LPL Seed Library: Book Suggestions

Our LPL Seed Library Team has pulled together a few of their favorite gardening books, plus lists of recommendations on a variety of gardening and local food topics. These and many others are available for checkout!



Gardening for Kids

Gardening with Kids

Starting from Seed

Summer in the Garden

What to Do with the Garden Glut?

Companion Planting

Gardening with Herbs

Kansas Wild and Local

Weed Control

Preserving Your Harvest

Garden Bugs

Cooking with Fresh Produce

Why Grow Your Own?

Gardening Magazines

The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work by Ben Hartman

The author of this book shares the information he has gleaned from visiting large manufacturing plants that he now uses towards his successful half acre commercial vegetable growing business. His in-depth analysis of inefficiencies help create order on his farm to slim down time spent in production, fight fatigue, and waste. A literal breakdown of how to work smarter, not harder.

Foodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create an Edible Landscape by Charlie Nardozzi

This book full of wonderful photos will inspire you to plant edibles among your ornamentals. Make your space do double duty, providing beauty and food! The writer breaks down by variety the shape and color of fruit and vegetable plants to help you learn what you can swap out in terms of size and color.

Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community by H.C. Flores

One of the classic resources in the movement toward simple, sustainable, and earth friendly living. You will learn ideas and practical advice about how to integrate permaculture into your life. Checkout the plans for a living playhouse for the little people in your life!

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need On Just a Quarter Acre! by Carleen Madigan

As a home gardener, I try to grow as much food as I can for my family–and that’s not always easy! With plans, detailed instructions, ideas and more, this book is designed to teach you how to maximize the land you have for the most self-sufficient yield.

Gardening Philosophy For Everyone: Cultivating Wisdom edited by Dan O’Brien

One of the joys that gardening can bring is the deep personal reflection of our connection to the earth. This book explores the roots of philosophy that emerge from the practice of gardening and how our philosophies impact our own piece of the natural world. Prepare to be inspired!

The Complete Practical Guide to Small Gardens: Complete Step-by-step Guide to Successful Gardening in Smaller Spaces by Peter McHoy

This complete step-by-step guide to gardening in small spaces offers everything you need to know about planning, design and planting. It features lawns, walls, fences, paths, patios, ponds, rock gardens, roof gardens and containers. It also gives step-by-step instructions for choosing and preparing plants. The detailed planting instructions are easy to understand and helpful.

Indoor Kitchen Gardening:Turn your Home Into A Year-round Vegetable Garden by Elizabeth Millard

The author teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more–all inside your own home. There are more than 200 pages of Do-It-Yourself in-home gardening information and projects. This book has excellent color photos that are both things of instruction and beauty. The author encourages indoor growers to remain positive even when dealing with aphids, lack of germination and mold incidents.