The best way to get through a cold winter is with a cup of tea and a few good books. This week I am going through some gardening/plant books that I am enjoying right now. Some of these books I keep by myside all season referencing for cut flowers. Some I have just discovered, and hope to incorporate into this year’s growing season.
First up is Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden written by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai. This is the book that sparked the idea of starting a flower farm for me. The pictures and colors are luscious, and the advice and knowledge are top notch. This book is geared more towards people who want to start growing flowers, rather than only cut-flower farmers. Everyone can take away helpful tidbits. There are techniques, variety info., harvest advice, and design tutorials.
Second, I have the Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook by Ron & Jennifer Kujawski. This is more of a workbook then a reading book. There are lots of helpful tips and advice throughout, but it essentially tells you what you need to be doing each week to have the most efficient garden throughout the year. The exercises include finding your last frost date, counting your weeks back from there and telling your what seeds can be started, what tasks need to be done, and what you should start thinking about harvesting. It is a great book for beginner and seasoned veggie gardeners alike!
Next up is Container Gardens by the Editors of Southern Living. This book has all the garden recipes for some BEAUTIFUL container plantings. If you want to take your green thumb to the next level this is the book for you. There are recipes for indoor and outdoor containers, herb gardens, and succulent patches. I really enjoy how they discuss what makes up a good container and the different situations that containers can be used in. The pictures are inspiring as well.
A great book to have if you love both flower and vegetable gardening is Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty by Lisa Mason Ziegler. Lisa is an amazing human being and is always sharing all her knowledge with her followers at the Gardener’s Workshop. In this book she talks about what flowers and vegetables like to go with each other and how the companion planting helps with pests, soil health, and plant health. It is amazing the benefits of letting nature work to your advantage!
Lastly, to round out my five books is DIY Succulents. I have always loved succulents and hope to offer them one day as a product to my customers and use them in design work. DIY Succulents by Tawni Daigle goes over all the main points of working with succulents from propagation, to varieties, and the versatility that these plants lend you when designing. I am excited to take what I have learned from this book and apply it to Barn Blooms this season.
What books are you reading this January? Are there any gardening books you swear by? I would love to hear from you. I hope these titles inspire you and give you hope that spring is just around the corner.
P.S. I am in the process of moving and packed away my copy of Vegetables Love Flowers! That is why it is not pictured above, but I can assure you it is a great read!