6 Essential Home Garden Resource Books

You can never have too many garden books in your home library. Garden books are a great source of information and reference. While you can search for anything online these days, pulling out a book from the shelf is still a great way to get the help you need. These well-written books are easy to understand and nicely designed. They are a must for anyone wanting to add to their garden book collection.

Home Garden Resource Books

The Propagation Specialist Guide

PROPAGATION SPECIALIST GUIDE by David Squire provides a wealth of easy-to-follow advice for success with a wide range of plants. Most gardeners are looking for way to increase their plants by sowing seeds, taking cuttings, or dividing existing clumps. Many propagation methods are easy, need only a few pieces of equipment, and are easy for anyone to do.

The Home Gardener’s Propagation book is the essential guide to raising new plants for the home and garden. Buying individual plants can be expensive – but raising your own saves money and gives lots of gardening satisfaction. Every aspect of the art of propagation is covered, from the philosophy behind creating plants to the easiest species to grow to the best materials and equipment. All the major methods receive well-illustrated, in-depth, and easy to follow explanations, including seeds and cuttings, division and layering, and budding and grafting, and there’s a handy, at-a-glance A to Z listing of ideal propagation plants for the home and garden. Both novice and more experienced gardeners will turn to this invaluable reference again and again.

This is one of those books that will stay on a gardener’s reference shelf for a very long time. While most people know that plants can be multiplied, many don’t know just how easy it can be. Author David Squire does an amazing job of leading the beginner through the steps needed to increase the numbers of plants in one’s gardens.

Garden Design & Planning Specialist Guide

GARDEN DESIGN & PLANNING by Alan and Gill Bridgewater, is a Specialist Guide from Creative Homeowner. Beginning gardeners and experts alike will appreciate this practical advice on virtually every aspect of gardening – from choosing a plot to selecting flowers and water features. The instructions and advice encompass plans and proven techniques for planting traditional English, Japanese, herb, and rock gardens, and building structures such as fences and walls, arches, pergolas and trellises, as well as decking and pathways. This book features more than 300 color photographs, illustrations and diagrams ensure that anyone can create a glorious garden.

This complete guide to doing just about anything about gardens that a homeowner might desire. The author starts with thoughts about enjoying the garden, then assessing where you want to be. Inspiration, design techniques, and planning are the first steps, then a shopping list of tools and materials. Finally, how to mark out your proposed site.

Once the preliminaries are taken care of, the book continues with detailed instructions on building walls, fences, hedges, gates, patios, decking, paths and steps, lawns and edgings, borders, pergolas, arches, and trellises, and garden buildings or sheds. The garden design types are many: cottage, kitchen, water, modern, Mediterranean, formal English, secluded city, Japanese, Wild meadow, herb, wildlife, rock, and patio.

The Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden

LOW MAINTENANCE VEGETABLE GARDENS by Clare Matthews, is terrific book on growing your own vegetables with a minimum of effort is a terrific book for anyone who is short on time, but long on the desire for home-grown food. The Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden is a hefty hardbound volume of 222 pages filled with excellent advice and tips to succeed.

Would-be gardeners can learn the tricks needed to grow their own produce without putting in a lot of work. The simple instructions are accompanied by inspirational photographs that will encourage novices, while the solid horticultural advice will help even experienced gardeners get great results in no time.

Once you’ve chosen what to grow, the book details how to grow it, including soil, no-dig, mulching, feeding and fertilizers, sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings spacing, weeding, watering, crop rotation, pests & diseases, and even growing in containers.

The book is written in easy to understand language and fully described; superb photography enhances the text, and the book finishes with a full index and glossary of garden terms. For anyone wanting to embark on successful vegetable gardening, this book is a great place to start.

Home Garden Resource Books

Small Gardens

SMALL GARDENS by David Squire, is a complete guide to designing, creating, planting, improving, and maintaining small gardens. The author starts with the concept of gardening in small space, then expands that idea with suggestions for types of small gardens, the range of plants suitable for small gardens, design and planning, and maintenance. The author says, “There are exciting and colorful possibilities within every garden, whatever its size or shape.”

The book is charmingly illustrated with colorful line drawings and photographs emphasizing the steps described, making it easier to understand the instructions. Even the table of contents is well-defined with colorful boxes for each section.

Once the preliminaries are taken care of, the book continues with detailed instructions on building walls, fences, hedges, gates, patios, decking, paths and steps, lawns and edgings, borders, pergolas, arches, and trellises, and garden buildings or sheds. The garden design types described are: informal, formal, Mediterranean, Japanese, English-style flower borders, water gardens, front gardens, container gardens, balconies and roof gardens, low-maintenance gardens, secluded and private, food-producing, wildlife, and healing.

The book finishes with a full A-Z section of specific plants and how to incorporate them into your chosen design.

Container Gardens

CONTAINER GARDENS by David Squire, is a complete guide to planting in containers and designing, improving, and maintaining container gardens. The author starts with the various reasons for gardening in containers, then discusses the types and range of containers, use and positioning, taking advantage of the seasons, and using contrast and harmony. The author says, “Container gardening has enabled many people to garden and derive enjoyment from growing plants.” Often, these individuals have only a balcony, courtyard, or small patio with which to work.

The book is charmingly illustrated with colorful line drawings and photographs emphasizing the steps described, making it easier to understand the instructions. Even the table of contents is well-defined with colorful boxes for each section.

The book contains detailed information about pots, urns, and tubs, hanging baskets, window boxes, wall baskets, troughs and sinks, grow bags, planting pockets and shelves, and wheelbarrows or strawberry barrels. A complete A-Z selection plants suitable for container growing is accompanied by a list of assorted vegetables and fruit for containers. The book continues with how-to about bamboos and bonsai, planting, positioning, color and fragrance, and creating a scented patio. How to attach brackets and hooks, dealing with pests and diseases, and creative ideas for containers rounds out this great gardening resource.

Water Gardens

WATER GARDENS by Alan and Gill Bridgewater, covers every aspect of water gardening, from small ideas to large projects. The author discusses the importance of appeal of water to humanity, through the ages and in the present. Assessing your needs, inspiration, passion and design are preliminary steps to planning and construction of a water garden, and the author says, “No more fantasizing about water gardens; now is the time to create one of your own.”

The book is charmingly illustrated with colorful line drawings and photographs emphasizing the steps described, making it easier to understand the instructions. Even the table of contents is well-defined with colorful boxes for each section.

The book contains detailed information about water garden styles, design, planning and construction, oxygenation, filtration and water-garden mechanisms. Design ideas include water features for small gardens, pond construction, canals and rills, streams and waterfalls, plans and schemes to implement construction, illuminated water gardens, plants, fish, and stocking. A complete section on suitable plants for water gardens includes what to buy, where to buy, and how to keep them healthy and growing. Not all water gardens require fish, but the author talks about the hows and whys for adding fish.

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