New Gardening Books: 2014

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Although we try to include as many new gardening books as possible, I’m sure there are some we’ve missed. If there’s a new gardening book that was published in 2014 that you’d like to see listed and/or reviewed here, please send me an email.

By Rochelle Greayer
Timber Presss
Hardcover: 324 pages
October 7, 2014
$26.08 USD / $48.00 CAD

Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality

In Cultivating Garden Style, Rochelle Greayer shares ways to create outdoor areas that are charming, comfortable, appealing, and reflect individuality. It features twenty-three unique garden styles accompanied by advice on how to recreate the look. Simple step-by-step projects, like how to make a macramé plant hanger, help the reader personalize the space. And helpful tips and tricks, including how to pick the right tree and pick the right combination of plants and containers, offer essential lessons in gardening and design. More than 1,500 dazzling color photographs give the book a visual punch.


By George Weigel
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available October 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers

In Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide, locally beloved Patriot-News garden columnist George Weigel teaches you how to plant and care for more than 150 species hand-selected for their ability to thrive in Pennsylvania’s diverse climate.

The book that puts Pennsylvania’s most knowledgeable gardener at your beck and call. Split down the middle by the Appalachian Mountains, Pennsylvania experiences a wide range of extreme weather on each side of the divide, with humid summers in Harrisburg and record-breaking snowfalls in McKean County– but there’s one thing every Pennsylvanian experiences: rain, and plenty of it. The state’s well-hydrated landscape hosts a vast selection of beautiful native plants, from the gorgeous multi-season serviceberry to the stunning and underused Joe-Pye weed. In Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide, locally beloved Patriot-News garden columnist George Weigel teaches you how to plant and care for more than 150 of different species of natural Pennsylvanian agriculture. Elegantly photographed, full-color pages impart Weigel’s decades of experience gardening in this state. The flowers, shrubs, vines, trees, and groundcovers within – organized alphabetically by type and common name – are each showcased with a reference image, a name pronunciation guide, and detailed information such as: full-grown plant size, when to plant, tips for bringing your transplants to healthy maturity, and even recommendations for the best companion species. This comprehensive, easily understandable reference guide is complete with at-a-glance icons for quick plant info, color-coded USDA zone maps, and – of course – the charming writing style of Pennsylvania’s most endearing and trustworthy garden writer. So even if you don’t love the weather all the time, with Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide, you’ll be able to choose plants that do.


By Charlie Nardozzi
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available November 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

New England Getting Started Garden Guide : Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

New England Getting Started Garden Guide makes it easy to research, choose, plant, and care for more than 150 species handpicked exclusively for their ability to thrive in climates across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The only garden guide with a plant selection as diverse as New England weather. To say that the climate in the northeastern United States is diverse would be an understatement. We’ve seen football games played in blizzards, been caught in jungle-like rain showers, and shaded ourselves from the humid summer rays. With ever-changing conditions, the thought of growing a healthy home garden can be daunting . . . but with such a varied landscape comes an equally varied mix of wonderful plants, including many native ones. You simply need to know which plants belong where, and in New England Getting Started Garden Guide, lifelong New Englander and Master Gardener Charlie Nardozzi tells you exactly that. Featuring more than 150 plants across six states – Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont – this straightforward manual makes it easy to research, choose, plant, and care for species handpicked exclusively for their ability to thrive in climates across New England. The plants within, organized alphabetically by plant type and common name, are each displayed with a full-color photograph, pronunciation guide, thorough planting and care instructions, and recommendations for companion plants that you can place nearby. This book is complete with a clever set of icons denoting sun/shade requirements and plant perks, and it even contains official color-coded USDA zone maps. From the splendor of fall-blooming asters to the beloved northeastern hydrangeas, New England Getting Started Garden Guide is your one-stop reference for growing plants that love living there as much as you do.


By Shawna Coronado
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available October 1, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers

In Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, born-and-bred midwestern gardener Shawna Coronado offers planting instructions for more than 150 species, from the blazing star to the ginkgo, destined for success all throughout Illinois.

The ultimate, fully illustrated guide to plant selection and gardening in the Prairie State. With its northeastern edge seated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Illinois offers some of the United States’ most fertile farmlands. But as any midwesterner knows, the entire region’s weather can turn on a dime, and keeping plant life alive in such a widely varying climate can be difficult for gardeners of all skill levels. In Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, born-and-bred midwestern gardener Shawna Coronado showcases more than 150 plant species destined for success throughout all of Illinois–from flowers and shrubs, such as the blazing star and the beautiful early-spring-flowering witchhazel, to trees and vines, such as the ginkgo and the exquisite clematis. Each entry features full-color photography, plant-name pronunciation, helpful icons denoting sun/shade requirements and plant qualities, instructions for how to bring the plant from transplant to maturity, and even recommendations for what you should plant nearby. If you’re not sure where to start, official color-coded USDA maps let you know your plant hardiness zone. So whether you’re planting in a windy Chicago suburb, prepping for a frigid winter in Galena, or anticipating a rainy spring in Mt. Vernon, Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide gives you all the information you need for a colorful, diverse home landscape.


By Shawna Coronado
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available October 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers

In Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide, internationally renowned gardening expert and Indiana native Shawna Coronado presents foolproof planting advice for over 150 species, handpicked for their ability to flourish in the Hoosier State.

Master the Indiana gardening climate with this photographic guide to more than 150 state-specific plants. It’s no secret that the post-glacial soils of Indiana are some of the most fertile that the midwestern United States has to offer. If you’re lucky enough to live there – be it on the shores of Lake Michigan in Gary, nestled along the Ohio River in Evansville, or in a small town near one of the state’s 1,000-plus lakes – you’ve found yourself in one of the nation’s best gardening countries. In Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide, internationally renowned gardening expert and Indiana native Shawna Coronado presents foolproof planting advice for over 150 species, handpicked for their ability to flourish in the Hoosier State. Organized alphabetically by plant type and common name, this book’s format makes it as simple to come upon plants you’ve never heard of as it is to look up your old favorites. Every species – from annuals and perennials to shrubs, natives, and trees – is featured with gorgeous full-color photography, a name pronunciation guide, instructions for planting and care, and a list of ideal companion plants. A smart set of icons acts as a quick reference for sun and shade requirements and plant-specific benefits, and a color-coded USDA map lets you find your specific plant hardiness zone. So whether you’re craving the colorful fall pop of burning bush or the springtime splendor of Siberian squill, Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide is your manual for harnessing that beautiful Indiana countryside.


By Mary Irish, Judith Phillips
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available September 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Arizona & New Mexico Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers

Arizona & New Mexico Getting Started Garden Guide features region-specific advice on planting, growing, and caring for more than 150 of the best-performing and most desirable plants across Arizona and New Mexico.

Renowned Southwest gardening experts Mary Irish and Judith Phillips share their firsthand experiences with gardening in Arizona and New Mexico. The southwestern United States is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and formations in the entire country. Alongside its famed attractions – the Grand Canyon, Rio Grande Gorge, and Havasu Falls among them – the region caters to a vast array of unique plant life, specially adapted to thrive in warm, dry climates as well as at high elevations. In Arizona & New Mexico Getting Started Garden Guide, authors and local gardening legends Mary Irish and Judith Phillips feature region-specific advice on planting, growing, and caring for more than 150 of the best-performing and most desirable plants across Arizona and New Mexico. Flowers and grasses, desert perennials and trees, shrubs and vines . . . this plant-by-plant guide includes useful information for the novice and the experienced gardener alike, paying special attention to low-water-use species that enjoy the specific climates of these two states. From the spectacular blooms of the claret-cup hedgehog to the puffballs of the Baja fairy duster, each plant is featured with full-color photography, detailed planting and care instructions, and recommendations for plants that can peacefully coexist with them. With an intuitive layout, pronunciation guides, a custom icon key for readily accessible plant facts, and color-coded USDA zone maps, Arizona & New Mexico Getting Started Garden Guide is the simplest, most foolproof plant manual for gardening everywhere from Carlsbad to Kingman.


By Claire Splan
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available December 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

California Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year

As the sister manual to our California Getting Started Garden Guide, California Month-by-Month Gardening dedicates a thoroughly detailed chapter to each month of the year, telling you what you should plant, precisely when you should plant it, and how to care for it.

