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161.

TOMATOES GARLIC BASIL

Doug Oster
Paperback

Price: $18.95

In today's downturned economy, one sector is trending sharply up: backyard vegetable gardening. Americans are staying closer to home, literally tending to their gardens by the millions. And they're re…

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In today's downturned economy, one sector is trending sharply up: backyard vegetable gardening. Americans are staying closer to home, literally tending to their gardens by the millions. And they're reaching out for help and advice. Doug Oster, popular radio talk show gardening expert (and newspaper garden and food columnist), gets more questions about tomatoes than any other vegetable. No. 2 is garlic, with basil close behind. It's time for a book about these favorites of the American kitchen, created for beginners and old-timers alike. With color photos throughout, this book is a balance of easy-to-use organic gardening tips, a little horticultural history, serious and funny cautionary gardening tales … and 30 simply delicious recipes (the gastronomic payoff). No matter if a garden is a loft balcony or a backyard in the 'burbs, Oster leads his readers step by step with his trademark "how I do it" humor and Julia Child honesty … with a bonus prize of all those recipes as a reward for readers' labors.


162.

A GARDENER'S NOTEBOOK

Doug Oster
Hardcover

Price: $8.58

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A Gardener's Notebook is designed to become a family heirloom, its pages filled with the story of your life in the g…

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A Gardener's Notebook is designed to become a family heirloom, its pages filled with the story of your life in the garden. It is a story you will write, about dreams and hard work, setbacks and victories. Whether it's a tiny patch or grand acreage, it's yours and you love it (most of the time!). No doubt, friends, dogs and family will make appearances in your journal too, and that's as it should be.

When organic gardeners Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser wrote their book, Grow Organic, they hoped to also create a companion book, a garden journal that conveyed the same helpful, neighborly spirit. And so, here it is, A Gardener's Notebook, with occasional appearances by Doug and Jess, dropping off some tips and stories of their own … like making your own ''compost tea,'' planting veggie seeds that thrive, keeping the bad bugs away and inviting the good bugs in.

But most of all, it's about simply enjoying life in your garden


163.

HONEYBEE: LESSONS FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BEEKEEPER

C. Marina Marchese
Hardcover

Price: $10.66

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In 1999, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor's honeybee hives. She quit her job, acqu…

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In 1999, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor's honeybee hives. She quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey and earned a certificate in apitherapy (the medicinal use of honey, pollen, and bee venom). She studied wine tasting-to transfer those skills to honey tasting-eventually opened her own honey business, and today her Red Bee® Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country.

More than an inspiring story of one woman's transformative relationship with honeybees (some of nature's most fascinating creatures), Honeybee is also bursting with information about all aspects of bees, beekeeping and honey-including life inside the hive; the role of the queen, workers and drones; pollination and its importance to sustaining all life; the culinary pleasures of honey; hiving and keeping honeybees; the ancient practice of apitherapy; and much more.

Recipes for food and personal care products appear throughout. Also included is an excellent, one-of-a-kind appendix that lists 75 honey varietals, with information on provenance, tasting notes, and food-and-wine pairings.


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THE SEED UNDERGROUND

Janisse Ray
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Across the country, a renaissance of local food, farming and place-based culinary traditions is taking hold. And yet something small, critically important and profoundly at risk is being overlooked in…

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Across the country, a renaissance of local food, farming and place-based culinary traditions is taking hold. And yet something small, critically important and profoundly at risk is being overlooked in this local food resurgence: seeds. We are losing our seeds. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94 percent have been lost forever.

With a signature lyricism that once prompted a New York Times writer to proclaim her the Rachel Carson of the South, author Janisse Ray (Ecology of a Cracker Childhood) brings us the inspiring stories of ordinary gardeners whose aim is to save time-honored open-pollinated varieties like Old Time Tennessee muskmelon and Long County Longhorn okra-varieties that will be lost if people don't grow, save, and swap the seeds.

From rural Maine to Oregon's Palouse, Ray introduces readers to dozens of seed savers like the eccentric sociology professor she dubs "Tomato Man" and Maine farmer Will Bonsall, the "Noah" of seed saving who juggles hundreds of seeds, many grown by him, and him alone. And Ray tells her own story: of watching her grandmamma save squash seed; of her own first tiny garden at the edge of a junkyard; of falling in love with heirloom and local varieties as a young woman; and the one seed (Conch cowpea) that got away from her.

With a quiet urgency, The Seed Underground reminds us that while our underlying health, food security and sovereignty may be at stake as seeds disappear, so, too, are the stories, heritage and history that passes between people as seeds are passed from hand to hand.


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THE THINKING BEEKEEPER

Christy Hemenway
Paperback

Price: $24.95

What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taki…

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What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.

The Thinking Beekeeper is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:

  • simplicity, sustainability and cost-effectiveness
  • increased safety, because of less heavy lifting and hive manipulation
  • chemical-free colonies and healthy hives
Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives because of their small footprint. Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees and the well-being of the planet, The Thinking Beekeeper will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper who is less focused on maximizing honey yield and more on ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.


