Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable Gardening and Farming Books That Should Be on Your Reading List

Whether you are into sustainable gardening or curious about how to grow your own food even without a backyard, here are some of the best books that can be a source of ideas and inspirations.

How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits by John Jeavons
This book is a good resource for urban gardening and how you can make the most of the growing cycles to grow and harvest edibles from your own garden.

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
Mini Farming takes on a broader approach to farming in small spaces. It provides ideas and examples on how to grow your own food. This book showcases the perks of backyard to table food – from raising your own chickens to growing vegetables and other edibles.

Practical Self-Sufficiency by Dick Strawbridge
As the title suggests, this book provides a practical guide towards self-sufficiency. From raising your own chickens to enjoying harvests like fruits and vegetables straight from your own garden.

Shamanic Gardening: Timeless Techniques for the Modern Sustainable Garden by Melinda Joy Miller
Long before sustainable gardening and self-sufficiency became buzzwords for eco-friendly living, timeless methods of gardening that support these ideals already exist. Shamanic Gardening revisits these techniques and explores ways to integrate it with modern sustainable gardening.

Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs by Fern Richardson
This is a good read for anyone who wants to try their hands at small-space gardening. From herbs to fruits or vegetables, reading this will inspire you to make the most of whatever little space you have to grow some of your own food.

Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres by Pam Dawling
A growing number of people are now opting for organic and home-grown produce. Sustainable Market Farming is a book about small-scale farming and provides tips and ideas on how to grow organic produce with only a few acres.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! edited by Carleen Madigan
As the title suggests, this book serves as your guide to backyard homesteading. Here you can get ideas on how to grow your own edible garden, raise animals for meat, and trying your hand at different methods of preserving your harvests.

Urban Farm Handbook: City Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat by Annette Cottrell, Joshua McNichols, and Harley Soltes
City living often means sourcing food from the supermarket. Urban Farm Handbook is an urban dweller’s resource on self-sufficiency such as growing your own vegetable garden and more.

Urban Gardening: How to Grow Food in Any City Apartment or Yard No Matter How Small by Will Cook
This is a good read for those who want to get started with urban gardening. It provides ideas and practical tips on how to start and grow a container garden and rooftop garden among others.