These are books that I highly recommend.  Many are used daily as a gardening resource throughout the growing season.


All New Square Foot Gardening – Mel Bartholomew

The Backyard Homestead – edited by Carleen Madigan

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables – Marie Iannotti

Best Garden Plants for Virginia – Richard Nunnally and Laura Peters

Four-Season Harvest – Eliot Coleman

Gaia’s Garden – A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture – Toby Hemenway

Grow Vegetables – Alan Buckingham

Guide to Virginia Vegetable Gardening – Walter Reeves & Felder Rushing

Homegrown Whole Grains – Sara Pitzer

How to Grow More Vegetables – 7th Edition – John Jeavons

The New Self-Sufficient Gardener – John Seymour

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening – Editor-in-Chief Pauline Pears

Rodale’s Successful Organic Gardening – Herbs – Patricia S. Michalak

The Small Budget Gardener – Maureen Gilmer

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden – John Jeavons and Carol Cox

Your Backyard Herb Garden – Miranda Smith


The Flower Farmer – An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers – Lynn Byczynski

The Joy of Hobby Farming – Michael and Audrey Levatino

Market Farming Success – Lynn Byczynski


The Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible – Sally Roth

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