Sustainable Gardening Books

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For the new, aspiring, and experienced gardeners–enjoy these books that address various topics regarding sustainable gardening. Topics cover suggestions for growing in small spaces, considering the value of soils, digging deep to identify what gardens say about us to the world, and more. Enjoy!

**Books are ordered by publication date.**

Climate-Wise Landscaping

Author(s): Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt
Publication Date: March, 2018
Description: Gardening is experimental. Each season provides new challenges, especially as we face unknown long-term changes in climate. This book will act as another tool in your tool kit of things you can consider adding, changing, or modifying in your gardening practices to anticipate that changes we are experiencing.

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A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future

Author(s): Benjamin Vogt
Publication Date: October, 2017
Description: Vogt is a visionary, specializing in how to re-nativize our communities to live more harmoniously with the planet and all its many creatures. As a long-time blogger passionate about sustainable living, native plants, wildlife, and our changing times, Vogt’s book is a must-have for those committed to this work.

The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What the Soil Tells Us About Who We Are.

Author(s): Paul Bogard
Publication Date: March, 2017
Description: Soil is the literal foundation of all life (and death) on this planet. This author explores the principles of soil, how it works, how it supports life on the planet and the threats it historically and currently faces.

New Small Garden: Contemporary Principles, Planting, and Practice

Author(s): Noel Kingsbury, Maayke de Ridder
Publication Date: September, 2016
Description: Growing gardens in small spaces can challenge even the greenest thumb. This text explores 50 different gardens, their designs, what works, and what to consider when planting in tight quarters. A helpful book for anyone trying to make the most of a quaint corner of property.

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Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change

Author(s): Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher
Publication Date: May, 2016
Description: Gardening can be time-consuming, laborious, and may still fail to result in more vibrant, biodiverse green spaces. These authors, using inspiring and gorgeous photos, will help you to create wildlife-rich landscapes with less effort and time than traditionally spent.

A Lawn Chair Gardener’s Guide: To a Balanced Life and World

Author(s): Dawn V Pape
Publication Date: January, 2016
Description: This fun, easy-to-read, narrative will resonate for the novice to the most experienced gardeners. Laugh-out-loud stories and personal experiences will keep you engaged in learning about organic gardening, minimizing your footprint, and knowing when to pull up a chair and just relax.

Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for Your Home and Garden

Author(s): Sue Reed
Publication Date: April, 2010
Description: This book is recommended because of its focus on reducing your carbon footprint through clever landscape design. We realize that solar panels and windmills aren’t for everyone, and the truth is that even renewable resources are not without problems for wildlife. With its tips on keeping houses warm in the winter and cool in the summer by utilizing smart design, this book gives you simple solutions for reducing your energy consumption, regardless of where your energy comes from.

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New Green Home Solutions: Renewable Household Energy and Sustainable Living

Author(s): Dave Bonta
Publication Date: September, 2008
Description: New Green Home Solutions is proof positive that a green home doesn’t have to be boring or ugly. If you’re interested in renewable energy, there are lots of ideas to get you started. Targeted to homeowners who want attractive models for building new green homes or updating their existing home, this book provides resources, color photos, and financing/incentive options to motivate readers to cut energy consumption while still living in comfort.

Nature-Friendly Communities: Habitat Protection And Land Use Planning

Author(s): Chris Duerksen and Cara Snyder
Publication Date: May, 2005
Description: Using compelling case studies, these authors explain the realities of creating biodiverse habitat in our growing communities. This text is excellent for those engaged in urban planning or landscaping projects on a large scale. Stories of challenges and successes, advice, and impacts of projects should be helpful to those engaged in this work in urban or suburban communities.

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Setup and Maintain a Worm Composting System: Compost Food Waste, Produce Fertilizer for Houseplants and Garden, and Educate Your Kids and Family

Author(s): Mary Appelhof, Joanne Olszewski
Publication Date: October, 2003
Description: Worm composting is fun and can be done ANYWHERE! From small high-rise apartments to sprawling rural properties, worms can take our organics and turn them into nutrient-rich soil and fertilizer that can be used on house plants or large gardens. Learn more about vermicomposting and how to get started.

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The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for Home and Market

Author(s): Eliot Coleman
Publication Date: October, 1989 (original date)
Description: Eliot Coleman is considered a “go-to expert” for advice on organic gardening and this book launched him into that status. His sound advice addresses pest control, soil fertility, low-investment gardening, extending the growing season, and much, much more. If you are looking to engage in subsistence farming or start a small crop farmers market business, Coleman’s text is an invaluable reference.