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April is “Give In To Your Sweet, Sweet Gardening Obsession” Month

We’re so obsessed with gardening here at Chelsea Green that Springtime is a very slow time of year for the business. When we should be writing press releases, we’re filling our seed starters. When we should be writing blog posts, we’re boxing in raised beds. When we should be returning from our half-hour lunch-breaks, we’ve only just planted our arugula and cucumbers—lunch breaks can take up to 12 weeks. That’s why we’re so proud to have published so many foundational books about organic gardening. If you’ve got a gardening obsession like we do—or if you’re just nuturing a budding obsession*—we’ve got the books you need/want/lust over in your secret time. Our very own Taylor Haynes (@_applegang_ [1]), has compiled a list of some of our gardening titles for you. If you’ve got other books to suggest, add them in the comments below! Download this post as a PDF [2]. *e-groan
[3] The Winter Harvest Handbook [3] Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses By Eliot Coleman $29.95 • PaperbackColeman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide.
[4] Four-Season Harvest [4] Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year Long By Eliot Coleman $24.95 • PaperbackThis story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition. Four-Season Harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all through the winter.
[5] The New Organic Grower [5] A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener By Eliot Coleman $24.95 • PaperbackIn this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables.
[6] Perennial Vegetables [6] From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles By Eric Toensmeier $35.00 • Paperback Perennial Vegetables is a groundbreaking and ground-healing book that will open the eyes of gardeners everywhere to the exciting world of edible perennials.
[7] The Grape Grower [7] A Guide to Organic Viticulture By Lon Rombough $35.00 • PaperbackNow for the first time comes a book for grape growers who wish to use organic growing methods to raise healthy, thriving vineyards in the backyard or on a small commercial scale. The Grape Growerdistills the broad knowledge and long-time personal experience of Lon Rombough, one of North America’s foremost authorities on viticulture.
[8] Small-Scale Grain Raising [8] An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers By Gene Logsdon $29.95 • PaperbackNever has there been a better time, or a more receptive audience, for this book. Localvores, serious home gardeners, CSA farmers, and whole-foods advocates—in fact, all people who value fresh, high-quality foods—will find a field full of information and ideas in this once and future classic.
[9] Fresh Food From Small Spaces [9] The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting By R. J. Ruppenthal $24.95 • PaperbackLearn to transform balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, countertops and storage lockers into commercial-quality sprout and mushroom farms, and outside nooks and crannies into whatever can be imagined, including sustainable nurseries for honeybees and chickens.
[10] Edible Forest Gardens [10] Volumes 1 & 2 By Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier Vol. 1: $75.00 • Hardcover, Vol. 2: $75.00 • Hardcover Two Volume Set: $150.00 • HardcoverEdible Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates.
[11] Sharing The Harvest, Revised And Expanded [11] A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture By Elizabeth Henderson, Robyn Van En $35.00 • PaperbackThinking and buying local is quickly moving from a novel idea to a mainstream activity. The groundbreaking first edition helped spark a movement and, with this revised edition, Sharing the Harvest is poised to lead the way toward a revitalized agriculture.
[12] The Flower Farmer, Revised And Expanded [12] An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers By Lynn Byczynski $35.00 • PaperbackThe Flower Farmer is essential reading for those already in the flower business, as well as those who dream of growing flowers for enjoyment or profit.
[13] Gaia’s Garden [13] A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture By Toby Hemenway $29.95 • PaperbackWhatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.
[14] Food Not Lawns [14] How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden, and Your Neighborhood into a Community By Heather Flores $25.00 • PaperbackActivist and urban gardener Heather Flores shares her nine-step permaculture design to help farmsteaders and city dwellers alike build fertile soil, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat in their own “paradise gardens.”
[15] Natural Beekeeping [15] Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture By Ross Conrad Foreword by Gary Nabhan $35.00 • PaperbackNatural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them.
[16] The Apple Grower [16] A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, Second Edition By Michael Phillips $40.00 • PaperbackIn this new edition of his widely acclaimed work, Phillips delves even deeper into the mysteries of growing good fruit with minimal inputs. The author’s personal voice and clear-eyed advice have made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists.