Millennial (and Gen Z) Gardening

By Sarah Yurch | February 27 2023 | Nonfiction

The end of winter is in sight, and, as gardeners know, it’s time for planting once the ground thaws. In recent years, younger generations have taken up gardening, and Millennials are now the largest group of gardeners in the U.S. Many came to the hobby during lockdown in 2020, but the shift has been observed for over a decade. Since they’re less likely to own a home with a full yard, Millennial and Gen Z gardeners are more often using small plots, containers, and indoor gardening to grow their vegetables, herbs, flowers, and houseplants.

Gardening is also tied to emotional and environmental wellbeing, with many focusing on composting, sustainability, attracting pollinators, improving air quality, and growing harmoniously with the existing landscape.

See below for a few of our top gardening books, or click here for a more complete list.

Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet
Inventive Ideas for Growing Food in a Small Space
Want to grow your own vegetables and food, but don't have enough space for a garden? Don't let lack of space get in the way of growing healthy, organic foods at home. Apartment dwellers, schoolteachers, and anyone else who wants to grow a lot of food in a little space will find a great small garden resource in Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet. Small-space gardeners, find your start in Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet, packed with information on window boxes, potted plants, patio gardening, raised beds, small square-foot gardening, container gardening, and everything else related to growing your own small garden. Whether you want to grow a full garden, grow tomatoes, grow an herb garden, or just pick up great tips for small gardens, Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet is the resource you need.
$22.95 US
Jan 26, 2015

Stuff Every Gardener Should Know
Here are dozens of terrific tips and tricks for planning, growing, and harvesting your garden!
$10.99 US
Mar 07, 2017
Quirk Books

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
A detailed and comprehensive guide for growing and using gourmet and medicinal mushrooms commercially or at home.“Absolutely the best book in the world on how to grow diverse and delicious mushrooms.”—David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified With precise growth parameters for thirty-one mushroom species, this bible of mushroom cultivation includes gardening tips, state-of-the-art production techniques, realistic advice for laboratory and growing room construction, tasty mushroom recipes, and an invaluable troubleshooting guide. More than 500 photographs, illustrations, and charts clearly identify each stage of cultivation, and a twenty-four-page color insert spotlights the intense beauty of various mushroom species. Whether you’re an ecologist, a chef, a forager, a pharmacologist, a commercial grower, or a home gardener—this indispensable handbook will get you started, help your garden succeed, and make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.
$45.00 US
Oct 25, 2000
Ten Speed Press

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition
The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
This is an update of the #1 best-selling title on the Sasquatch Books list with an incredible backlist rate of sale that shows this book's ability to constantly appeal to new audiences.
$29.95 US
Dec 03, 2019
Sasquatch Books

The Chef's Garden
A Modern Guide to Common and Unusual Vegetables--with Recipes: A Cookbook
An approachable, comprehensive guide to the modern world of vegetables, from the leading grower of specialty vegetables in the country
$60.00 US
Apr 27, 2021