These are especially good reads (and eye-candy too) for gardeners of all levels.
Gardening For Everyone by Julia Watkins — Growing food in your backyard (or even on a porch or windowsill) is one of the simplest and most rewarding ways to nourish yourself, be self-sufficient, and connect with nature in a hands-on way. Here sustainability expert Julia Watkins shares everything you need to know to grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs (as well as wildflowers and other beneficial companion plants).
The book covers all the nuts and bolts of creating and caring for your garden — planning, building, planting, tending, and harvesting — followed by a deeper dive into the plants themselves: demystifying annuals vs. perennials, cold-weather vs. warm-weather veggies, and profiles of favorite crops.
Inclues tips for creating an eco-friendly and sustainable garden (such as vermicomposting, no-till “lasagna” gardening, and attracting pollinators), plus some fun and unexpected hands-on projects like how to build a bean teepee, make wildflower seed paper, and enjoy refreshing herbal lemonade ice pops. Currently on sale for $14.99 here.
Rocky Mountain Month-by-Month Gardening by John Cretti — This well-organized book provides information on the best gardening practices for each month of the year. Complete with specific advice on growing annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, roses, ground covers, trees, shrubs, and vines.
Included are detailed instructions on everything from watering and fertilizing to pruning and problem solving. No matter your gardening level—from beginner to expert—you'll find actionable tips for all of the seasonal gardening tasks needed to gain satisfying results. Currently $20.66. Purchase here.