My Top Thirteen Favorite Organic Gardening Books | Essential Reading for Every Organic Gardener

Here’s a list of my top thirteen favorite gardening books and a couple of bonus cookbooks as well!

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On Productivity

You can’t go wrong in the garden or on a farm with the organic techniques laid out in these three essential gardening books on growing productive vegetable beds.


The New Organic Gardener by Eliot Coleman


Jon Jeavon’s

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

MarketGardenerBookThe Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming

Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live by Niki Jabbour

Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live

Homegrown Humus: Cover Crops in a No-Till Garden (Permaculture Gardener) (Volume 1)

Homegrown Humus: Cover Crops in a No-Till Garden (Permaculture Gardener) (Volume 1)

Books on Gardening Basics

My love of gardening definitely starts in the pages of Rodale’s either books or magazine.

Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Herbs Book Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden

Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden

Books On Flower Farming

One of the take-a-ways I love most about the Flower farmer book is the introduction where the idea that flowers could be more profitable then vegetables first enters my mind.


Lynn Byzanski’s Flower Farmer

Cool Flowers

Cool Flowers: How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques 

by Lisa Ziegler

Cut Flower Garden

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

I love the way Anastasia Cole Plakais and Liz Carlise go into the business side of growing food for profit.


The Farm on the Roof: What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us about Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business!

Lentil Underground Book

by Liz Carlisle


Richard Wiswall Organic Farmer’s Handbook is a must have for profitable tips and secrets.

and two bonus cookbooks:

Mollie Katzen's Enchanted Broccolli Forest Cookbook

The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest

for a no fail pie crust (almost 100% of the time) and many other delicious recipes this is my go to cookbook almost everytime

Rodale Basic Natural Foods Cookbook

Rodale’s Basic Natural Foods Cookbook and this book is the most likely book fro me to find recipes I can alter for Mike and vice versa!

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About the author, Jackie Marie

I'm an artist and educator. I live at the "Organic Oasis" with my husband Mike where we practice earth friendly techniques in our garden nestled in the mountains of Montana.

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