Recommended Reading

Here are some valuable books for your consideration:

The Sunset Western Garden Book, The Western garden ‘Bible’. It has over 8,000 common plants, 30 plant selection guides, and many articles on basic landscaping and gardening topics from soil preparation and plant propagation to garden designing tips.

The Sunset Garden book also has sections devoted to listing plants for specific applications, colors, growth habit, etc. It has articles on many common garden tasks.

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Owen Dell’s new ‘Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies’. Owen is the leading authority on sustainable landscaping, and this book covers the topic in the familiar ‘Dummies’ format. Look for it at your favorite booksellers, or order it on-line.

This book has money and environment saving ideas you can start using today! I got my (signed!) copy from Owen yesterday, and have to give it a big YES! This book covers every aspect of sustainable garden design, installation, and maintenance.

Available NOW! – Click on the book to order.

Even though I got this book last year when it first came out, it is still a valuable item on my book shelf.


New!      Here is another ‘must read’ book for the home owner.

Joe Lamp’l (aka Joe the Gardener) is a TV personality and and author, and passionate proponent of sustainable gardening.

Joe lays out a wide array of practices you can implement today to help your garden, the environment and  save money in the process. Joe shows you how much difference our gardening practices can make, how to save water, reduce our chemical dependence, turn waste into valuable fertilizer and soil conditioner, consume less energy in the garden, and how to help spread the word ‘over the fence’.

Gardeners! I really want you to read this book! Together, we can make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. Let Joe show you how to help…
The Green Gardener’s Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet


The California Master Gardener’s Handbook. If you can only afford one
book, this is the one. All science – no Voo-Doo!

Written specifically for California – nearly 700 pages of science-based gardening knowledge. This is the course book used by Master Gardener Trainees.The soils chapter is written by our local farm advisor, Dr. Ben Faber.

It covers everything from basic soil science, diseases and their treatments, pruning, grafting, propagation, Entomology (bugs – both good and bad), lists of seasonal vegetables with planting, care, common ailments, planting times, and nutritional information.

Also available from:

University of California Cooperative Extension Offices

669 County Square Drive, Suite 100

Ventura, CA 93003-5401

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Amid food scares and environmental woes, some Americans are transforming their neatly trimmed front yards into a showcase for nature’s bounty. This book is one that started the movement.

With the impending water shortage (oh, come on – drought) and water rationing on our horizon, we need to start re-thinking our position on the grand water-waster, turf…

Have you read any of these books? If you have, why not leave a comment below and let us know what you thought about it?
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