The best gardening books for creative gardeners

Who am I?

I am a New Englander, born and bred. I am a 5th-generation chicken keeper and lifelong gardener. An author and Maine Master Gardener, I live on a small farm in Maine where I raise chickens, ducks, and geese and grow all kinds of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. My mom was a 3rd-grade teacher and my dad was incredibly artistic, so that combination resulted in me being an avid DIYer. I love to build and make and paint and raise and grow all kinds of things.


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Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens

By Lisa Steele,

Book cover of Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens

What is my book about?

Welcome to a world where chickens and gardens coexist! Join Lisa Steele, chicken-keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, on a unique journey through the garden. Start by planning your garden and learning strategies for keeping your plants safe while they grow, plus the most valuable herbs, composting chicken manure, using chickens to work the soil, which plants to avoid and more. Then comes the fun part: enjoy the harvest, and even let the chickens graze!

Lisa's friendly writing, together with inspirational photos and illustrations, will have you rolling up your sleeves and reaching for your gardening tools. Whether you're an experienced chicken keeper, master gardener, or just getting into these hobbies, Gardening with Chickens is an indispensable guide for a harmonious homestead.

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Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants

By Stefani Bittner, Alethea Harampolis,

Book cover of Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants

Why this book?

Harvest is a beautifully photographed book that verges on coffee table book status, but more importantly than that, the author provides all kinds of ways to use garden produce in cocktails, beauty products, functional arrangements, and more, all arranged by season. Includes growing tips and inspiration for using more than 40 different garden plants.


The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live

By Niki Jabbour, Joseph de Sciose (photographer),

Book cover of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live

Why this book?

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener is an invaluable gardening resource, especially for those of us who live in the northern climates. Nova Scotia-based author Niki Jabbour proves firsthand that it is possible to grow all kinds of vegetables in even the coldest of areas. Her cold frames from which she plucks handfuls of carrots and leafy greens when they’re buried in snow are reason enough to buy this book.


Crafting with Herbs: Do-It-Yourself Botanical Decor, Beauty Products, Kitchen Essentials, and More

By Debbie Wolfe,

Book cover of Crafting with Herbs: Do-It-Yourself Botanical Decor, Beauty Products, Kitchen Essentials, and More

Why this book?

This former DIY Network writer has hit a home run with her latest book which is packed with all kinds of ideas for herbs, all beautifully photographed. From sachets and salves to herbal cleaning vinegars and smudge sticks, the author shares all kinds of projects. There are even edibles including herb butter and herbal teas. This one is not to be missed. 


Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

By Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai,

Book cover of Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Why this book?

Another coffee table book contender, A Year in Flowers is an absolute feast for the eyes. The flower arrangements, wreaths, and bouquets included are not only beautiful, but seasonally relevant and accompanied by growing tips by the flower queen herself, Erin Benzakein. Followers of Floret Farm on Instagram will appreciate this hardcover version of her social media feed.


101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve Any Garden

By Shawna Coronado,

Book cover of 101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve Any Garden

Why this book?

The ultimate DIY gardening book, author Shawna Coronado shares more than 100 quick and easy, practical and functional projects for the garden to save you time and money. From tips for a more bountiful harvest to mixing your own garden soil, repelling garden pests, or making a more attractive garden border, the author walks the readers through each project with simple step-by-step instructions.


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Interested in gardening, herbs, and organic gardening?

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