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Books to Cultivate Your Green Thumb

Brighten up your bookshelf with these gardening books! Wander through these leafy reads and discover the best methods to cultivate your personal garden.

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    American Grown Book Cover Picture
    American Grown Book Cover Picture

    American Grown

    by Michelle Obama

    Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest.  Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil.  Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life.  Try the unique recipes created by White House chefs and made with ingredients just picked from the White House garden.  And learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school or community garden.
    American Grown Book Cover Picture
    American Grown Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Vertical Gardening Book Cover Picture
    Vertical Gardening Book Cover Picture

    Vertical Gardening

    by Derek Fell

    Notable author and gardener Derek Fell has tried and tested thousands of varieties of vegetables, flowers, and fruits and recommends the best plants for space-saving vertical gardening. His grow-up, grow-down system also shows which ground-level plants make good companions underneath and alongside climbing plants. Best of all, many of Fell’s greatest climbers and mutually beneficial plants are available in seed packets in every local garden center.
    Vertical Gardening Book Cover Picture
    Vertical Gardening Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $23.99

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    How to Make a Plant Love You Book Cover Picture
    How to Make a Plant Love You Book Cover Picture

    How to Make a Plant Love You

    by Summer Rayne Oakes

    Summer Rayne Oakes, an urban houseplant expert and environmental scientist, is the icon of wellness-minded millennials who want to bring nature indoors, according to a New York Times profile. Summer has managed to grow 1,000 houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment (and they’re thriving!) Her secret? She approaches her relationships with plants as intentionally as if they were people.
    How to Make a Plant Love You Book Cover Picture
    How to Make a Plant Love You Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.00

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    The New Seed-Starters Handbook Book Cover Picture
    The New Seed-Starters Handbook Book Cover Picture

    The New Seed-Starters Handbook

    by Nancy Bubel and Jean Nick

    For the most complete, up-to-date information on starting plants from seed, turn to The New Seed-Starter’s Handbook. Written by a gardener with 30 years of experience, this updated, easy-to-use reference explains everything you need to know to start seeds and raise healthy seedlings successfully.
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    The New Seed-Starters Handbook Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $19.99

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    Great Garden Companions Book Cover Picture

    Great Garden Companions

    by Sally Jean Cunningham

    Great Garden Companions Book Cover Picture
    Great Garden Companions Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $21.99

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    The Gardener's Bed-Book Book Cover Picture
    The Gardener's Bed-Book Book Cover Picture

    The Gardener’s Bed-Book

    by Richardson Wright

    First published in 1929, The Gardener’s Bed-Book is a much-beloved gardening classic by the renowned editor of House & Garden magazine in the 1920s and ’30s. Each of its 365 perfectly sized little essays is meant to be read in bed at night after a long day’s work, either real or imagined, in the garden.
    The Gardener's Bed-Book Book Cover Picture
    The Gardener's Bed-Book Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Essential Urban Farmer Book Cover Picture
    The Essential Urban Farmer Book Cover Picture

    The Essential Urban Farmer

    by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal

    In this indispensable guide, Farm City author Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal share their experience as successful urban farmers and provide practical blueprints-complete with rich visual material-for novice and experienced growers looking to bring the principles of ethical food to the city streets. The Essential Urban Farmer guides readers from day one to market day, advising on how to find the perfect site, design a landscape, and cultivate crops.
    The Essential Urban Farmer Book Cover Picture
    The Essential Urban Farmer Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $27.00

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    Life in the Garden Book Cover Picture

    Life in the Garden

    by Penelope Lively

    Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom.
    Life in the Garden Book Cover Picture
    Life in the Garden Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The New Heirloom Garden Book Cover Picture
    The New Heirloom Garden Book Cover Picture

    The New Heirloom Garden

    by Ellen Ecker Ogden

    In The New Heirloom Garden, Ogden inspires us with a history of seed saving in this country, then guides gardeners of all levels to create their own heirloom gardens with tangible gardening tips, twelve themed garden designs, and detailed resources. The first half of the book shares specific garden plans, plant keys with descriptions, plant and seed wish lists, interviews with gardening experts, and even tips and tricks to handle your own local weather. The second half of the book contains 55 recipes for delicious entrees, sides, drinks, and desserts that can be made from each vegetable, fruit, and flower grown in your garden.
    The New Heirloom Garden Book Cover Picture
    The New Heirloom Garden Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $24.99

