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15 Best Gardening Books | Enhanced Garden&Life

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

Have you been waiting for the snow to melt or the freezing weather to end? If you are, then you are like me, just waiting for a chance to get out into the yard and start working on getting my seeds into the ground so I can to soon have some delicious fresh vegetables and greens to eat! Now is a great time to be starting your garden with everything that is going on in the world. Let's keep ourselves healthy by growing and eating from our gardens, where we can enjoy the freshest produce we can possibly have. The farther we are from our produce, the more nutrients we miss out on before we eat it.

I have two hobbies throughout winter that keep my hands in the soil, so to speak. One is growing microgreens, which I will soon talk about in another post and the other is enjoying the many gardening books out there that can help me with some of my own problems in the garden and also help to expand my knowledge about other things I would like to learn.

During my time of waiting and staring out the window in hopes that somehow my intense gaze will warm the air and melt the snow just by looking at it, longing to get out there and start gardening, getting my hands covered in the soil and, putting the soil to my nose so I can smell the earth. I have decided to compile some of the wonderful reading materials for gardening, many I have read throughout the winter months. Here are the books I have chosen in no specific order.

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Contents


The Urban Farmer

Growing Gourmet and Medical Mushrooms

Organic Mushroom Farming

Mushroom Cultivation

Vegetable Gardening For Beginners

40 Projects For Building Your Backyard Homestead

Raised Bed Gardening For Beginners

The Autopilot Garden

We Are Gardeners

Trees, Leaves, Flowers, and seeds

All New Square Foot Gardening

Gaia's Garden

The Resilient Farm and Homestead

Restoration Agriculture

Farming the woods

 

I am starting with Curtis Stone's, The Urban Farmer. This book has hundreds of reviews with a 4.8-star rating. This book is excellent for gardening in small spaces. This is a steal for the great content in this book!




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The author, Curtis Stone, is the owner of Green City Acres. A commercial urban farm based in Kelowna, which is a city in British Columbia, Canada. He is farming on less than half an acre. He grows vegetables for farmer's markets, retail outlets, and restaurants.

If you are interested in growing produce for production in a small space, then The Urban Farmer will be the book you want. Curtis shares and teaches many of his strategies and techniques to growing high-intensity production in small spaces. There is a load of knowledge in this book. He covers things like costs and plans, even the best crops to grow!

He gives you an idea of the amount of land you may need. If you are on a tight budget, this could still be a possibility for you; Curtis tells you how to get started with very little cost. This is actually like a manual for urban farming, which is great for the community to be so close to their produce. Fresh, nutrient-dense produce!

Curtis has done a terrific job with this book; this is the best guide to have a successful urban farm that is very profitable on such a small scale! This book is amazing, and you definitely should read this even if your business is not farming. I think this book can be a great guide for anyone starting any business. I think this book will greatly benefit anyone who reads it and has any interest in agriculture or entrepreneurship.


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Any interest in mushrooms? I love the flavor of mushrooms, but I have yet to grow my own outside of buying one of those mushroom-made easy kits. I hope to move on from the easy route and actually grow my own. That brings me to this book.

Paul Stamets's Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. This book has over one thousand reviews and an average of 4.8-star rating. This is also a great deal for all the information you will get an excellent book.





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This book is a detailed guide for growing gourmet mushrooms commercially or at home. This is another amazing book that will definitely give you loads of knowledge!

Some people refer to this book as the bible of mushroom growing. Included in this book is great advice on constructing your grow room, wonderful tasty mushroom recipes, and a troubleshooting guide. There is a lot of photos and charts for different stages of cultivation. I recommend this book to anyone interested in gardening, even if you are not interested in growing mushrooms. If you are growing mushrooms and would like to have a mushroom guide next to you, then you should grab this book.


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Tradd Cotter's Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation. This has great reviews with a 4.8-star average and over four hundred reviews.





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Cotter teaches how to generate your own spawn, so you do not need to buy spawn. He also covers great detail in lab techniques, as well as many different growing methods indoors and out. He also offers information on low-cost alternatives to grow operations. Lab equipment can be pretty pricy, but he has given less expensive ways for your lab and still have a sterile environment! This is no pesticides growing! There is so much wonderful information, and it has great photos. He even shares information about growing your own morels. Even better, it is a whole chapter dedicated to morels! This book is very informative and easy to read and comprehend everything. Tradd has been conducting experiments for mushroom growing for over twenty years. You can gain a lot of mushroom knowledge from reading this book, especially for the beginner. This book is very engaging, and it is another great guide to building your mushroom growing knowledge and hopefully helps you get those delicious and extremely healthy little morsels on your plate!


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One more book about mushrooms because I really want to learn more about mushrooms. Richard Bray's Mushroom Cultivation: 12 Ways to Become the MacGyver

of Mushrooms (Urban Homesteading) is another great book for growing your own mushrooms. This book has over four hundred reviews with a 4.5-star average rating.