It may be the Golden State, but your garden can be any color you want it to be. California is already famous as one of the world’s leading fruit and vegetable producers–but a glance at a valley oak or California buckwheat is just a small glimpse of the native plants the state has to offer the home gardener. Written by Alameda resident and longtime gardening journalist Claire Splan, California Month-by-Month Gardening is the sister manual to our California Getting Started Garden Guide. Inside, Splan dedicates a thoroughly detailed chapter to each month of the year, telling you what species you should consider planting, precisely when you should plant them, and how to care for them for maximum health. Within each month are recommendations for annuals, bulbs, lawns (and lawn alternatives), natives, perennials, roses, shrubs, trees, vines, and groundcovers. An introductory overview of California’s microclimates and soil types, along with a primer on general gardening techniques and a color-coded USDA zone map, prepares you to make your best effort as a gardener in California. Splan’s instructions go much further than just the basics, as you learn how to plan, plant, care for, water, fertilize, and troubleshoot your diverse garden spaces during every single month of the year. Fully illustrated with beautiful color photography of the “how to” steps and plants, California Month-by-Month Gardening keeps your garden prosperous through all types of California weather and terrain. For our full introduction to gardening in California, we also recommend companion books California Getting Started Garden Guide and California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening.


By Tom MacCubbin
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available December 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Florida Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have A Beautiful Garden All Year

Florida Month-by-Month Gardening, the perfect companion to Florida Getting Started Garden Guide, presents a foolproof monthly breakdown of exactly what to plant in Florida’s climate, exactly when to plant it, and exactly how to take care of it.

Your guide to all types of gardening in the Sunshine State. Written by beloved Florida gardening expert Tom MacCubbin, Florida Month-by-Month Gardening is the perfect companion book to our Florida Getting Started Garden Guide. Inside, MacCubbin presents a foolproof monthly breakdown of exactly what you should plant in Florida’s peninsular climate, exactly when you should plant it for the best seasonal success, and exactly how to take care of it. From annuals to vegetables, lawns, trees, and perennials, this book is as straightforward as it gets: simply look up any given month and you’ll find a complete gardening guide for every plant category, with advice for planning, planting, care, watering, fertilizing, and overcoming problems typically encountered by Florida gardeners during that time of year. Of course, like our other gardening guides, Florida Month-by-Month Gardening is fully illustrated with gorgeously colored “here’s how” step-by-step and plant photography. So whether you’re hoping for violets in Tallahassee, planting a Simpson’s stopper in Orlando, or simply wondering where (or when) to start, Florida Month-by-Month Gardening helps you take your first steps toward mastering the Florida gardening landscape. For our full introduction to gardening in Florida, we also recommend companion books Florida Getting Started Garden Guide and Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening.


By Troy B. Marden
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 256 pages
Available November 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Southern Gardener’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide: Select, Plan, Plant, Maintain, Problem-Solve – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

The Southern Gardener’s Handbook helps experienced and expert-level gardeners choose the best plants to get the most pleasure from their gardens. Let author Troy Marden’s decades of experience work for you.

The complete guide to select, plan, plant, maintain, and problem-solve for gardeners living in the South.

Every season in the South presents a gardening opportunity. Take advantage of all of them by choosing the perfect plants! Using the right plants makes gardening not only easier, but more fun, and helps you grow the best-looking and healthiest garden possible.

The Southern Gardener’s Handbook helps experienced and expert-level gardeners pick the ideal plants to get the most pleasure from their gardens. Detailed plant profiles help you get the best bang for your buck (and work) in the garden. Helpful advice about caring for the unique needs of southern gardens, along with complete information about USDA Hardiness zones make this a resource you will not want to go without.

Annuals, biennials, perennials, tropicals, bulbs, ornamental grasses, trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, lawns and vegetables are all covered in depth by gardening expert and writer Troy B. Marden.

Nearly 300 at-a-glance full-color photos and plant profiles allow you to plan, create and enjoy the very best results from your garden.


Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available September 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry, Updated 2nd Edition: Complete Plans for Beautiful Backyard Building Projects

This book is full of projects that can be built with ordinary power hand tools and materials available at any local home center. Complete construction plans and directions ensure foolproof results.

See how easy it is to build your own backyard oasis.

