Gardening Resources from our Ebook Collections
Learning how to garden this year? Check out an ebook from our digital collections to help get you started! Here are some of our picks, available in either the Greater Phoenix Digital Library or our Hoopla Digital collection. Visit the Downloadables and Apps page for more details about using the library on your phone, tablet, or computer.
by David A. Bainbridge
Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently — using up to 90% less water for the same results. With illustrated step-by-step instructions, David Bainbridge shows you how to install buried clay pots and pipes, wicking systems, and other porous containers that deliver water directly to a plant's roots with no or minimal evaporation.
by Peter Bane
Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems, making growing fruits, vegetables, and livestock easier and more sustainable. The Permaculture Handbook is a step-by-step, beautifully illustrated guide to creating resilient and prosperous households and neighborhoods, complemented by extensive case studies of three successful farmsteads and market gardens.
by Fern Marshall Bradley
Save vegetable seeds as you harvest so your favorite plants can grow again next season. In this Storey BASICS® guide, Fern Marshall Bradley covers everything you need to know to successfully save seeds from 20 popular garden vegetables, including beans, carrots, peas, peppers, and tomatoes. Learn how each plant is pollinated, where to store your collected seeds through the winter, and how to test their replanting viability in the spring.
by Spike Carlsen
Gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love this compilation of 76 rustic DIY projects. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and clotheslines to a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a root cellar with storage bins.
by Richard Helweg
Dirt-free, low-cost, space-saving, low in pesticides, and environmentally friendly, hydroponic gardening the art of growing plants without any soil is a method already used by millions for growing healthy, vibrant plants by everyday gardeners. Using this heavily researched book, you will learn every detail behind why and how hydroponic gardening works, and what tools you will need to get started.
by Brett L. Markham
This comprehensive new handbook covers everything you need to know about maximizing and harvesting the best vegetables you can possibly produce. With each chapter addressing a different vegetable, you'll learn tips and tricks about varietal selection, nutritional merits, how to begin, special hints for growing, and how to deal with particular pests and diseases, plus one or two creative recipes to get you started.
Gardening is said to be one of the most therapeutic hobbies you can engage yourself in, whether you have a green thumb or not. It is said to be not only a good exercise for the body, but also a good source of sense of fulfillment, a good relaxing technique, and obviously, an opportunity to contribute in your own little way, to advocate the importance of nature.
by William Moss
Author William Moss takes a beginning gardener through all the steps needed to grow vegetables and fruits in any setting, regardless of the available (or desired) size. This book covers container gardening, vertical gardening, raised-bed gardening, and traditional methods to help gardeners everywhere bring a taste of homegrown freshness to their gardening experience.
by Louise Riotte
Plant parsley and asparagus together and you'll have more of each, but keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. This classic companion-gardening guide outlines the keys to creating a harmoniously varied and bountiful garden. Utilize the natural properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest.
by Geoff Stebbings
Gardening For Dummies eBook Bundle gives you three full length books rolled into one convenient bundle giving everything you need to know to help you towards a successful crop and a full larder!
by Mathew Tekulsky
Butterfly gardening is the practice of attracting beautiful butterflies to your garden by growing common plants and flowers that they use for food and nectar. This guide will teach you everything you need to get started—whether you're a suburban resident, the owner of a small urban garden, an apartment dweller, or a keeper of a country estate, you can enjoy frequent butterfly visits to your garden or window box.