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  • COMPANION PLANTING FOR THE KITCHEN GARDENER

    Companion planting techniques have been used for centuries to facilitate better, more nutritious, and more abundant crops. Did you know that beets will grow better if surrounded by mint or garlic, but tomatoes should not be planted near cabbage? Flax helps protect some root vegetables from pests, and tomatoes will thrive when planted near carrots (though the carrots may wind up stunted). Your celery will be happier if it’s far away from corn, but broccoli and dill make a terrific garden pair. It’s a lot to think about, but there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. With Companion Planting for the Kitchen Gardener, you’ll have all the information you need in clear, concise terms and with charts and garden plans you can copy or modify to suit your family’s needs.

    Starting with the basics of organic gardening, such as how to prepare quality soil and the importance of cover crops and organic fertilizer, authors Allison and Tim Greer explain the principles of companion planting, how plants interact, and how you can use that information to your garden’s benefit. There is an entire chapter devoted to each of the 15 most popular vegetables, with charts, diagrams, and descriptions of each … a treasure for gardeners with busy lives who want an easy reference guide for planning their ideal kitchen garden. Full of gorgeous, full-color photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams, this is a beautiful, useful guide for the home organic gardener.

    Item: 7415

    Author: Allison Greer

    Format: Paperback

  • THE BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS COLLECTOR SERIES - LATE FALL 2016

    Mother Earth News has released a special double issue, The Best of Mother Earth News Collector Series! This new collector series is 192 pages of expertly written articles covering building and DIY projects, real food and cooking, gardening, homesteading, raising livestock, and natural health. The guide is filled from cover to cover with beautiful color photographs, detailed step-by-step illustrations for building projects, valuable resources, easy-to-follow recipes, and more.

    Learn how you can turn that unused grain bin into a perfect house, backyard retreat, storage shed, and more. With the easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions inside this special guide, you can build a fire pit or assemble a clay-pot smoker in just one weekend. If you are a good baker and have the right kitchen setup, look into starting your own food business with the expert advice found here! Discover how vertical gardening techniques can maximum your vegetable returns by producing bigger, better cukes, beans, tomatoes, and cantaloupes. Read how to raise livestock on your homestead; the article inside this guide contains information and advice on housing, feeding, and slaughtering pigs. Ready your yard for spring and summer by discovering which naturally mosquito-repellent plants and homemade mosquito traps will help you have a less buggy summer.

    Other articles include:

    • Build a Basement Root Cellar – While a spare refrigerator may work in a pinch, a real root cellar is better and even more spacious for preserving foods.
    • Drying Herbs: Easier Than You Think – You’ll never buy dried herbs again after you try one or more of these six methods for drying your own herbs at home.
    • How to Raise Honey bees – If the draw of fresh honey has given you bees on the brain, learn how to raise honey bees for excitement and sweetness for years to come. Become a beekeeper for fun and profit.
    • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead – Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including tips on crop rotations and raising livestock.
    • Fish Farming – It’s a lot like vegetable gardening, only wetter.
    • Make Your Own Homemade Soap – Follow along as we make decorative bars of soap using herbs and flowers. Use these simple steps to create beautiful works of art for your home or for gifts.
    Item: 8081

    Format: Paperback

  • TOMATOES GARLIC BASIL

    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).

    Item: 6186

    Author: Doug Oster

    Format: Paperback

  • FREE-RANGE CHICKEN GARDENS

    Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit — chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens.

    In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.

    For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Range Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

    Item: 5913

    Author: Jessi Bloom

    Format: Paperback

  • HERBS FOR TEXAS

    "Herbs are the world's most interesting plants," says Howard Garrett. "They make beautiful landscape choices, are useful for cooking, controlling insect and disease pests, healing wounds, and are effective for improving the immune system." In this fully illustrated, easy-to-use guide, Garrett and veteran herbalist Odena Brannam offer expert advice on growing nearly 150 herbs suited to Texas and Southwestern gardens, along with detailed information on each plant's landscape, culinary, medicinal, and other uses.

    Individual entries give each herb's common and scientific names and instructions for planting, growing, harvesting and storing it. The entries also include ideas for using each herb in gardening and cooking (with occasional recipes) and discuss its medicinal uses. A special "insight" section that offers intriguing, often little-known facts about the herb rounds out each entry, as well as a color photo.

