Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big & Small Spaces by Tara Nolan

Gardening Your Front Yard is an active, inspiring resource that shows you how to treat your front yard like a backyard without sacrificing beauty, from choosing the right plants to building front patios and walkways. With her unique combination of DIY/building savvy and gardening expertise, author Tara Nolan weaves you past the main pitfalls you may encounter when trying to fit a garden or gardens between your home and the street. This beautiful and comprehensive book shows how to accomplish several hardscape projects, such as building front patios, borders, edging, and walkways, as well as making your own raised beds, planting containers, trellises, rose arbors, privacy screens, and more-all custom-designed for the rigors of front-yard gardening”

Available format: Book

Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening: A Gardener’s Guide to Growing Flowers, from Today’s Favorites to Unusual Varieties by Matt Mattus

“This gorgeously illustrated book by Matt Mattus is based on decades of first-hand experience in his own garden and greenhouse made popular on his blog Growing with Plants. Every variety or species presented is one that he has personally trialed and grown. Mattus sets you up for success by providing everything you need to know about starting seeds, soil, sowing, hardening off, to transplanting, and growing on. Then, in the following chapters, you’ll find tips for growing over 100 different annuals from seed and many summer bulbs, vines like wisteria and even blooming shrubs like lilacs. Every flower includes detailed information based on his hands-on experience, going beyond the information typically available on the seed packet or a nursery tag.”

Available format: Book

The Practical Guide to Allotment Gardening: Growing Vegetables and Fruit: Step-by-Step Techniques for Cultivating Organic Produce on Your Plot All Year Round by Christine Lavelle

“Step-by-step techniques for cultivating organic produce on your plot all year round. This newly updated edition guides the budding allotmenter through every step of successful growing from early planning to planting and harvesting. Information on tools, equipment and soil management follows, along with a chapter on what to grow where, crop rotation, companion planting and growing both outdoors and in a greenhouse. Techniques such as sowing, propagation, feeding, watering, pruning, harvesting and storing are examined with easy- to-follow instructions and examples. There are directories of vegetables, fruit and herbs that outline the specific requirements of different crops while a section on plant health helps to deal with common pests and diseases and carry out weed management. A season-by-season calendar of care ensures you do the right jobs at the right time.”

Available format: Book

Attracting Birds and Butterflies: How to Plant a Backyard Habitat to Attract Winged Wildlife by Barbara Ellis

“A quick-reference guide to attracting birds and butterflies for gardeners with little experience and time. In the eye of a bird or butterfly, the typical suburban landscape resembles an unfriendly desert. Closely mowed lawns, tightly clipped shrubs, raked-up borders, and deadheaded flowers mean no place to nest, no food to eat, and nowhere to hide. To the humans who live there, this means no bird songs, no colorful butterflies, no dazzling hummingbirds, no night-sparkling fireflies. Creating a garden that welcomes these creatures may seem like a confusing and complicated task, but the principles involved are relatively simple. Essentially, wildlife needs food, water, and shelter, just like we do, and this lavishly illustrated guide shows which plants attract which creatures, and how to plant and care for them.”

Available format: Book

Small Summer Gardens: 35 Bright and Beautiful Gardening Projects to Bring Color and Scent to Your Garden by Emma Hardy

“Turn your backyard into a bright summer paradise with a collection of 35 projects to create stylish, fragrant, and abundant displays. There are gorgeous flowering plants, lush foliage, festive centerpieces, and edible fruit and vegetable harvests. The projects in Small Summer Gardens include hanging baskets, window boxes, beautiful flower beds, large and small pots, and pretty recycled containers. Create a display of foxgloves and woodland plants in a rusty trunk, scented sweet peas in a tub, a mini water garden with flowering water lilies, a wreath made from alpine flowers, fruit bushes in pots, and much more. With Emma Hardy’s expert advice, you will learn everything you need to know about growing annuals from seed, growing bulbs, using inexpensive bedding plants in interesting ways, combining perennials and small shrubs, and growing and maintaining fruit and vegetable plants.”

Available format: Book

Great Gardening Tips

“Contains money-saving and innovative tips for growing healthier plants and tackling many common garden problems. Bonus feature Plot-2-pot: Learn to grow edible crops regardless of the size of your plot and cook up something wonderful in your pot.”

Available format: DVD

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables by Lorene Edwards Forkner

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables is an ultra-friendly, accessible guide for people looking for advice on how to grow their own food. It includes an A-Z listing of the 30 most popular vegetables and herbs, a comprehensive gardening primer, planting charts for every region, and month-by-month guides for what to do in the garden from January to December. Packed with color photography, filled with information that applies to every growing region, The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables should be on every garden shelf this spring.”

Available format: Ebook (Hoopla)

Herb Gardening for Beginners: Essential Tips on How to Plant and Grow Herbs in Herb Gardens by Erin Morrow

“Are you a chef or a cook that enjoys using different types of herbs in your cooking? Wouldn’t you like to have your own herbs in abundance and always have a stash available every time you are in the kitchen? You can create your own herb garden, now is the time to consider having one in your backyard.”

Available format: Ebook (CloudLibrary)

Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich

“Garden like Mother Nature, with an organic system that’s good for plants and good for people. Say good-bye to backaches and weed problems!  Lee Reich’s organic Weedless Gardening eschews the traditional yearly digging up and working over of the soil. It’s an easy-to-follow, low-impact approach to planting and maintaining a flower garden, a vegetable patch, trees, and shrubs naturally.”

Available formats: Ebook (Hoopla), Ebook (OverDrive/Libby) 

Garden Gate Magazine

“You CAN create the garden of your dreams with Garden Gate magazine! Every issue is packed with must-have plants, reader tips, simple time- and money-saving ideas, step-by-step, how-to help and the inspiration you need to create a gorgeous garden year after year.”

Back issues are available!

Available format: Emagazine (OverDrive/Libby)

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