I would not have become the gardener I am today without gardening books.
Although you can look up anything gardening related quickly on google, gardening books have great purpose. You can cozy up with them during the winter months and they’re written by expert gardeners.
Best Gardening books for beginners to seasoned market gardeners
I’ll share my personal favorite gardening books starting from beginner to advanced. I’ll also share some of my favorite permaculture books because I love applying permaculture to our garden so much.
The Starter Vegetable Gardens is such a fantastic resource for beginner gardeners.
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live
Even if you’re not interested in year-round gardening, this book by Niki Jabbour is great for beginners. She tells you how to grow every vegetable whether it’s spring or summer. For those that want to dive deeper into year-round gardening, then you can learn how to use season extenders etc.
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
101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve Any Garden
Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden
Week by Week Gardener’s Handbook
Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden
The New Organic Grower, 3rd Edition. A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 30th Anniversary Edition.
I’ve learned so much from Eliot Coleman. I also have his Four Season Harvest and the Winter Harvest Handbook. He was a pioneer to the year-round gardening movement, for both home gardening and market growing.
If you love heirloom gardening the founders of Baker Creek Seeds wrote this great heirloom gardening book.
The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People
Market Gardener Books
These books are great for people that want to grow a lot of food like our family. We’re trying to feed our family with a food garden, so you’re basically gardening on a large scale. Market gardeners often sell their produce, but families and homesteaders will preserve for the off-season.
The Market GardenerA Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming
Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres
Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less; Includes Detailed Farm Layouts for Productivity and Efficiency
The Permaculture Market Garden: A Visual Guide to a Profitable Whole-systems Farm Business
Do you have a favorite gardening book?
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.