Gardening Books to Spill Your Soup On

gardening booksSeveral years ago, in one of those English novels set in a country house (I seem to read a lot of those), I came upon a character to whom I took an immediate liking. At dinner while the other residents and guests chatted about who-knows-what, this one spent her time at the table thumbing through gardening catalogs.

I’ve never tried reading anything at dinner (at least not dinner at someone elses’s house), but when it gets colder and gloomier and you couldn’t work outside even if you wanted to, I think it’s the perfect time to study gardening catalogs and read gardening books.

To help you find a way to spend your “off time,” here are some gardening book recommendations:

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot Coleman

In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World by Penelope Hobhouse

Designer Plant Combinations: 105 Stunning Gardens Using Six Plants or Fewer by Scott Calhoun

Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides) by Whitney Cranshaw

These should keep you busy dreaming and planning for a bit. Or put them on your holiday gift list: It doesn’t hurt to drop a few hints.

Tomorrow, I’ll have a few more gardening books to keep you busy, and they’re all free Kindle books!



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