If you could read the best gardening books for the best garden in 2021, would you?

 Of course, you would!

 If you search for the best gardening books on Amazon, you will find too many options.

        That's why I created 44 of the best gardening books you REALLY WANT to read.

        It includes all kinds of gardening and ways to enjoy books!

Best Self-Sufficient Gardening Books (#1-2)

 1. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

If you live in the city, have a small yard, or don't have much time for gardening, then this book is a must-read.

This is one of the best gardening books for beginners with little gardening experience.

 In particular, it will help you with buying and storing seeds, creating beds, composting, garden planning, etc.

    If you want to know how to get 85% of your family's food from just a quarter of an acre, then this book is a buy.

2. The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne

    If you want to build a modern homestead, then this is one of the best gardening books out there!

In particular, this is a great tool for learning how to become completely self-sufficient.

It covers growing food in the backyard, keeping city chickens, fermenting food, and composting worms.

Best Fruit Gardening Books (#3–4)

3. The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: by Lewis Hill

 If you've read gardening books before, you know that they can be very long and sometimes confusing!

    Not this book!  Easy to read with images and multiple pages.  He will teach you how to become the best organic fruit gardener.

    Lewis Hill has grown over 20,000 trees on his Vermont property and will teach you the best fruit growing techniques!

4.Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph

    This is the perfect book for gardeners who want to grow small fruit trees.

    The author will teach you how to grow small but plentiful fruits and give instructions on pruning.

    In addition, she teaches you how to manage gardening during your busy life.

Best Gardening Aquaponics Books (#5–6)

5. Aquaponic Gardening: by Sylvia Bernstein

    Wow, if you're like me and don't know anything about aquaponics in the garden, then you'll definitely want to pick up this book.


This is one of the best gardening books I have ever read.

This is a great do it yourself manual.

In particular, we are talking about how to fertilize plants with sewage from fish in a closed system.

    In addition, he gives you all the tools and tips to create your own aquaponics system.

 What I love about this book is that it talks about the place, the ingredients, the fish, the plants, and literally everything you need to be successful.

 You know how you know it's good though?  This is written by the vice-chairman of the Aquaponics Association.

6. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Aquaponic Gardening  by Meg Stout

This is an excellent comprehensive guide.  In particular, you will go all the way from choosing a setup to choosing fish and vegetables.

What you will like most about it is that it gives step by step instructions with pictures.

    Plus, you'll learn how to resize and move your garden from the inside out.

Because of these factors, I consider it one of the best books on gardening.

Best Composting Books (#7–8)


7. Worms Eat My Garbage: by Mary Applehof

 If you've never composted before or want to try a new type of composting, this book is a great start to vermicomposting.

 It provides you with illustrated instructions that are key to vermicomposting.

 It also explains how to set up and maintain small scale composting.

        In addition, he talks about the types of bins, types of worms, care and feeding.

        Best of all, the author talks about over 30 years of efficient compost collection and use!

 8. Let it Rot: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell

        If you're looking for a composter bible from an experienced gardener, look no further!

        This is one of the best gardening books for setting up a composting system.

        This will not only change the way you think about litter, but it will also help improve your garden.  Also, one of the current reviews shows how incredibly comprehensive it is.

        The best part is, this book will help you save time, money, and increase your overall income!  There is literally everything you are looking for.

Best Flower Gardening  Books (#9–10)

9. Florest Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein

 In fact, this book was written by a florist who is also a farmer.  This is a great book if you want to be inspired.

   It's also great if you need simple tips for any climate and space.

  With this book, you will have a guide to growing, harvesting, and most importantly, flower placement.

  In addition, beautiful pictures will teach all gardeners and lovers to make luxurious garlands and beautiful wreaths.

  Talk about great reading to get educated and relax at home on a rainy day.

 10The Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers  by Christopher Brickell

This book has everything.

 Over 8000 plants and flowers for every climate.

  In addition, it contains step-by-step instructions for growing, pruning and caring for flowers.

  And most importantly, he will tell you what to plant in every possible situation.

 Plus, you can easily navigate the book by colors, seasons, and sizes!

Best Mushroom Books (#11–12)


11Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets

 This book will help you learn how to collect 31 types of mushrooms.  In addition, it will provide excellent troubleshooting that you may need.

