Urban gardeners face some special challenges, the biggest of which is lack of space. These 25 gardening books cover all the bases to build the beginner urban gardener’s confidence. I’ve assembled a collection that covers general gardening knowledge, companion planting, composting, small space gardening, and so much more.
Also, I couldn’t resist adding a few just for my Canadian readers. When you’re done, check out my list of 25 best gardening books for prairie gardeners, or anyone in USDA hardiness zones 2 or 3.
General Gardening Knowledge
by Charles Dowding
A great place to start and figure out the ins and outs of vegetable gardening.
by Edward C. Smith
Plan the Perfect Garden
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Get these two books by Louise Riotte and you’ll be an expert on companion planting by the time you’re finished.
by Louise Riotte
by Louis Riotte
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Square Foot, Vertical, and Container Gardening
by Mel Bartholomew
This book is arguably considered the bible of square foot gardening.
Learn how to grow up, not out and grow beautiful produce in small spaces. The book image is copyrighted, so click on the Vertical Gardening link to check it out.
from the editors and contributors of Fine Gardening
by Edward C. Smith
Because you know that part of your garden is going to be in pots on your patio.
by Tara Nolan
Get some out-of-the-box ideas for all your container gardening. (I could not resist that pun.)
Unique Urban Gardens
by Curtis Stone
While this idea may be a bit of a stretch for most of you reading this post, I think the idea of using unused backyards for vegetable gardening is a fabulous one. While I don’t personally want to make a business out of it like Stone suggests, I would like an extra yard or two to grow my pumpkins and squash.
by Niki Jabbour
Groundbreaking gardens is not your average gardening book. Explore unusual gardens that will have you re-thinking how you want to landscape next year. There’s a different kind of garden for every kind of gardening.
by Samuel Thayer
Lots of cities have edible wild plants growing by neighbouring lakes, rivers, or park areas. Now you can be the one to point out (and eat!) the wild strawberries.
Composting for a New Generation
This book won’t be available until later in 2018, but I can’t wait until it is! I try my best to compost, but I know I could be doing more.
For those of you who avoid chemicals.
While this book is intended for Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, there’s lots of information that can be applied to other regions.
by Charles Dowding
For all of you wanting to try lasagna gardening.
Year Round Urban Gardening
by Eliot Coleman
Because the harvest can be way longer than 3 months.
I can’t wait to read my copy of this book! I think it would be so handy to have everything laid out week by week, especially when things get really busy in late summer.
by Elizabeth Millard
Apartment dwellers rejoice! This one is for you.
Books About Canning
There are so many amazing canning books out there, its hard to narrow it down! Here are two good choices to get you started.
Just for Canadian Urban Gardeners
There you have it! 25 books to get you through the cold of January while you dream about your garden. Need a resource for buying plants? I’ve compiled a list of 20+ seed and gardening companies, plus links to the complete list of all garden/seed companies in both Canada and the US.
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Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots. She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden. She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.