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171.

THE CONSCIENTIOUS GARDENER

Dr Sarah Hayden Reichard
Paperback

Price: $13.10

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In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leo…

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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.


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BREAKING THROUGH CONCRETE

David Hanson
Hardcover

Price: $15.85

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People have always grown food in urban spaces—on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks—…

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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.


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COVER CROPS AND COMPOST CROPS IN YOUR GARDEN DVD

Cindy Conner
DVD

Price: $35.00

Central Virginia grower Cindy Conner takes us through a year in her garden. Using hand tools, she grows cover crops among her vegetable crops. These cover crops keep down weeds and nourish the soil un…

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Central Virginia grower Cindy Conner takes us through a year in her garden. Using hand tools, she grows cover crops among her vegetable crops. These cover crops keep down weeds and nourish the soil until she cuts them down to use for mulch and compost. This DVD features many veggie faves - Bloody Butcher corn, Mississippi Silver crowder peas and more!


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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.

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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.


175.

GARLIC: THE MIGHTY BULB

Natasha Edwards
Paperback

Price: $13.72

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The book’s 50 delicious recipes demonstrate how to use garlic in a variety of culinary treats, including appetizers,…

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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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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.


177.

TOP-BAR BEEKEEPING

Les Crowder & Heather Harrell
Paperback

Price: $24.95

In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Di…

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In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides or other chemical inputs.

More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long-lasting and completely biodegradable, a top-bar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling prefabricated foundation frames in a typical box hive with added supers.

Top-bar hives yield slightly less honey but produce more beeswax than a typical Langstroth box hive. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free.

Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.


178.

HOW TO GROW PERENNIAL VEGETABLES

Martin Crawford
Paperback

Price: $26.95

Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants t…

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Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants that live longer than three years), from ground-cover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants.

There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example:

  • they need less tillage than conventional vegetables and so help retain carbon in the soil
  • the soil structure is not disturbed in their cultivation
  • they extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring
  • and, of course, they are much less work.
Part One looks at why and how to grow these crops, and how to look after them for maximum health.

Part Two features over 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual – from rhubarb to skirret; Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions. This book offers inspiration and information for all gardeners, whether experienced or beginner, and also includes plenty of cooking tips with beautiful color photographs and illustrations throughout.


179.

THE ORGANIC SEED GROWER

John Navazio
Hardcover

Price: $49.95

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both home seed sav…

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The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.

Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.

In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including: o The reproductive biology of crop plants o Annual vs. biennial seed crops o Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity o Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity o Seed crop climates o Seed-borne diseases o Seed cleaning basics o Seed storage for farmers o And more ...

This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer become more knowledgeable, efficient and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.

With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.


180.

BUILDING SOILS NATURALLY

Phil Nauta
Paperback

Price: $19.95

In an organic garden, plants in optimum health thrive abundantly, produce harvests with amazing taste, and possess the ability to fight off plant predators. When they don't, there's often something la…

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In an organic garden, plants in optimum health thrive abundantly, produce harvests with amazing taste, and possess the ability to fight off plant predators. When they don't, there's often something lacking in their proper nutrition. Maybe they are missing beneficial microorganism companions, or perhaps they are short of the energy needed to reach their full nutrient-dense potential. The solution is to "start with the soil," but healthy soil doesn't happen just by composting, fertilizing or companion planting alone. The solution can be found in Building Soils Naturally, which gives gardeners a hands-on plan for creating productive, living soil by using a practical, holistic approach - crafted right in your garden.

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