Outdoor carpentry projects using cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are perfect for Do-It-Yourselfers of all skill levels, since the materials are easy to work with, and the results are rewarding. Enjoy outdoor furnishings you can create yourself. Items made with quality materials last much longer and cost less, in the long run, than off-the-shelf items. With classic swings for kids and adults, arbors for gardeners and even a table that folds, there’s something in The Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry for everyone! Over three dozen projects are included, ranging from seating, entertaining, recreational and storage, to overheads and arbors. New projects, unique to this edition, include: 5-board bench, picnic table, folding table, outdoor occasional table, deck-railing planter, window box, Arts-and-Crafts mahogany gate, sheltered swing, outdoor serving cart, arbor and garden bridge. All the projects within this book can be built in a weekend with ordinary power hand tools and materials available at any local home center or hardware store. Each project has complete construction plans and directions for foolproof results–so jump right in and make your backyard unique!


By Mel Bartholomew
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 192 pages
Available March 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Square Foot Gardening with Kids: Learn Together: – Gardening Basics – Science and Math – Water Conservation – Self-sufficiency – Healthy Eating

Square Foot Gardening with Kids is a fun, colorful new book that introduces kids to the joy of growing vegetables in your very own wooden box. Author Mel Bartholomew shares the many lessons he has learned over two generations of Square Foot Gardening so you can share the experience with the kids in your life.

A Square Foot Garden is more than just a perfect place to grow vegetables–it is an ideal environment for sharing and teaching kids of all ages, and this book will show you how. For generations, Mel Bartholomew’s top-selling Square Foot Gardening books have made his revolutionary system for growing vegetables available to millions of people. In Square Foot Gardening with Kids, Mel reveals all of the tips, tricks, and fun projects he has used over the decades in one of his most cherished pursuits: teaching youngsters to build and grow their own kid-sized SFGs. Because of its simple principles and fast payoff, Square Foot Gardening is perfect for children. The easy geometry of the gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites that are easy to approach and understand for enthusiastic young learners, and the sequence of tasks required to grow plants from seeds is repeatable and reassuring. Whether you’re a grandparent, parent, teacher, coach, or any kind of role model to young people, Square Foot Gardening with Kids offers you the proven methods Mel has developed himself to entertain and amaze the kid in all of us. Kids can learn many valuable life lessons from creating their own garden–such as the importance of following instructions and doing your chores, basic skills like counting and water conservation, and learning to appreciate the nature of food and why it is important to respect it, but more than anything, this clever, colorful new book captures the essence of growing edibles for anyone, regardless of age: it is fun and rewarding.


By Elizabeth Millard
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 224 pages
Available June 15, 2014
$22.99 USD / $24.99 CAD

Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden – Microgreens – Sprouts – Herbs – Mushrooms – Tomatoes, Peppers & More

In Indoor Kitchen Gardening, author Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers and more-all inside your own home, where you won’t have to worry about season changes or weather conditions.

It takes just a few dollars and a few days for you to start enjoying fresh, healthy produce grown indoors in your own home. Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basement. If you have never tasted microgreens, all you really need to do is envision all the flavor of an entire vegetable plant concentrated into a single tantalizing seedling. If you respond to the notion of nourishing your guests with amazing, fresh, organic produce that you’ve grown in your own house, condo, apartment, basement, or sunny downtown office, then you’ll love exploring the expansive new world of growing and eating that can be discovered with the help of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. Inside, author and Bossy Acres CSA co-owner Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more– all inside your own home, where you won’t have to worry about seasonal changes or weather conditions. Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of Do-It-Yourself in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to this exciting new growing method–not just for garnishes or relishes, but wholesome, nutritious, organic edibles that will satisfy your appetite as much as your palate.


By Katie Elzer-Peters
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 192 pages
Available March 15, 2014
$22.99 USD / $24.99 CAD

Miniature Gardens: Design and create miniature fairy gardens, dish gardens, terrariums and more-indoors and out

In Miniature Gardens, gardening expert Katie Elzer-Peters features the latest in plant options and designs for miniature gardens, fairy gardens, dish gardens, terrariums-even a mini water garden-all geared toward both indoor and outdoor applications.