166.

BIG PLANS, SMALL GARDENS

Andy Sturgeon
Hardcover

Price: $10.99

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All of us want to maximize our outdoor space whether for work, rest or play. Big Plans, Small Garden will show you h…

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All of us want to maximize our outdoor space whether for work, rest or play. Big Plans, Small Garden will show you how to do just that, using inspirational photographs supported by practical how-to information, garden plans and case studies.

The book is divided into three main sections:


  • Assessing Your Needs - encourages the reader to focus on their requirements and determine their priorities in terms of making the most of their space.
  • Solutions by Area - looks at a range of different spaces from balconies to basements, rooftops to courtyards, and highlights the particular considerations of each. This chapter also illustrates inspiring design ideas, always focusing on the practical. For example, it asks the reader questions such as, "Do you want to make the most of your view or do you need to screen off an eyesore?"
  • Design Details - focuses on elements such as walls, flooring, lighting and furniture. Feature boxes and text offer design advice and planting suggestions, and clarify what is achievable through do-it-yourself projects and what requires a professional. They also include low-maintenance and drought-friendly ideas.
Full of innovative and stylish space-saving ideas, this book is ideal for gardeners with difficult spaces such as basements, passages, porches and small roof gardens.


167.

GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES

Carol Klein
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Eating vegetables is good for you. Growing your own is even better.

"You are what you eat" may be a timeworn adage, but it makes a valid point. When you grow your own vegetables, you'll n…

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Eating vegetables is good for you. Growing your own is even better.

"You are what you eat" may be a timeworn adage, but it makes a valid point. When you grow your own vegetables, you'll not only eat better food, but you'll also regain your connection to the seasons and the natural rhythms of life. Growing your own will change what's on your dinner table, and it will change you.

That's the philosophy behind Carol Klein's impeccably thorough guide to home vegetable gardening. In its pages, she reveals all the tricks to becoming a successful small-plot gardener, from preparing the soil to deciding what to grow (and when to plant and harvest). The book covers coping with pests, weeds, and other common problems, and its second half is a veritable encyclopedia of the vegetables that you might choose to grow: delicate salad greens, hardy root vegetables, and everything in between.


168.

ORGANIC KITCHEN GARDEN

Juliet Roberts
Paperback

Price: $7.47

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Everyone committed to a natural, healthy and safe approach to gardening will consider Organic Kitchen Garden an esse…

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Everyone committed to a natural, healthy and safe approach to gardening will consider Organic Kitchen Garden an essential reference.

This practical, beautiful and invaluable gardening resource shows how to grow your own food and discover the taste of fresh fruit and vegetables. The definitive organic vegetable gardening book, it explains how to set up your vegetable patch, prepare the soil, choose and care for your crops, and stagger your harvest across the seasons. Each chapter deals with a different crop, from salads, beans and brassicas to onions, potatoes and root vegetables. More unusual crops such as fennel, pak choi and sea kale are also covered. Helpful monthly lists remind you which jobs need doing when, and you'll keep your garden in fine fettle thanks to tips on composting, weed control, plant health care, watering, and pest and disease control.


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THE ULTIMATE GARDEN DESIGNER

Tim Newbury
Paperback

Price: $9.90

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With more than 100 garden designs to suit every plot, taste and pocket, The Ultimate Garden Designer has sold nearly…

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With more than 100 garden designs to suit every plot, taste and pocket, The Ultimate Garden Designer has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies worldwide … and is sure to contain your ideal garden.

In this fully revised edition of Tim Newbury's classic, expert advice shows you exactly where to put your patio and plant your perennials. With a comprehensive plant directory, a vast selection of garden features, and more than 600 beautiful color photographs, plans and drawings, this book is the complete guide to the world of garden design. It's the next best thing to hiring a professional.


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MINI ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PONDS

Linda Adkins
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds has all the know-how needed to create an ideal water feature in any garden. It examines a variety of ponds according to their size and type, from formal to wildlife. …

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Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds has all the know-how needed to create an ideal water feature in any garden. It examines a variety of ponds according to their size and type, from formal to wildlife. This authoritative book also considers a variety of factors involved in their installation, from siting and budget to construction and equipment (such as filters and pumps).

Useful directories feature photographs and detailed descriptions of native and exotic plants and wildlife with which to stock a pond, with a particular emphasis on achieving and maintaining a balanced and healthy pond environment. A further chapter describes and illustrates the process of planting oxygenating marginal plants that enhance the pond's health and appearance. Water features, such as waterfalls and streams, are covered and a final section explains routine care and maintenance to ensure the pond looks its best all year round.

Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds is written in an accessible and easy-to-understand style, and illustrated with a wealth of color photographs and illustrations to support the comprehensive text and bring to life the joys of pond ownership for the reader.

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