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Multcolib Hillsdale Picks: Gardening 101 - LornaS

Homegrown Harvest
Homegrown Harvest A Season-by-season Guide to A Sustainable Kitchen Garden (Book - 2010 ) 635 H7657 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Lasagna Gardening
Lasagna Gardening A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! By Lanza, Patricia (Book - 1998 ) 635 L297L 1998 Available in some locations

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.

Gardening From Scratch
Gardening From Scratch By Lovejoy, Ann (Book - 1998 ) 635.9 L897gs 1998 Available in some locations

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.

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening By Solomon, Steve (Book - 2007 ) 635.048 S689g 2007 Available in some locations

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.

All New Square Foot Gardening
All New Square Foot Gardening The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space By Bartholomew, Mel (Book - 2013 ) 635 B287a 2013 Available in some locations

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.

McGee & Stuckey's the Bountiful Container
McGee & Stuckey's the Bountiful Container A Container Garden of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers By McGee, Rose Marie Nichols (Book - 2002 ) 635.986 M145m 2002 Available in some locations

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.

Small Plot, High Yield Gardening
Small Plot, High Yield Gardening Grow Like A Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well From your Front (or Back or Side) Yard 100% Organic Produce Garden By Gilbertie, Sal (Book - 2010 ) 635 G466s 2010 Available in some locations

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.

What Plant When
What Plant When By Page, Martin (Book - 2011 ) 635.9 P133w 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Gardening Without Work
Gardening Without Work For the Aging, the Busy and the Indolent By Stout, Ruth (Book - 1998 ) 635 S89g 1998 All copies in use Availability details

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.

The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors
The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors How to Maintain A Beautiful Outside Space With Ease and Safety in Later Years By Cassidy, Patty (Book - 2011 ) 635.0846 C3453i 2011 Available in some locations

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.

The Backyard Orchardist
The Backyard Orchardist A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden By Otto, Stella (Book - 1993 ) 634 O91b 1994 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book is all you will need for years of learning to grow fruit on trees. Happy Gardening (of fruit on trees).

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Introduction to Gardening - basic how to advice for people who don't know where to start - LornaS


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