A revealing peek into the captivating world of gardening in miniature, complete with inspiring photos and practical step-by-step instructions. A delightful, fun, and endlessly creative new trend is sweeping the gardening world: miniature gardening! With your imagination as the only limit to this infinitely customizable technique, miniature gardening showcases your individuality. Once you’ve learned how to design, create, and grow tiny plant combinations successfully, you’ll be able to let your creativity loose indoors and out. In Miniature Gardens, gardening expert Katie Elzer-Peters demonstrates the latest in plant options and designs through her gorgeous color photography and laser-focused Do-It-Yourself advice. Plenty of great tips and idea-generating information on small-scale furnishings are included as well. Where other books on this popular subject offer run-of-the-mill images and only limited how-to information, Miniature Gardens gives you a thorough and beautiful window into this tiny world, from fairy gardening to dish gardening, terrariums, and even a miniature water garden project. From cute home tabletop designs to elaborate mini-villages and everything in between, miniature gardening is a pastime that can be enjoyed by hobbyists and families of all ages and in all sizes of living space. With Miniature Gardens, you’re just a lightning strike of inspiration away from bringing to life the endless creations unique to your own imagination.


By Bob Polomski
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available April 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have A Beautiful Garden All Year

With a redesigned format, fully updated information, and additional photography, this new edition of Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening is packed with all the knowledge the North or South Carolina gardener needs to be successful.

Our acclaimed Month-by-Month Gardening series gets a fresh update for gardeners located in North and South Carolina. Ever since the release of Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening’s first edition, do-it-yourself gardeners in North and South Carolina have turned to the trustworthy, expert advice of Bob Polomski. His local gardening mastery has helped transform the Cool Springs Month-by-Month Gardening series into the definitive when-to and how-to resource for gardeners in regions all across the country–and now, with a redesigned and easier-to-use format, fully updated information, and additional photography, this new edition of Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening is packed with all the knowledge the North or South Carolina gardener and home landscaper needs to be successful. Inside, you’ll find all the specifics on growing annual and perennial flowers, bulbs, grasses (both lawn and ornamental), edibles, roses, groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and vines throughout the year–including a section on water gardening. Even during colder winter months, author Bob Polomski will have you planning for and improving upon the next growing season. Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening educates gardeners of all skill levels on the best practices for satisfying, rewarding results. And best of all, you’ll be reaping the benefits all year round.


By Nellie Neal
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 240 pages
Available April 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $27.99 CAD

Deep South Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Featuring an easy-to-use format, fully up-to-date information, and gorgeous full-color photography, Deep South Month-by-Month Gardening is packed with all the knowledge the Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana gardener and home landscaper needs to be successful.

Our acclaimed Month-by-Month Gardening series gets a fresh update for gardeners located in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

For years, do-it-yourself gardeners in the southern United States have brought their questions to “the Garden Mama” herself, Nellie Neal, for her lifelong expertise in gardening through thick and thin. Now, her regional mastery of the South bolsters our Month-by-Month Gardening series-already the definitive when-to and how-to resource for gardeners in regions across the country-with all the knowledge the Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana gardener and home landscaper needs to be successful. Deep South Month-by-Month Gardening includes all the specifics on growing annual and perennial flowers, bulbs, grasses (both lawn and ornamental), edibles, roses, groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and vines throughout the year-including a section on water gardens. From planting, watering, and fertilizing to routine maintenance and problem-solving, Deep South Month-by-Month Gardening educates gardeners of all skill levels on the best practices for satisfying, rewarding results. And best of all, you’ll be reaping the benefits all year round.


By Diana Maranhao
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 224 pages
Available July 15, 2014
$22.99 USD / $24.99 CAD

Rocky Mountain Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles – Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah & Wyoming

If you live in the U.S. Rocky Mountain region, you’ll discover the best edible plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide-and they’ll be on your table before you know it.

Master the art of edible gardening in one of the United States’ most breathtaking landscapes. If you’re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you’ve joined the ranks of a blossoming group of Do-It-Yourself gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you’ll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local climate. Fortunately for you, Rocky Mountain Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, or Colorado. Author Diana Mahanao relies on her extensive gardening knowledge and familiarity with the Rocky Mountain region to equip you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and–most importantly–harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live near the Big Horn Mountains, on the Front Range, along the Green River, or anywhere else in the Rocky Mountain region, you’ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they’ll be on your table before you know it.


By Jacqueline Soule
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 224 pages
Available July 15, 2014
$22.99 USD / $24.99 CAD

Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles – Arizona, Nevada & New Mexico

If you live in Arizona, New Mexico, or Nevada, you’ll discover the best edible plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide-and they’ll be on your table before you know it.

