Since I’ve primarily become a digital reader, I’ve really enjoyed getting to dig into gardening books, both old favorites and new discoveries, with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Kindle Unlimited allows you to read a wide selection of books from participating authors and publishers for free, with your subscription price of $9.99 a month. While the vast majority of Kindle Unlimited offerings are self-published, and therefore vary in quality, many great publishers such as Timber Press, Algonquin, etc. have also joined and provided a number of their best-selling books to subscribers.
Just like any Kindle book, you can read your Kindle Unlimited scores on your Kindle, Kindle fire, iPad, iPhone or android phone, or even your desktop with the Kindle software. While there are some types of books that are nice to hold in your hand, after so many years of gardening, my bookshelves are way past full. Besides the lack of clutter, a secondary benefit to reading digitally is how easy it is to search for exactly what you’re looking for, and you can make notes and highlights that are easy to search or refer back to later.
If you’ve been curious about Kindle Unlimited but aren’t sure you’ll find enough to interest you, I wanted to share some of my favorite offerings in the gardening book section. I went through some 50+ pages and 20+ searches to find the best books on offer.
The Timber Press Guide to Gardening in the Pacific Northwest by Carol Hall and Norman Hall
The Well Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques by Tracy DiSabato Aust
Water-wise Plants for Sustainable Gardens: 200 Drought Tolerant Choices for All Climates by Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden
Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy Care Plants by Debra Lee Baldwin
Dirt Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources As You Garden by Rhonda Massingham Hart
Vertical Vegetables and Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces by Rhonda Massingham Hart
Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate by Gwen Moore Kelaidis and Saxon Holt
How to Design a Small Garden – Step-By-Step Landscaping Ideas, Pictures and Plans for Planning the Perfect Small Garden by Rachel Mathews (her other books are also listed!)
Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology by Christy Wilhemi (the Gardenerd)
50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Alan Detrick
The Complete Book of Potatoes: What Every Grower and Gardener Needs to Know by Hielke de Jong and Walter de Jong
The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook by Jennifer Bartley
Covering Ground by Barbara Ellis
Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken Friendly Yard by Jessi Bloom and Kate Baldwin
Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy Care Varieties by Debra Lee Baldwin
Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant
Beautiful No Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn Hadden
The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage by David Culp and Adam Levine
Concrete Garden Projects: Easy and Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features and More by Camilla Arvidsson and Malin Nilsson
The Homebrewers Garden: How to Easily Grow, Prepare, and Use Your Own Hops, Malts, Brewing Herbs by Dennis Fisher and Joe Fisher
The Flower Gardener’s Bible: the Complete Guide to Colorful Blooms All Season Long; 10th Anniversary Edition by Lewis Hill and Nancy Hill
The Findhorn Garden Story: Inspired Color Photos Reveal the Magic by the Findhorn Community
Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener by Fern Marshall Bradley and Barbara Ellis
The Lavender Lovers Handbook: the 100 Most Beautiful and Fragrant Varieties for Growing, Crafting, and Cooking by Sarah Bader and Janet Loughrey
Everyday Feng Shui: a Plant Lover’s Guide to Garden Design by Susan Morrison
The Perennial Care Manual: a Plant by Plant Guide: What to Do and When to Do It by Nancy J Ondra and Rob Cardillo (Ondra’s books on Foliage and Fallscaping are also available here)
Designing with Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin
Think you can find something in the above that will interest you? Yeah, I thought so. With such a diverse mix of classics, specialty books, and popular new releases, I’m guessing most gardeners could stay busy and informed for years.
Found any great gardening reads on Kindle Unlimited? Let me know in the comments below.