Dig Into Books on Gardening


Margaret Atwood Gardening quote

By Connie Hocking Ι March 23, 2015


Time to put away the snow boots and sleds (not that we had much use for them this past winter), pull out the shovels and trowels, and start digging in the dirt. If you need some help figuring out what to plant and where to plant, we’ve got you covered!

Enter “gardening” into the Salina Public Library catalog search and 5,700 hits will pop up. We have garden-related items in every format. I’ll try to narrow things down just a little!

Take a look through the magazine section in the library, and you’ll find Cappers Farm, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate, Grit, Horticulture, Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening, Small Farmer Journal … Midwest Living and Southern Living also have gardening tips.

Wander over to the “Garden” section of the library, which starts at 635 and continues through 636.9. You’ll find everything from the basic garden start up titles to specific interests such as roses, tomatoes, herbs, tulips, orchids and succulents.

Here are a few titles to get you started….

“Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening” by Katie Elzer-PetersMidwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening book cover

“Sunflower Houses” by Sharon Lovejoy — Garden discoveries for children.

“Gardening Month by Month” by Ian Spence — What to do when in the garden

“Twilight Garden” by Lia Leendertz — A guide to enjoying your garden in the evening hours

“Flower Gardening 1-2-3″ by Home DepotFine Gardening Pocket Gardens book cover

“Fine Gardening Pocket Gardens” published by Taunton Press  — Design ideas for small space gardening

“Organic Gardening” by Geoff Hamilton

“Gardening Techniques, Vols. 1, 2, 3″  — CDs

“Market Gardening” by Ric Staines — Growing and selling produce

“Lasagna Gardening” by Lasagna Gardening book coverParticia Lanza

“Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening” by Lynn Steiner

“Gardening from Seed” by Martha Stewart

“Creating the Prairie Xeriscape” by Sara Williams

“The Way We Garden Now” by Katherine Whiteside

And if your green thumb is more interested in literary plots rather than garden plots you might try these authors:

Susan Wittig Albert —  China Bayles series and Darling Dahlias series

Ann Ripley —  Gardening mysteries

Barbara Kingsolver — “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”

Josh Kilmer-Purcell — “Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers”

Here’s hoping it’s a spring full of rain and a summer filled with tomatoes!