Best Houseplant & Gardening Books

Best Houseplant & Gardening Books

Helloooo! Today I have something a little different for you, a little list of some of my current “best of” houseplant, gardening, and botany related books. I’ve compiled some links for you, feel free to use them or check eBay, or the library!

The Houseplant Expert, By Dr. D. G. Hessayon:

How to Make a Plant Love You by Summer Rayne Oakes:

Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew:

The Field Guide to Urban Gardening by Kevin Espiritu:

The Revolutionary Genius of Plants by Stefano Mancuso:

The Humane Gardener by Nancy Lawson:

Homestead Brooklyn, How to Make a Plant Love You :

Epic Gardening, Field Guide to Urban Gardening:

“Mother Nature” Art by Nocluse / DeviantArt
Overdrive (APP) -listen to free audiobooks

I’ve also started a new Instagram account to feature fellow #leafpetters , Follow @leafpetters and tag your leaf-stroking pics to be featured!

These are items you’ll see in my videos, as I use them regularly! I will update the list if I find new or better things. Please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments, I love to try new things!
Soil I’m currently loving, available at many Hydroponic/Cannabis stores or online:
Here is the Neem Oil I use:
Pilea Peperomioides (Prime shipping!)
Aennon Cool Mist Humidifier 2.8L
Serene Life Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier 2.5L
Sunblaster CFL Self Ballasted Lightbulb
THZY Moisture Meter
Simple Delux Clamp Light
Black Gold Cactus Soil 2-Pack
Macrame Cord
ActiveAir HGIOHT Indoor Outdoor Thermometer with Hygrometer

Josh’s Frogs Mystery Bundle Unboxing:

Etsy & Josh’s Frogs Unboxing

Dollar Store Plant Supplies:
My Winter 2019 Plant Tour (70+ plants)

FTC/Head’s Up!
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  1. Beth Jeffrey on June 17, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Hey Pam! I enjoyed this video! If you haven’t already, check out any of Tovah Martin’s books. Love her writing style!

  2. Gerard's Horticulture Culture on June 17, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Gotta love plant books I’m always on the hunt for know-ledge.

  3. Kelly LaValle on June 17, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    My Dad bought me The Square Foot Gardening book when I bought my house. Such a good read and a good starting point! I made one for herbs and one for veggies. But being a plant n00b at the time, I planted mint in the herb bed. Every year since, I have an entire garden of mint and nothing else. Haaa!!

  4. DIY Solar Homestead on June 17, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    I’m joining your channel from
    Hidden Harvest Grow Lights

  5. William Gallaher on June 17, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I added all the books to my Amazon cart and it looks like I’ll have to split them up at $122.— and change, lol.
    I’m definitely getting them over the next couple of months.
    Thank you for sharing, you are absolutely beautiful and wonderful!!!
    I too have a favorite weed that keeps me sane enough to deal with this insane world, lol.
    Have a great day and I’ll see you as soon as you post another video.

  6. Pinky From Haught Farms on June 17, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Glad you’re back girl!💚📚

  7. Free Range Diva on June 17, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    What a great video and subject matter. Would love to see a Part 2. As a former plant killer, I haven’t read any plant books and when I saw the title of this I was hoping to find some books to distract me from this "insane" world. Thanks a bunch!

  8. What The Flock Farm on June 17, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    What a great video. So glad you posted this. Such awesome reading material. 💚🌿💚

  9. Nicole on June 17, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    wait…………how did i not know that you were in SRO’s book even after sending you that IG message 😅 obviously grabbed mine and read it immediately

  10. Tee’s habitat on June 17, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I love the way you so truthful about people 😂

  11. Roots Nursery Cape Cod on June 17, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I love your personality do you trade plants I have thousands to pick from?

  12. William Gallaher on June 17, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Rewatching this video, lol, and yes Summer Rain is an awesome young lady.
    I’ve been subscribed to her for a while now.

  13. T. Marie on June 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Pam!! Hey girl hey!! Thank u for the recommendations! 🌿🌿I’m going to see if my library has a few of the books u mentioned. P.s. ur eyebrows r on point!😍😍 have an amazing week ahead!💖💖💖

  14. Lisa Robinson on June 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Nice suggestions Pam. I hope your doing well and I am glad to see you smiling! "Weeds" are good sometimes !! ❤

  15. Kristi Waski on June 17, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    I need more IRL planty people. Currently I have zero. No one understands. So I totally can relate to you and your outdoor garden excitment. The book recommends are great. I typically rely on YouTube and Pinterest for ideas and education. I may have to check out the Four-Season Gardener. I am just like you, living in NE Ohio… winters are forever and my hatred is extreme for it. I end up planning outdoor space and what plants I will be getting as soon as the weather allows. Keep up the great content Pam!!

  16. Rachel Bartley on June 17, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    I can’t believe someone would borrow a book from you and not return it!.. I always return what I borrow..
    Lots of nice books with nice pics… I hope you can get an outdoor greenhouse so you can enjoy it all year long!
    Have an awesome week Pam… it was nice to see you again!

  17. Peter Cardona on June 17, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Halley’s Comet returns! 🔭🌠
    See ya in 75 years 👋😏

  18. Moss and Mirth on June 17, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Girl, you just crack me up! People don’t invite me to parties either, lol. Your content is great and you’re one of my favs! 😁

  19. Mallory Larkin on June 17, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Because no one else will listen to me talk about this 🤣

  20. Valium's Urban Jungle on June 17, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    I can’t believe I had missed this video!!! I’m such a plant and book hoar– collector as well as a nerdy nerd, I looove this!!
    I’d also love illustrating my own nerdy plant book one day, but until then, I can spend hours and hours reading those botanical books.
    My mom has a 10volume botanical encyclopedia at our summer house, I no longer worry which books to bring with me on vacation!!😂😂😂

  21. Chris's Garden Pyle on June 17, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Hahahah I too was a big fan of that special weed. Sigh. My youth…………………….

  22. Epic Gardening on June 17, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    <3 thanks for including me Pam!

  23. Tom Trousers on June 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    The music and asthetic is rad guy.

  24. Green Thumb on June 17, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Oh, the house plant expert!!! The book i’ve begun with exploring a house plant world!! I knew the number of every page of my favourite plants)! Im from Russia, this book was popular here too))

  25. Pammy’s Planty Things on June 17, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Hey look it’s cool Pam 🌿💚 great video lady♥️

  26. Casey M on June 17, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    You kill me! Capitalism will kill us all! In the meantime, prepare your garden, you’ll need it during the next Armageddon.
    I’m thinking of doing a few of my smaller beds as square foot beds next year. I have three basically dead beds right now so being able to reuse them would be nice. (And I wouldn’t have to hear about it from the tall blond guy.).
    I go to Old Farmers’ Almanac online for most of my info and when that fails me I use a 35 year old book my stepmom gave me called Home Gardening Wisdom. It has no pretty photos, but the handdrawn pictures are helpful. I need an update though.
    Trying to leave long comments to help your SEO.

  27. Uiladoru on June 17, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    … well, im broke right now, so in the meantime ill have to resort to just steaming my eyes digitally. xD Youre like, above my level! Look atchu! Buying physical books! Dangit girl, youre on a roll! *snaps fingers*

    *looks longingly to 2020*

    But great choice!!! I dont live in an English speaking country and reading the books on local language makes my gut twist! Yuck. I was eyeing that work of Summer Rayne Oakes since it came out but yeah… *looks at 2020"

    But the other books your lifted up there are quite interesting! Maybe its just me, but most plant related books Ive came across are about outdoor gardening. I think that 1st one is quite interesting. And the Humane gardening… even tough its not indoors, but im a sucker for pleasing others… and by others i mean plants and animals. And also the Weed Book seems to be dangling quite a big worm before my famished face. wait, what…? But yeah…. I have many desires… .. Can someone please take this shovel from my hands?
    So yeah… 2020…

    BY THE WAY! That BEAUTIFUL WAVY ombre is complimenting you so nicely!!!

  28. Elissa Samartin on June 17, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    What we consider weeds today used to be food or medicine along time ago. It’s time people stop putting crap on lawns for the perfect “green”, and remember that shit runs onto neighbors who don’t want it!

  29. Roots Nursery Cape Cod on June 17, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Lmfao…. thank you for sharing your videos 🌷🍀❤️

  30. No Name Needed on June 17, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Pam! Prof. Stefano Mancuso (one of the most eminent Professors we have in Italy) also wrote another book I love and I think you would love too: The Plant Nation. It’s a very interesting book, rather difficult to define… I’d say it is a social assay written from a botanical perspective. In other words, he elaborates on current severe societal problems (e.g. climate change or social inequality) using the plant kingdom as example and as possible solution, in very original ways. I’m sure you’d love it (I read it in Italian but I think it might exist in English too)! 😊

  31. Francesco Inogo on June 17, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Loved this, thanks!

  32. Sally Henry on June 17, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I love your sense of humor! Thanks for the book tips, going to check a few out! I do have Summer’s and Square foot gardening!👍🏼 I really enjoyed this! Thanks again😄

  33. John James on June 17, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    check out the second hand stores, you might just find one you’ve been looking for. I got the first one for 1.99 . And many other old classics and nice hard cover bonsai books( great pictures for future plans) one of my local nursery has stopped using pesticides , and they say the frogs , and salamanders are back, but also noticed lots of baby spiders on my desert rose. yay books

  34. Plants and Piggies on June 17, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks! I just read The New Plant Parent by Darryl from houseplantjournal. The best houseplant book I’ve read yet. Got it from the library.

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