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    Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening Book Cover Picture

    Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

    by Deborah L. Martin, Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis and Ellen Phillips

    Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has been the go-to resource for gardeners for more than 50 years, and the best tool novices can buy to start applying organic methods to their fruit and vegetable crops, herbs, trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, and lawns. This thoroughly revised and updated version highlights new organic pest controls, new fertilizer products, improved gardening techniques, the latest organic soil practices, and new trends in garden design.
    Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening Book Cover Picture
    Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $27.99

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    Gardener's Log Book Book Cover Picture
    Gardener's Log Book Book Cover Picture

    Gardener’s Log Book

    by The New York Botanical Garden

    This waterproof log book is the perfect place for recording your work in the garden.  A five year grid at the beginning of each month offers space to note annual garden cycles over time, and journal entry pages are lined for notes or graphed for diagramming plantings. Whether you tend a window box, a cutting garden, or many raised vegetable beds, this is the perfect write-in companion to your gardening.
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    Gardener's Log Book Book Cover Picture

    Stationery & Accessories
    $16.99

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    Perennial Combinations Book Cover Picture
    Perennial Combinations Book Cover Picture

    Perennial Combinations

    by C. Colston Burrell

    Perennial Combinations by C. Colston Burrell features plant medleys that bring color, texture, and excitement to the garden in every season. The book features 130 of the best perennial combinations with photographs of each grouping, along with a numbered photo key and plant list. Each grouping features just two to six plants; gardeners can plant the combinations as they appear for small garden spaces or they can repeat or mix the combinations for large beds and landscapes.
    Perennial Combinations Book Cover Picture
    Perennial Combinations Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $26.99

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    Making the Most of Shade Book Cover Picture
    Making the Most of Shade Book Cover Picture

    Making the Most of Shade

    by Larry Hodgson

    A shaded garden can be a soothing sanctuary that even the most dedicated sun worshipper can welcome on a hot summer day. But how do you get plants to grow in a spot where trees and shrubs hide the sun? In this stunning volume, garden expert Larry Hodgson shows how to create a lush and lovely garden filled with plants that will flourish in the shade.
    Making the Most of Shade Book Cover Picture
    Making the Most of Shade Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $26.99

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    Square Foot Gardening Book Cover Picture
    Square Foot Gardening Book Cover Picture

    Square Foot Gardening

    by Mel Bartholomew

    When he created the “square foot gardening” method, Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer and efficiency expert, found the solution to the frustrations of most gardeners. His revolutionary system is simple: it’s an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. Gardeners build up, not down, so there’s no digging and no tilling after the first year. And the method requires less thinning, less weeding, and less watering.
    Square Foot Gardening Book Cover Picture
    Square Foot Gardening Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $19.99

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    Striking Succulent Gardens Book Cover Picture
    Striking Succulent Gardens Book Cover Picture

    Striking Succulent Gardens

    by Gabriel Frank

    Known for his colorful approach and bold use of varied textures and shapes, garden designer Gabriel Frank offers practical ideas, simple concepts, stunning full-color photography, step-by-step instructions for a dozen different gardens, plant recommendations, basic succulent care, and an inspired approach to creating living art in your own garden. For those in colder climates, there is a list of cold-hardy succulents and advice for bringing container gardens indoors for the winter, making succulent gardens achievable no matter where you live.
    Striking Succulent Gardens Book Cover Picture
    Striking Succulent Gardens Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $19.99

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    How to Window Box Book Cover Picture
    How to Window Box Book Cover Picture

    How to Window Box

    by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit

    Meet the window box: by far the most accessible garden for any skill level, space, or quality of light. Whether your window faces south where the sun floods in or north with nothing but shade, these indoor and outdoor projects show you how to easily grow succulents, herbs, cacti, monstera, and more.
    How to Window Box Book Cover Picture
    How to Window Box Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $14.99

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