Whether you enjoy gardening or just like reading about it these books will fill hours of reading time. Regardless if you have a green thumb or a want to be gardener these books are for you.
All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! by Mel Bartholomew
Read by Bob Moore. Reading time 10 hours 36 minutes.
In this update to Square Foot Gardening (RC 21079, BR 05870), the author advises using six-inch-deep boxes containing soil that requires no digging or fertilizing and vertical frames for climbing plants. Recommends creating wider aisles and elevating boxes for easier access. Gives plant-by-plant suggestions for extending the growing season. 2005.
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Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping with Colorful, Low-Maintenance Ground Coversby Barbara W. Ellis
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 11 hours 33 minutes.
Guide to using ground covers such as vines, spreaders, shrubs, and flowers to add interest to existing gardens, create natural alternatives to traditional lawns, and edge paths, curbs, and driveways. Suggests specific plants for various soil types and sun exposures. Includes design ideas and tips on care and propagation. 2007.
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Creating Beds and Borders: Creative Ideas from America's Best Gardeners
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 5 hours 34 minutes.
The authors explain that borders are planting areas viewed from one side, whereas beds are freestanding islands. They recommend design strategies, plants, and techniques to create both types of gardens. They instruct on planting in wet, shady spots, creating raised beds, developing all-season borders, and designing a warm-climate display. 2001.
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Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook by Jennifer R. Bartley
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 6 hours 37 minutes.
Landscape designer discusses the medieval origins of potagers, year-round kitchen gardens that produce herbs and vegetables and incorporate ornamental perennial and woody plantings for aesthetic appeal. Covers design techniques and plant selection, using specific potagers in Maryland, Texas, and Vermont, her own in Ohio, and restaurant gardens as examples. 2006.
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Dog-Friendly Gardens, Garden-Friendly Dogs by Cheryl S. Smith
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 6 hours 32 minutes.
Tips on harmoniously keeping both a garden and a dog. Provides recommendations for bed design and vegetation, including groundcovers and grass, and warns against harmful plants and products. Covers mulches, composts, vegetables, paths, fencing, and some aspects of dog play. Discusses designating pet-digging areas. 2004.
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The Elements of Organic Gardening: Highgrove, Clarence House, Birkhall Charles by Prince of Wales.
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 5 hours 36 minutes.
The Prince of Wales discusses the organic gardens he helped design and maintain during twenty-six years at Highgrove, and the two gardens he managed in London and Scotland after his grandmother's death. Describes using organic principles and stewardship to create a sustainable garden. 2007.
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The Enabling Garden: A Guide to Lifelong Gardening by Gene Rothert
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 9 hours 2 minutes.
A step-by-step guide to barrier-free gardening for people with disabilities and older adults. Provides a checklist for assessing one's gardening abilities, then offers advice on selecting appropriate structures, tools, equipment, plants, and garden designs. Download The Enabling Garden: A Guide to Lifelong Gardening, DB43253
Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn by Nancy J. Ondra
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time 7 hours 53 minutes.
After introducing key plants for providing fall blooms, berries, seedheads, and foliage, the authors offer advice on combining these to create gardens that look good not only in the autumn but in one or more other seasons as well. Includes a fall garden-care primer and lists gardening techniques. 2007.
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Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting by R.J. Ruppenthal
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 7 hours 15 minutes.
Believing energy costs will soon make it necessary for even urban dwellers to grow their own food, the author provides tips for vegetable and fruit gardening in nontraditional locations such as patios, balconies, rooftops, and windowsills. Also discusses making yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods and raising chickens and bees.
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Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times by Steve Solomon
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 15 hours 19 minutes.
Longtime gardener and past proponent of the intensive-gardening trend has switched to espousing the benefits of extensive vegetable gardening--spacing seedlings far apart to yield larger plants that use less water, fertilizer, and labor. Also discusses tools, compost, and pests. 2005.
