Gardening Rookie: Books and Magazines for Gardeners

| 1/15/2010 2:56:59 PM

My garden is covered in at least 7 inches of snow today, but I still have my gardener hat on (figuratively, that is). That’s because these cold winter weeks when it feels like spring will never arrive are the perfect time to plan this year’s garden—and gazing at images of the lovely plants you’re going to grow is the perfect respite from staring out the window at an icy landscape.

Throughout the year, I mark pages in magazines that feature gardens I like, so this time of year I go back to those dog-eared issues to see what caught my eye. That means pulling out piles of Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News, and (of course!) Natural Home.

After I finish with my magazines, I always flip through the pages of the one gardening book I own and adore: Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening.

This year, however, I’m thinking about adding to my gardening book collection—particularly after discovering all the great books due out in February 2010:

The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way, by Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis, and Deborah L. Martin

Organic Gardening for the 21st Century: A Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Flowers, by Frances Lincoln