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Different Things You Can Learn from Reading Gardening Books

The first home that I purchased could definitely be categorized as a “fixer upper”. The front and back yards were no exception. Looking around, I knew that the yard and garden had so much potential. As a first time homeowner, I was anxious to get my hands dirty and turn it into the yard of my dreams. However, my lack of experience had me feeling pretty overwhelmed at the thought of getting there. I went to my local library and checked out a few books on home and gardening maintenance, and was amazed at how much I could learn from reading gardening books! Here is a short list of some of the knowledge, ideas and skills you can pick up from reading gardening books.

Getting Inspiration

Long before the days of Pinterest, if you wanted to get information or inspiration, a library was a good place to go. Gardening books are littered with hundreds of beautiful and colorful pictures. Most of these books are geared towards DIY’ers so there are plenty of projects for you to sort through within their pages. Reading gardening books is a great way for you to get ideas and inspiration for your garden. These authors have really done their research and have chosen the best of the best examples to put inside their books. With an open mind and a little imagination, you can begin to picture the examples and concepts they illustrate around your own home and garden.

A Great Place for Lots of Information

There are gardening books written about every topic imaginable. So whether you are a seasoned gardener looking to try new things, or a brand new beginning trying to learn how to start, there will be a book for you. Gardening experts have taken their years of experience and compiled their wealth of knowledge into easy to understand books. You would be crazy not to take advantage of what the best gardeners in the industry have to offer you within their pages. Here is a list of a few of the topics you can learn about within gardening books.

Soil Health

What better place to begin your gardening knowledge then right in the very heart of it all. I had no idea how much of an impact different soils could have on your gardens. I was never very good at chemistry in High School and was discouraged when I realized how much chemistry was involved with soil health. I thought I would just be out of luck. Luckily, there were gardening books out there that were specifically dedicated to teaching beginners how to get good healthy soil in their gardens. These books can become easy how-to guides to help you get rich and healthy soil for your gardens. 

How to Grow Vegetables

There is just something about the idea of growing our own produce that is so appealing to so many people. I was surprised when I went to my library how large the section on vegetable gardening was. (I was even surprised how many of them even had a long waiting list to be checked out!) These gardening books go over each and every step of how to bring in a healthy and delicious crop from your backyard to your table. Reading gardening books about vegetable gardening can even help veteran gardeners learn more efficient techniques. These vegetable gardening books are written to be easily understood and applied. So whether you are trying to grow a big or small garden, you will find useful tips and tricks for planting all varieties of crops in your backyard.

All About Fruit Trees

As the summer days come to an end, the weather may be cooling down but many kitchens are heating up. Fruit trees are ready to harvest and canning season is in full swing. Fruit trees can be a mystery to most beginning gardeners, but there is a vast amount of information contained within gardening books that can help you. Reading gardening books will help you learn how to plant, care for, prune, and harvest the fruit from your trees. You will be grateful you have this newfound knowledge about fruit trees while you are enjoying a fresh peach pie this Fall!

Flower Gardening

While fruit trees and vegetable gardens may be delicious additions to your backyard, a perfectly manicured front yard needs flowers. Flower gardening books can teach you all the ins and outs of designing and maintaining the best flower garden on the block. There is so much to be learned about flower gardening. Like when and where to plant your seeds, or how to transition your garden from season to season. Books about flower gardening are a wealth of information for every climate, season and budget. These gardening books will also be full of ideas for planter boxes, flower pots, and how to care for indoor and outdoor plants.

Making a 'Water Wise' Garden

Another common topic in gardening books is irrigation. There are so many different options for irrigation available to home gardeners. I found it helpful to study up on different methods of watering my garden so I could choose and implement a method that was the best fit for my home and garden. Gardening books will also go over picking plants that will thrive within your climate. I live in a desert state, so picking plants that are native to dry climates saved my garden a lot of water. Which in turn saved me a lot of money! There were a lot of tips on where to place your garden and how to landscape it to make your watering more efficient. Learning about a topic like irrigation from the gardening experts made working in my own garden so much easier.

Lawn Care

While flowers gardens, and vegetables patches may be the focus pieces of your yard, there is another area that needs your attention. Your lawn is an area that could greatly benefit from the expertise advice found in gardening books. There are so many different types of grass and each one requires different methods of care and watering. Another topic I found particularly helpful was troubleshooting problem areas in my lawn. Books on lawn care will go over all the different types of pests, or diseases that could be harming your lawn. You can also learn how use aeration, nutrient sprays, and watering schedules to help prepare your lawn to transition  from summer or winter. Reading a gardening book is a great way to learn to care for your lawn.

In Conclusion

You may feel like you have lost the joy of reading to learn from your days in school. I can think of no better way to rekindle that love than with a good gardening book. If you are interested in gardening, I highly recommend you pick up a good gardening book to help you along the way.

Amy O'Brien

I am a mother, homeowner, and a DIY kind of gal. Whether it’s backpacking in the mountains or throwing a BBQ in my backyard, I love bringing my family to the great outdoors!

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