It's Time for Spring Planting!

Gardening books to help with spring planting.

It's almost spring and for some, that means spring planting. Maybe you've never had a garden but you're thinking now is the time to start one. Whether you're an experienced or novice gardener, Oakland Public Library has plenty of books to help your garden grow. Clicking the cover image or the title will take you directly to our online catalog where you can place a hold with your library card and PIN.

Vegetable and Kitchen Gardens

 The Kitchen GardenNo Waste Kitchen GardeningGround Breaking Food GardensYour Edible Yard

The kitchen garden : a month-by-month guide to growing your own fruits and vegetables / Alan Buckingham
In-depth crop planners show you when to sow and how to cultivate more than 60 herbs, fruit, and vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, and apples. Month-by-month alerts help you guard against the season's garden pests and diseases to ensure a top-quality harvest.

No-waste kitchen gardening : regrow your leftover greens, pits, seeds, and more / by Katie Elzer-Peters
Stop tossing your carrot stumps, loose cilantro sprigs, lettuce and cabbage stalks, and apple cores in the trash! The expert advice in No-Waste Kitchen Gardening, gives you all the instruction and tricks you'll need to grow and re-propagate produce from food waste.

Groundbreaking food gardens : 73 plans that will change the way you grow your garden / Niki Jabbour
Niki Jabbour brings you 73 novel and inspiring food garden designs that include a cocktail garden featuring all the ingredients for your favorite drinks, a spicy retreat comprising 24 varieties of chile peppers, and a garden that’s devoted to supplying year-round salad greens.

California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (e-book available through Hoopla) by Claire Splan
California abounds with edible selections to grow in the diverse conditions of the state. California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening addresses the critical elements of climate, soil, sun, and water that affects growing success. More than sixty fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers are highlighted, and helpful charts and graphs for planning and planting the garden are included.

Your edible yard : landscaping with fruits and vegetables / Crystal Stevens
Using dozens of beautiful color photographs and watercolor planting charts, infographics, and landscaping designs, Your Edible Yard is the comprehensive how-to guide you need to turn your yard into a bountiful feast.
It includes:

  • Practical gardening methods and maintenance from weeding to wintering, including foodscaping, container gardening, and saving seeds
  • Permaculture principles including soil building techniques, garden preparation, raised beds, and natural/non-toxic DIY pesticide alternatives
  • How to integrate culinary and medicinal herbs, edible flowers, mushrooms, fruits, vegetables, and wild edibles

Gardening in Small Spaces

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Square Foot Gardening Answer Book (e-book available through Hoopla) by Mel Bartholomew
Using proven techniques, appliances and approaches, this book will put more harvest on your table, with no additional garden beds. For more than 30 years Mel Bartholomew has been answering questions from Square Foot Gardeners, and this book presents the very best of that information. Real solutions to real problems, from the inventor of the Square Foot Gardening method.

Grow fruit & vegetables in pots : planting advice & recipes from Great Dixter
/ Aaron Bertelsen ; photographs by Andrew Montgomery
Featuring more than 50 delicious recipes, Aaron Bertelsen shows that lack of space is no barrier to growing what you want to eat, and proves that harvesting and cooking food you have grown yourself is a total pleasure, with dishes that showcase a few perfectly chosen - and personally grown - ingredients.

Small garden style : a design guide for outdoor rooms and containers / Isa Hendry Eaton and Jennifer Blaise Kramer ; photography by Leela Cyd
In Small Garden Style, garden designer Isa Hendry Eaton and lifestyle writer Jennifer Blaise Kramer show you how to use good design to create a joyful, elegant, and exciting yet compact outdoor living space for entertaining or relaxing.

Crops in tight spots : grow amazing fruit and vegetables wherever you live / Alex Mitchell
As more of us live in cities with restricted outside spaces, growing food becomes all the more important, not just for the delicious results, but as a mindful way to connect us to the seasons and to nature. Full of tried-and-tested, fool-proof crop ideas exclusively tailored for containers, raised beds and small gardens, Crops in Tight Spots guarantees vegetable growing success for even the most newbie of gardeners and limited of spaces.

Grow. Food. Anywhere. : the new guide to small-space gardening / Mat Pember, Dillon Seitchik-Reardon
Whether you''ve got a balcony, a tiny courtyard, or a patch of reclaimed dirt in a shared neighbourhood space, this book offers inspiration – and instruction – for growing good things to eat. The book has three sections: What plants need; an A-Z of Veggies; and an A-Z of Pests. These chapters cover everything from: why soil matters; composting; how to make a wicking garden; how to select the right growing style; what to plant and when; harvesting; troubleshooting; pruning; and more.


Water Wise Gardening

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Gardening with less water : low-tech, low-cost techniques for using up to 90% less water in your garden / by David A. Bainbridge
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 little to no evaporation. These systems are available at hardware stores and garden centers; are easy to set up and use; and work for garden beds, container gardens, and trees.

Water-Smart Gardening (e-book available through Hoopla) by Diana Maranhao
ou can have a colorful, striking garden that's drought resistant too! Water-Smart Gardening gives you all the tools needed to create a water-smart landscape and garden.

The water-saving garden / by Pam Penick
Including a directory of 100 plants appropriate for a variety of drought-prone regions of the country, this accessible and contemporary xeriscaping guide is full of must-know information on popular gardening topics like native and drought-tolerant plants (including succulents), rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, permeable paving, and more.

Grow more with less / Vincent A. Simeone
With detailed, strategic timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, Grow More with Less lets you put your best foot forward in creating an efficient, sustainable home landscape. From composting and mulching to planting trees, author Vincent Simeone covers all the eco-friendly essentials in one straightforward handbook.

Hot color, dry garden : inspiring designs and vibrant plants for the waterwise gardener / Nan Sterman
Dry weather defines the southwest, and it's getting dryer. As water becomes more precious, our gardens suffer. If we want to keep gardening, we must revolutionize our plant choices and garden practices. Hot Color, Dry Garden provides home gardeners with a joyful, color-filled way to exuberantly garden in low-water conditions.

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