Multcolib Hillsdale Picks: Gardening 101 - LornaS
Annotation:This is a great starter book because it has the pictures that you will not find elsewhere: what your garden will look like after freezing, what it looks like to pinch back your plant, what your tomato with blossom end rot looks like, where to prune those raspberries, what sandy and clay soil looks like, etc. It is arranged by times of the year which is kind of nice since there are plenty of A to Z lists out there. There are no ornamentals, but the fruits are well covered.
Annotation:If you want the best way to cover your weeds and start a garden without breaking your back digging, or heaven forbid, double-digging, then this is a great place to start. It is a very successful technique.
Annotation:Ann Lovejoy is a very popular garden writer from the Pacific Northwest. This book is how to start an ornamental garden. There is information on site considerations, soil, materials, planning, etc.
Annotation:This is kind of a classic for Western Oregon and Washington. It has a lot of details and could be a reference book long after your first garden.
Annotation:This is the best way to start a garden in a small space. It is set up to be manageable and has proven to be a good way to start vegetable gardening. It is a variation on bio-intensive gardening for the lay person.
Annotation:Rose Marie Nichols McGee has been growing herbs, flowers and veggies for years and is an owner of a favorite Oregon nursery - Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Oregon. So, if you don't have a yard, you can still have a garden. This book will help you get started.
Annotation:This is a gardening book that you could actually read cover to cover. It has good suggestions and is entertaining. This book is not a step 1, 2, 3 guide to beginning gardening, but has good suggestions for you once you have started.
Annotation:This book is wonderful eye candy by the American Horticultural Society. It is all pictures (with the descriptions of course). It is arranged by season and color so that you can avoid that pink and orange clash if you want or find the perfect blue shrub for late spring. This is NOT a "how to" book, but the symbols quickly help with sun/shade, zones and size. Good pocket book to take to the nursery or help with plant identification.
Annotation:Ruth Stout may have invented mulch, if not she has certainly made a name for herself with the use of straw piled high to take the work out of gardening. There are funny anecdotes too.
Annotation:O.K., maybe this is not a beginner's gardening book, but it is a great book for continuing gardening. This local author has many good ideas to help a person transition into older age and still garden. So, it is a beginning old age garden book.