Best Books To Look For Gardening Ideas

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It’s easy to get lost in the sea of information on gardening ideas and find yourself with no idea what you want. Do you want flowers, vegetables, or something else? What type of soil do you have? How much time can you spend looking after your garden each day? Do any plants make good houseplants for when they die back outside? And so many other questions! There’s a book for every question and we’ve compiled a list of books that will answer all of them and more!

The New Organic Grower 

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One of the more popular books on gardening ideas is The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman. This book covers everything that you need to know about organic growing, so if you are looking to try something different then this is the book for you. It will show you how to grow vegetables and fruits while still keeping pests out of your garden without any use of chemicals or pesticides.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible

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The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C Smith also gets a lot of love from readers looking to get their hands dirty in the garden. With over 900 pages dedicated just to vegetables, there is no question that this isn’t an essential guide for every gardener. Planting instructions, care instructions and recommended varieties are included with this guide making it one of the best books on gardening for vegetables.

The Gardener’s A-Z Guide

The next great book to pick up is The Gardener’s A-Z Guide To Growing Organic Food by Tanya L Kolf. This book features gardening ideas on over 600 fruits, vegetables, herbs, and staple crops that are commonly grown in organic gardens today. It will teach you how to recycle your kitchen scraps into compost as well as how to reuse things like plastic bottles for plant pots. It also gives you a month-by-month breakdown of what needs to be done in your garden at different times of the year so there is no question about when – or what – needs to be done.

Well-Tempered Garden

For those who have a green thumb, but maybe a brown thumb as well, The Well-Tempered Garden by Christopher Lloyd is a great choice. This book focuses on making your garden look beautiful even if you aren’t talented with plants or flowers that die easily. It provides techniques and plans for creating attractive designs that highlight weaker plants and save money with sensible planting schemes.

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener 

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour is another favorite amongst readers who love to grow food in their yard year-round rather than just growing things like lettuce and tomatoes during the warmer months of the year. If you live in colder climates but still want fresh vegetables this guide will teach you how to make LED lights, work around harsh weather conditions to keep pests out through the winter months.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Container

The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible is one of the best books on gardening ideas for those who like to garden in containers. The book gives you over 40 different crops that are perfect for growing indoors and outdoors as well as how to grow each crop, where they can be planted, and a variety of helpful tips. It also includes growing lights and other gear that could be useful for growing your favorite veggies right at home.


If you’re looking for gardening ideas, these books are the most useful.  They cover everything from planning and developing your garden to maintaining it after it’s been established. You’ll find that each of these titles is well-written with helpful information on how to care for plants in different climates, no matter where you live. Browse through our list and see if anything jumps out at you!

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