit Gardener's Bible

Fruit Gardener's Bible

Everything you need to know to successfully grow delicious organic fruit at home, from choosing the best varieties for your area to planting, pruning, and harvesting a bountiful crop. With tips on cultivating strawberries, raspberries, grapes, pears, peaches, and more, this essential reference guide will inspire year after year of abundantly fruitful gardening.

Fruit Trees for Every Garden

Fruit Trees for Every Garden

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.

Grow Your Own Herbs

Grow Your Own Herbs

Grow Your Own Herbs shares everything you need to know to grow the forty most important culinary herbs. You’ll learn basic gardening information, including details on soil, watering, and potting. Profiles of 40 herbs—including popular varieties like basil, bay laurel, lemon verbena, tarragon, savory, thyme, and more—feature tasting notes, cultivation information, and harvesting tips.

Herb Gardening from the Ground Up

Herb Gardening from the Ground Up

Herb Gardening from the Ground Up demonstrates how to design, seed, and nurture 38 culinary herb gardens that are delightful to the eye as well the palate. Designed to supply herbs for a wide range of flavors as well as a pleasing balance of colors, there are gardens to suit every taste and cooking trend.

Homegrown Berries

Homegrown Berries

Homegrown Berries covers the information you need to know about the process from planting to picking. You’ll learn the best varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries for you, how to fit them into your landscape (including in borders and containers), and how to maintain them for peak harvest.

Homegrown Herbs

Homegrown Herbs

Tammi Hartung provides in-depth profiles of 101 popular herbs, including information on seed selection, planting, maintenance, harvesting, and drying. 

Raised Bed Revolution

Raised Bed Revolution

The book includes information about size requirements for constructing raised beds, height suggestions, types of materials you can use, and creative tips for fitting the maximum garden capacity into small spaces--including vertical gardening.

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening

Everything a beginning gardener (or one who's new to gardening organically) needs to get growing and keep a garden going strong all season.

Starter Vegetable Gardens

Starter Vegetable Gardens

In this introductory guide to growing vegetables, Barbara Pleasant addresses common problems that first-time gardeners encounter. Using simple language and illustrated garden layouts, Pleasant shows you how to start, maintain, and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden in even the tiniest backyard. 

Veg in One Bed

Veg in One Bed

Gardening YouTube sensation Huw Richards shows how to inexpensively grow year-round vegetables from just one raised bed.

Vegetable Gardener's Bible

Vegetable Gardener's Bible

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.

Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible

Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible

Harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, and grow broccoli on a balcony! Best-selling author Ed Smith shows you everything you need to know to successfully create and care for an edible container garden, from choosing the right plants and selecting appropriate containers through controlling pests without chemicals and harvesting fresh vegetables.

Vegetables Love Flowers

Vegetables Love Flowers

Planting vegetables and flowers together is one of the oldest ways to create a healthy, bountiful garden, but there's more to the method than you might think. Vegetables Love Flowers will walk you through the ins and outs of companion planting, from how it works to which plants go together and how to grow the best garden for your climate. 

Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening

Notable author and gardener Derek Fell has tried and tested thousands of varieties of vegetables, flowers, and fruits and recommends the best plants for space-saving vertical gardening. His grow-up, grow-down system also shows which ground-level plants make good companions underneath and alongside climbing plants.

Weedless Gardening

Weedless Gardening

Lee Reich’s organic Weedless Gardening eschews the traditional yearly digging up and working over of the soil. It’s is an easy-to-follow, low-impact approach to planting and maintaining a flower garden, a vegetable patch, trees, and shrubs naturally.

Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

Niki Jabbour shares her simple techniques for gardening throughout the year. Learn how to select the best varieties for each season, the art of succession planting, and how to build inexpensive structures to protect your crops from the elements.