The following organic gardening books are those that have had the most insightful effect on me, and I have read many of gardening books. But these books are the most excellent, in my opinion.
Botany / Plants Book
The Secret Life of Plants. The authors of Secrets Of The Soil put out amazing organic gardening books and this classic is a look at the world of plants and their relationship to us. It goes into how plants can think, how they respond to music, and how they respond to being loved/being threatened, yet sprinkled throughout are many lessons we can actually use in the garden. Anyone who believes plants are sentient beings will love this book. A must read.
Teaming with Microbes. Healthy organic soil is teeming with life – not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. These guys make the benefits of cultivating the soil food web available to a wide audience, from us organic gardening and farming addicts to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals. I highly recommend this as one of the organic gardening books for you.
Organic Soil Management Book
The Non-Toxic Farming Handbook. Not only for farmers, this book is a successful incorporation of diverse methods and technologies of classical organic farming, Reams-method organic soil and plant testing and analysis, Albrecht-style soil fertility balancing, and it is excellent for organic home gardeners. It covers in-the-field testing, fertility inputs, foliar feeding, tillage, refractometers, livestock nutrition, moon cycles and subtle energies, and more.
Gaia’s Garden. This is one of my much loved organic gardening books for beginners. It illustrates an organic gardening system that merges the best features of wildlife habitat, edible landscapes, and typical gardens into a self-renewing landscape that permits nature do nearly all the work. It has numerous good design principles, so it is in part a design book. This is my preferred introduction to permaculture because it is an entertaining read that actually simplifies the topic. It’s not as broad as Mollison’s works, but an exceptional intro. I love this book.
Vegetable Gardening Book
The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food. This is one of the organic gardening books that give you ideas about how to select, grow, harvest, and stock up more than 765 assortments of vegetables, herbs, nuts and fruits. Not that much fact on planting from seed and transplanting, but a fairly darn big encyclopedia of food plants and good facts on vegetable garden layout.
General Organic Gardening Book
Working With Nature – Shifting Paradigms. This organic gardening book was the first written by founder of Gaia College, Heide Hermary, who is also one of my gardening mentors. It describes ecologically fit organic soil and water management methods and introduces the theory of landscape health management. It summarizes several of the most vital information from other books integrated on this page, and most importantly, it makes links between apparently disparate topics.
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