What is the best gardening book out there?

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What is the best gardening book out there?
What I am looking for is either 1 or 2 books. I want a gardening book to grow all plants, all fruits and all vegetables. Also in this book or another book, a book of gardening projects including landscaping / masonry work. The gardening project is ideas of tools and materials to create a nice curb appeal or backyard. Ponds included is fine, materials with wood & chicken wire. Thanks.

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Answer by Cris
The answer to your question is obviously subjective. I PERSONALLY think "Gaia's Garden" by Toby Hemenway is the best gardening book I've ever read, and I've read a lot.
Almost all other gardening books I've read are just rewrites or rehashes of what other books say. Gaia's Garden is revolutionary and fascinating.

This book advocates and is based on the principles of Permaculture. This is a step beyond organic gardening in that it teaches gardening that works with nature, not against it.
Many common gardening techniques actually increase the amount of work and outside materials needed.
For instance, Many gardening books recommend yearly tilling of the soil, which actually ruins the soil and its flora and fauna. Permaculture relies on mimicking how forests naturally build soil.

Almost every page of this book has "aha!" moments. My copy is dirty, dog-eared and full of underlining.

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