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You'll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony, one that encourages pollinators, one that grows 24 kinds of chile peppers, and dozens more. Each plan is fully illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the story behind the design, and a plant list.
Author: Niki Jabbour
Perfect for anyone looking for tips and tricks to eat better and save money, the seventh edition of the Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food has advice for growing tomatoes, preserving fresh food, raising chickens for meat, and much more!
Learn how to use cold frames to grow more food. Discover how to keep bees naturally. Get the best eggs ever from your backyard chickens. Try fresh spring recipes using ingredients straight from the garden.
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The Green Smoothie Garden teaches you how to make the healthiest green smoothies without breaking the bank. Featuring simple instructions and valuable gardening tips, this book shows you how to grow the vegetables in your favorite smoothies and incorporate them into a variety of delicious recipes.
Author: Tracy Russel, Catherine Abbott
Ann Lovejoy exuberantly consolidates her gardening and cooking expertise into a year-round feast of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, complete with color photographs. Her simple, uncluttered recipes emphasize bright flavors and a creativity centered on an abundance of fresh produce, from the familiar to the more exotic.
Author: Ann Lovejoy
In the past few years, gardeners have realized the inherent danger in this situation. A growing movement is striving to preserve and expand our stock of heritage and heirloom varieties through seed saving and sharing opportunities. Seed Libraries is a practical guide to saving seeds through community programs, including: -Step-by-step instructions for setting up a seed library -A wealth of ideas to help attract patrons and keep the momentum going -Examples of existing libraries and other types of seed saving partnerships
Author: Cindy Conner
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm’s 10-Frame Bee-Ginner’s Kit has everything you need to start and work your first hive (except the bees, feed, and paint). The company prides itself on providing kits that contain everything you need to successfully keep bees, and no extras that you don't. This kit includes: a telescoping top, one pine hive body, an inner cover, I.P.M. bottom board, 10 assembled wedge top bar and divided bottom bar deep frames, 10 sheets of deep crimp wire foundation, an entrance reducer, cypress entrance feeder with quart plastic jar, Brushy Mountain smoker with fuel, bee brush, standard 10-inch hive tool, a DVD and book for beginners, plastic-coated gloves, and hatless veil. This version of the kit comes with small gloves.
Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm’s 10-frame Bee-Ginners Kit has everything you need to start and work your first hive (except the bees, feed, and paint). The company prides itself on providing kits that contain everything you need to successfully keep bees, and no extras that you don't. This kit includes: a telescoping top, one pine hive body, an inner cover, I.P.M. bottom board, 10 assembled wedge top bar and divided bottom bar deep frames, 10 sheets of deep crimp wire foundation, an entrance reducer, cypress entrance feeder with quart plastic jar, Brushy Mountain smoker with fuel, bee brush, standard 10-inch hive tool, a DVD and book for beginners, plastic-coated gloves, and hatless veil. This version of the kit comes with large gloves.
Author: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Clearance: $10.80 Grow Organic is an easy-to-read book that includes eight chapters on everything from soil management, to companion planting, to beneficial bugs for flowers and veggies. Each chapter contains quick tips for beginning gardeners and advanced quick tips in every chapter for experienced gardeners more than 250 in all.
Author: Doug Oster/Jessica Walliser
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.
Author: HOWARD GARRETT
Focusing on containers, trellises, and raised beds, this book shows how everyone can garden, including those with physical limitations like arthritis or location limitations like apartment-dwellers without backyards.
Author: Mary Moss-Sprague
Matthew Benson restored a timeworn gentleman’s farm and operates a community-supported agriculture program on one small acre of the land, offering vegetables, orchard fruit, cut flowers, herbs, eggs and honey from the property. His garden-to-table operation offers an edible feast of textures, colors and aromas and has grown into a way to feed others, while pushing back against the industrial food system in a small but meaningful way.
Author: Matthew Benson
River Cottage Veg shares the joys of vegetable-centric food with recipes such as Kale and Mushroom Lasagna; Herby, Peanutty, Noodly Salad; and Winter Stir-Fry with Chinese Five-Spice.
Author: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall