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Top 10 Best Gardening Books for Creating Your Kitchen Garden
This video shares a list of my top 10 best gardening books for creating your kitchen garden. Whether you have a backyard, a patio, a city balcony, or just a sunny windowsill, there’s something here for you. And even if you already have a few books for your kitchen garden, I think you might find a few surprises in my list!
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What Is a Kitchen Garden?
If you are new to the idea of creating a kitchen garden, you might be wondering what exactly it is and how it is different from a regular garden. You’ll learn lots about this in the gardening books that I recommend, but let me give you a quick little overview here.
A kitchen garden, as the name implies, is a garden you plant close to your kitchen. It is generally smaller than a full-fledged garden and more specific in terms of what you grow in it.
Generally speaking, a kitchen garden will include vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, many of which are edible flowers. You’ll cultivate all these plants, harvest them, and bring your harvest into your kitchen to create delicious and nutritious meals. And the flowers can both serve as a food and as something to adorn your kitchen or dining room table!
Gardening Books to Design a Kitchen Garden
The design of a kitchen garden is often quite charming, making it both decorative and productive! The New Kitchen Garden by Anna Pavord is one of the most beautiful gardening books. You’ll enjoy the pictures and text as you learn about kitchen gardens with this gorgeous coffee table book published by DK.
In her book, Anna shows us that there are traditional gardens, such as a French kitchen garden known as a Potager with its classic square design, but there are many other ways to design a kitchen garden. You don’t need the perfect square space. A kitchen garden can be anything you want it to be.
My kitchen garden is what I refer to as a Texas Hill Country kitchen garden, meandering along both sides of a rustic flagstone path that leads to my back gate.
Potager Kitchen Gardening Books
It can be easy to fall in love with the glorious design of a traditional Potager. But even if you do not have this exact design, you can grow the same vegetables, herbs, and flowers often found in these gardens. And with the help of the Potager book by Georgeann Brennan, you can create some magnificent French meals right in your own kitchen!
A Garden Design Book When Jumping in with Both Feet!
You can choose from a number of wonderful gardening books to help you design your kitchen garden no matter what your space looks like. Here are a few of the many gardening books that I recommend in my in-depth gardening books video:
- The Kitchen Garden
- Moosewood Kitchen Garden
- Complete Kitchen Garden
- Or any of the gardening books I recommend in my video.
If you are serious about designing the ultimate kitchen garden and you’re ready to get started, then the book for you is Designing the New Kitchen Garden. This gardening book will walk you through from start to finish to design the kitchen garden of your dreams in the space you have.
Backyard Problem Solver
Once you’ve created your kitchen garden, you’ll want to have Jerry Baker’s Backyard Problem Solver book as part of your gardening library. In my video, I talk about how much it has helped me address problems, like powdery mildew, in my kitchen garden using natural and easy-to-find products.
More Kitchen Garden Ideas
Come join me in my Texas Hill Country kitchen garden as I share how I am rebuilding my garden after the harsh Texas storms we had in February of this year. (And be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get updates on my kitchen garden and ideas on how to cultivate plants in your garden too.)
If you are completely new to the idea of kitchen gardening, you may not be ready to start collecting gardening books or making an investment into buying seeds or small plants. Not to worry! I have the perfect project for you. Regrow kitchen scraps! It’s easy and fun to do, and you can grow many scraps in indoor pots, so you don’t even need a yard.
Last year during the quarantine, I decided that I needed to grow more of our own food and not just focus on herbs. So while our son was home with us, he built me some raised beds so that I could expand my kitchen garden. Join us for a kitchen garden tour…and meet my sweet son too!
Gardening Books for Children and Homeschooling
In my video, I talk about some of the kitchen gardening books that I enjoyed with my son when he was young:
When many of you learned that I was a homeschool mom, you asked if I would share a video about how we came to homeschooling and the homeschooling program we used. In my Charlotte Mason Homeschooling video, I share my experiences with you.
And now that my son is grown, you might enjoy hearing what he thought about being homeschooled and what he thought about being raised eating traditional foods. (Spoiler alert! He was suspicious of kefir! 😉)
Kitchen Academy Videos
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In the following members-only video, I talk about the Traditional Foods Journals You Need to Read.
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I look forward to having you join me in my Texas Hill Country Kitchen!
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Favorite Kitchen Garden Books
- Backyard Problem Solver
- Children’s Kitchen Garden
- Complete Kitchen Garden
- Designing the New Kitchen Garden
- Edible Asian Garden
- Edible Flower Garden
- Edible French Garden
- Edible Herb Garden
- Edible Italian Garden
- Edible Salad Garden
- From the Cook’s Garden
- Hollyhock Days
- Kitchen Garden Cookbook
- Kitchen Garden
- Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook
- Kitchen Herb Garden
- Moosewood Kitchen Garden
- New Kitchen Garden
- Recipes from a French Herb Garden
- Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots
- Sunflower Houses
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- Favorite Aprons
- Silica Gel Packets (Helps keep moisture from building up in your mix)
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- 8-Quart Slow-Cooker
- Fat Separator (Clever kitchen device to help you decant bone broth)
- Flour Sack Towels
- Masontops Fermentation Kit (promo code below)
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