Master the art of edible gardening in the beautiful southwestern United States. Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Arizona, New Mexico, or Nevada. Author Jacqueline Soule shares her bountiful knowledge of edibles in general and the Southwest region in particular, equipping you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and–most importantly–harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Tucson suburbs, the New Mexico Bootheel, the Mojave Desert, or anywhere else in the southwestern tri-state area, you’ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and before you know it you’ll have delicious fresh fruits and vegetables on your table.


By Steve Asbell
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 176 pages
Available March 1, 2014
$21.99 USD / $23.99 CAD

Plant by Numbers: 50 Houseplant Combinations to Decorate Your Space

In Plant by Numbers, author Steve Asbell takes interior container gardening to a much prettier level with 50 original planting projects presented through a fun, witty, recipe-style layout with full-color photos and custom planting diagrams.

The inspirational DIY guide for painting a stunning portrait in houseplants. Hot Pink Limeade, Café Au Lait, Raspberry Margarita . . . wait, are we talking about plants here? It’s not often that we think of decorative houseplants as ‘delicious’, but in Plant by Numbers, there’s no denying that author Steve Asbell makes his debut as a “gourmet chef” of the floral color palette. With his unique and fun recipe-style approach, visually tantalizing full-color photography, and crystal-clear step-by-step instructions, Asbell takes interior gardening to a sophisticated but foolproof new level. Each of the 50 projects within features a comprehensive shopping list and functional plant-a-gram (that’s a custom planting diagram), showing you precisely how to plant the container combinations to achieve the most beautiful results in your living space. Even better, interiorscaping has never been more affordable: you’ll impress friends, family, and visitors with your luxurious-looking interior plant designs, and you won’t break the bank in the process. You’ll be entertained while you do it, too: Asbell’s signature wit and original planting projects – with titles like ‘Flavor Trippin’, ‘Jurassic Spark’, ‘Shower Caddy’, and ‘Femme Fatale’ – make the beautiful designs in Plant by Numbers as much fun to read as they are to plant. With this book as a guide, container gardening really is as simple as making art with a paint-by-numbers kit.


By Marcus Schneck
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 160 pages
Available March 15, 2014
$19.99 USD / $21.99 CAD

Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard: Month-by-month projects for family fun

In Attracting Wildlife, longtime birding and wildlife author Marcus Schneck provides a charming blend of stylized illustrations, color photos, and helpful text offering fun, educational family activities for attracting your favorite critters to your property.

Make your backyard the best little wildlife sanctuary on the block.
There are many ways to attract birds and butterflies to your backyard-and a lot of them work, giving us all a chance to enjoy these beautiful, coveted creatures. But have you ever tried to tempt a turtle, lure a lizard, summon a snake, or coax a chipmunk to come and visit? The wonders of wildlife are not limited to flying specimens, as anyone with a true affection for fauna (as well as flora) will attest. This clever little book gets it, too. In Attracting Wildlife, longtime birding and wildlife author Marcus Schneck provides a charming blend of stylized illustrations, color photos, and helpful text offering fun, educational family activities for attracting your favorite critters to your property. Using a month-by-month approach, the book lays out project after project that you can complete whether you live on a small urban lot or sprawling piece of country acreage. So the next time you’re going about planting tomatoes in May, you can add a simple toad sanctuary to the list and enjoy a summer’s worth of serenades.


By Noble Proctor
Cool Springs Press
Paperback, 224 pages
Available March 15, 2014
$19.99 USD / $21.99 CAD

North American Songbirds: Identify the most common songbirds and hear their calls on your smartphone

In North American Song Birds, Dr. Noble Proctor spotlights the 100 most common song bird species in North America, featuring unique QR codes for each species that link your smartphone directly to audio recordings of each bird’s call.

Technology meets nature in this field guide for identifying your favorite song birds.
Printed descriptions in traditional bird books only go so far, with just text and a bit of educated guessing to help you figure out which bird you’ve heard. That’s where North American Song Birds, written by nationally recognized ornithologist Dr. Noble Proctor, revolutionizes the birding hobby. Spotlighting the 100 most common song bird species in North America, the book features a unique QR code with each entry. When scanned with a smartphone, the codes link to their corresponding audio files in a private online database, allowing you to instantly hear recordings of actual bird calls at the moment you need them. With beautiful color photos, maps, and detailed descriptions of each bird type, North American Song Birds is the first bird book to merge cutting-edge technology with time-tested information-giving birdwatchers an unprecedented level of accuracy in the field.


