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The One-Straw Revolution
An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics)
by Masanobu Fukuoka (Jun 02, 2009)
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Fukuoka demonstrates how the way we look at farming influences the way we look at health, the school, nature, nutrition, spiritual health and life itself. He joins the healing of the land to the process of purifying the human spirit and proposes a way of life and a way of farming in which such healing can take place....
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs
A Beginner's Guide
by Rosemary Gladstar (Apr 10, 2012)
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Widely recognized as the godmother of modern herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar is renowned worldwide for her inspired teaching and trustworthy knowledge of healing herbs. With Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide, Gladstar offers a fresh introduction for a new generation of gardeners and natural health and self-sufficiency enthusiasts.Thirty-three of the...
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition
The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself
by Carla Emery (Oct 30, 2012)
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The bible of sustainable living, food gardening, and living green, no home is complete without this one-of-a-kind encyclopedia! For more than thirty years, people have relied on the thousands of recipes, detailed how-to instructions, and personal advice provided in this definitive classic. It is the most complete source of step-by-step information ...
Mycelium Running
How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
by Paul Stamets (Oct 01, 2005)
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Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how. The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mus...
Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden
Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms (Gardening Book for Beginners, Floral Design and Flower Arranging Book)
by Erin Benzakein (Mar 07, 2017)
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The Cut Flower Garden : Erin Benzakein is a florist farmer, leader in the locaflor farm to centerpiece movement, and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm in Washington's lush Skagit Valley. A stunning flower book: This beautiful gardening book and guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year round provides reader...
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible
Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions
by Edward C. Smith (Dec 02, 2009)
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Discover the last W.O.R.D. in vegetable gardening with Ed Smith's amazing gardening system. By integrating four principles -- Wide beds, Organic methods, Raised beds, and Deep beds -- Smith reinvents vegetable gardening, making it possible for everyone to have the best, most successful garden ever. By following this complete system you cultivate de...
Bringing Nature Home
How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded
by Douglas W. Tallamy (Apr 01, 2009)
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As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity.There is an unbreakable link between native ...
A Designers' Manual
by Bill Mollison (Jul 31, 1997)
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Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way...
The Market Gardener
A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming
by Severine Von Tscharner Fleming (Feb 28, 2014)
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Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret...
All New Square Foot Gardening II
The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space
by Mel Bartholomew (Jan 01, 2013)
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Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening? Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground. However, the best feature is that anyone, anywhere ...
Teaming with Microbes
The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition
by Jeff Lowenfels (Feb 24, 2010)
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Smart gardeners know that soil is anything but an inert substance. Healthy soil is teeming with life — not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an ars...
Four-Season Harvest
Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long, 2nd Edition
by Eliot Coleman (Sep 30, 1999)
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If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide...
The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It
by John Seymour (Aug 17, 2009)
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The only book that teaches all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land, from harnessing natural forms of energy to raising crops and keeping livestock to basketry, carpentry, and much more. Author John Seymour, the father of the back-to-basics movement, shares his singular vision to transform lives and create communities. M...
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
by Edith Holden (Mar 01, 1982)
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Holden, Edith s The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, and The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady have been a marketing sensation in Europe persisting throughout the years as a perennial bestseller in the gift and book markets in the form of stationery, address books, craft books, and calendars. We are very pleased to be the first U.S. publisher to...
The Winter Harvest Handbook
Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
by Eliot Coleman (Apr 14, 2009)
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Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that's taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with "The New Organic Grower" published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in...
The New Organic Grower
A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition (A Gardener's Supply Book)
by Eliot Coleman (Oct 01, 1995)
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With more than 45,000 sold since 1989, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equip...
Epic Tomatoes
How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time
by Craig LeHoullier (Dec 30, 2014)
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Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests...
Sepp Holzer's Permaculture
A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
by Sepp Holzer (Apr 11, 2011)
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Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors' spruce monocultures.In t...
Straw Bale Gardens Complete
by Joel Karsten (Feb 15, 2015)
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You’ll find a bumper crop of vegetable gardening books on the shelves today, but it is a very rare title that actually contains new information. Straw Bale Gardens teaches gardening in a way that isn’t only new but is thoroughly innovative and revolutionary to home gardening. It solves every impediment today’s home gardeners face: bad soil, weeds, ...
The Backyard Homestead
Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
by Carleen Madigan (Feb 11, 2009)
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This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long. ...
