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Dec 17

HGEL’s List of Favorite Books For Gardeners…

Posted by GeriMiller on 17 Dec 2016. Filed under  Garden Care, Gardening Books View Comments

An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.
quote / saying by Cora Lea Bell

And what better way to feed your addiction and get ready to learn the art of gardening than to fill your library with great resource books! And, if not for you, why not gift a gardening book to the one you love who loves gardening?  Here are some of my favorite books from my gardening library:

Geri's book on veggie gardening in SoCal (published by Timber Press) will be out December 2015.

Published January 2016, The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Southern California, by regional expert Geri Miller, focuses on the unique eccentricities of California’s gardening calendar, which include extreme temperatures and low rainfall. The month-by-month format makes it perfect for beginners and accessible to everyone—gardeners can start gardening the month they pick it up. You can order it and most of these books on Amazon.

Timber Press:

  • Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Southern California


Create your own artisanal “farm-to-glass” specialty cocktails using local, seasonal, unusual, and organic produce with this illustrated bartending guide from the renowned cocktail chef, Matthew Biancaniello, who is transforming modern mixology.  (We grow for him at The Cook’s Garden by HGEL) Available at Amazon or at THE COOK’S GARDEN garden shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

Harper Collins

  • Eat Your Drink



  • Vegetable Garden Problem Solver
  • Organic Gardening
  • The Rodale Book of Composting
  • Organic Manifesto – Maria Rodale


  • The Western Garden Book of Edibles


University of California – ANR:

Fritz Haeg:

  • Edible Estate: Attach on the Front Yard (Not a ‘how-to guide but a great pictorial on this movement – project by project)


  • Secrets to Great Soil

Riotte: Companion Planting

  • Carrots Love Tomatoes
  • Roses Love Garlic


  • Botany for Gardeners


  • How to Grow More Vegetables & Fruit


  • Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Trees, Shrubs and Vines


  • Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered


  • Edible Landscaping
  • Edible Landscaping Recipes from the Garden


  • Designing California Native Gardens


  • California Native Plants for the Garden


  • Botany of Desire
  • Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto


  • Outstanding in the Field – A Farm to Table Cookbook

American Horticultural Society

  • Homegrown Harvest – A season-by-season guide to a sustainable kitchen garden

DK Publishing – Garden Organic (UK-based horticulture nonprofit)

  • Grow Organic

Darryl Estrine & Kelly Kochendorfer

  • Harvest to Heat

David Deardorff & Kathryn Wadsworth

  • What’s Wrong with My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?)

Ivette Soler

  • The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden

School Garden Books


  • Cultural Uses of Plants


  • In the Three Sisters Garden


  • The Worm Cafe – Mid-scale Vermicomposting of  Lunchroom Waste


  • Worms Eat Our Garbage


  • Native American Ethnobotany

California Department of Education:

  • A Child’s Garden of Standards


  • Nature’s Artbox


  • Chumash Ethnobotany


  • Healthy Foods From Healthy Soils

California School Gardening Network:

  • Gardens for Learning – Creating and Maintaining Your School Garden

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