Recommended Reads


The Backyard Homestead


Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow.The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.


The Complete Compost Gardening Guide


Compost should be a part of every garden. The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin is the most comprehensive guide to composting that we have seen. Your plants will thank you for reading this book.

Worms Eat My Garbage


The definitive guide to vermicomposting - a process using redworms to recycle human food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Author Mary Appelhof provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized as an authority on vermicomposting, Appelhof has worked with worms for over three decades. 

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots


Wonderful book to find your inner child in the garden. Illustrated and written by Sharon Lovejoy. 

Square Food Gardening


Bestselling author, Mel Bartholomew was an engineer by profession and a gardener by weekend. Using his engineering expertise, he developed a system that yields 100% of the harvest in 20% of the space.

City Chicks


Great book for anyone interested raising chickens!Across America, cities are allowing (and even encouraging) residents to keep chickens within city limits. A backyard "micro-flock" lets you enjoy fresh, healthy eggs daily while employing your chickens' other skills as organic fertilizers, compost creators and top soil enhancers. 

The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control

With growing consumer awareness about the dangers of garden chemicals, turn to The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control as the most reliable and comprehensive guide on the garden shelf. Rodale has been the category leader in organic methods for decades, and this thoroughly updated edition features the latest science-based recommendations for battling garden problems. With all-new photos of common and recently introduced pests and plant diseases, you can quickly identify whether you've discovered garden friend or foe and what action, if any, you should take.