I love gardening and horticulture books and probably buy more than I can actually read, which is quite a bit. Here are a few new releases from January 2024.
¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life: 30 Projects to Nurture Your Passion for Plants and Find Your Bliss
Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago
¡Verdura! – Living a Garden Life by Perla Sofía Curbelo Santiago, author of Spanish-language gardening lifestyle platform Agrochic.com, is a guide to embracing a greener lifestyle through gardening. The book offers 30 simple, budget-friendly projects aimed at promoting well-being. It’s suitable for beginners and expert gardeners, with indoor and outdoor projects ideal for small spaces. The book encourages forming a healthy habit of tending plants, offering wellness tips, personal stories, and advice on how gardening can improve physical and mental health. Projects include creating a meditation garden, a garden-tainment kit, and upcycling items for garden use. The book also provides alternative plant charts and insights into Puerto Rican gardening life.
Epic Homesteading by Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening, is a guide to creating a modern, high-tech homestead in any living situation. The book promotes self-sufficiency and autonomy without abandoning modern conveniences. It provides a beginner-friendly guide to using technology for food growth and preservation, raising mini livestock, and setting up automated systems. The book includes step-by-step DIY projects and advice on complex topics like local zoning regulations. It encourages readers to use solar power, automate rainwater distribution, cultivate microgreens, and maximize energy efficiency. The goal is to empower readers to create their own efficient and beautiful homesteads.
Gardening Can Be Murder: How Poisonous Poppies, Sinister Shovels, and Grim Gardens Have Inspired Mystery Writers
Gardening Can Be Murder by Marta McDowell explores the influence of gardens on mystery novels. The book highlights how gardens, with their deadly plants and shady corners, provide an ideal setting for murder mysteries. McDowell, a gardener and writer, discusses how renowned mystery authors have drawn inspiration from the sinister aspects of gardens. The book introduces readers to detectives obsessed with plants and spooky groundskeeper suspects, and tours the real and imagined gardens that have been the backdrop for fictional crimes. It assures that gardening themes will continue to be a staple in the mystery genre.
The Essential Tree Selection Guide: For Climate Resilience, Carbon Storage, Species Diversity and Other Ecosystem Benefits
Henrik Sjöman and Arit Anderson
This tree selection guide by Henrik Sjöman and Arit Anderson emphasizes the importance of choosing the right tree for the right place. It highlights the ecosystem benefits of trees, such as carbon storage, rainfall slowing, and building cooling. The guide, backed by scientific research, includes an A-Z selection of over 500 resilient trees chosen for specific conditions like droughts and storms. It aims to combat climate change effects through mature trees and species diversity. The guide also features a quick-reference Tree Selection Table, making it a comprehensive resource for enhancing our future gardens and landscapes.
David L. Hamilton
Hamilton’s three Interiorscape Industry Plant Books have just been reissued in revised editions. Based on a 10-year study of over 70,000 interior plants, they provide comprehensive guidance on indoor plant care. The books emphasize precise watering techniques, enabling plants to thrive in low light levels. They offer tips on plant care, including watering, lighting, temperature, pruning, and pest management. The books are valuable resources for both professional interiorscapers and amateur growers, providing clear, detailed explanations for each recommendation. They aim to extend plant life and minimize replacements, making them essential for successful indoor gardening.