By Tammi Hartung
Storey Publishing
Paperback, 114 pages
Available December 31, 2013
$12.83 USD

The Wildlife Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature

This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment – instead of continually fighting it – you’ll reap a larger harvest with less stress and effort. Best-selling author Tammi Hartung explains how to start with a hardy and healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through smart planting, attract helpful insects and pollinators, intentionally create habitats for wildlife, and much more.


By Nancy J. Ondra
Storey Publishing
Paperback, 184 pages
Available March 11, 2014
$14.41 USD

Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants

Selecting perennial plants can be overwhelming – there are hundreds of choices, and it’s difficult to know when your plants will bloom, whether they’ll thrive in sunny or shady spots, and which ones will look well together. In Five-Plant Gardens, Nancy Ondra eliminates the guesswork and the stress, offering 52 garden plans that each use only five plants! These plans are simple, inexpensive, and sure to look beautiful all season long. They’re grouped according to whether they grow best in sun, partial shade, or full shade, and each one includes an illustrated planting plan, a shopping list with brief plant descriptions, information on what to expect as the planting matures, and tips on customizing the plan for different sites and climates.


By Niki Jabbour
Storey Publishing
Paperback, 272 pages
Available March 25, 2014
$14.66 USD

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden

Vegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour, author of the best-selling The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her favorite superstar gardeners, including Amy Stewart, Amanda Thomsen, Barbara Pleasant, Dave DeWitt, and Jessi Bloom. You’ll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony, one that encourages pollinators, one that grows 24 kinds of chile peppers, and dozens more. Each plan is fully illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the story behind the design, and a plant list.


By Alice and Brian McGowan
Storey Publishing
Paperback, 128 pages
Available July 1, 2014
$8.78 USD

Saving Container Plants: Overwintering Techniques for Keeping Tender Plants Alive Year after Year

Enjoy your favorite container plants year after year! From geraniums to fuschia and beyond, many container plants can be overwintered and enjoyed again the next season. Alice and Brian McGowan offer simple techniques for overwintering a variety of common tender perennial plants, based on what kind of dormancy the plants go through in their native environment. You can easily overwinter most plants with few to no pest problems, simply by giving them the dormancy conditions they need. Includes a plant-by-plant guide for quick reference.


By Fern Marshall Bradley
Storey Publishing
Paperback, 96 pages
Available July 1, 2014
$8.06 USD

The Saving Vegetable Seeds: Harvest, Clean, Store, and Plant Seeds from Your Garden

This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows you how to save seeds from 20 of the most popular vegetable garden plants, including beans, carrots, peas, peppers, and tomatoes. You’ll learn how each plant is pollinated (key to determining how the seed should be saved), how to select the seeds to collect, and how to process and store collected seeds. Grow the varieties you love, year after year!


By Stephen Russell
Storey Publishing
Paperback, 232 pages
Available August 12, 2014
$18.29 USD

The Complete Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms: Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion’s Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms at Home

With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, this comprehensive guide shows you how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home, producing shiitakes, oysters, lion’s manes, maitakes, and portabellas for your kitchen or for a small business. Beginners will learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. Novices and the more experienced will learn how to create grain spawn or sawdust spawn and how to use liquid cultures and fruiting chambers. Advanced readers will gain a thorough knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms consistently and in greater quantity.


By Ellen Zachos
Storey Publishing
Paperback, 128 pages
Available December 16, 2014
$8.06 USD

Growing Healthy Houseplants: Choose the Right Plant, Water Wisely, and Control Pests

This concise guide shows novice houseplant owners exactly how to keep indoor plants alive and healthy. Gardening expert Ellen Zachos helps you choose the right plants in the first place and then shows you how to care for them, outlining what each kind needs in terms of location, sunlight, water, and fertilizer. She also explains when plants should be repotted (and how to do that successfully), how and when to prune them, how to keep then free of dust and pets, and more. This Storey Basics® guide has all the information you need to keep any houseplant thriving and beautiful!

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