MY TOP 5 BOOKS ON GARDENING & FARMING

MY TOP 5 BOOKS ON GARDENING & FARMING

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47 Comments

  1. Heather Mitchell-Adams on August 16, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I have 3/5 of those!  I have some others I haven’t looked @ in awhile, and the titles seem familiar…..possible I have the lot!



  2. Alon zoE on August 16, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks Bro for the recommendations! Just ordered 3 of these books!



  3. George McConnell on August 16, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    any suggestions on books for people who live in apartment complex’s? I want to grow and possibly do aeroponics in my apartment



  4. Abhishek Singh on August 16, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Hi, the books you mentioned, do they hold good for a climate like India as well? I live in North India where summer and winters are extreme.



  5. علاوي الاماره on August 16, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    ترجمو لنا يا عرب



  6. Marcus Schleifer on August 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Maybe you are interested also in the books of charles dowding. he lives in england and produce vegetable without any engine driven tool and make a living for many years. his technics are very well for homegardners. i like your channel very much, thanks



  7. Thomas Robson on August 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    You your self is/are inspiring…:-)I do agree with you for the most part about bloggers, but I hope your not including the vloggers in that group..:-)



  8. Tom Mathews on August 16, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I like your list…..The Four Season Gardener by Coleman is also a good choice.



  9. cucurbitfan on August 16, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    tY



  10. www.MuscadinesAndMore.com on August 16, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Off the subject. Where can one buy turkey manure in larger than 5# bags???



  11. Old Fangled on August 16, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I’ma gonna buy them



  12. TheDesertFarmer on August 16, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I definitely have to buy your book, seems like that would be my best source and Jean Martins. Hopefully I get to see you in November here in Arizona!



  13. Johanna Jahnel on August 16, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Hi can someone give me a clue – I’d like to buy Curtis’ book on urban farming. Now there’s a canadian and a usa version – what’s the difference? Is it in the use of miles and feet and yards and meters and so on? I’m from Germany so I’m used to the metric system… would one of those versions be preferable? Thanks to anyone who knows 😉 Love your work Curtis! Thank you!!



  14. Dennis Totman on August 16, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    As I know it, Alan Chadwick was the father of double-digging, bio-dynamic French intensive gardening.



  15. Patricia S on August 16, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    I have used the Vegetable Gardener’s Bible since I started gardening and bought it for a friend. Has so much info in one book. I drag it everywhere when I’m planning and planting but that means I’ve left it out in the rain a time or two. :'(
    I’m struggling currently with where to build my greenhouse for microgreen production. I have a good spot on my back porch but it is not south facing and gets a fair amount of shade. The roof is bad, so was thinking of replacing it with greenhouse glass. But full sun in another spot seems too hot for them. Thoughts?



  16. Django Apple on August 16, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Carrots Love Tomatoes



  17. UnicornSpirit on August 16, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing these! I was literally thinking about what books to find on gardening.



  18. Katelyn Bailey on August 16, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Love your list!

    Also like:
    -Miraculous Abundance
    -The One Straw Revolution
    -Gaia’s Garden



  19. Steps to Happiness on August 16, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Gais Garden – Toby Hemingway – homescale permaculture type growing but there are things in there that can be applied commercially.
    No Dig – Charles Dowding
    Yours and JM!
    Growing Green – Iain Tollhurst – UK grower that focuses on green manures and stock free growing.
    One that I haven’t read but want to is Intelligent Gardener, forgot author name, about balancing nutrients in soil. I suppose on that front, soil books also, like teeming with microbes etc 🙂



  20. MrEndzo on August 16, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Do you know any book on gardening for tropical climate?



  21. JD Border Collies and Corgis on August 16, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    do u ever sell squash blossoms



  22. Outside and Alive on August 16, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I have jm’s book very informational inspired me to buy a farm



  23. 4philipp on August 16, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Good book list. One guy I like is Charles Dowding from England. He does no dig backyard farming. Got a YouTube Chanel by the same name and published around 7 books.



  24. Cole Michalski on August 16, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    6:30 that is one of the wisest god damn things I’ve heard.



  25. Sandeep Singh on August 16, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Hello friend, which book would be most relevant in a zone 3 environment? Im in Winnipeg and the season is short here.

    I already have your book and want a book that has more information about extending the season.

    Thanks.



