Happy Reading

Instructional Books

Vegetable Gardening

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)
The Farmer's Wife Guide To Growing A Great Garden And Eating From It, Too!: Storing, Freezing, and Cooking Your Own Vegetables
Successful Gardening in the Greater Washington Area
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 2nd Edition: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions: Wide Rows, Organic Methods, Raised Beds, Deep Soil, by Edward C. Smith
McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers, by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey
How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine, by John Jeavons
Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!, by Patricia Lanza
All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space, by Mel Bartholomew


The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It, by John Seymour
** I have read a lot more in this category, but none that I really liked.  I detest the recent flood of books that mislead people as to the amount of land required to set up a proper homestead. 

Small-Scale Farming

The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition (A Gardener's Supply Book), by Eliot Coleman
The Essential Urban Farmer, by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal
The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, 2nd Edition, by Lynn Byczynski


Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl, by Gail Damerow
Raising Chickens For Dummies, by Kimberley Willis 

Personal Stories

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love, by Kristin Kimball
Homestead Year, by Judith Moffett
Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates


Market Gardening

Market Gardening: A Start-Up Guide, pub ATTRA
Market Vegetable Gardens: Planning for Success, pub WSU Extension Service


Small-Scale Rabbit Production, pub ATTRA



The Compost Guy 
Skippy's Vegetable Garden 
The Garden Professors
Four Green Acres *
Cathy's Big Oak Valley Farm  *

* These last two are, sadly, abandoned, but for a while they were my favorites and gardening doesn't really change all that much.  Take a look at the old posts and enjoy yourself.  And if you write a really excellent blog, please don't get goats.


Florida Hillbilly 
Little Homestead in the Valley
Sustainable Eats


For the Love of Food


Greens and Jeans
That Artist Woman

Friends and Loved Ones

Styling with Renee Michelle
Feminism and Crafts
The Mongo Brain

I'm always looking for more good blogs!   Leave suggestions in the comments.

Gardening with Kids




Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children, by Sharon Lovejoy
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun, by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher

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