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Must-have gardening books

Amazon Customer "Lynn"
The list author says: "Here are the books I think you should read if you want to garden. They cover both flower gardening and vegetable gardening. I garden organically with things I am going to eat. I'm not so fussy in the flower garden, where we use things like Preen to suppress the weeds.

The following books have shaped our gardens."
The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening
The Essential Earthman: Henry Mitchell on Gardening
"Henry Mitchell died a few years ago, but his columns from the Washington Post are collected here. He is a great writer and an inspiring gardener. This book is a must-have for both gardeners and literature lovers."
A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed
A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed
"Written by the poet laureate of England, this short book details the flowers he thinks every English garden should have. Great to read. I planted the majority of the seeds recommended here one year. What a riot of plants!"
Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long, 2nd Edition
Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long, 2nd Edition
"Elliot Coleman is the authority on market gardening--growing vegetables for market. His gardens are in Maine, so if he can harvest for four seasons, so can you."
The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition (A Gardener's Supply Book)
The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition (A Gardener's Supply Book)
"This is the best and only book you need for organic vegetable gardening."
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
"Coleman's further explanation of the four-season harvest. More technical, more farming oriented. Still fun to read."
The Perennial Garden: Color Harmonies Through the Seasons
The Perennial Garden: Color Harmonies Through the Seasons
"This book is out of print, but it is inspiring, describing plant combinations that work well together."
Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation
Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation
"This appeals to both the perennial gardener and the farmer in me. Free plants!!"
The Natural Shade Garden
The Natural Shade Garden
"We have a lot of trees, and this book is a huge help in planning gardens to complement the wooded areas of the property."
The Collector's Garden
The Collector's Garden
"Some perennial designers talk about "plant materials." Ken Druse talks about plants. Great book."
The Perennial Garden
The Perennial Garden
"I once re-created a large perennial border from this book. McGourty is a genius."