Organic Gardening

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Winter 2016 Gardener's Almanac

Mark your calendars; here are the dates that gardeners and naturalists alike won’t want to miss for winter 2016/2017.

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Organic Gardening

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COOKING WITH SEEDS

Seeds are moving into the health spotlight: Oil-rich varieties can boost energy, reduce cholesterol, inhibit tumor growth, and promote heart, brain and immune function. Incorporating these little nutrient bombs into your daily diet is a great way to boost your health without having to give up your favorite foods. In Cooking with Seeds, Charlyne Mattox shows you how.

With more than 100 real-kitchen recipes, from Long Bean and Poppy Seed Curry to Beef, Carrot and Flax Seed Meatballs to Chocolate Cupcakes with Seed Butter Ganache, there's something for every palate. Mattox also offers recipes for seed-based basics, such as milks, spreads and butters, so even if you only have time for a snack you can reap the benefits and enjoy the flavor of these nutritional powerhouses.

$22.99

BLUE RIBBON VEGETABLE GARDENING

Win the blue ribbon every time! Master Gardener Jodi Torpey offers all the information you need to grow champion vegetables: beans, beets, cabbages, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, peppers, pumpkins, squash, and tomatoes. She covers everything from choosing the right varieties and scheduling planting dates to harvesting, preparing, and transporting your produce. She also walks you through every aspect of competitive showing, with useful tips for thinking like a judge. This book will delight you with lively photos of mammoth pumpkins, truly gigantic onions, perfectly pear-shaped eggplants, and the farmers and gardeners who grow them. Filled with the excitement of a county fair, it’s a fun read as well as a solid guide to growing the biggest, tastiest, best-looking vegetables for miles around.

$16.95

THE ORGANIC MANUAL, 4TH EDITION

Around the world, everyone is talking about environmental issues and the concept of “going green.” Natural organic gardening and landscaping are among the most important parts of that movement. Some organic proponents only say to stop using the chemicals. Howard Garrett, in the Organic Manual, explains in detail what to do instead. His “what to do” is the organic method. The book opens with the advice to stop the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers, but Garrett then goes on, in great detail, about the practical alternatives. This is one of the few books effective for use coast to coast and border to border. The organic method has no geographic boundaries.

The best kept secret of all (uncovered in this book) is that the organic program is better in every way. Whether it’s growing beautiful landscaping or delicious, healthy food crops, the Organic Manual explains bed preparation, planting, pest control, and compost making. It also covers natural living advice. The organic method is the most efficient, most cost effective, and most fun of any approach. It also produces the best trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables that you’ll ever grow.

$18.95