Here are some resources that I’ve found useful and inspiring as I learn to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. These are books that I’ve actually read or used for information. I will continue to add to and edit this page as I find new reference materials or as my preferences change.
The Maritime Northwest Gardening Guide from Seattle Tilth: This is absolutely my most valuable resource. I use this religiously to guide my planting every month. If you live in the maritime NW, I highly recommend it! Also, the information I’ve gained from the classes I’ve taken through Seattle Tilth is invaluable.
The Garden Hotline (206) 633 – 0224: The hotline is staffed by Seattle Tilth garden volunteer experts. I call them for advice and guidance all the time!
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew: Perfect for organized, type-A gardeners like me. This system helps me make sure that all my seedlings have enough space.
The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables by Tanya Denckla: This encyclopedia-like book has been great for finding information quickly on tons of vegetables and herbs.
Edible Heirlooms by Bill Thorness: I love this one because it tells you how to harvest the seeds of tons of different vegetables. As apparent from the title, it focuses just on heirlooms, which is a great resource to have as I work to grow as many heirlooms and save as many of my own seeds as I can.
What’s Wrong with My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) by David Deardorff: I bought this book after listening to a fascinating lecture by Dr. Deardorff during a Master Gardener class. This book has lots of drawings and diagrams that can help you figure out what’s going on with your plants.
Gardening Resources and Inspirations Online:
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Seed Savers
- Seeds of Change
- Territorial Seed Company
- Victory Seeds
- Worm Bins
- You Grow Girl
- Diggin Food
Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces by Barbara Kilarski: This book was my first chicken book and is still my go-to book when I’m seeking information. It just seems to have a little bit of everything, but is in-depth enough so that you understand what you’re wanting to know.
Seattle Farm Co-op: This yahoo group has been an amazing source of information. I get daily conversation updates from the group about chicken questions (from new chicken owners and seasoned ones), canning and harvesting endeavors, and other urban farm-related news. I also bought my first bag of organic adult feed through the co-op for an incredible bargain. And as if it couldn’t get any better, now there is a Seattle farm co-op warehouse, which is open during the week so you can get feed when you need it!
Success with Baby Chicks by Robert Plamondon: This book was a source of some helpful information when I was figuring out how to raise young chicks. It’s definitely geared towards a more large-scale chick raising operation, but it was helpful all the same.
Chickens in your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide by Rick and Gail Luttmann: This book gave me a great overview on raising chickens. I find that it sometimes lacks the details I seek, but for the basics, it works.
City Chicks by Patricia Foreman: This book was a nice addition to my chicken book collection because of its focus on composting chicken manure. Its a great book for chicken-related information beyond the basics.