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Favorite Gardening Books

by Maggie Tate (gardengirl)

Books, Books and Books!

I love to read and I love to garden. I also love to read about gardening! Here are some of my recent favorites.

I am on a kick of reading about gardening from the small scale to major production.  This summer I read Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver on recommendation from a friend.  It was delightful and inspiring.  Barbara and her family move to a family farm where she records their adventures in being self sufficient growing their own produce or purchasing locally for almost all their food for a year.  The book has since made it's rounds to many of my gardening friends.  It even inspired me to give a gift of 50 bulbs to a friend turning 50 (with the gift of helping plant of course!) and the recipes are wonderful.  The summer reads continued with Michael Pollan's, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food.  Both fascinating books on where our food comes from and what is really food.  The whole family listened to In Defense of Food on a long car trip and even the kids were hooked. This weekend as my daughter and I were wandering a bookstore, I happened by the gardening section and found my latest favorite - The $64 Tomato by William Alexander The title alone made me laugh out loud and I knew I had to read it.  Bill is an entertaining writer recounting his gardening life with deer, woodchucks, squirrels and a host of other critters. He ultimately tallies the cost of the garden vs. it's output (haven't we all!!)

Hope you enjoy these books as much as I have!  If you other books about gardening and food you love, I would like to hear about them!



These sound like great books! I'd definitely like to check them out. Whenever I get a chance to sit and read (few and far between!) I usually scan my reference books. My son was so mad when I based a homework assignment on my Florida Gardening book (it was makeup work so the teacher told him to have me create questions based on a book...stuff he had to look up and "use" the features of the book (ie Table of Contents, editorial page, etc)...what better book than a reference book for such an assignment?!?!)! It was easy for me to check his answers since I know the book cover to cover!
Lily commented on 11/12/09
Love the homework idea! Hmmm, might have to find a way to use that one!
gardengirl replied: on 11/12/09
The Green Gardener&#x27;s Guide: I really like this book and Joe Lamp&#x27;l who wrote it is a super duper good guy! <br/> <br/>;scid=595&amp;ean=9781591864264&amp;title=Green-Gardeners-Guide
FigTree commented on 11/11/09
Awesome - I will check it out!
gardengirl replied: on 11/11/09