  26. andrew barlow on August 16, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I have the one at your left hand. Great book



  27. DifferentNickel on August 16, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Curtis! I have a question.. do you know of any books that include wild farming AND wild foraging in the same book cover to cover? I have a bushcraft camp ready to be tilled.



  28. melanie elayaperuma on August 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I really need a gardening book and my mother promised me that she will buy me one but if she dosnt i have no choice to burn down the house using Dino mite



  29. Roger Hart on August 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    I just started The Market Gardener and I love it! Trying to get debt free and than buy a 5-10 acre piece of land so I can eliminate harmful pesticides from the equation. Your videos are so inspiring always Curtis and I thank you so much for your knowledge n dedication!



  30. Permaculture Playground on August 16, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Making Small Farms Work by Richard Perkins is great for the I guess we could call it medium sized farm (10acres he is on I think).
    It’s a lot more permaculture oriented but that is obviously because his scale makes thay possible yet still make good money, it would be quite a challence and I dare even say impossible to even come close to your figures with a purely permaculture focussed business on just half a acre.



  31. Fawaz Dabas on August 16, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    could you recommend any books on microgreens?



  32. vinod yadav on August 16, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Crop production books in hindi



  33. Rachid Mesbah on August 16, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    An amazing book that I highly recommend for non-commercial gardeners is Will Bonsalls Essential Guide to Radical, Self-reliant gardening. Truly sustainable agriculture in rough conditions.

    Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

    Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening



  34. 93VIDEO on August 16, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    JM Fortier est un grand !



  35. sstimac on August 16, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Your book is on my top five list. It’s fantastic.



  36. upsidedown on August 16, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I second The Lean Farm. Great book.



  37. Mariano Semelman on August 16, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Would you add the list of books in the description?



  38. richi Kake on August 16, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Sir I have empty space.. At Backside of house.. Its just. Like basketball court…
    I w at to grow my own vegetables and fruits..
    Can you tell me the best books.. To farming



  39. Squid Pickle on August 16, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    sustainable market farming Pam Dawling



  40. Deb Cobern on August 16, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I agree on your picks although I ended up donating my "Grow More Vegetables…" away. Another favorite of mine is Gaias Garden by the late Toby Hemenway. I’ve reread it more times than I can count. I guess my second is Jean-Martin Fortier Market Gardening too. That is another I frequently reread. I must buy your book now as I didn’t know you had one!



  41. gone2tex on August 16, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    I read a book about 30 years ago when I was just starting to garden on the French Intensive Method in which double digging was one of the principle parts of the method. It said it was developed in the 1890’s to mimic a land slide which people noticed had larger and faster growing plants than areas of unmoved earth. So no, I do not believe John Jeavons is old enough to have invented double digging. I tried French Intensive (to develop the soil) but the 5 foot wide beds are difficult to reach into. I then combined that with Square Foot Gardening for plant spacing and it worked pretty well as the 4 foot beds with Square Foot are easier, but getting harder the more I age. But you are right that it is just too much work for a commercial operation which I am looking to move into as a retirement income.



  42. MicroUrb on August 16, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Curtis, Is that a cucumber vine behind you? If so, are you growing those commercially or for personal consumption?



  43. RD Kitchen Garden on August 16, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    great selection of books. Have a marvellous day



  44. Mighty Microbes on August 16, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Teaming with microbes! Opens a whole new world! This breaks down the science of how nutrients are cycled organically and the different organisms that make it work. It’s all a symbiotic relationship. Learn the science and you’ll grow good crops! @theorganicpharmer on Instagram if you have any questions! Keep on growing folks!



  45. maximusfuscus on August 16, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Great job Curtis. I have some finances in place and planning to move to Kelowna from Calgary, Antarctica. Sorry, Alberta:). Would you say there is enough market or would you see others as competition? Thanks and keep it up!



  46. Big Belle Farm on August 16, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    The Year Round Vegetable Gardener (2011) by Niki Jabbour is a useful addition to a gardening library, especially for those living in a cold climate.



  47. Jane Storer on August 16, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Charles Dowding has written 9 books. He’s in the UK and so some of his content is probably leaning more towards the UK climate and his soil conditions. But he has many You Tube videos on his methods which are in keeping with the no dig method and minimal interruption of the soil. Just a thought Curtis. 🙂