Listening to a gardening audiobook is a lovely way to effortlessly soak in lots of hot planting tips and techniques. There’s a whole array of gardening and planting audiobooks available, with some offering specific advice on how to successfully grow niche plants, while others involve personal gardening journeys.
We’ve selected an eclectic mix of authors including big, popular names such as Monty Don, and first time, best-selling author, scientist Merlin Sheldrake. So whether you want to discover how fungi can shape your future; the best location for your houseplants, or how gardening can benefit your mental health, our list is bound to inspire you.
So give your ears, and garden, a treat with our list of the best plant and gardening audiobooks for 2021.
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Best plant and gardening audiobooks for 2021
Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom by Monty Don
Hear Monty Don’s top tips from the popular gardener himself as he narrates his book, Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom. It’s no surprise he’s discovered a few tricks and tips over his 50 year gardening career, and this book is an amalgamation of what he’s picked up along the way. From design, pests, containers and flowering shrubs, to musings and essential tips, this book is sure to offer an insightful view on how you can improve your gardening. He even describes the tasks he completes in his own garden, making it an interesting, and personal, book.
His soothing and engaging voice is relaxing yet gripping, making this a delightful listen!
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
This is Merlin Sheldrake’s first book and it’s proving incredibly popular. As a biologist with a background in plant sciences, microbiology and ecology, Sheldrake delves into the fascinating world of fungi. Far more than a book about mushrooms, his work explores the intelligent work of the organisms and the important role fungi play in shaping history, providing us with medicine and how they can help us to understand our very own planet. If you’re looking for a captivating, educational and unique listen, this is certainly one to consider.
Introduction to Container Gardening by Madison Pierce
If you’re new to the container and grow bag scene, this helpful audiobook is sure to come in handy. Growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in containers is an ideal solution if you’re looking to give gardening a go, but lack time and space. Designed for newbies, this audiobook reveals the seven top vegetables for growing in a container; how to grow healthy, lively herbs and how to avoid common mistakes. This would make a lovely gift for those keen to start their gardening journey!
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The Joy of Gardening: The Everyday Zen of Mowing the Lawn by Ellen Mary
The title alone makes you feel more serene. This audiobook explores the relaxing nature of gardening as well as the positive effects of slowing down and embracing nature. You can also discover how to understand your soil; reduce garden waste and encourage wildlife into your outdoor space, so it’s packed with interesting tips!
Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom by Emily L. Hay Hinsdale
If you have a bad track record of killing your poor houseplants, this handy guide could be a beneficial listen. It provides a room-by-room guide so you can correctly care for your beloved indoor garden! Whether it’s herbs or potted plants, learn how to successfully style and grow your houseplants so they can continue to create a mood-boosting atmosphere.
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The Raised Bed Gardening Compilation by Peter Shepperd
This audiobook features two separate books, one for beginners and a second for advanced gardeners, making it an accessible listen, whatever your experience. Beginners can learn about the positive factors of a raised bed garden; the best locations and positions; common challenges as well as how best to build raised beds. This is therefore well worth a listen if you’re keen to explore whether raised bed gardening would work for you, and how best to get the process started.
If you’re a pro and want to advance your raised bed planting skills, the second book offers insight into how farmers optimise yield and how to tackle the trickier vegetables. This is a great purchase if you have a household of varying gardening skills and abilities.
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The Well Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith
If you want to tap into the positive effects nature can have on mental health, confidence and wellbeing, the Well Gardened Mind is one to consider. Using a combination of science, personal anecdotes and psychoanalysis, the book explores the powerful and restorative impact of gardening. You might already feel the benefits of being at one with nature, and how it helps relieve stress, so if you want to delve into the logic behind this, you’re bound to enjoy this listen.
The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide by Lia Leendertz
You’re likely to find yourself dipping in and out of this seasonal guide as you approach a new month. The book describes each month’s distinctive nature, so you can enjoy every month to its fullest when you’re exploring the outdoors. It’s divided into 12 months, so you can easily jump to your month, and season, of choice. So whether you want to source the best meteor-spotting location, or discover new seasonal recipes, this eclectic and unique book is sure to make a lovely addition to your audiobook collection.
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Master the Art of Garden Design by Kate Molina
Hoping to transform your outdoor space into a stunning landscape masterpiece you can proudly show off to visitors? This gardening audiobook is filled with styling tips, including how to select the correct colours, and how to create a specific mood and vibe. In addition to this, you’ll also come across practical money-saving tips too.
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Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively
Rather than a step-by-step gardening guide, this beautiful book from passionate gardener and award-winning author, Penelope Lively, resembles a memoir. Lively describes gardens and locations close to her heart from Cairo, where she grew up, to North London. It also touches on the power of gardens within literature, making this a special find.