We have only been gardening for 2 years and this book is amazing at explaining everything you would need to know about growing your own food organically, and in a more urban environment. We have a tiny yard and the book addresses everything from space issues, to pests, to harvesting, garden troubleshooting, to raising farm animals...everything but the kitchen sink.
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Here in Australia, we have the Yates Garden Guide. Yates have a wide range of seeds, pesticides etc and they have their own book. I'm not sure if they are international but maybe in your country there is a seed supplier who has a book like this. My Garden Guide has a wide range of topics from how to set out a vegetable or flower garden to lawn care. Its got sections with shrubs, trees, annual and perennial flowers, vegetable growing and a list and treatments for pests and diseases. The best thing is that it is not a large book. I have had mine for over twenty years and I still to this day use it as a reference.
Coach Nicole - I forgot all about Organic Gardening Magazine. I no longer subscribe because I have boxes of them going back to the early 70's ( my father had a subscription first and then I subscribed)!
It's an excellent magazine and I still refer to my copies. I'll have to check out Urban Farming.
Depending of the age of your daughter, a really hip book for cook and crafty 20- and 30-something is "You Grow Girl," which I love. It has cool little garden projects for DIY painted pots, planter boxes, and all sorts of stuff, plus useful vegetable gardening info geared toward small spaces.
A subscription to Organic Gardening magazine or Urban Farm magazine could be cool, too!
For more info on these topics and things like raising chickens, I like homesteading books like Urban Homestead and A Slice of Organic Life.
Janey I have the Square Foot Gardener and I agree that's it's a good book for vegetable gardening (I refer to it every season), but it sounded like she was looking for "everything" lawns, landscaping etc. in one book.
Since she is starting a new garden, I'd suggest Mel Bartholomew's "Square Foot Gardening". If you do those raised beds right to begin with you have easy planting for ever after. And it is all organic. Sunset is good for some things, but is not all organic.
Check out The Garden Primer: 2nd Edition by Barbara Damrosch. She (and her husband Elliot Coleman) have always been organic gardeners and this book has everything - fruits, flowers, vegetables, lawns, planning the landscape, herbs, trees, etc. etc. They used to have their own television show and I have been a fan of their's for years. I have his book Four Season Harvest and I have learned a lot from both of them.
I don't really know of any one book that covers it all - and I do a lot of book reviews for my site. Sunset books would probably be your best option though. There is also "Your Farm in the City" which is great for beginners but I don't think it goes over lawn care.
When you do what you've always done, you get what you've always got.
Good ideas but I am looking for ONE book. I checked out Organic Gardening from the library. There is a new edition that is a renewal of the original publication. I would like to encourage her to go organic.
I'm looking for a really nice book for my daughter who just bought a house and is interested in gardening. She really likes to do everything right. She may be doing anything from berries to chickens. And she knows nothing about caring for a lawn. So throw out your best ideas for me....THanks!
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