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Grasses: Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design by Nancy J. Ondra
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 4 hours 44 minutes.
Guide to incorporating ornamental grasses into perennial gardens to add texture, variety, color, and year-round interest. Provides basic botanical information and offers suggestions for use in borders, pathways, containers, and water features or as ground covers. Discusses design, selection, and sun and soil considerations for specific plants. 2002.
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Landscaping with Stone by Pat Sagui
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 5 hours 15 minutes.
Suggestions for incorporating natural stone into gardens, walkways, patios, steps, walls, water features, and more. Covers design and planning stages as well as construction and installation for both dry-laid projects and those requiring mortar. Discusses planting considerations, using different types of stone, and employing gravel and sand beds. 2009.
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The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature by Tovah Martin
Read by Faith Potts. Reading time 5 hours 2 minutes.
Stressing the importance of having a connection with nature, garden writer Martin provides instructions for creating a variety of small indoor gardens enclosed in glass which thrive with little care. Describes different types of transparent containers such as bell jars and lanterns, recommends plants, and discusses design and maintenance.
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Our Life in Gardens by Joe Eck
Read by Ted Stoddard. Reading time 8 hours 43 minutes.
Life partners who cofounded a Vermont landscape design firm share their personal gardening history and the lessons they've learned. In alphabetical essays they discuss favorite ornamental plants and cover topics such as hedges, pergolas, vegetable plots, and planted walls. They stress that gardens need constant care and vigilance. 2009.
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Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit by Scott Ogden
Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 13 hours 7 minutes.
Husband and wife garden designers explain their landscaping philosophy, which differs from the prevalent concept of gardens focused on human activities and dominated by hardscapes. They describe how to create idealized natural spaces where plants are the main element and people can become immersed in nature. 2008.
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Rodale's Garden Answers: Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs; At-a-Glance Solutions for Every Gardening Problem by Fern Marshall Bradley
Read by Coleen Delany. Reading time 20 hours 55 minutes.
An all-organic quick reference guide for gardeners who want to "read a little so they can garden a lot." Provides concise information on the causes and symptoms of common problems for a wide range of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Also covers getting started and gives regional/seasonal tips. 1995.
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Theresa Youssef's Vegetable Gardening for Beginners by Theresa Youssef Read by Yolande Bavan. Reading time 7 hours 32 minutes.
Basic gardening guide covers soil preparation, crop selection, organic and container methods, and pest control. Provides instructions for growing eighteen vegetables and four herbs--onions, lettuce, spinach, peas, cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, beets, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, squash, corn, beans, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, okra, parsley, mint, basil, and catnip--grouped according to hardiness. 2000.
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The Ultimate Container Gardener: All You Need to Know to Create Plantings for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter by Stephanie Donaldson
Read by Yolande Bavan. Reading time 7 hours 4 minutes.
Describes how to display flowers, herbs, and other plants in baskets, window boxes, or hanging containers for both inside and outside the home. Advice with instructions for year-round cultivation and selection of items for color, fragrance, and location. 2001. Download The Ultimate Container Gardener, DB54750
The Victory Garden Companion: America's Most Popular Gardening Series Offers Expert Advice for Creating a Beautiful Landscape for Your Home by Michael Weishan
Read by Butch Hoover. Reading time 10 hours 41 minutes.
Weishan, host of a public television gardening show, provides a comprehensive guide to landscaping for all experience levels. Stresses the importance of planning and design in choosing appropriate plants and outdoor features. Includes step-by-step instructions for weekend projects and advice on soil preparation, maintenance, and common problems. 2006.
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The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs by Tracy DiSabato-Aust
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time 28 hours 16 minutes.
Detailed guide to designing a diverse garden that incorporates both herbaceous (soft-stemmed) and woody plant material of various heights, textures, colors, and blooming times. Covers site evaluation including soil and light considerations, plant selection, placement, and maintenance. Offers twenty-seven sample combinations of compatible plants. 2003.
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