      Again, the experience of growing and picking mushrooms is invaluable.  Luckily for us, the author has worked as a consultant at the University of Arizona and has over 30 years of scientific experience.

 What I love about this book is that it gives you the confidence you need to grow mushrooms and is a great gift for cooks, health enthusiasts, and gardeners alike.

12Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Tradd Cotter

 This is a great book for anyone looking for an inexpensive and easy mushroom growing strategy.

      This book will tell you how to grow and harvest mushrooms indoors and outdoors.

      In addition, he will give you information about the infrastructure and materials needed to grow mushrooms.

Best Greenhouse Books (#13–14)

13.Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion by Shane Smith


If you are looking for one of the best gardening books, you have found it.

Written with great stories and instructions to help you transform gardening from a summer hobby into a year-round lifestyle.

      This is not only one of the most complete books on greenhouses, but also general gardening books.

It is ideal for all levels.

 It introduces the reader to construction, heating options, design, pest control, and more.

      What makes this book really stand out is that it teaches you how to take something that could potentially be expensive and time consuming and turn it into something easy and useful.

14 Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman

 This is another one of the best gardening books if you want a different look at greenhouse gardening.

 This gives you big discounts on cold yard greenhouses and unheated plastic greenhouses.

      Not only that, but also gives new ideas about winter gardening.  Plus, he gives great tips on cooking vegetables!

Best Herb Books (#15–16)

15Homegrown Herbs by Tammi Hartung

      Home Herbs is one of the best gardening books to help you choose which herbs are best for your garden.

 It talks about 101 herbs, the pros and cons of each, and the best way to grow them.

 In addition, it contains useful information about the choice of seeds, planting, care, crafts and what dishes they can be used in.

      If you are a beginner florist, I highly recommend reading this article!

 16. The Cook’s Herb Garden by Jeff Cox

This is one of the best gardening books for gardeners with over 150 herbs discussed.

      Specifically, it gives you step-by-step photos on how to plant, grow, harvest, and cook herbs.

Whether you grow herbs on your windowsill or in your basement, this book will not disappoint you.

17. The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual by Barbara Pleasant

        Although I consider myself an advanced gardener, I can say one thing for sure: indoor plants are a completely different animal!

        Luckily for us and all those who struggle to keep houseplants in their family, this book is the perfect encyclopedia to not only keep plants alive, but help them thrive.

        This simple book contains personal profiles, growing needs, and troubleshooting tips for over 150 plants.

        I have even heard the author give advice from time to time to readers who are still struggling with houseplants.

18.Urban Jungle by Igor Josifovic

        If you're looking for a self-assembly book, you've found it.  It will give you great interior decoration and landscaping ideas.

        Plus, this is a great guide and inspiration that will take you through 5 different types of greenhouses.

        If you are looking for one of the best greenhouse gardening books, read it!

Best Juicy Books (#19–20)

19 . Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin

        Like houseplants, succulents are incredibly beautiful and difficult to grow.  So what is a gardener to do?

        I would recommend purchasing Succulents Simplified!

 This is one of the best gardening books for gardeners, craftsmen and craftsmen.

        Plus, it's a great introduction to low maintenance plants and includes great photos of over 100 plants.

        In addition, the author will tell readers how to grow these plants in any conditions, including yours!

        My favorite part is that it gives step by step instructions for projects they can be used for such as centerpieces, vertical gardens and more.

20. Idiot’s Guide to Succulents by Cassidy Tuttle

        Another great Idiot's Guide Edition.  He gives great instructions on how to select, match, grow, and care for succulents.

        Plus, it gives a snapshot of over 100 popular succulents and the various crafts you can make from them.

Best Marijuana Books (#21–22)

 21. Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes

        If you live in a state where marijuana is legal and want to know everything you need to know about growing marijuana, then you've found the perfect book.

 With over 1000 photographs, over 30 years of experience and printed in 5 languages, the marijuana growing book offers simple, effective and time saving methods.

        In particular, what makes this book one of the best books on gardening is that the author is constantly updating it.

        In addition, this particular version is suitable for greenhouse and outdoor cultivation.

        Not only that, but with over 300 members, you'll get the very best information!

