Indoor Gardening Book Recommendations
Books are one of the best ways to learn gardening. They are typically written by experts and are inexpensive. On top of that, you can use them even if the grid goes down, and can pass them on to others who may find them helpful. What’s not to love?
Here are some of my favorite indoor gardening books for those who are either living in an apartment or just want to be able to grow food in the winter.
How to Grow an Edible Indoor Garden is a digital download published by Urban Leaf. This is a great overview of various ways to grow vegetables indoors. It covers everything from different growing methods, lighting, and more. Especially if you’re new to indoor vegetable gardening, this is a great place to start.
The Sprouting Book: How to Grow and Use Sprouts to Maximize Your Health and Vitality
The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore has been around for 1986, and is one of the most popular sprouting books, for good reason. It does a good job of making the case for sprouting, and also provides practical tips.
I wanted to include this book because if you do nothing else, I encourage you to grow sprouts. Sprouting is how I got started with indoor gardening. I’ve always had a brown thumb and thought I couldn’t garden, but sprouting changed all of that. Now, many years later, I still start a new tray of sprouts every single day. The reason is that even with other gardening method, sprouting still provides consistent yields, that can’t be beat.
If you’re new to gardening, or if you live in a small space and don’t feel you have room for a garden, I encourage you to give sprouting a try. This book will help!
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening by Peter Burke is a great way to learn to grow what he refers to as “soil sprouts.” Soil sprouts are in between sprouts and microgreens.
This book was born out of Mr. Burke’s love for gardening, and sadness over not being able to garden in the winter. He tried regular sprouting, but wasn’t happy with the results. Over time, with a lot of trial and error, he created this system of growing soil sprouts.
What I like about the book is that he lays out a very simple system of growing food indoors using a simple and inexpensive method. I especially like that soil sprouts can be grown without any artificial lighting. Even a north-facing window in the winter works! It includes a ton of information, including what types of seeds to buy, how to figure out how much you need to plant, how to have a consistent harvest, etc. He even includes some delicious recipes using salad sprouts as the base.
If you want to go beyond sprouting, but aren’t quite ready for microgreens, this is the book for you!