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Topic: What are your favorite gardening books or magazines?

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Subject: What are your favorite gardening books or magazines?
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 8:40 AM ET
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I love to garden, both flowers and vegetables, and I'm always looking for new literature on the subject.  I'm interested in hearing what some other gardeners have in their libraries that they find most valuable.


Last Edited on: 12/30/08 8:45 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/2/2009 11:21 AM ET
Member Since: 3/15/2008
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Here in my region, the Sunset Western Garden Book is indispensible, although it's not exactly new literature! I also refer often to an oldie - the National Gardening Association's book called "Gardening". For Californians, Robert Smaus is great, I have his "Answers for California Gardener's" book. And a nice one for anyone is "The Well-Tended Perennial Garden" by Tracy DiSabato-Aust.  I don't bother with magazines because so little of their content can be applied here in the desert, but I do enjoy looking at "Fine Gardening", and occasionally it has articles from people I know. My friends across the country are really fond of "Horticulture" magazine.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:18 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Favorites from my home library - The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C. Smith and The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food by Tanya L. K. Denckla.  I enjoy Organic Gardening magazine, but am not a subscriber.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 10:13 PM ET
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My plant bibles are Sunset's Western Garden, Tom Odgen's Allergy Free Gardening (what to put next to the bedroom and what to put far downwind) and The Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch.  I also use two books on bird gardening, an Audubon book and Bird By Bird Gardening.

When folks ask me about books for organic gardening, I always point at the Rodale books.  They are the Organic Gardening Magazine family.

Date Posted: 4/12/2009 8:42 PM ET
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For herbs, I like Herbal Companion magazine.