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171.

HOW TO GROW PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING

Zia Allaway, Lia Leendertz
Paperback

Price: $22.95

Packed with hundreds of gardening projects, from planting herbs in pots to creating a vegetable garden to feed the family, How to Grow Practically Everything gives complete beginners the confidence an…

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Packed with hundreds of gardening projects, from planting herbs in pots to creating a vegetable garden to feed the family, How to Grow Practically Everything gives complete beginners the confidence and know-how to grow almost anything. Each project is a complete package, with step-by-step photographic details and sumptuous end shots to ensure great results. How to Grow Practically Everything employs a user-friendly "recipe" formula free from intimidating jargon, covers different areas and types of gardens-from patios and terraces to beds and borders-and explores all the gardening basics, from identifying your soil to planting tips and pruning.


172.

DO-IT-YOURSELF SUSTAINABLE WATER PROJECTS

Paul Dempsey
Paperback

Price: $25.00

People can live without SUVs, jet travel and many other luxuries. But no life, human or otherwise, can survive without our most precious natural resource: water.

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People can live without SUVs, jet travel and many other luxuries. But no life, human or otherwise, can survive without our most precious natural resource: water.

Do-It-Yourself Sustainable Water Projects offers a basis for understanding the importance of conserving water, explains how the lack of it affects different regions around the world, and provides practical information on how to collect, store, purify and drill for this magical substance.

In this easy-to-follow guide, master mechanic Paul Dempsey provides cost-effective ways we can reduce or eliminate our dependence on public water supplies. Everything you need to know to create 10 inexpensive water projects is here, from collecting rainwater and air conditioner condensate to properly drilling and constructing pump systems. These projects are accompanied by step-by-step instructions, drawings, photos and even sources for inexpensive parts - so you can do it yourself.

Whether you're interested in becoming knowledgeable about insufficient global water supplies or you just want to conserve water, this book is an effective way to help save our most critical resource. With it in hand, you can tackle everything from creating a composting toilet to building a rainwater harvesting system.

Do-it-Yourself Sustainable Water Projects includes information on:

  • 10 inexpensive water projects
  • How to adjust behavior to conserve water
  • List of resources, including web sites, published texts and vendors
  • Calculating your "water footprint"
  • Pumps and related components
  • Easy-to-follow ways to drill for water
  • Getting water from air
  • Water vulnerability


173.

LAWN GONE!

Pam Penick
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Homeowners spend billions of hours—and dollars—watering, mowing, and maintaining their lawns. You don’t have to be one of them. Free yourself with Lawn Gone!, a colorful, accessible guide to the basic…

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Homeowners spend billions of hours—and dollars—watering, mowing, and maintaining their lawns. You don’t have to be one of them. Free yourself with Lawn Gone!, a colorful, accessible guide to the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, low-water, money-saving options. It includes:

  • alternative grasses that seldom (or never) need mowing
  • drought-tolerant, eco-friendly landscapes
  • regional plant recommendations for all parts of the country
  • artificial turf that looks like the real thing
  • step-by-step lawn-removal methods
  • strategies for dealing with neighbors and HOAs
  • ways to minimize your lawn if you’re not ready to go all the way
Whether you’re a beginner or expert gardener, green thumb or black, Lawn Gone! provides realistic choices, achievable plans, and simple instructions for renovating your yard from start to finish.


174.

HAND SPUN

Lexi Boeger
Paperback

Price: $24.99

In her newest book, Hand Spun, art-yarn pioneer and Pluckyfluff creator Lexi Boeger offers yet another exciting collection of new and innovative spinning techniques. This well-rounded book also covers…

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In her newest book, Hand Spun, art-yarn pioneer and Pluckyfluff creator Lexi Boeger offers yet another exciting collection of new and innovative spinning techniques. This well-rounded book also covers a handful of traditional styles for the spinner to master and then turn on their ear. The many uses of these beautiful one-of-a-kind yarns are demonstrated in Boeger's trademark, surprising, and inventive projects.

  • Learn the basics of fiber prep, from washing raw fleece to carding techniques.
  • Find out how to adapt basic spinning styles to create cutting-edge forms.
  • Be inspired by a stunning gallery of hand-spun yarns that combine various techniques shown in the book.
  • Get complete instructions for 20 fashion-forward, yet accessible, projects including chunky scarves, fabulous hats, a belt, a rug, boas, and more.


175.

SUCCESSFUL FARMING

Frank D. Gardner
Paperback

Price: $16.95

It might seem impossible to fit all the information on the subject of farming and farm management into one book, but this comprehensive volume includes everything a novice or expert farmer will ever n…

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It might seem impossible to fit all the information on the subject of farming and farm management into one book, but this comprehensive volume includes everything a novice or expert farmer will ever need to know. Originally published in 1916, Traditional American Farming Techniques is filled with facts and tips written by specialists on a plethora of subjects.