 22. Marijuana Grower’s Handbook by Ed Rosenthal

 This book is great.  The book presents the most effective technologies to save time, labor and energy.

        It contains over 500 pages of full color illustrations on how to grow abundant buds.

        It also provides information on selecting, setting up and harvesting marijuana.

 Best Children's Gardening Books (#23–24)

 23. Gardening Projects for Kids by Jenny Hendy

        If you love gardening and want to get your kids involved in gardening projects, look no further!

        This is a great book that will keep your kids busy for hours.

 With over 60 projects and amazing pictures, this book will teach kids how to grow plants and flowers and make memorable gifts!

        Likewise, if you're lucky, they might just want to teach you what they've learned from this book.

24. Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Brown

If you are looking for great gardening ideas for kids, look no further.

        This book contains over 50 plant related activities for all ages and skill levels.

        In particular, reading this book will provide fun ideas about plants, seasons, and foods that all the kids on the street will love.

 The Best Gardening Books  (Nos. 25–26)

 25. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith

        Wow!  This might be my favorite book on this list and definitely one of the best gardening books out there.

Of all the 40 books, this one is by far the most comprehensive on vegetables, organic methods, and how to grow vegetables in abundance, no matter the size of your garden.

        In addition, the latest edition of this book (see above) now includes information on how to grow salad greens, European and Asian vegetables.

        In addition, it details how to extend your gardening into the winter months.

 Plus, it's incredibly easy to read, and whether you're in your first year of growing vegetables or in your 50s, I guarantee you'll learn something.

 26. All New Square Foot Gardening II by Mel Bartholomew

        If you are doing household chores in a confined space, I highly recommend purchasing this book.

 This is an excellent guide to improving and improving small gardening, including information on vertical gardening.

        Plus, it tells you what materials are needed, how to make it fun for kids, and more to help you get the most bang for your buck in small spaces.

  Finally, this book and the Gardener's Bible can easily help you garden for ten years.  This is truly one of the best books on gardening.

Best Soil Books (#27–28)

27. The Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon

        Understanding soil is complex, and it takes almost a science degree to fully understand.

 Lucky for us, there is Smart Gardener.  This is the perfect guide to understanding how to replace soil to get the most nutritious soil possible.

        In addition, it provides step-by-step instructions as well as online tables.

        I have yet to find any other gardening books that are willing to provide you with so many different ways to learn.

        This alone makes it one of the best books on gardening.

One of my favorite parts of this book, though, is that it debunks many of the misleading and false claims we can find online.

 28. Teaming with Microbes by Wayne Lewis

 This is an incredible book for those who want to know what actions and organisms are needed to take care of plants.

        In particular, you can learn how to grow plants using compost, mulch, and tea compost.

 It is also a great read for anyone who wants to learn how to grow healthy and strong plants.

 Best Books Of Pest Control (#29–30)

 29. The Gardener’s Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control by William Olkowski

        Pests are the most dangerous!  They kill beautiful plants and undo all the hard work you put into your garden.

  This book is an essential guide that every gardener, landscaper and farmer should have!

        Not only does it give you a step-by-step basis on how to deal with and control pests, but it also gives you the theory behind it.

   I have yet to find another book to do this!

 In addition, he suggests small but effective pest control and eradication strategies that do not always involve chemicals.

 30. The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control by Fern Marshall Bradley

 This book contains symptoms and solutions for over 200 plants.  In addition, it includes authentic images and an incredibly detailed manual.

        The best part is that it offers organic pest control methods based on scientific advice.

The Best Raised Garden Books (#31–32)

31. The Low-Maintenance Raised Bed Gardening Book by Kimberly Byrne

       If you are looking for a great guide to help you start an unconventional garden, then this is it!

       Specifically, this book gives the reader tips on garden design, how to free up beds, how to improve soil, and how to grow more with less.

       It will teach you what to plant and when to plant, and even give the reader simple weed control tips.

       What else would you like to ask?  This makes it one of the best gardening books I have ever read!

32. Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds by Editor of Cool Springs Press

       If you are looking for unique ways to care for your garden, then this book is for you.

       In particular, it provides step-by-step instructions for creating simple and beautiful flower beds.

       In addition, it provides scale plans, drawings, and shopping lists.

       In addition, he has great ideas for trellises, raised beds, planters and window planters.

