How Does Your Garden Grow?

homegrown tomatoes, hot peppers and zucchini
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Are you a veteran vegetable gardener? Do you spend hundreds of dollars each spring on flats of flowers? Or are you a rookie simply trying your hand at a couple tomato plants in the backyard and still trying to remember the difference between an annual and perennial?

Whether you need some tips on how to get rid of pesky pests in your garden patch or are simply wondering if you should put that basil plant in the sun or the shade, the library has books that have your answers.

Since many of us city-dwellers probably don’t have much space for a full-blown garden and we are often limited to a balcony or a few pots on the windowsill, Small Space Garden Ideas and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small Space Gardening are gems for those who container garden, or are experimenting with rooftop gardens, vertical gardens or gardens in other small spaces.

Have you had a few gardening failures in the past? If fear of failure makes you hesitant to have a garden, check out Derek Fell’s Grow This! This book is a one-stop resource for getting gardening results—whether you are starting your garden from seeds, or planting a fruit, vegetable or flower garden—you’ll find answers and expert advice in this book.

Lastly, Gardening Made Simple is another one-stop resource filled with inspiration, insight and advice for gardeners of all skill levels. This book is filled with color photographs and covers all the basics of planting, growing and caring for trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Whether you are simply looking for tips to care for some shrubs and greenery or looking for ideas to design and create a beautiful garden or backyard oasis filled with flowers and edible plants, the library has resources to offer you ideas and insight. On your way home from the garden center or nursery, stop by the library and check out some books!