Ever since the commonweeder was born in 2007 I have had the honor and pleasure of reviewing many books. I am putting those book reviews on this page so that when you are in need of a certain kind of information, or looking for a gift book, these might be helpful to you.


Veggie Garden Remix by Nikki Jabour

Complete Houseplant Survival Manual by Barbara Pleasant

Vertical Garden: More Yields in Less Space by Amy Andrychowicz

Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons by Kate Frey

Less Is More Garden: But Big Ideas by Susan Morrison

Cultivating the Designer’s Mind by Walter Cudnohufsky

Designing a Garden by Michael VanValkenburgh

The Complete Book of Ferns: Indoors and Outdoors by Mobee Weinstein

The Earth in Her Hands – 75 Extraordinary Women

Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening by Matt Mattus

Uprooted – A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again by Page Dickey

Windcliff by Daniel J. Hinckley

Gardening Projects for Kids by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Writing Wild: –  Women Poets, Ramblers and Mavericks by Kathryn Alto

Spirit of Place – Making a New England Garden by Bill Noble

Shrubs and Hedges by Eva Monheim

The Artist’s Garden – How Gardens Inspired Our Greatest Painters by Jackie Bennett

Half-Hour Allotment – Timely Tips by Lia Leendertz

Garden Lust: A Botanical Tour by Christopher Woods

Gardening Hacks – Time and Money Saving Hacks by Jon VanZile

First Time Gardener – Growing Plants and Flowers by Sean and Allison McManus

Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook by Susan Mulvihill

How to Grow Your Own Food and Herbs by Angela S. Judd

Herbal Houseplants by Susan Betz

The Healing Garden: Herbs for Health and Wellness by Deb Soule

Weeds of the Northeast by Richard Uva, Joseph Neal and Joseph DiTomaso 

Roses: A Celebration edited by Wayne Winterrowd.

Native Ferns, Moss and Grasses by William Cullina

A Child’s Garden: 60 ideas to make any garden come alive for children by Molly Dannenmaier.

The Little Bulbs: A Tale of Two Gardens by Elizabeth Lawrence

Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways by Debra Prinzing

Gardener’s Latin: Discovering the Origins, Lore & Meanings of Botanical Names by Bill Neal with an introduction by Barbara Damrosch

Fallscaping: Extending Your Garden Season into Autumn by Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen with photographs by Rob Cardillo

Don’t Throw It, Grow It: 68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson and Millicent Selsam

Covering Ground: Unexpected Ideas for Landscaping and Colorful Low-Maintenance Ground Covers by Barbara Ellis

 Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love by Julie Moir Messervy 

The Perennial Care Manual:  A Plant by Plant Guide – What to Do and When to Do It. by Nancy J. Ondra 

WICKED PLANTS: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

 The Short History of the Honey Bee by E. Readicker-Henderson,  

The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf 

Right Rose Right Place: 359 Choices for Beds, Borders, Hedges and Screens, Containers, Fences, Trellises, and More by Peter Schneider

Bloom-Again Orchids: 50 Easy Care Orchids that Flower Again and Again and Again by Judy White

The Gardener’s Color Palette: Paint Your Garden with 100Extraordinary Flower Choices by Tom Fischer

Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks by Sharon Lovejoy

Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History  by Diana Wells

The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot  by Chip Brantley

 Windowsill Art: Creating one-of-a-kind natural arrangements to celebrate the seasons  by Nancy Ross Hugo

 Gardens in Detail: 100 Contemporary Designs by Emma Reuss

 Hellstrip Gardening: Create a paradise between the sidewalk  and the  curb by Evelyn Hadden.

 Heaven is a Garden: Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection  by Jan Johnsen

Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside by  Andrea di Robilant

How Carrots Won the Trojan War by Rebecca Rupp

Succulent Container Gardens by Debra Lee Baldwin

The Year Round Vegetable Gardener by Nikki Jabour

 Month by Month Gardening – New England by Charlie Nardozzi

Growing the Northeast Garden by Andrew Keys

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening by Jodi Torpey

Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

 The Fruit Gardener’s Bible by Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry

Grow a Little Fruit Tree by Ann Ralph

Terrariums: Gardens Under Glass by Maria Colletti

The Indestructible Houseplant by Tovah Martin

 The Unexpected Houseplant by Tovah Martin

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

The Half-Hour Allotment by Lia Leendertz

The First Time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers by Sean and Allison McManus

The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook by Susan Mulvihill

The Healing Garden by Deb Soule

Native Ferns, Moss and Grasses by William Cullina

How to Grow Your Own Food and Herbs – in Containers by Angela S. Judd

Gardeners and Their Books All Year Long

First Time Gardener -Growing Plants and Flowers

Windcliff by Daniel Hinkley and Uprooted by Page Dickey

Writing Wild and Braiding Sweetgrass – Book Reviews

Grow Now by Emily Murphy

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell

Spirit of Place by Bill Noble

The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook by Susan Mulvihill

First Time Gardener- Growing Plants and Flowers by Dean and Allison McManus

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