Free Gardening Books

There are some great gardening books available on the internet for free. The following is a list of some special ones that are worth reading or using as a reference. These are pdfs and not e-books. Enjoy.

Free books
Free books

Free Gardening Books

Enjoy these free gardening books.

24 1/2 Garden Design Ideas

A free ebook that show you how to critique gardens and steal ideas.


Dr. Deno’s Seed Starting Books

A must-have reference book for anyone who is serious about germinating seeds.

Seed Germination Theory and Practice, by Dr. Norman C. Deno.


North American Rock Garden Society Magazine

The Rock Garden Quarterly from 1938, up to a few years ago is available free of charge. Only members can see the last couple of years.


Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers

Over 600 pages of useful information for growing vegetables.

Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers


Home Vegetable Gardening in Washington

Easy to read guide for the homeowner who wants to grow better vegetables.


Organic Gardening for Dummies

Introduction to organic gardening – 350 pages


Botany Primer

A good introduction to botany with great pictures – something every gardener should read.


How Plant Roots Absorb Nutrients

This is a great discussion about how plants absorb nutrients into roots. It is a bit technical, but if you understand salts and ions it is a fairly easy read. It is not a book – just a great web page reference.

This is part of a great resource called Plant Cell Biology for Masters, which covers many aspects of plant growth. The complete section can be found here:


Bee Basics: An Introduction to our native Bees

The 40-page booklet primarily focuses on bees native to North America, of which there are 4,000 species, found in forests, farms, cities, wildlands and deserts.

Use this link to get the booklet: Forest Service website.


Tom Clothier’s Germination Database

This is a great source of four databases of germination information. You can’t download them, but they are easy to use online.


Soil Microorganisms and Higher Plants

This 350 page book is by N. A. Krasil’nikov and was written in 1961. This link will take you to the English translation. It is a bit technical, but will provide a real good introduction to the topic.

Soil Microorganisms and Higher Plants


Woody Plant Seed Manual

This is the USDA FS Agriculture Handbook 727, a handbook on seeds of trees and shrubs. It seems like a great resource except that each chapter and section is a separate pdf – so you need to download in sections. Plant Seed Manual


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