Monday, May 19, 2008

The Organic Gardener's Bookshelf

We invite you to come by and browse our bookshelves should you be interested in cultivating a library that will help you as you cultivate your garden.

Here are a number of invaluable titles for Los Angeles area organic gardeners:

Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens
Produced by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, this covers the basics of irrigation, soil, planting, weeding, and pest control, all for our neck of the woods.  (English-Spanish edition.)

This is the book from the man who helped pioneer permaculture, David Holmgren. Permaculture, in a nutshell, is about taking care in creating landscapes and lives that follow the principles and relationships in nature.  Read more about it here.

Perennial Vegetables
A so-called "socially engaged plant geek" tells all in the realm of how and what to grow that you can eat.  He even includes the antioxidant powerhouse from Nepal, goji berries in here!

California Native Plants for the Garden
500 plants with pictures and know-how on how to plant them and what will make them thrive.

Food Not Lawns
Heather Flores will help you start a revolution in your yard by following her nine steps of permaculture design that lead to a garden of food not grass. This is a great place to to start if you're ready to leave mowing behind and get growing instead.  Planting and reaping the fruits of your labor is a welcome revolution indeed.

The New Organic Grower
If you're well on your way as an organic vegetable grower already, or even want to pursue expanding your plot of soil or selling some of your produce, this book is for you.  Topics include sustainable growing practices, soil health, and marketing your produce.

All New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
The subtitle says it all: "The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener."

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