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In this book, you can learn which mushrooms would be good for you to try to grow in your situation at home, whatever it may be. You will learn the different characteristics of several different varieties of mushrooms so you can make informed decisions about what you are capable of growing in your home. After this, you can incorporate many different mushrooms into your diet if you have space and the right conditions for the mushroom you want to grow. This is a guide with several different growing processes, and it will help you through all the stages of cultivation. You will also learn the growing process in detail from preparation to harvest. You will also learn to identify and correct any issues you may encounter while growing. Also, this book goes into the correct way to process your mushrooms, the guides on growing mushrooms indoors and outdoors. I do enjoy this book but prefer the one above Paul Stamets's Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms. However, this one is a bit more expensive. Both are good books to learn about mushroom cultivation.


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I want to add a couple of other mushroom books that I believe will help you with understanding mushrooms and help with your growth. The books are MycoMedicinals and Mycelium Running. All of these books will give you plenty of knowledge as you venture down the path to an amazing mushroom growing experience! I hope these will be helpful guides throughout your journey. I will eventually be joining you on a journey of my own with these books as my guide. I wish you the best of luck!

For those of you not ready to take the leap of growing your own mushrooms, like me, I have also researched and tried some of the mushroom made easy kits if you want to grow to some extent. This is much better than buying in a local store, plus a little more satisfaction comes with growing your own.


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For those of you that are beginning to get your hands on the world of good health and growing your own delicious and sustainable food source, I have also added some books for you to help you get started.

Jill McSheehy's Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Growing Vegetables at Home

With a rating of 4.7-star average and close to one thousand reviews, this is an excellent resource for the beginner. This can also be a gift for someone close that is going through the many trials of figuring out how to get started.




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You will be very happy about buying this book as you watch your beautiful garden flourish. Whether you decide to have an in-ground garden or a raised bed, she has you covered in this beautifully designed layout. She is guiding you on soil mixture and watering. Companion planting, she even helps with troubleshooting plant diseases and pest issues. What a great book to read before you start so you can create a good plan before the summer months, and then when the weather is right, you will already be prepared to dig in and get started. As you go through your trials, this will also serve as a close-by resource to check in on at any time. You will not regret having this book on your shelf as you see the growth of your garden. Just wait until you see your first tomato, squash, or etc. That is really exciting for me, and it never gets old. Watching and waiting for that first ripe and juicy tomato of the year and many more to come, I'm salivating as I am about to sink my teeth into it and taste the fresh explosion of tomato juice flow into my mouth!

This book is for beginners and intermediates, in my opinion. I believe it can be helpful to you with many of the problems you may encounter in your garden.


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The next book is for the homesteaders. A guide to help you become more self-sufficient.

David Toht's 40 Projects For Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, step-by-step Sustainable-Living Guide, is A guide to help you become more self-sufficient.

With over two thousand reviews it has a rating of 4.6-star average.





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This book covers so many different topics for homesteading. If you are good with tools and enjoy building your own structures, you have found the right book. There are several garden structures, fencing for your livestock, and coops. If you are interested in solar power, aquaponics, or plumbing, you can even find that here. Beehives are also included in this book of homesteading builds. This book is very informative on so many different structures, and it's precious for your homesteading needs. You can probably find these plans on the internet if you have the time to search for them. Having the book allows you to have the option of bringing it along with you as a field guide while building your projects. These are step-by-step instructions to follow along with and a list of the tools you need, so no unnecessary trips back to the toolbox. David has put this together, so even if you are not handy, you can still get your projects built.

This is not necessarily a gardening book, but I feel it does work well with the gardening subject because most homesteaders are also gardening. I also, as a gardener, find this very useful because I can use it to build some of the projects I have.


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If you think you may want to start a raised bed garden, then Tammy Wylie's Raised Bed Gardening For Beginners is a book you are going to want to check out. There are over twenty-five hundred reviews on this book, and it is rated at a 4.6-star average.



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If you start a new garden and have absolutely no knowledge of gardening, this book is for you. The author covers how to plan your raised beds. If you already have quite a bit of gardening knowledge, I would not recommend this book to you. It is a good reference book for beginners with information on plants' types to get started with and plants to plant together. She is sharing tips on soil mixes for your raised beds and the construction in any available space you have. She covers crop rotation and seed starting and informs you of the easiest greens to grow and even how to grow and harvest them. This guide for the inexperienced gardener gets some quick rewards from their garden-fresh vegetables and herbs in no time.

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If you would enjoy growing a garden that is on autopilot, then Luke Marion's The Autopilot Garden: A Guide to Hands-off Gardening is the book for you. This is a great book at a good price. With only a couple hundred reviews, it has an average of 4.7-star rating.






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