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HOMEGROWN HARVEST

American Horticultural Society
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Written by the American Horticultural Society's foremost fruit, vegetable and herb experts, Homegrown Harvest provides lifestyle-changing advice that gardeners need for growing a year-round supply of …

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Written by the American Horticultural Society's foremost fruit, vegetable and herb experts, Homegrown Harvest provides lifestyle-changing advice that gardeners need for growing a year-round supply of healthy edible crops for their table. Specific local and regional advice enables gardeners to decide how and what to grow wherever they live in North America.

The book starts with planning what to grow, then how to grow it … whether in an allotment, containers, a raised bed or vegetable patch. It also includes information on how to get the best from your soil.

Over the course of 12 seasonal chapters, the book shows how to go from sowing to harvesting, from early spring to late winter. Its clear instructions help you stay on top of the joys and challenges of a productive garden.

From apples to asparagus and raspberries to radishes, this book shows how to apply age-old techniques in a timely fashion and get the most from your plot.

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VEGETABLES, HERBS & FRUIT: AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA

M Biggs/J McVicar/B Flowerdew
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. This resource is a prime reference for the many folks who are growing or wanting to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits.

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The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. This resource is a prime reference for the many folks who are growing or wanting to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits.

The book features superb full-color photographs and illustrations and an easy-to-use A-Z directory. Its comprehensive growing, harvesting and preserving tips and wealth of recipes will be a boon to gardeners and cooks alike.

Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections on pollination, soil fertility, greenhouse growing and creating a garden. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Nutritional values
  • The most useful and recommended varieties
  • Plant hardiness, propagation and growing guidelines
  • Cropping, harvesting and storing
  • Weed, pest and disease control
  • Ornamental and wildlife value
  • Pruning and training
  • Companion planting
  • Container growing
A yearly maintenance calendar, glossary, further reading section, seed sources list and detailed index round out this outstanding book.

173.

THE CONSCIENTIOUS GARDENER

Dr Sarah Hayden Reichard
Paperback

Price: $21.95

In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet. In this…

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In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet. In this inspiring book, Sarah Hayden Reichard tells how we can bring Leopold’s far-reaching vision to our gardens to make them more sustainable, lively and healthy places. Today, gardening practices too often damage the environment: We deplete resources in our own soil while mining for soil amendments in faraway places, or use water and pesticides in ways that can pollute lakes and rivers. Drawing from cutting edge research on urban horticulture, Reichard explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening and gives straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching and invasive species.

The book includes a scorecard that allows readers to quickly evaluate the sustainability of their current practices, as well as an extensive list of garden plants that are invasive, what they do and where they should be avoided.

174.

BREAKING THROUGH CONCRETE

David Hanson
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

People have always grown food in urban spaces—on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks—but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that trans…

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People have always grown food in urban spaces—on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks—but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that transforms our national food system. To explore this agricultural renaissance, brothers David and Michael Hanson and urban farmer Edwin Marty document 12 successful urban farm programs, including an alternative school for girls in Detroit, a backyard food swap in New Orleans and a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Each beautifully illustrated essay offers practical advice for budding farmers, such as guidance on composting and keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, and even changing zoning laws.

175.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO REAL FOOD ALL YEAR

Mother Earth News Editors
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Looking for a way to make delicious, homemade bread? How about advice on how to grow your best fall garden this year? Need tips for picking out chickens that produce the best eggs ever? Look no farthe…

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Looking for a way to make delicious, homemade bread? How about advice on how to grow your best fall garden this year? Need tips for picking out chickens that produce the best eggs ever? Look no farther than this 100-page guide from MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Full of articles that instruct, help and point readers in the right direction for eating fresh food all year long, Guide to Real Food All Year has nearly 20 articles that cover everything from drying tomatoes to making your own cider, from growing great salads to saving time and energy with pressure cookers.

With beautiful pictures, this guide explains how to eat better and save money. Readers will learn how to choose inexpensive cuts of grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and pastured pork for better nutrition and great flavor. Gardeners will read how to grow colorful heirloom corns for improved nutrition and great taste. Farmers market goers will learn how to dry the harvest they buy to stock up on homegrown snacks and convenience foods for year-round eating.

Articles include:

  • Homemade Butter: The Best You'll Ever Have
  • Why Whole Wheat Is Way Better
  • Simple Tips for Better Garden Soil
  • Use Cold Frames to Grow More Food
  • Learn to Can for Homegrown Flavor

176.

FAIRY HOUSE HANDBOOK

Liza Gardner Walsh
Paperback

Price: $14.95

This fun craft and lore book features a step-by-step guide to building a fairy house. Containing many ideas on details you can add to your fairy house, the thorough instructions also cover what tools …

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This fun craft and lore book features a step-by-step guide to building a fairy house. Containing many ideas on details you can add to your fairy house, the thorough instructions also cover what tools and materials to use. A wealth of photos reveal the hands-on process and steps for specific details. You’ll also find within this charming book’s pages all kinds of additional fairy-related material: bits of lore and wisdom, additional crafts and activities, and fairy dos and don’ts.

