Check out some of these books from the Concord Public Library or order them through interlibrary loan. If you would rather own the books, we recommend you support our favorite local bookstore, Gibson’s Bookstore. They can order any book you wish.

Feel free to tell us about your favorite books and we will add them to the list!

These books will get you started…

  • The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch
  • How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons
  • Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces by Patricia Lanza
  • Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
  • The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward Smith

These books are fun to read and will add to your gardening experience…

  • The Backyard Homestead edited by Carleen Madigan
  • Four Season Havest by Eliot Coleman
  • Gardening Without Work by Ruth Stout
  • The New Hampshire Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Granite State by Henry Hoymeyer
  • The New Self-Sufficient Gardener by John Seymour
  • Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
    by Louise Riotte
  • Secrets to Great Soil by Elizabeth P. Steele

Starting and saving your own seeds saves you money and offers greater variety in your garden.

  • Seed to Seed by Susan Apworth
  • The New Seed Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel

Permaculture is an integrated gardening system that combines wild habitat, edible landscapes and conventional gardens into a self-renewing landscape…

  • Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
    by Toby Hemenway

Once you harvest, what the heck do you do with it all? Your neighbors don’t want any more zucchini…

  • Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
    by Mike and Nancy Bubel

Great books to read for inspiration on gardening and self-sufficiency…

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
    by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living by Helen Nearing
  • Made From Scratch:Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich
  • This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
    by Joan Dye Gussow

Supporting local food sources if you can’t grow it yourself…

  • Eat Where You Live by Lou Bendrick

Great books to read for inspiration on becoming more self-sufficient…

  • The Backyard Homestead edited by Carleen Madigan
  • The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour
  • Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons
  • The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

Books to inspire children to spend more time in the garden…

  • Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Activities To Do in the Garden by Sharon Lovejoy

Click here to download the book list!


2 responses to “Books

  1. Dear Laura, Scott, and Hope,
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful garden and home with us last night! I came away inspired to make the most of my urban garden (took advantage of the rain this morning and froze some sugar snaps (mine) and two turnips a gardening neighbor from the Community Garden practically begged me to take!) Living in an apartment has it’s limitations, but seeing what others are doing in small spaces opens up new possibilities, and the ideas and energy generated by a group of like-minded people all excited about gardening/ farming was so inspirational! I love your blog- thank you for taking the time to share the fruits of your research. An interesting book I’m reading (available from the Concord Public Library when I’m done with it) is The Earth Moved: on the Remarkable Achievement of Earthworms by Amy Stewart. ….Lorna Austin

  2. Laura Morrison


    I’m so glad that you have been inspired by the group and are enjoying the blog! Thanks for coming to our garden tour and feel free to visit anytime you are in the neighborhood. Once you finish reading your book, let me know if you think it’s worthwhile to post it in our resources section. Or…write up a little review and e-mail it to me at and I’ll post it! I’ll be attending the Local Foods Night at Gibson’s bookstore this Thursday, July 30th to get more ideas for good books on gardening and local food.

    NOFA’s generous donation of the book, The Postage Stamp Garden Book by Duane and Karen Newcomb, to our club has given me the idea of building a lending library of donated books for our members. It would be great to build a selection of titles not available at the Concord Library.

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