Resources – Books

Because I’m a librarian, I look at tons and tons of books related to gardening. (Pretty much every new one that arrives in my library, for starters.) Here are my favourites.
*Absolute favourites

For beginner gardeners
The Practical Gardener’s Encyclopedia – Geoffrey Burnie, ed [amazon | library]
Organic Gardening – Geoff Hamilton* [amazon | library]
The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food – Carolyn Herriot [amazon | library]
Western Garden Book of Edibles – Sunset [amazon | library]

The Canadian Edible Garden – Alison Beck [amazon | library]
The Complete Book of Vegetables – Matthew Biggs [amazon | library]
Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens – June Flanagan [amazon | library]
Grow Cook Eat – Willi Galloway [amazon | library]

For permaculture/edible perennials
Edible Gardens – Elizabeth Peters, ed. [amazon | library]
How to Grow Perennial Vegetables – Martin Crawford* (his other books, Creating a Forest Garden and Food From Your Forest Garden, are good too) [amazon | library]

For small spaces
edibleplantsThe Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City – Kelly Coyne [amazon | library]
Edible Spots & Pots – Stacey Hirvela [amazon | library | my review]
Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution – David Tracey [amazon | library]
Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces* – Gayla Trail [amazon | library]

Native Plants
gowildcoverGo Wild! – Edmonton Naturalization Group [library | Buy a copy]

For northern gardens/cold climates
Growing Perennials in Cold Climates – Mike Heger, Debbie Lonnee, & John Whitman [amazon | library]
Lois Hole’s Northern Vegetable Gardening – Lois Hole [amazon | library]
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener* – Niki Jabbour [amazon | library]
The Northern Gardener* – Barbara Rayment [amazon | library]

lawngoneSmall Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living – Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little & Edmund C Snodgrass [amazon | library]
Lawn Gone!: Low Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard – Pam Penick* [amazon | library]
The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-less, Grow-more Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden – Ivette Soler [amazon | library]

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