Growing your own food can be a very satisfying endeavor.  These books will help you with everything from planting seeds to harvesting your produce.

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Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year Around

Eliot Coleman
Adult Nonfiction - 634.0484 Col

Provides information to help gardeners transition to growing even in the colder months. With some basic equipment and planning, your harvest doesn’t have to end when winter comes, even without a fancy greenhouse. 

Gardening Complete: How to Best Grow Vegetables, Flowers, and Other Outdoor Plants
Adult Nonfiction - 635 Gar

Described by reviewers as an “encyclopedia of gardening,” this book covers just about everything you need to know to be a successful gardener. Packed full of information from eight gardening experts and covering topics such as composting, propagating, soil types, and so much more. 

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food From Small Spaces

Gayla Trail
Adult Nonfiction - 635.0484 Tra

No backyard? No problem! This book provides tips on growing food anywhere you can, whether it’s a patio, windowsill, or your rooftop. Also included are instructions on pest control, using recycled materials, and food preservation. The author also has a wonderful blog called “You Grow Girl” (

Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life

Emily Murphy
Adult Nonfiction - 635 Mur

Full of detailed but easy to follow instructions, this book will help both novice and experienced gardeners alike. The information about different crops is presented in order of what family they belong to. The author provides plenty of photographs and tips with a healthy dose of enthusiasm that encourages readers to experiment in their gardens.

How to Grow More Vegetables: (And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine

John Jeavons
Adult Nonfiction - 635 Jea

A popular work now on its eighth edition, this is a guide that is often referenced by other gardening books when describing the “bio-intensive” method. The strategies provided might be a bit intense for the average home gardener, but there is still useful information buried within.

Illinois, Indiana, & Ohio Month-By-Month Gardening: What to do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year

Beth Botts
Adult Nonfiction - 635.0977 Bot

Take all the guesswork out of monthly gardening tasks. Illustrated instructions to help even the novice gardener grow and maintain a bountiful, beautiful garden are included. Tips and timelines are adjusted to work with our temperamental mid-western climate.  

The Kitchen Garden

Alan Buckingham
Adult Nonfiction - 635 Buc

This new edition of Mr. Buckingham’s book features month-by-month tasks and suggestions to keep your kitchen well-stocked in fruits and veggies. Every fruit and vegetable you can think of is covered and specific growing and harvesting tips are provided for each. He also includes instructions for special garden projects, such as building your own compost bin.

Starting & Saving Seeds: Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Garden

Julie Thompson-Adolf
Adult Nonfiction - 635 Tho

Contains tons of useful information in an easy to read format accompanied by beautiful photographs. The instructions are simple enough to encourage beginners while still acting as a great resource for more experienced gardeners. Tips are provided on starting and nurturing your new garden as well as saving seeds for the next season.

Vegetables Love Flowers: Companion Planting for Beauty and Bounty

Lisa Mason Ziegler
Adult Nonfiction - 635 Zie

This book combines beautiful garden photography with organic methods for companion planting and attracting pollinators to your garden. While not as comprehensive as other sources, this book does a great job of showing that encouraging pollinators benefits both flowers and vegetables.