p>As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested in going into agriculture, especially organic farming, but cannot find affordable land, or lack the conceptual framework and practical information they need to succeed in a job that can be both difficult and deeply fulfilling.
In Fruitful Labor, Mike Madison meticulously describes the ecology of his own small family farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. He covers issues of crop ecology such as soil fertility, irrigation needs, and species interactions, as well as the broader agroecological issues of the social, economic, regulatory, and technological environments in which the farm operates. The final section includes an extensive analysis of sustainability on every level.
Author: MIKE MADISON
Garden Builder is a treasure trove of lovely yard, patio, and garden projects you can build yourself!
Perfect for any gardener or outdoor enthusiast with a few basic DIY skills, it is packed with 35 complete project plans, each one featuring finished photos of the project along with cut lists and shopping lists, a construction diagram, and step-by-step instructions (complete with photos) show exactly how to build every project.
Most projects are made from durable exterior-rated wood and can be created with basic carpentry skills. But several of these highly desirable garden accessories are made with materials like concrete, metal, and wire.
Garden Builder is positively loaded with projects, a few you can look forward to building include:
-A tiny shed (it is very cute)
-A toad house
Simply follow the clear and comprehensive instructions, and you'll have a garden that's rich in design elements, useful aids, and practical furnishings.
Author: JoAnn Moser
Garden Myths examines more than 120 horticultural urban legends. Turning wisdom on its head, Robert Pavlis dives deep into traditional gardening advice and debunks the myths and misconceptions that abound. He asks critical questions and uses science-based information to understand plants and their environment. Armed with the truth, Pavlis then turns this knowledge into easy-to-follow advice. He answers a variety of garden-related questions: • Is fall the best time to clean the garden? • Do bloom boosters work? • Will citronella plants reduce mosquitoes in the garden? • Do pine needles acidify soil? • Should tomatoes be suckered? • Should trees be staked at planting time? • Can burlap keep your trees warm in winter? • Will a pebble tray increase humidity for houseplants? “Garden Myths is a must-read for anyone who wants to use environmentally sound practices. This fascinating and informative book will help you understand plants better, reduce unnecessary work, convince you to buy fewer products, and help you enjoy gardening more.”
Author: ROBERT PAVLIS (VENDOR/DIRECT)
Garden Projects gives you a range of plans for useful and ornamental additions to your garden. Each project is fully explained, with detailed step-by-step descriptions and illustrations to guide you through.
Author: Roger Marshall
The latest addition to the bestselling Wisdom and Know-How series is a massive collection of complete home reference for everything you need to know about gardening from soil and fertilizers to growing flowers and vegetables. The volume includes garden techniques and tricks, the flower garden, the edible garden, container gardening, garden design and landscaping, attracting wildlife and packed with information. Readers will discover tips and techniques for maintaining a garden year-round; harvesting herbs; designing by bloom season; turning garden refuse into garden rewards; building teepees, trellises, and other plant supports; and much more.
Author: Editors of Rodale Gardening
Welcome the world’s most exquisite visitors to your garden! Gardening for Butterflies, by the experts at the Xerces Society, introduces you to a variety of colorful garden guests who need our help, and shows you how to design a habitat where they will thrive. This optimistic call to arms is packed with everything you need to create a beautiful, beneficial, butterfly-filled garden. Gardeners will learn why butterflies matter, why they are in danger, and what simple steps we can take to make a difference. You'll learn how to choose the right plants, how to design a butterfly-friendly garden, and how to create a garden that flutters and flourishes with life.
There's no feeling quite like cooking with homegrown carrots or grabbing a fresh handful of cilantro from your own yard. Well, unless you're growing fruits, vegetables or grains for brewing, that is. Gardening for the Homebrewer is an introduction to the wide variety of plants that you can use for fermentations or infusions. Learn how to tell if your yard is a perfect site for barley or whether it's better suited to a fragrant collection of herbs. Learn how to grow, dry and store fresh hops. Or go off the beaten path and grow everything you need for your first gruit, cider, perry or fruit wine. Have just a balcony or a windowsill? No problem! A variety of plant recommendations will suit gardeners of all types, even ones with limited space.
Author: Wendy Tweten & Debbie Teashon
Growing a pretty garden doesn't have to cost a pretty penny. Learn how to create a low-cost garden using a little elbow grease, a lot of creativity, and this book.
Author: Alex Mitchell
Gardening With Confidence: 50 ways to add style for personal creativity is designed to give you insight on the basics of adding and arranging the components of your garden. The confidence you'll gain in knowing how to add design features, while developing your own personal style, will help take your garden to the levels seen in the fantastic gardens that inspired you to begin your own work of art.
Author: Helen Yoest
Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently — using up to 90 percent less water for the same results. With illustrated step-by-step instructions, David Bainbridge shows you how to install buried clay pots and pipes, wicking systems, and other porous containers that deliver water directly to a plant’s roots with little to no evaporation.
Author: David A. Bainbridge
These 2 oz. bottles of bitters provide a simple and safe way to improve digestion.+ Gentian Bitters are a unique twist on the classic bitter plant, Gentiana lutea. You’ll love the savory and satisfying taste that complements the traditional bitter flavor. We recommend adding them to a salad dressing!
What Is a Bitter?
Bitters can help balance the digestive system. Traditionally used to increase the absorption of nutrients during digestion, you can also use bitters to help curb sugar cravings.+ The bitter flavor encourages the gall bladder, liver, and stomach to produce appropriate levels of digestive juices. Sadly, the American diet is severely lacking in the bitter taste that’s needed to maintain a properly toned digestive system. This lack of balance can result in poor nutrient assimilation, acid indigestion, reflux, constipation, and much more.
Author: MOCKINGBIRD MEADOWS
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She’s adored by fans as one of country music’s top stars, but among family and friends, Trisha Yearwood is best known for another talent: cooking. From her humble roots in Georgia to her triumphant recording years in Nashville and a fulfilling married life with husband Garth Brooks in Oklahoma, Trisha has always enjoyed feeding those she loves. In Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, she dishes up a collection of more than 120 of her go-to recipes in a tribute to both home-grown cooking and family traditions. Trisha believes a recipe always tastes better when served with a story. Here, she teams up with her mother and sister to share their family’s best-loved recipes, charming memories, and personal anecdotes. Along the way, you’ll discover comfort cooking with a contemporary twist that you’ll want at the heart of your own table: · Gwen’s Fried Chicken with Milk Gravy · Barbecued Pork · Black Bean Lasagna · Skillet Almond Shortbread · Blackberry Cobbler · And much, much more. In addition to recipes for inviting soups, hearty salads, home-style entrees, colorful side dishes, and irresistible desserts, Trisha shares practical advice, time-saving tips, and creative ingredient substitutions to accommodate all tastes and dietary needs. Best of all, this unpretentious food is easy to put together, satisfies even the biggest country appetites, and tastes like home.
Author: TRISHA YEARWOOD