I love my vegetables and with the summer weather finally here in Connecticut I can put my (aka my boyfriend’s) green thumb to use. He’s the planter and I’m the eater. But trying to figure out what vegetables to grow in your garden can be tricky. We love all things eco-friendly in our household, whether that means riding our bikes or applying the three R’s to our everyday routines, (reduce, reuse and recycle). So having our very own deck full of fruits, vegetables and flowers has certainly reinforced this particular lifestyle.
Maybe you haven’t always had the best of luck in the garden, though. That’s where we come in. With these these six gardening books, you too can turn your texting thumb into a green thumb, all while practicing sustainability and maybe a few DIY projects. PLUS! We’ve got an awesome giveaway below from Sprout World, to get you started in the planting and gardening world. Happy reading and Good luck!
Garden Design: 10 Beautiful Garden Plans on a Budget – DIY Perfect Landscape in Less Than 200$, Helen Leach (Amazon Digital, April 2016)
If you enjoy bringing life back to an old cabinet or dining set with paint and a little elbow grease, then this is the perfect book for you! Like any “do-it-yourselfer” I also enjoy saving a few pennies here and there when it comes to DIY projects. Helen Leach’s new gardening book will have you inspired to finally upgrade that rocky, untamed pathway of yours while staying on a budget!
Gardening: How to Get Started With Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden (Gardening for Beginners, Hydroponics), Celine Walker (Amazon Digital, April 2016)
To continue with the theme of sustainability, Celine Walker provides any newbie with the fundamentals to an all-natural garden. From soil to tools, this gardening book will turn any beginner into a professional go-green gardener. Watch out organic grocery stores!
Indoor Gardening: 25 Easy Methods to Start an Indoor Veggie Garden & Grow Your Vegetables and Herbs at Home, Daniel Hill (Cool Springs Press, April 2016)
Do you live in an apartment? Or have limited outdoor space? Don’t count yourself out! In Daniel Hill’s Indoor Gardening, anyone can grow a variety of fruits from right inside their cozy home. Whether you prefer bananas, zucchinis or even a lemon tree, this book will help any first time gardener with the basics to get your garden growing.
The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being, Kathi Keville (Timber Press, April 2016)
The vibrant pictures in Kathi Keville’s book will have you dreaming of your own lavender field. The Aromatherapy Garden will teach you how to capture the smells of nature to make your own body oils for a healthier and happier lifestyle, while revealing the secret scents behind all fragrant plants.
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today, JoAnn Moser (Cool Springs Press, May 2016)
Mason jars are everywhere today. They’re used for cocktails, wedding décor and even gardening. JoAnn Moser knows what she’s talking about when it comes to DIY projects. In Mason Jar Nation, we discover the impact of this particular jar starting from the patent in 1858 as a way to store food up until now discussing all of the ways we can recycle these jars through affordable crafts. Now go finish that cucumber lemonade so you can grow your own basil garden in this iconic jar.
Backyard Farming: Fruit Trees, Berries & Nuts, Kim Pezza (Hatherleigh Press, May 2016)
Create your own trail mix with this eight-chapter book by Kim Pezza on the fundamentals of backyard farming. If you want to fill that basket of yours with nuts, fruits or pine cones, this book will provide the basic information for any greenhorn. The best way to start a healthier lifestyle, after all, starts in your backyard!