Introduction to Permaculture
by Bill Mollison (Jul 31, 1997)
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1995 Reprint, New Edition, Tagari. 216-page Softcover.Introduction to Permaculture is an updated and revised version of the first two permaculture books, Permaculture One (Mollison and Holmgren, 1978) and Permaculture Two (Mollison, 1979), and replaces them. New material by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay has been inserted, along with excerpts from...
Seed to Seed
Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition
by Suzanne Ashworth (Mar 01, 2002)
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Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand...
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener
How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live
by Niki Jabbour (Dec 14, 2011)
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Even in winter’s coldest months you can harvest fresh, delicious produce. Drawing on insights gained from years of growing vegetables in Nova Scotia, Niki Jabbour shares her simple techniques for gardening throughout the year. Learn how to select the best varieties for each season, the art of succession planting, and how to build inexpensive struct...
Tasha Tudor's Garden
by Tovah Martin (Oct 05, 1994)
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Tasha Tudor's poignant art has fascinated adults and children for decades. Her nineteenth-century New England lifestyle is legendary. Gardeners are especially intrigued by the profusion of antique flowers -- spectacular poppies, six-foot foxgloves, and intoxicating peonies -- in the cottage gardens surrounding her hand-hewn house. Until now we've o...
The Holistic Orchard
Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
by Michael Phillips (Jan 10, 2012)
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Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do - given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about mani...
The Resilient Farm and Homestead
An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
by Ben Falk (Jun 03, 2013)
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"The Resilient Homestead" is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be o...
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden
Planting and Pruning Techniques
by Tracy DiSabato-Aust (Jun 30, 2006)
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With more than 180,000 copies sold since its original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, in this expanded edition, there's even more to learn from and enjoy. This is the first, and still the most thorough, book to detail essential practices of perennial care s...
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots
Gardening Together with Children
by Sharon Lovejoy (May 01, 1999)
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Plant a pumpkinseed with a child, and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift. Author of Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages and Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart, Sharon Lovejoy is a nationally known garden writer whose...
Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life
The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales
by Marta McDowell (Nov 05, 2013)
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A New York Times BestsellerWinner of the Garden Writers Association Gold Award There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. Her characters—Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and all the rest—exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens. In Beatrix Potter’s Gardenin...
The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible
How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers
by Edward C. Smith (Mar 02, 2011)
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Harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, and grow broccoli on a balcony! Best-selling author Ed Smith shows you everything you need to know to successfully create and care for an edible container garden, from choosing the right plants and selecting appropriate containers through controlling pests without chemicals and harvesting...
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs
by Anna Carr (Jan 15, 1998)
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Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs is a virtually endless source of useful information and herbal know-how. Presented in A-to-Z format, supplemented with easy-to-use charts and lists, beautifully illustrated with drawings and color photographs, it is the only book on herbs you ever need to buy....
The Brother Gardeners
A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession
by Andrea Wulf (Mar 09, 2010)
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One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London’s Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram, his new contact in the American colonies. But it was not reels of wool or bales of cotton that awaited him, but plants and seeds…Over the next forty years, Bartram would send hundreds of Ame...
McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container
Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers
by Maggie Stuckey (Feb 01, 2002)
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With few exceptions-such as corn and pumpkins-everything edible that's grown in a traditional garden can be raised in a container. And with only one exception-watering-container gardening is a whole lot easier. Beginning with the down-to-earth basics of soil, sun and water, fertilizer, seeds and propagation, The Bountiful Container is an extraordin...
Succulents Simplified
Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties
by Debra Lee Baldwin (May 21, 2013)
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“Demystifies these popular low-water beauties.” —Country Gardens Magazine Whether you’re a novice or veteran, have an acre to fill or a just few pots, or live in Calexico or Canada, Succulents Simplified is a dazzling primer for success with succulents! Debra Lee Baldwin, the Queen of Succulents, profiles the 100 top plant picks and includes basic ...
Succulent Container Gardens
Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants
by Debra Lee Baldwin (Jan 20, 2010)
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Define your individual style. With their colorful leaves, sculptural shapes, and simple care, succulents are beautiful yet forgiving plants for pots. If grown in containers, these dry-climate jewels—which include but are not limited to cacti—can be brought indoors in winter and so can thrive anywhere in the world. In this inspiring compendium, the ...
Root Cellaring
Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables
by Mike Bubel (Jan 09, 1991)
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Stretch the resources of your small backyard garden further than ever before, without devoting hundreds of hours to canning! This informative and inspiring guide shows you not only how to construct your own root cellar, but how to best use the earth’s naturally cool, stable temperature as an energy-saving way to store nearly 100 varieties of perish...