Best Winter Gardening Books (#33–34)

33. The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman

       This is the perfect book for anyone interested in using innovative and highly successful methods to keep gardening going even in the coldest climates.

       The author uses techniques from hundreds of gardens across America!

       He lists amazing plant growing schedules, crop management practices, marketing ideas, harvesting techniques, and more.

       The best part is that the book features ideas for both gardeners with and without greenhouses!

34. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour

       Nicky offers a great book on simple year-round gardening techniques.

       In particular, it gives instructions on how to choose the best varieties for each season.

       In addition, she speaks to you through the planting of an inheritance.  She also gives advice on how to build inexpensive structures for winter gardening.

 Best General Gardening Books (#35–36)

 35. 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead by David Toht

       This book has something for everyone.

       He will teach you numerous topics to improve your sustainable lifestyle.

       In addition, it covers popular topics such as garden structures, fences and pens, keeping chickens, building barns, using solar energy, and building beehives.

       What you will love about this book is that it is simple, convenient, and economical.

       In conclusion, if you want to do more on your own, look no further!

 36. The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madison

       This is a great book for anyone looking for a home.

       This is the definitive guide to growing and preserving your crop.

       In addition, he tells the reader about raising animals for meat and eggs.

       He also talks to the reader through gardening and beekeeping.

       Plus, when you add canning, drying, and cooking recipes, the book has everything you need.

Best Beehive Books (#37–38)

 37. Building Beehives For Dummies by Howland Blackiston

       One of the classic books.  It contains step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and dozens of hive assembly plans.

       In particular, the author talks about the use of beehives in both suburban and urban environments and what you MUST know.

       In addition, he gives instructions on how to build many different hives.

       In particular, these include the Warre hive, the Kenyan top bar hive and the traditional Langstrut hive.

 38. Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment by Tony Pisano

       Another great book that gives advice on making gear for your specific climate and conditions.

       Plus, it has amazing tips on hives, infrastructure, and how to keep your bees happy all year round.

       hence, when it comes to building beehives, it is important to take the necessary precautions.

       Because of this, I would personally buy both hive books on this list.

 Best Garden Design Books (#39–40)

39. The Layered Garden by David L. Culp

       If you want to learn how to beautifully decorate your garden, look no further.

       In this book, you will learn how to recreate amazing garden arrangements.

       In particular, he teaches how to combine gardening and with what plants.

       Finally, he'll walk you through gardening tips and types for all four seasons, no matter where you live.

 40. Gardenista by Michelle Slatalla

       This book looks at numerous gardens around the world and how they are effectively designed.

       It provides over 100 DIY garden design options.

       Also, it has one of the largest resource sections I've ever seen.

       Finally, this book literally provides you with over 200 resources to turn to and tips for real professionals.

Best “Other” Genre Gardening Books (#41-44)

41. Hydroponics for Beginners by David Campo

       If you're interested in getting started in hydroponic gardening, look no further than this book.

       This book will tell you what hydroponics is, what equipment you need to be successful, how to set up your garden and how to properly care for it.

       With easy-to-read chapters, step-by-step instructions, and numerous instructional pictures, this book is a must for any gardener.

 42. Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow

       Raising chickens can seem complicated, confusing, and even frustrating.  But not in the Chicken Raising Manual.

       In the fourth edition, this book will provide you with everything you need to raise chickens.

   This is a bestseller that contains up-to-date information on chick rearing, shelter, feed, care and more.  Everything you ever wanted to know will be covered in this book.

43. The Bee-Friendly Garden by Kate Frey

 If you are a gardener, you are probably facing the problem of not having enough bees to pollinate your crops.  But how to solve this problem?  Of course, with an apiary.

       The Bee Garden is a comprehensive guide to choosing the best plants to attract bees and other pollinators.

       Some of the highlights of this book include how to achieve continuous flowering at any time of the year, how to increase the quantity and quality of fruits and vegetables, and how to improve soil organically.

44. Gardening for Butterflies by The Xerces Society

       One of the most difficult gardening genres is attracting butterflies.

       Let Xerces Butterfly Gardening make life easier.

 In this book, you will learn about endangered butterflies, how to design a habitat to attract and keep them safe, and how to create a beautiful garden with easy, quick steps.