Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler is a unique read. Instead of focusing on images of grand landscaping and pristine plants, she brings gardening back to its roots—a way to spend time with nature and slowly cultivate life.
The book puts emphasis on making use of the space you have, be it a windowsill, a patch of concrete or a yard, and working with the existing conditions instead of against them. She gives great examples of upcycling objects to create planters and tutorials on projects such as creating boxes for over wintering plants from scrap wood.
She also includes recipes for making your own plant food, delves into different types of composting and encourages organic gardening. The book is a simple, straightforward read that paints a picture of the author as charming, quirky and passionate about getting her hands dirty.
If you're contemplating starting a garden small or large this book is a great starting point. It demystifies much of the process and will prepare you for every step along the way, from finding a spot to grow and picking a healthy starter (or cultivating your own from seed) to caring for your mature plants.
Buy It: Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler