Now that we’ve got you set up with books to inspire the youngest gardeners among us, why not take a peak at what’s on our bookshelves as we prepare for the coming growing season.
Books and magazines have always been a guilty pleasure, what with the ability to curl up in a cozy spot with a cup of tea and to lose oneself in an alternate universe. Gardening and plant books often take this indulgence to a new level with lush photographs and promises of secret gardens, abundant harvests and exotic rewards.
Independently published by Rebecca Desnos (and ad free!), Plants are Magic is a beautifully curated magazine. Says Desnos, “In this digital age, I feel like it’s more important than ever to celebrate the printed word (and image). Of course there are millions of free blog posts across the Internet, but this information is forgotten so easily. In contrast, magazines are more permanent. I don’t know about you, but I treasure my favourite magazines for a long time and love to refer back to them.” This is the second volume we’ve purchased and we are hooked!
The Organic Medicinal Farmer was a pleasant find one dreary afternoon spent at the Reference Library avoiding real work. Ahem. Thoughtfully organized and meticulously written, it is an essential reference work for anyone dabbling in herbs, market gardening and medicinal gardens. Careful detail has gone into the growing of a long list of medicinal herbs and it’s encouraged us to try our hand at new herbs this season.
Moon Gardening by John Harris is a charming retrospective from one of Britain’s most awarded gardeners. Harris recounts his initial forays into gardening and his many trials in this light yet impactful read. If you’re interested in biodynamic farming and gardening, this text proves to be a nice introduction to using the moon and it’s phases to one’s advantage in the garden.
Floret Flowers can do no wrong. Their website is impeccable. Their seed selection is highly coveted. Farm and blog are a dream, and so too is their book. Filled with sumptuous photographs and broken down into practical seasonal guides, this book thrills. From poppies to dahlias and including edibles, vegetable growers should take note of this publication for it’s aesthetic and comprehensiveness.
Forest Gardening in Practice was an impulse purchase from one of our favourite publishers – Chelsea Green Publishing. A guided exploration through existing forest gardens, this book is comprised of best practice examples. It highlights the four core skills of forest gardeners: ecology, horticulture, design and cooperation. The profiled gardens are complete with plant selections and site conditions, making for very detailed analysis.
Do let us know what you’re reading and if you’ve enjoyed any of the books profiled above! We’re always looking for new inspiration and any excuse to get lost in the library.