Gardening Books

Book collection, recommendations and discussions

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Reviewing the books

I started this group to provide a place to review and link to my favourite gardening books. Please feel free to add your links and reviews.

Disclaimer: If you follow the links to Fishpond and decide to buy the book, I get a small commission. Still, if you are going to buy the book anyway.....

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Library fees research study

Started by Penny Guy Jul 18, 2010.

Current Favourite Library Book 3 Replies

Started by Hester. Last reply by Kali Dec 23, 2009.

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Comment by Koanga Institute on February 17, 2016 at 12:04pm

Hi There, we're currently giving away 3 copies of this book to people who sign up to our receive our monthly newsletter. These will be given away by the end of March so sign up now for your chance to get your hands on some good quality reading. 

Food Sovereignty, Food Security - Edited by Vandana Shiva

A bit about us here at the Koanga Institute. We hold NZ's largest collection or organic, heritage seeds. Unlike those big industrial seed companies - we grow out our seeds here in the Hawke's Bay so they are adapted to NZ soils and climate. We grow specifically for home gardeners so we select based on taste, nutritional value, a long cropping season and pest resistant using organic gardening methods. Many industrial seeds are only pest resistant if you use their chemical sprays etc. We also hold an amazing fruit tree collection, run an urban garden research project, potato trials and get involved in other research projects to share our learnings with NZ home gardeners. Please checkout our website and we'd love to get to know how we can help you on your own gardening journey's.

Koanga Institute Website

Comment by Kali on December 28, 2012 at 3:11pm

Been reading and thoroughly enjoying 'the History of New Zealand Gardening' by Bee Dawson. Has really interesting photos and is a chronicle of the evolution of gardening in this country from pre-european Maori to the early settlers and into the 20th century. The sections on the introduction of pests and weeds, whether inadvertent or deliberate were particularly interesting. Recommended.

Comment by Robyn Wolfe on August 27, 2011 at 6:01pm
Earl, may I have your physical address so that I can send the seeds?????
Comment by Oakdale Organics on October 7, 2010 at 9:02pm
So much knowledge is awaiting in an unknown stash of text.
Thanks for the vision to put this group together Earl and we look forward to contributing.
Comment by Jay Robinson on July 31, 2010 at 9:37am
I can recommend How to Grow more Vegetables on Less Land than You can Imagine, by Jon Jeavens. It is now in something like its 10th edition, and is something of a bible for biointensive mini-farming: less land, less water, less petro-input, more food.
Comment by Kali on December 23, 2009 at 7:27pm
On a similar vein to the seedsavers handbook is Seed to Seed by suzanne Ashworth, the U S equivalent I suppose, just picked up a copy on trademe this week, lots of good infromation for seed saving. Seed savers handbook is on trademe too at the moment, for $60 new.
Comment by Iona Bayley on December 2, 2009 at 11:56pm
Would anyone in New Zealand be interested in a book swap?

I have just started a horticulture course and one of the text books supplied is a duplicate of one I already have in my collection at home. Royal Horticultural Society Organic Gardening......

I have the soft cover 2006 reprint. It is new and unused...arrived today.
I am interersted in swapping for a good condition, up to date book about either NZ weeds, or some sort of introductory book about beekeeping.
Comment by Marcia Ann Meehan on November 17, 2009 at 11:53am
I have a rather large collection of gardening and bee books and a certain weakness for buying them ! My fav gardening books would have to be on NZ natives and anything historical, eg plant hunting in the early days.
Comment by Justine on September 8, 2009 at 6:39am
Hi Earl, I found this on the web and it may be of some use to you....
Comment by Bob Ewing on June 22, 2009 at 8:49am
Have just finished reading the 2nd Edition of Toby Hemenway's Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. the added materail on urban permaculture is quite useful. I live in town on a farily small lot.

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