3 Must-Read Books for Gardeners

These roses say, "Please read more so that you can keep us healthy."

These roses say, “Please read more so that you can keep us healthy.”

It’s still early in the season yet, too early for many people start planting. To pass the time, here are a few books to keep you occupied while you anxiously wait to get outside.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. I read this book a decade ago when a friend suggested that I read it. I was not disappointed. Long before Michael Pollan gave us the low-down on processed food, he delved into the complex relationship between humans and plants, specifically apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes. While in another author/researcher’s hands, it could be dry material, Pollan weaves a highly-readable tale that you won’t want to put down. Apparently it’s also a movie. Haven’t seen the movie yet, but the book is fantastic.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. Kingsolver recounts her family’s experience when they dedicate themselves to near self-sufficiency. If you’ve been thinking of becoming more self-sufficient, the experience of the Kingsolver family will give you the motivation you need to give it a whirl, though you may not be inspired enough to move your whole family across the country.

From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation by Jeanne Nolan. While many of us greenie idealists dreamed of giving up our materials possessions and living on a communal farm, Jeanne Nolan actually did it. However, after nearly two decades on the commune, she returns back to suburbia to put her gardening and farming skills to use in the local area. What’s great about this book is that she finds so much success creating gardens all around the community. As a reader, you cheer for her all along the way, as she discovers how to bring her skills and ideals into a suburban environment.


What are some gardening books that you love?

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