    In addition to the individual herb descriptions, Garrett sets forth the basics of organic gardening, including pest control, and discusses how to design a herb garden and also raise roses, pecans, and fruit trees without chemicals. Of special interest are his instructions for making teas from dozens of herbs, and his list of trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers with edible and/or medicinal properties. This wide range of information, not available for Texas herbs in any other single source, makes this book the perfect guide for homeowners, gardeners, landscapers, chefs, herbalists and health care providers.

    Item: 7820

    Author: Howard Garrett

    Format: Paperback

  • NO DIG ORGANIC HOME & GARDEN

    No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden, including how to:

    • Make compost and enrich soil

    • Learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg

    • Harvest and prepare food year round

    • Make natural cosmetics, cleaning products, and garden preparations

    The no dig approach works as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The authors’ combined experience covers methods of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, and includes recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably, and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round. An acknowledged expert in no dig and author of a half-dozen books on the subject, Charles’ advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She creates delicious seasonal recipes made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparations for the home and garden.

    Item: 8434

    Author: CHARLES DOWDING & STEPHANIE H.

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD 5TH EDITION

    Enjoy growing your own food and cutting your bills in half this year. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Your Own Food is filled from cover to cover with the best articles on gardening, preserving, backyard chickens, beekeeping and more. With the help of this 100-page guide, you'll get the satisfaction of saving money and eating homegrown food all year long.

    Item: 6679

    Author: Mother Earth News

    Format: Paperback

  • TRADITIONAL 8-FRAME ADVANCED BEE-GINNERS KIT (M GLOVES) - BY BRUSHY MOUNTAIN BEE FARMS

    If you have back problems, if you want to simplify your operation, or you just want a few hives to pollinate up your garden, this is the kit for you. It includes: one eight-frame telescoping top, an inner cover, two medium pine supers, 16 grooved top bar and grooved bottom bar medium frames, and an I.P.M. bottom board. All items are assembled. The kit also comes with 16 sheets of crimp wire foundation (to insert into the frames), a hatless veil, plastic-coated gloves, a hobbyist smoker with smoker fuel, a bee brush, a 10-inch hive tool, an entrance feeder, a guide for beginners, and an instructional DVD. This version of the kit comes with medium gloves.

    Item: 8015

    Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

    Format:

  • TRADITIONAL 8-FRAME ADVANCED BEE-GINNERS KIT (S GLOVES) - BY BRUSHY MOUNTAIN BEE FARMS

    If you have back problems, if you want to simplify your operation, or you just want a few hives to pollinate up your garden, this is the kit for you. It includes: one eight-frame telescoping top, an inner cover, two medium pine supers, 16 grooved top bar and grooved bottom bar medium frames, and an I.P.M. bottom board. All are assembled. The kit also comes with 16 sheets of crimp wire foundation (to insert into the frames), a hatless veil, plastic-coated gloves, a hobbyist smoker with smoker fuel, a bee brush, a 10-inch hive tool, an entrance feeder, a guide for beginners, and an instructional DVD. This version of the kit comes with small gloves.

    Item: 8014

    Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

    Format:

  • TRADITIONAL 8-FRAME ADVANCED BEE-GINNERS KIT (LG GLOVES) - BY BRUSHY MOUNTAIN BEE FARM

    If you have back problems, if you want to simplify your operation or you just want a few hives to pollinate up your garden, this is the kit for you. It includes: one eight-frame telescoping top, an inner cover, two medium pine supers, 16 grooved top bar and grooved bottom bar medium frames, and an I.P.M. bottom board. All items are assembled. The kit also comes with 16 sheets of crimp wire foundation (to insert into the frames), a hatless veil, plastic-coated gloves, a hobbyist smoker with smoker fuel, a bee brush, a 10-inch hive tool, an entrance feeder, a guide for beginners, and an instructional DVD. This version of the kit comes with large gloves.

    Item: 8016

    Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

    Format:

  • STRAW BALE GARDENS COMPLETE

    Developed and pioneered by author and garden expert Joel Karsten, straw bale gardens create their own growing medium and heat source so you can get an earlier start. It couldn't be simpler or more effective: All you need is a few bales of straw, some fertilizer, and some seeds or plants, and you can create a weedless vegetable garden anywhere-even in your driveway.

    Item: 6630

    Author: Joel Karsten

    Format: Paperback

  • BOUNTIFUL: RECIPES INSPIRED BY OUR GARDEN

    Todd Porter and Diane Cu's cookbook, Bountiful, offers 100 seasonal, flavorful and approachable recipes, 90 of which have not been seen on the blog. Each features a vegetable or fruit as the star of the meal.

    Item: 7136

    Author: Todd Porter & Diane Cu

    Format: Hardcover

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