Everything that goes into starting and maintaining a successful farm, big or small, is included, along with invaluable information on harvesting and marketing crops like wheat, corn, potatoes, beans, alfalfa, flax, meadow and pasture grasses, sugar crops, cotton, tobacco, nuts, and tropical fruits. You'll find tips on livestock farming, and the breeding and care of horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and poultry. Also included is information on:

  • The science and maintenance of soil
  • The best natural and commercial fertilizers
  • Correctly using various types of manure
  • Watering and drainage techniques
  • Dairy farming, vegetable and fruit gardening, and forestry
  • Purposes and methods of crop rotation
  • Pest and insect control
  • And so much more!

Traditional American Farming Techniques clearly and thoroughly explains how to manage a prospering farm, how to use equipment and build farm buildings, and includes handy tables of weights, measures, and agricultural statistics. This is the ultimate reference for any farmer.


176.

TROUT OF THE WORLD

James Prosek
Hardcover

Price: $35.00

In the rereleased edition of Trout of the World, fans of James Prosek’s unique painting talent will revel in the addition of 30 new fish paintings and a newly penned preface. First released in 2003, T…

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In the rereleased edition of Trout of the World, fans of James Prosek’s unique painting talent will revel in the addition of 30 new fish paintings and a newly penned preface. First released in 2003, Trout of the World features original watercolors of trout from around the world, ranging from the Oxus trout of eastern Afghanistan to the small golden brown trout of British chalk streams. Each unique painting is coupled with a historical profile of the fish, as well as personal reflections from the author. Prosek savors the beauty of various fishing spots, along with the fate of the species, contemplating man’s role in the extinction of animals. Both sensitive and informative, Trout of the World is a must for the library of the recreational fisherman as ichthyologist.


177.

THE JOY OF HOBBY FARMING

Michael and Audrey Levatino
Paperback

Price: $14.95

When the farm is a lifestyle, not just a way to earn a living, that's hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable life in which we protect the land and keep it safe from development and overp…

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When the farm is a lifestyle, not just a way to earn a living, that's hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable life in which we protect the land and keep it safe from development and overproduction. But we can take this a step further by learning how to grow and savor what we can produce ourselves … while still maintaining an alternative career to fund this passion. Michael and Audrey Levatino here share how to:

  • Grow your own food
  • Raise chickens, horses, llamas, bees and more
  • Practice being (a little) off the grid
  • Sell the bounty in your local community
  • Balance a professional career with a rural lifestyle
The Joy of Hobby Farming is a book that will excite armchair farmers and inspire any do-it-yourselfer!


178.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Abigail R. Gehring
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Now more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener and quieter ways of living … whether they're urbanites or country folk. This large, fully illustrated book provides th…

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Now more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener and quieter ways of living … whether they're urbanites or country folk. This large, fully illustrated book provides the entire family with the information they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living.

Self-Sufficiency provides tips, advice, and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmental and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family. Readers will learn how to plant a family garden and harvest the produce, can fruits and vegetables, bake bread and cookies, and boil sap to make maple syrup. They'll discover how to design interactive and engaging green projects, harness natural wind and solar energy to cook food and warm their homes, and build everything from treehouses to furniture. Also included are natural crafts readers can do with their kids, such as scrapbooking, making potato prints, dipping candles and constructing seasonal decorations. Whether the goal is to live entirely off the grid or just to shrink their carbon footprints, families will find this book a thorough resource and a great inspiration.


179.

BACK TO BASICS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TRADITIONAL SKILLS

Abigail R. Gehring
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color gu…

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Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers. Even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS, 4TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the Mother Earth NewsGuide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to h…

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Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to help you live a more self-sufficient life. Its guidance covers everything from building better soil with free organic fertilizers to constructing tiny homes that are cozy, affordable and inspiring. The fourth edition of this handy guide will have you living on less and loving it!

Read reliable information about building a compact cabin or simple shelter that's enjoyable and affordable. Grow your own healing garden and find good health just outside your front door. Discover simple tips for creating nutrient-rich, root-welcoming soil, and grow your most abundant garden yet. Learn where to find healthy, farm-fresh eggs. Follow delicious recipes for making your own homemade root beer, ginger ale, grape soda and more.

Other articles include:

  • Adding Insulation Can Save You Money: Figure out whether you should add insulation to your home, and which pieces of the job you can do yourself.
  • Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Food: Your guide to canning, freezing, dehydrating and other simple, seasonal storage methods.
  • Instant, No-Dig Garden Beds: Create or expand your food garden with this time-saving technique.
  • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with delicious milk, yogurt and cheese. The fun of raising these gregarious animals is just a bonus.
  • Disease Prevention Basics: These techniques can prevent many of the diseases that plague your vegetables. They include wide spacing, trellising and careful use of organic pesticides.

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