rooftops into valuable green spaces growing vegetables, flowers, herbs, and more,
discussing goals, budgets, climate and microclimate, and building codes as well as
pests and the basics of container systems,
greenhouses, and direct roof plantings.
Roses without Chemicals: 150 Disease-
Free Varieties That Will Change the Way
You Grow Roses. By Peter Kukielski.
2015. Timber, $19.95 (9781604693546).
Rose-expert Kukielski offers an end
to chemical spraying by recommending
150 disease-free rose varieties that marry
beauty with sturdiness, offering fascinating botanical history in his discussion of
“heritage, antique, or old garden” roses
and explaining sustainable integrated pest
management (SIPM), which involves
controlling pests with minimal environmental impact.
The Tao of Vegetable Gardening:
Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas,
Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity. By Carol
Deppe. 2015. Chelsea Green, $24.95
Biologist and plant-breeder Deppe
shares wise and sustainable principles
and practices in this lively, in-depth, and
philosophical gardener’s treasury of advice
for growing, harvesting, preparing, and
eating the most popular and nutritional
The Water-Saving Garden: How to
Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less
Water. By Pam Penick. 2016. Ten Speed,
Landscape-designer and award-winning
gardening-blogger Penick provides key
information about conserving water
without sacrificing plant variety, offering
thorough guidance on storing rainwater,
managing gray water, choosing permeable
paving, and “irrigating without irritating,”
along with chapters on mulching and balcony gardens.
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable
Gardener: How to Grow Food in
Harmony with Nature. By Tammi
Hartung. 2013. Storey, $16.95
Internationally renowned herbalist
and organic-gardener Hartung shares
an abundance of time-tested, nontoxic
techniques to keep garden pests away—
from borders of parsley that rabbits
will munch on instead of lettuce and
bird-friendly habitats that encourage our
winged friends to feed on bothersome
bugs—along with guidelines for soil
preparation, water sources, and the use
of organic pesticides.
sustainability-expert Osentowski shares
his cutting-edge indoor-growing techniques and provides guidance on bed
layout and soil techniques, successful
companion planting, and microclimate
cultivation in and around the greenhouse.
A groundbreaking volume.
The Gardener’s Guide to Weather &
Climate. By Michael Allaby. 2015.
Timber, $29.95 (9781604695540).
The latest handbook from prolific science writer Allaby takes a much broader
view of climate than most gardening
books as he explicates the fundamentals
of meteorology, explains microclimates,
and helps gardeners understand how to
compensate for cold spells, droughts,
The Living Landscape: Designing
for Beauty and Biodiversity in the
Home Garden. By Rick Darke and
Doug Tallamy. 2014. Timber, $39.95
Darke and Tallamy describe how native plants both provide beauty and serve
“multiple purposes,” delving into the
botanical, cultural, and temporal layers
in wild landscapes and the interrelationships among living organisms and offering
diverse home-garden applications in this
colorful, well-organized volume.
The Permaculture City: Regenerative
Design for Urban, Suburban, and
Town Resilience. By Toby Hemenway.
2015. Chelsea Green, $24.95
applies his environmental philosophy of
working with, instead of against, nature
to metropolitan settings in this invaluable
ecological resource, from advice on finding space to grow fruits and vegetables to
sustainably managing such critical urban
resources as water, shelter, and electricity.
Planting: A New Perspective. By Piet
Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury. 2013.
Timber, $39.95 (9781604693706).
Renowned garden-designers Oudolf and
Kingsbury bring their unrivaled expertise
and iconic aesthetic sense to this enlightening and meticulous guide in which
they consider current trends (innovative
plant combinations, naturalistic landscape
designs, green roofs, urban prairies) and
concerns (sustainability, biodiversity, nature deficit, water reclamation).
The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to
Transform Your Roof into a Vegetable
Garden or Farm. By Annie Novak. 2016.
Ten Speed, $23 (9781607747086).
Novak lucidly explains how to turn