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Gardening Books

The major source that Master Gardeners use for gardening information is not a book, but rather the Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) website: 

Questions on edible gardening, our favorite is the Vegetable Research and Information Center, which includes many links to specific subjects:

The California Garden Web focuses on sustainable gardening practices and uses a question and answer format to present solutions: 

For information on garden pests, master gardeners visit the site of the statewide integrated pest management (IPM) program. On that site is a section on Home, Garden, Turf and Landscape Pests is an excellent source for home gardeners:

And finally, some of our ‘go to’ books are those written especially for the southern California climate, such as:

  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Pat Welsh’s Southern California Gardening
  • Robert Smaus’ 52 Weeks in the California Garden
  • Rosalind Creasey’s series of books on edible gardening (such as The Edible Salad Garden, The Edible Italian Garden, and many more)
  • The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash
  • The Bountiful Container by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey