Get Your Hands Dirty: Gardening Books for Spring

Seira Wilson on March 13, 2019
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I think we've finally seen the last of the snow here in Seattle and the spring bulbs are starting to bring a little color to the landscape. It's a good time to start thinking about what we want to see in our gardens in the coming months (summer!).  New flowers, planting and pruning trees, and of course, lots of homegrown vegetables are on the list.  Below are a selection of new books filled with inspiration and expert guidance to get us started.


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Trees Owners' Workshop Manual: Broadleaf and Conifer Models by Kenton Rogers

This book has a fun layout--it looks like an old automotive manual on the outside and within are step-by-step color photographs and easily digestible text for how to select, plant, prune, and maintain a variety of trees. (Available March 26)


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Best Roses, Herbs, and Edible Flowers by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

With beautiful photographs on every page, this sturdy paperback is filled with gorgeous roses that are "tried-and-true" varieties that the authors have found to be the best performers.  A number of herbs and edible flowers are also covered. If you've ever wanted to plant roses but worried that they require too much work, this is a great resource for selecting some beauties. (Available May 7)


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The Kitchen Garden: A Month by Month Guide to Growing Your Own Fruits and Vegetables by Alan Buckingham

A popular guide updated with even more expert advice, The Kitchen Garden covers common varieties of fruits and vegetables as well as some more unusual options.  The layout by month makes it easy to see what to plant when so gardeners can maximize their efforts over the year.


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Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere around Your Yard by Mike Lizotte

An eco-friendly option for getting rid of lawn maintenance in favor of a lovely meadow landscape in even the smallest of spaces.  Creating your own mini meadow is a good way to get the kids involved and the result is a bright and varied patch of color. How to choose native plants, attract pollinators, and brighten up that boring strip along the sidewalk are all covered in this handy guide.


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Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space by Amy Andrychowicz

I have a friend who has done this method of planting and it looks really amazing.  Author Amy Andrychowicz shows readers how to create a variety of vertical structures, both freestanding and wall-hung, and how to incorporate recycled materials into your project. A practical and eye-catching method of growing vegetables in any size space.


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Beginner Gardening Step by Step: A Visual Guide to Yard and Garden Basics by DK

In my experience, taking up gardening can be a little daunting. It's easy enough to buy plants for the yard, but then what? Pruning can be nerve wracking, and keeping up with the green thumb neighbors may seem like an impossible task.  This handy guide takes the guesswork out of getting started and offers a simple instructional for all the basics.  This book offers reassurance, examples, and plenty of DIY know-how for any beginner.


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