Space-Saving Gardens: 3 New Shovel-Ready Guides

James Wong explains herbal drug remediesWhat's better than an apartment-size garden? Apartment-size reviews of gardening how-to books. This growing season, you're in luck because there are some great books just hitting the shelves.

Find the best book for growing herbs and veggies in a rented space near you....

"Grow Your Own Drugs: A Year With James Wong"
James Wong hosts a popular BBC television show of the same name that features homegrown, plant-based remedies for everything from sore throats to acne. The "Grow Your Own Drugs" book looks at natural remedies from plants, season to season. This would work best if you have a small indoor garden area near a sunny, warm window or a hanging garden.

"The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow & Enjoy," by Charles W.G. Smith
Have limited, indoor growing space? Do you enjoy cooking? If so, herbs are an excellent way to establish your green thumb. "The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs" takes the novice through three steps: growing, cooking with, and preserving herbs. The book explores some nearly kill-proof herbs such as lemon verbena, cilantro (coriander), lavender, fennel and savory. The book will whet your appetite and start you on your way to green gourmet cooking.

Plans for Small Organic Gardens

"Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens," by Barbara Pleasant
"Starter Vegetable Gardens" is best suited for those that rent a home with access to a sizable backyard (or those that have space at a nearby public garden). If you have the space and the soil, this book offers a range of garden plans based on the scale of garden you'd like to tackle. Pleasant also provides cultivation and maintenance techniques that newbies and less experienced gardeners will find helpful and educational.

Now all you need to do is get started! Will you focus your attention on kitchen earthworms, composting, micro-gardening, or container gardening?
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