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THE HOME WINEMAKER'S COMPANION

Gene Spaziani, Ed Halloran
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Here are 115 delectable wine recipes to guide you through everything from making your very first batch of kit wine to mastering advanced techniques for making wine from fresh grapes.

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LAVENDER: THE GROWER'S GUIDE

Virginia McNaughton
Paperback

Price: $19.95

With their heady perfume and stunning visual appeal, lavenders have been prized by gardeners since ancient times. Lavender is a truly comprehensive study that enables the reader to research and identi…

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With their heady perfume and stunning visual appeal, lavenders have been prized by gardeners since ancient times. Lavender is a truly comprehensive study that enables the reader to research and identify more than 200 lavender species and varieties. With chapters on cultivation, propagation, botanical history, pests and diseases, this book is as practical as it is authoritative.

More than 200 photos document recent advances in color variation that have resulted from intense breeding; plants now available range from deep purple and lilac to white, cream, pink and red-violet. With so many hardy and dependable plants to choose from, no lavender enthusiast will want to be without this indispensable book.

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FRUIT, BERRY AND NUT INVENTORY, FOURTH EDITION

Seed Savers Exchange
Paperback

Price: $13.38

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $24.00. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory is a must-have reference for all backyard fruit growers and commercial orchardists w…

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Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory is a must-have reference for all backyard fruit growers and commercial orchardists who care about the rich diversity of fruit, berry and nut varieties offered by mail order nurseries in the United States This comprehensive “catalog of catalogs” is now available in its newly updated fourth edition, which lists 280 nurseries offering nearly 6,000 varieties of fruits, berries and nuts — everything from apples and bananas to tangerines and buartnuts.

The information presented in this book is so unique and invaluable that fruit growers everywhere will turn to it again and again, looking for sources that offer rare nineteenth-century apples, or for descriptions of newly bred grapes, or even for unusual varieties of tropical fruits. Where else could you find sources for Maiden Blush apple (1817), African Rhino Horn banana, Leningrad Giant currant, Adriatic fig, Pineapple grape, Dr. Beaumont macadamia, Choctaw pecan or Yellow Egg plum?

Backyard and commercial growers concerned with the loss of biodiversity will deeply appreciate Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory. Fruit breeders, plant collectors and amateur growers can tell quickly which varieties are being offered by only one or two companies and need to be purchased while sources still exist and permanently maintained to prevent being lost forever. Everything commercially available can be scanned to find varieties perfect for specific climates or resistant to local diseases and pests. Northern and high-altitude growers can use the book to find exceptionally hardy, short-season varieties that will survive and mature in their locations. Orchards, nurseries and botanical gardens can use it to find sources for unique plant material.

The fruits, berries and nuts available today are the result of centuries of collection and amateur development, further refined by the world’s finest breeding programs. Growers and breeders have developed regionally adapted varieties with superior taste, disease resistance and countless other virtues. Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory opens the orchard’s gate and invites us to discover them.

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MAKING TRANSPARENT SOAP

Catherine Failor
Paperback

Price: $14.95

With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.

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With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.

About the author
Catherine Failor has been making soap for more than 20 years. Her entrepreneurial ventures include Copra Soap, a specialty soap manufacturing company, and Milky Way Molds, which produces “the finest selection of craft molds in the Milky Way Galaxy.” She is the author of Making Transparent Soap and Making Natural Liquid Soaps.

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MILK-BASED SOAPS

Casey Makela
Paperback

Price: $12.95

Blend moisturizing, skin-nourishing, milk-based soaps using the specialized yet simple techniques Casey Makela has developed during years of soapmaking and running her own soap business.

About the author
Casey Makela is the author of Milk-Based Soaps and the owner of Killmaster Soap & Woolen Works, a gift shop and direct mail business. She raises dairy goats and has written articles for various animal husbandry periodicals. She resides in Michigan.

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NATURALLY HEALTHY HAIR

Mary Beth Janssen
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Internationally acclaimed hair designer Mary Beth Janssen offers a natural, holistic approach to hair care following the principles of Ayurveda. Janssen includes techniques for encouraging hair growth…

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Internationally acclaimed hair designer Mary Beth Janssen offers a natural, holistic approach to hair care following the principles of Ayurveda. Janssen includes techniques for encouraging hair growth, formulas for creating botanical and herb hair preparations, and healthful approaches to cut, color and styling.

About the author
Mary Beth Janssen is nationally known in the salon industry for her innovative hair designs and her expertise in natural beauty and wellness. She is the author of several professional instructional manuals and videos, as well as many books on well-being. Janssen is an herbalist, a massage therapist, an aromatherapist, and a Master Gardener, and she is a certified educator for Deepak Chopra's Infinite Possibilities organization. She owns The Janssen Source, Inc., a wellness consulting company, and she lives in Illinois.

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NATURALLY HEALTHY SKIN

Stephanie Tourles
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Chock full of recipes, techniques, and practical tips for natural skin care, this book includes sections on every common skin problem and on the specific concerns related to aging skin.

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Chock full of recipes, techniques, and practical tips for natural skin care, this book includes sections on every common skin problem and on the specific concerns related to aging skin.

About the author
Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic aesthetician in both Massachusetts and Maine, with more than 20 years experience. Trained in western-style herbalism, she specializes in the use of herbs as they pertain to skin, hair, nail, and foot care and regularly creates herbal cosmetics and treatments for her clients and friends. She is also a certified aromatherapist, with extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is the author of Organic Body Care Recipes, as well as several books on natural body care. Tourles resides in Orland, Maine with her husband and pets, and spends her spare time hiking, organic gardening and cooking.

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ORGANIC BODY CARE RECIPES

Stephanie Tourles
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Discover the joy and fun of crafting your own personalized body care products using herbs and other natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse, and protect the skin without using irritating or …

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Discover the joy and fun of crafting your own personalized body care products using herbs and other natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse, and protect the skin without using irritating or harmful chemicals. In just minutes, you can whip up dozens of organic treatments that will make your face radiant, your skin glow, your hair shine, and your hands and nails beautiful. From head to toe, you’ll find the perfect treatment for every part of your body, whether you’re looking for a relaxing bath blend, a stimulating facial mask, a natural bug repellent, a refreshing mouthwash, or a sensual body cream.

About the author
Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic aesthetician in both Massachusetts and Maine, with more than 20 years of experience. Trained in Western-style herbalism, she specializes in the use of herbs as they pertain to skin, hair, nail, and foot care and regularly creates herbal cosmetics and treatments for her clients and friends. She is also a certified aromatherapist, with extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is the author of Organic Body Care Recipes, as well as several books on natural body care. Tourles resides in Orland, Maine, with her husband and pets, and spends her spare time hiking, organic gardening and cooking.

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FOUR SEASON HARVEST

Eliot Coleman
Paperback

Price: $24.95

If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of t…

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If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic-covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat. Coleman expands upon his own experiences with new ideas learned on a winter-vegetable pilgrimage across the ocean to the acknowledged kingdom of vegetable cuisine, the southern part of France, which lies on the 44th parallel, the same latitude as his farm in Maine.

This story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition. Four-Season Harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all through the winter.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books to its readers. For 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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SECRETS TO GREAT SOIL

Elizabeth P. Stell
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Great soil grows a great garden! More than 300 detailed illustrations and dozens of charts show gardeners how to solve all of their soil problems.

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