From Our Library: Our Favorite Garden Reads & Seeds

Whether you're digging in the dirt for the first time ever, or you're a seasoned pro, we have a collection of books and seeds in our library to inspire all your efforts. We selected these books for both their unique content and exquisite imagery. They make great resources for your own collection, or pair a book with gardening tools and our organic seeds for a unique, seasonal gift idea. 

The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables by Marie Iannotti

Are heirloom vegetables more difficult to grow than conventional hybrids? The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables debunks this myth by highlighting the 100 heirloom vegetables that are the easiest to grow and the tastiest to eat. 

Author Marie Iannotti makes it simple for beginning gardeners to jump on the heirloom trend by presenting an edited list based on years of gardening trial and error. Her plant criteria is threefold: The 100 plants must be amazing to eat, bring something unique to the table, and — most importantly — they have to be unfussy and easy to grow.

My Garden: A Five Year Journal by Mimi Luebbermann

In gardening, there's nothing more frustrating than making the same mistake twice. Essential for gardeners of every skill level, this guided horticultural diary helps track successes and lessons learned. The undated journaling pages will last at least five years, while graph paper offers space to sketch your dream plots. Expert gardener Mimi Luebbermann gives seasonal checklists for hot, warm, temperate, and cold climates. Covering everything from vegetable gardening to organic pest control and harvesting herbs, Mimi's advice will shepherd your gardening, whether you have rolling fields or just a few precious yards. As your gardens grow, so will your journal—and your expertise, of course!

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet?  In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs—but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history. This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology—with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners—will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party!

The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater writes about food in a way that stimulates the imagination, the heart, and the palate all at once. The Kitchen Diaries brings an especially personal ingredient to the mix, letting us glimpse into Nigel Slater’s pantry, tour local farmers’ markets with him, and savor even the simplest meals at his table. His recipes are intensely inspired by local and seasonal offerings. Pair these inspiring dishes with your own gardening endeavors, and you'll appreciate your meals in a whole new way.