Formerly "organic" gardening.
Indoor Gardening the Organic Way: How to Create a Natural and Sustaining Environment for Your Houseplants
Many of us don't have outdoor gardens but we should be doubly concerned about using toxic pesticides inside.
High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening: 1001 Ways to Garden Sustainably
S494.5.S86 B69 2011
British gardener Bowe suggests ways to make your garden greener, from composting household waste, installing a water barrel, and eliminating pesticides to more long-term investments like choosing permeable, locally sourced paving, and planting the most water-wise plants.
Ecology for Gardeners
QH541.5.G37 C27 2004
Even a relatively small garden is a miniature ecosystem, including a surprising diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad of ways. Ecologists Carroll and Salt argue that the more completely we understand these interactions, the better gardeners we become.
A Weed by Any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don't Plant
For those just coming to organic gardening, this book will help you view weeds from a different perspective and even develop an appreciation for them.
The Truth About Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line
It's not easy being organic, especially when those lawn grubs come out. But maybe that's a reason to get rid of your lawn!!
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Toby Hemenway, an associate editor of The Permaculture Activist who gardens in Southern Oregon, treats gardens as backyard ecosystems. This is the second edition of his book. More information about Hemenway and his ideas can be found on his website. The Permaculture Activist defines permaculture as "...a land use and community building movement which strives for the harmonious integration of human dwellings, microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive communities."
Thoughtful Gardening: Practical Gardening in Harmony with Nature
Ikin, Britain's National Trust Head Gardener, is a proponent of "He who gardens best, gardens least" and firmly believes in the practice of minimal intervention. He covers good plant nutrition, composting, water management, alternatives to pesticides and fungicides, and gardening by the moon.
The Organic Home Garden: How to Grow Fruits & Vegetables Naturally
Lima draws from his experience on his own organic home garden in Ontario, Canada. He discusses how to enrich the soil, deal with pests, and plant for year round fresh food.
Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web
Perhaps the most important ingredient to sustainable gardening is the soil and Teaming with Microbes explains how vital the soil bacteria and fungi are to plants and how you can team up with them to create an environment conducive to plant growth and health. You will look at dirt more closely after reading this book.
In this Timber Press book, editor Thomas Christopher brought together the best thinkers on the topic of gardening sustainably to describe the future of the sustainable landscape.
Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden
SB475.9.E53 R44 2010x
This book will make you pay more attention to where the sun rises and sets and where the wind blows in relation to your house. It will alert you to environmental conditions that you never even thought about when planning your garden. This should be a first book for every gardener and home builder.
The New York Times calls this newly revised 50th anniversary edition the indispensable guide to gardening (707 pages). Rodale and Organic Gardening have been around longer than most of us have been alive. A shorter illustrated edition of the encyclopedia was published in 2002.
Eat More Dirt: Diverting and Instructive Tips for Growing and Tending an Organic Garden
From peat moss to irksome pests and predators, Sandbeck explores the lively world of compost heaps (which can be used to naturally “vaccinate” your garden against disease), growing good soil, choosing plants well-adapted to your climate, weed warfare, planting protocols, and eco-friendly ways to quench your garden’s thirst.
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A special project of the Penn State Cooperative Extension whose goal is to model, teach, and facilitate sustainable urban agriculture within the Pittsburgh region.
The Organic Gardeners
"Encompassing all aspects of gardening, The KDKA Organic Gardeners is a radio program tailored to home gardeners of all skill levels. Every Sunday morning at 8 Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser answer all of your gardening questions."
Phipps Conservatory: Project Green Heart
Includes information on sustainable gardening including a list of recommended nurseries. They also maintain a blog called Porchside Gardening.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Go organic, just like the White House
This Saturday, April 04, 2009, article by Doug Oster, gives pointers on how to start an "organic" garden, beginning with "first feed the soil, not the plants".
Garden Girl TV
A website dedicated to informing and educating the world on methods for Urban Sustainable Living by Patti Moreno of New York City.
Mother Earth News: Organic Gardening
Archived articles from their magazine with tips on how to grow food organically.
The classic Rodale monthly publication.
Resources for Idaho: Don’t Bag It! Recycle Your Grass Clippings
The best way to manage grass clippings is to leave them on the lawn. This .pdf file will tell you how to set your lawnmower to mulch the clippings.
Safe Lawns is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting natural lawn care and grounds maintenance.
The Soil Biology Primer by Elaine R. Ingham is an introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity and air and water quality.
Sustainable and Urban Gardening
"The purpose of this website is to teach gardening — in a sustainable, environmentally responsible way. The principal author is Susan Harris, gardening in Maryland, USDA Zone 7A. Most of the plants grown in her garden are hardy to colder climates, however, and the site includes articles by outstanding garden writers in other climates."
Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series (SULIS)
Promoting the creation of landscapes that are environmentally friendly and self-perpetuating. A Cooperative Extension Service from the Department of Horticultural Science, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota.
WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
Do you want to work on an organic farm in Europe and other global locations? In return for volunteer help WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.