Books on Home and Gardening
It is finally spring! Now is a great time to get your hands dirty in your backyard and grow something! Below is a selected list of home and gardening books you can borrow from the Roslindale Branch Library.
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way
By Fern Marshall Bradley
No other reference includes a wider range of methods for growing and maintaining an organic garden. The plant-by-plant guide features symptoms and solutions for 200 popular plants, including flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and fruits. The insect-and-disease encyclopedia includes a photo identification guide and detailed descriptions of damage readers may see. The extensive coverage of the most up-to-date organic control techniques and products, presented in order of lowest impact to most intensive intervention, makes it easy to choose the best control.
The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects: Raised Beds, Cold Frames, Compost Bins, Planters, Plant Supports, Trellises, Harvesting and Storage Aids
Each project was selected by the editors to be functional, attractive, and easy to complete. For each one, you’ll find step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, complete materials and lumber lists, and a four-color photo of the finished product. Many of the projects can be done by beginners, and most can be completed in a few hours. Whether you need support for your beans and peas or a comfortable chair to relax in when the work is done, these projects are just what you’re looking for.
Time-Life How-to Gardening Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started
By Time Life
Practical, beautiful books that help even beginners create breathtaking gardens. Bold, close-up photos and Time Life’s “how-to” instructions make projects easy.
Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds: A Fun, User-friendly Illustrated Guide to Creating A Vegetable or Flower Garden With your Kids
By Jeff Hutton
Let writer and gardener Jeff Hutton show you and your kids how to grow your own food and your favorite flowers, attract butterflies, create crafts, and more. Teach your children how to start garden seeds indoors as well as how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and transplant seedlings. Additionally, there are over a dozen fun recipes and instructions for making stepping stones, decorating egg carton planters, planting a sunflower maze, and much more. Parents and children are sure to have a blast in the garden all year round!
Sugar Snaps & Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating your Own Small-space Edible Garden
By Andrea Bellamy
Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, corner, strip, porch, alley, balcony, or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, sugar snap peas, French breakfast radishes, and scarlet runner beans. Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips, and sophisticated designs, you’re sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.
Natural Landscaping: Gardening With Nature to Create A Backyard Paradise
By Sally Roth
Whether you yearn for a colorful meadow garden splashed with asters and black-eyed Susans, a shady garden filled with graceful woodland wildflowers and feathery ferns, or a poolside planting lush with Japanese iris and astilbes, Natural Landscaping can help you make your gardening dreams a landscape reality. Page after page of this stunning book shows you the beauties and benefits of a natural garden. And a garden that takes its inspiration from nature is a beacon to birds, butterflies, toads, and other wild creatures. Author Sally Roth has a lifetime’s experience creating natural landscapes. In this beautifully designed, lavishly illustrated book, she tells you everything you need to know about creating a natural landscape.
Creative Floral Arranging
Discover original ideas for decorating with fresh, dried, or silk flowers and foliage! Learn the basics of floral design and techniques for drying and pressing flowers while making beautiful centerpieces, garlands, baskets, wreaths and topiaries. Achieve professional quality with the satisfaction of creating it yourself! It’s easy too, thanks to the great color photographs and illustrations that help you through each idea, step-by-step.
The Complete Guide to Growing Windowsill Plants: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
By Donna Murphy
Top experts in gardening have been interviewed and their insights will help you learn what works and what doesn’t work for your windowsill plants. From first planting, whether by seed or potted plant, you will have every resource you need to keep your windowsill plants alive and thriving in their new environment with this book.
Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make your Own Herbal Remedies
By Julie Bruton-Seal
Presents information creating more than 120 herbal remedies from a variety of wild plants.
The Big Book of Garden Design: Simple Steps to Creating Beautiful Gardens
These lavishly illustrated guides offer the novice and veteran gardener alike encyclopedic information and instruction. Full-color photography throughout.
Landscaping for your Home
By Catriona Tudor Erler
Explains how to design and create a landscape; shows how to build features such as paths, ponds, walls, decks, and watering systems; and describes how to select, plant, and care for flowers, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and lawns.
The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices for Every Spot in your Home
By Tovah Martin
The Unexpected Houseplant , by renowned plant authority Tovah Martin, isn’t your typical, old-fashioned, dowdy houseplant book. Martin’s approach is revolutionary–picture brilliant spring bulbs by the bed, lush perennials brought in from the garden, quirky succulents in the kitchen, even flowering vines and small trees growing beside an easy chair. Along with loads of visual inspiration, readers will learn how to make unusual selections, where to best position plants in the home, and valuable tips on watering, feeding, grooming, pruning, and troubleshooting, season by season.
Thrifty Gardening: From the Ground up
By Majorie Harris
Bestselling author and gardening columnist Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide for gardeners at every stage of life. Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or condo, upgrading to a house, or downsizing to smaller digs, Harris shares the best tips on how to create a beautiful garden for any space — all on a budget.
Landscaping with Stone
By Tom Wilhite
Get great ideas and solid advice on the craft of building with natural-looking stonework into garden landscapes. Provides step-by-step lessons on all the essential skills and techniques needed to build stone features.
Rodale’s Weekend Gardener: Create A Low-maintenance Landscape to Enjoy Year-round
By Erin Hynes
How to have a beautiful yard & a bountiful garden when you’re too busy to give them more than weekend care. From “Making the Least of Garden Care” to “Picking Unpicky Plants,” Rodale’s Weekend Gardener gives homeowners the know-how they need to have a great-looking garden.