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Yeah, for most of us it’s still too early to be sowing seeds outside, but it’s the PERFECT time to plan for gardening. Spring will be here in no time at all.
If you had a neighbor who always had the most beautiful flower garden and bountiful vegetable garden, year after year, and they invited you over for a cup of tea and offered to pour out their brain full of gardening knowledge and tips, would you say, “Nah … but thanks anyway”? Yeah, me neither. I’d be a sponge!
The internet is full of such gardening knowledge, but, let’s face it, we just don’t always have time to be a part-time researcher. I understand. I get up for work at 4:00am, and I don’t get back home until ~5:30pm. That’s almost a 14-hour day BEFORE I get to feed the dogs, start dinner, check on the garden (in warm weather), and blog. I’m so grateful for late nights (when it works out) and weekends!
Your day may look different than mine, but I’m guessing it’s still a long and busy one.
Consider this post an invitation for a virtual cup of tea and a plethora of gardening knowledge and tips delivered to your computer screen or front door.
These authors will share from their own gardening experience or their long hours of internet research.
Here are three books I highly recommend, all of which I own. Look through their table of contents, reader reviews, etc. (where provided), and pick and choose as you will. Or, simply bookmark this post and come back to it later. However, we know how that usually goes. Something we put off for later ends up more like never.
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of
Natural Insect and Disease Control
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control
Available in Kindle version and paperback.
If you want a well organized book to walk you through how to identify WHAT is causing your plant problems and HOW to NATURALLY remedy it, THIS is THE book to have.
The book is about an inch thick and crammed full of AWESOME content.
The book is broken down into four major parts (taken directly from the table of contents):
Part 1 – Your Healthy Garden
A Plant-by-Plant Guide to Problem Solving and Prevention
Problem-Solving Plant Guide
Part 2 – Insects
Recognizing Your Friends – Eliminating Your Foes
Insect Identification Guide
Part 3 – Diseases
Identifying the Causes – Implementing the Cures
Disease Symptom Guide
Part 4 – Organic Controls
Using Remedies Safely
Organic Sprays and Dusts
(See the table of contents for additional information.)
The plant section is broken down alphabetically by the common plant name, as opposed to the Latin name – or I’d be TOTALLY lost. It then tells you how to grow that plant, problems you may encounter, the cause of those problems, and how to naturally remedy them.
While the book doesn’t have a lot of (or maybe any) plant photos, it does have some top-notch professional quality colored and black/white images. Most of the photos are of insects and plant diseases.
At the time I’m writing this post, there are 53 reader reviews on this book. The above link will take you there.
1,112 Down-to-Earth Garden Secrets
1,112 Down-to-Earth Garden Secrets
Available in hardback.
I haven’t had this book very long so I can’t say for sure that there are no chemical recommendations in the book. However, from what I have read, the advice/recommendations given seem to be natural.
The pages are full of quick advice from gardeners all over the country. There seems to be about 3 sentences or so on how to remedy some problem or how to better do something, and then the name of the person giving this advice and where they live is indicated. It sort of reminds me of the kind of wisdom you might hear from your grandmother – assuming she was a great gardener.
As the title of the book states, there are 1,112 down-to-earth garden secrets revealed in this hardback book. I’m excited to read more.
If you don’t like to read pages and pages on a gardening subject but just want a quick but effective solution to implement, get this book!
Available in ebook (Kindle version coming soon).
Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead is the author of this ebook. In this ebook, she talks about both her barnyard critters AND gardening, from various compost teas to natural pest control to … well, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying reading through her nearly 200-page ebook with 60+ full-color photos and 40+ recipes on how to naturally care for your critters and crops.
If you’d like to get a taste of what this ebook is all about, click here. It will also take you to a link where you can get a F R E E preview of the ebook!
At the time of this post, Jill is offering a winter special. Use the link I’ve provided, and you’ll see where she’s provided a coupon code for 15% OFF!
If you’re REALLY into gardening or WANTING to REALLY get into gardening, I can’t say enough about these three particular books. At least check out the links, and see what YOU think.
Happy gardening … SOON!!PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.