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200 No-Work Garden Ideas
Joanna Smith
Put your shovel back in the shed and discover the lazy way to have a lovely garden with these 200 practical ideas for creating the perfect garden at your leisure. This inspiring and practical guide offers expert advice.

 

A Backyard Vegetable Garden for Kids
Amie Jane Leavitt
In this step-by-step guide, you'll find out how to plan, design, grow, and harvest your own vegetable garden. You'll find that gardening is even more fun when you can eat what you have planted! You'll learn which are the perfect plants to grow in your area, what tools you'll need, and how to prepare a garden plot. Do you have limited space? No problem. You can always grow a garden in creative containers. And while you're tending your vegetable garden plot, you can follow the easy directions for making a hummingbird bath to bring even more life to your backyard.

 

Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Container Gardening
Better Homes and Gardens
"Container Gardens" is a user-friendivy, illustrated guide to everything you need to know about growing beautiful plants, including advice on choosing soils, selecting plants that work together, planting in containers, and caring for the garden.

 

Carefree Plants: 200 Beautiful, Low-Maintenance Plants Anyone Can Grow
Richard E. Bir
Discover how to spend less effort, save money, and end up with more time to enjoy your beautiful garden. Carefree Plants reveals the secrets to great gardening and puts these skills within easy reach, regardivess of climate, soil conditions, or taste in blossoms. You'll find the essential facts and hassle-free how-to’s for growing 200 sturdy, versatile, beautiful plants. Gardeners of all levels will find perfect plants for every situation and learn how to combine them for maximum impact with minimum maintenance.

 

Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting
R.J. Ruppenthal
Here is a practical, comprehensive, and fun guide to growing food in small spaces without relying on complicated and energy-intensive systems like indoor lighting or hydroponics. Readers will learn how to transform their balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, their countertops into sprout and mushroom farms, and their patios into a haven for honeybees and chickens.

 

Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass
Liz Primeau
In this handsome volume, Primeau offers front yard design solutions that use plants and flowers instead of grass. Following a chapter that argues for the environmental benefit of such a yard, guidance is offered on how to plan and implement removing one's lawn and select an attractive array of plants to replace it. The remaining text offers various designs, with photos of successful yards, many of them in Ontario, Canada.

 

Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older
Sydney Epison
In prose so resonant that you may find yourself in tears of recognition, lifelong gardener Sydney Epison offers practical and heartfelt advice that will help you transform gardening from a daunting list of chores into a rewarding, joy-filled activity.

 

The Kitchen Garden Month By Month
Alan Buckingham
In tune with the popular move toward fresh, local, and homegrown food, The Kitchen Garden lets you get the most from your garden and helps to dramatically reduce the amount you spend on produce at the supermarket. This is the perfect companion for gardeners who want to turn their harvest into a meal while also seeking some measure of sustainability.

 

Starter Vegetable Gardens
Barbara Pleasant
Pleasant, a master gardener and award-winning gardening writer, takes the guesswork out of growing food, explaining in simple, straightforward language how to start, maintain, and expand a bountiful vegetable garden in small, manageable spaces. A great book for beginners!

 

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions
Edward C. Smith.
In this updated 10th anniversary edition, the author of Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers, shares his system for growing great veggies in all North American regions--even in northern Vermont where he gardens. Following an introduction to his W-O-R-D method: Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds, and Deep soil, Smith presents a directory of vegetables and herbs from amaranth to turnips and basil to tarragon. The nicely-illustrated guide includes the USDA and AHS zone maps, a table of plant families, a list of suppliers, and further reading.