Books and more

These resources help to inform and inspire the work we do, and they are likely to inspire you too. Learn about anything from veggie gardening basics to creating an edible forest or a rain garden. We encourage you to purchase books through, to support Backyard Abundance and small, local bookshops in towns across the country. 

Gardening With Nature

Gaia's Garden 

by Toby Hemenway

Excellent book descibing the principles of permaculture and ecological gardening on a backyard scale. Helpful for beginners and advanced gardeners alike.  

Edible Forest Gardens, Volume I: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture 

by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier

Advanced book that lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains the basic ecological principles that make it work. Great plant lists. 

Edible Forest Gardens, Volume II: Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture 

by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier

Advanced book that builds on theory presented in volume I to practical considerations: concrete ways to design, establish, and maintain your own forest garden. Great plant lists. 

A Vegetable Gardener's Bible 

By Edward Smith
A complete resource for establishing a garden and growing vegetables organically. 

The Resilient Farm and Homestead

By Ben Falk 
Ideas for transforming acreages into durable, beautiful, and highly functional landscapes using earthworks, water systems, food, and animals. 

Food Not Lawns: How To Turn Your Yard Into A Garden And Your Neighborhood Into A Community

By Heather Coburn Flores 
Use this wonderful book, that has been released as a free pdf, to create an inexpensive garden using existing resources. 

Rain Gardens

Iowa Rain Garden Installation Manual 
Step-by-step instructions for designing and installing a rain garden. 

Publications and information about the management of rain water and finding local installers. 


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