Great Gift Ideas! Gardening books, of course. All available from the usual sources as well as, signed, right from me, here.
Weedless Gardening: Not only weedlessness; also lots of information on drip irrigation, making or buying compost, cover crops, timing and details for individual vegetables, tree planting, fertilization, and soil testing. I’ve used this weed-less system for over 25 years! $10.95
Growing Figs in Cold Climates: Five methods for growing figs in cold climates, pruning techniques, best varieties, harvesting, and ways to hasten ripening. $24.99
The Pruning Book: Reasons to prune, tools of the trade, how plants respond to being pruned, and details on just pruning just about every plant you can imagine, from ornamental trees and bushes, to fruit and nut trees, to houseplants and perennials. A final section delves into specialized techniques such as topiary, bonsai, and espalier. $29.95
Landscaping with Fruit: How to choose what to grow depending on your region and particular pest or climate problems, and details for individual plants (the ornamental value, how easy they are to grow, what they taste like, varieties). Also a chapter on landscape design basics. $19.95
A Northeast Gardener’s Year: Month by month, chapter by chapter, in the garden. Each chapter begins with a snippet of borrowed poetry to set the tone, followed by a short description of what is going on plantwise. From there we are left to the whims and vagaries of the weather and the weeds, the unfolding of blossoms and ripening of fruits, perhaps the cry of a plant begging to be repotted — any and all topics gardenwise. $17.00
The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Lot Better Garden: An irreverent romp through the natural science of plants and soil, ideal for everyone from newbies to experienced gardeners whose curiosity at the wonders of cultivation grows deeper and stronger with each season. How to maximize flavor and nutrition; how to help plants outwit drought; making the best sse of compost; etc, etc. $18.99
Grow Fruit Naturally: How to successfully grow fruits that are delicious and nutritious without toxic chemicals. Covers planning, propagation, pruning, pest control, storing your bounty, and growing fruit plants in containers. Details on over 30 fruits and how to reap their bounty. $24.95
Lee, I’m hooked – thanks for your interesting information
Not sure how green a thumb I can cultivate, love reading anyway
Thanks John. Keep reading and then take a look at your thumb. It will start to turn green, with the help of some getting your hands in the dirt, of course.