Fairy houses are spreading across the country, and the Fairy House Handbook offers an enjoyable introduction to anyone looking for something whimsical and creative to do outdoors. Richly illustrated with great stories and activities, it will capture the imagination of a child or anyone with a child’s heart.

177.

NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDENING TECHNIQUES

American Horticultural Society
Hardcover

Price: $45.00

This practical book of step-by-step gardening techniques from the American Horticultural Society (AHS) teaches up-to-date skills to a new generation of gardeners.

The AHS New Encyclopedia…

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This practical book of step-by-step gardening techniques from the American Horticultural Society (AHS) teaches up-to-date skills to a new generation of gardeners.

The AHS New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques is the definitive guide to all the essential techniques you are ever likely to need. It reflects modern best-practice gardening at the American Horticultural Society, a leading gardening authority.

All techniques are shown clearly and simply, with step-by-step instructions for every gardener to follow. This encyclopedia contains more than 2,000 clear and concise color illustrations, supported by more than 1,000 beautiful color photos. The book also includes steps for planning, pruning, propagating, feeding and watering. All plants are covered, including trees, flowers, shrubs, climbers, lawns, vegetables, fruit and herbs. You'll learn how to create water features and patios, and add lighting. The wealth of practical information includes organic techniques, recycling and how to treat pests and diseases. There are also chapters on container gardening, gardening under glass, garden tools and equipment, everyday garden maintenance, and landscaping and construction work. This book is an essential purchase for both professional and amateur gardeners.

Want to read more? Preview this book: Pole Beans: A Journey to the Top, Plant Disease: A Silent Killer or Plant Problems: Pests in the Garden.

178.

GARLIC: THE MIGHTY BULB

Natasha Edwards
Paperback

Price: $24.95

The book’s 50 delicious recipes demonstrate how to use garlic in a variety of culinary treats, including appetizers, soups, side dishes, salads, entrées, dips, sauces, dressings and breads. Dishes fro…

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The book’s 50 delicious recipes demonstrate how to use garlic in a variety of culinary treats, including appetizers, soups, side dishes, salads, entrées, dips, sauces, dressings and breads. Dishes from around the world include such garlic-rich standards as bruschetta, aïoli, pesto, tzatziki, salsa, chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, and garlic and rosemary focaccia. Some of the innovative creations are: garlic, cumin and beet fritters; marinated minty garlic carrots; spicy purple sprouting broccoli; roasted butternut squash and garlic risotto; moroccan dressing; and caramelized garlic and tomato tarte tatin.

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ANY SIZE, ANYWHERE EDIBLE GARDENING

Williams Moss
Paperback

Price: $21.99

Edibles continue to be popular choices for gardeners, and beginning gardeners are no exception. Author William Moss takes a beginning gardener through all the steps needed to grow vegetables and fruit…

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Edibles continue to be popular choices for gardeners, and beginning gardeners are no exception. Author William Moss takes a beginning gardener through all the steps needed to grow vegetables and fruits in any setting, regardless of the available (or desired) size. This book covers container gardening, vertical gardening, raised-bed gardening and traditional methods to help gardeners everywhere bring a taste of homegrown freshness to their gardening experience.

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BREVERTON'S COMPLETE HERBAL

Terry Breverton
Hardcover

Price: $19.95

Nicholas Culpeper's The English Physitian: or an Astrologo-Physical Discourse of the Vulgar Herbs of This Nation is more commonly known as "Culpeper's Complete Herbal." It was first printed in Septemb…

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Nicholas Culpeper's The English Physitian: or an Astrologo-Physical Discourse of the Vulgar Herbs of This Nation is more commonly known as "Culpeper's Complete Herbal." It was first printed in September 1653 (Culpeper died in January 1654) and immediately became a classic reference that is as fascinating today as it was more than 350 years ago. Breverton's Complete Herbal is a reworking of that classic text for a modern-day audience. The book identifies each of Culpeper's herbs and spices, with a description of their appearance and Latin name/family, plus descriptions of the herbs' uses in medicine, dyeing and/or cuisine from the Greeks to the present day. Informative and entertaining, this book is packed with interesting facts associated with herbs. For example, most herbs have their uses attached to their old names: Lungwort cured lung illnesses, Fleabane was strewn to get rid of fleas, Wolfbane poisoned wolves, and Henbane killed chickens. Arranged alphabetically, Breverton's Complete Herbal describes 250 herbs and spices while containing feature sidebars and spreads on scented herb/medicinal gardens, the great herbalists, and New World herbs.

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