Recommended Reading

MY 10 TOP GARDENING BOOKS

1. The House Plant Expert The House Plant Expert: The World’s Best-Selling Book on House Plants – My number one choice for indoor gardening beginners (and everyone else).

2. Tovah Martin’s Well-Clad Windowsills: Houseplants for Four Exposures Well-Clad Windowsills: Houseplants for Four Exposures If you want a well written, beautiful book with superb pictures, and sound advice, you can’t beat this one.

3. Elvin MacDonald’s The New Houseplant: Bringing the Garden Indoors The New Houseplant: Bringing the Garden Indoorsis equally good for the same reasons.

4. Herb Gustafson’s Keep Your Bonsai Perfectly Shaped Keep Your Bonsai Perfectly Shaped: the author has written several wonderful bonsai books; try this one first.

5. The Miniature Palms of Japan: Cultivating Kannonchiku and Shurochiku The Miniature Palms of Japan: Cultivating Kannonchiku and Shurochiku is a must have, if only for the pictures:

6. Lee Reich’s The Pruning Book The Pruning Bookis for all trees, big and small

7. Tracy DiSabatao-Aust’s Well-Tended Perennial Garden Well-Tended Perennial Garden If you could have only one outdoor gardening book, go with this one.

8. Ken Druce’s Natural Garden Natural Garden. K. Druce is another writer who has my respect for his knowledge, literacy and photography.

9. Container Plants: For Patios, Balconies, and Window Boxes Container Plants: For Patios, Balconies, and Window Boxes: A good starter book on outdoor container plants with inspiring pictures.

10. AM/PM Yoga for Beginners AM/PM Yoga for Beginners (video tape). Gardeners spend too much time bending over; yoga stops the back aches. I got started with yoga with this tape, as have several of my friends. It’s accessible to anyone, regardless of age or current fitness and takes only 15 minutes a day. Go for it.

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recommended reading -wildflowers

My Favorite Wildflower Books

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Eastern Region (National Audubon Society Field Guide Series)

A Field Guide to Wildflowers : Northeastern and North-Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region (National Audubon Society Field Guide Series)

A Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers : Washington, Oregon, California and adjacent areas

Wildflowers : A Guide to Familiar American Wildflowers (Golden Guide)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Eastern Region (National Audubon Society Field Guide Series)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers: Western Region (National Audubon Society Field Guide Series)

Weeds of the Northern United States & Canada: A Guide for Identification

recommended reading – organic farming

recommended reading – organic farming

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Joan Dye Gussow’s This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader An engrossing story about one woman’s struggle to become a self-sustaining localist in New York’s gentrified Hudson River Valley.

Michael Ableman’s On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm The delightful, easy-to-read story of the hard-won triumph of a developing small farm, slowly engulfed by suburbia.

Vandana Shiva’s Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply If you want to know what’s wrong with the industrialized agri-business and why it threatens you, here’s a comprehensive overview by an award-winning Indian author.

Life And Debt (DVD) ) (Narrated by Jamaica Kinkaid) If you’re not fully familiar with how our agri-business subsidies and the IMF have devastated the farm economies in developing countries, driving thousands from the countryside into urban poverty and economically-forced emigration, you owe it to yourself, in this election year, to see this DVD, and then pass it along to your neighbors.
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Jesse Ziff Cool’s Your Organic Kitchen : The Essential Guide to Selecting and Cooking Organic Foods A famous chef rewards those who support sustainable agriculture with 160 recipes.