Trowel and Error
Over 700 Organic Remedies, Shortcuts, and Tips for the Gardener
by Sharon Lovejoy (Jan 15, 2002)
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Hundreds of organic gardening tips and homespun remedies that come only from season after season of experience—a perfect gift for the green thumb. Born of necessity and ingenuity and honed through years of “trowel and error,” these helpful hints include environmentally friendly ammunition against weeds and pests, shortcuts for cultivation and propa...
Free-Range Chicken Gardens
How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard
by Jessi Bloom (Jan 03, 2012)
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“If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom is here to make those dreams come true.” —The New York Times Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom offers step-by-step instructions for cr...
Down the Garden Path
by Beverley Nichols (Dec 01, 2004)
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Down the Garden Path has stood the test of time as one of the world’s best-loved and most-quoted gardening books. From a disaster building a rock garden, to further adventures with greenhouses, woodland gardens, not to mention cats and treacle, Nichols has left us a true gardening classic....
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades
The Complete Guide to Natural Gardening
by Steve Solomon (Jan 06, 2002)
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This is the bible of vegetable gardening for anyone turning the soil west of the Cascade Mountains -- from Western British Columbia to Northern California. It includes the basics of soil, when best to plant, the art of composting, what varieties grow well here, which seed companies are reliable, information on handling pests, and an extensive secti...
The Living Landscape
Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
by Rick Darke (Jul 01, 2014)
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“This thoughtful, intelligent book is all about connectivity, addressing a natural world in which we are the primary influence.” —The New York Times Books Review Many gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife, but they also want beauty, a space for the kids to play, privacy, and maybe even a vegetable patch. Sure, it...
A New Perspective
by Piet Oudolf (Apr 09, 2013)
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Hollandi aiakujundaja Piet Oudolfi tööd on nii omanäolised, et teda võib pidada uue istutusstiili loojaks. See stiil põhineb püsikute, kõrreliste jt taimede kooskasutusel ja jätab mulje, nagu oleksid tihedates segaistutustes kasvavad liigid jõudnud tagasi oma looduslikku kasvupaika. Oudolf tunneb imehästi taimi. Tema loodud istutusalad (n High Line...
Merry Hall
by Beverley Nichols (Mar 30, 1998)
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First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious....
The Self-Sufficient Gardener
A Complete Guide to Growing and Preserving All Your Own Food (Using the New Deep Bed Method to Grow More Food in Less Space)
by John Seymour (Feb 09, 1979)
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A wealth of knowledge as well as wonderful bright color illustrations in the front of the book, and detailed illustrations throughout. A wonderful gardening classic~!...
Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener
by Deborah L. Martin (Jan 30, 2018)
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Over 400 entries of the most practical, up-to-date gardening information ever, collected from garden experts and writers nationwide!"Gardens are places to renew yourself in mind and body, to reawaken to the truth and beauty of the natural world, and to feel the life force inside and around you. And the organic way to garden is safer, cheaper, and m...
The House Plant Expert
by D.G. Hessayon (Jan 01, 1992)
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The House Plant Expert is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world's best-selling gardening author.Quite simply, the best-selling gardening book in the world. Over a million copies have been sold in the U.S., and nearly 14 million worldwide. According to one reviewer - "after the Bible, the best-selling reference book of all time....
The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control
A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way (Rodale Organic Gardening)
by Fern Marshall Bradley (Feb 02, 2010)
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With growing consumer awareness about the dangers of garden chemicals, turn to The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control (by Fern Bradley) as the most reliable and comprehensive guide on the garden shelf. Rodale has been the category leader in organic methods for decades, and this thoroughly updated edition features the la...
Great Garden Companions
A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden
by Sally Jean Cunningham (May 19, 2000)
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Discover the secrets of a naturally pest-proof vegetable garden with Great Garden Companions. Let master gardener Sally Jean Cunningham show you how to keep pests and diseases at bay with her unique companion-gardening system. By planting special combinations of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, you can minimize pest and disease problems and create a...
The Resilient Gardener
Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times
by Carol Deppe (Oct 05, 2010)
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Scientist/gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for organic gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields -- resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine. In the last half of The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends and illustr...
A bestseller since its debut in 1990, this indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index. Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even richer with information. Its convenient paperback format makes it easy to carry and access, whether you a...
Edible Landscaping
by Rosalind Creasy (Oct 31, 2010)
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Since Rosalind Creasy popularized the concept of landscaping with edibles a quarter-century ago, interest in eating healthy, fresh, locally grown foods has swept across the nation. More and more Americans are looking to grow clean, delicious produce at home, saving money and natural resources at the same time. And food plants have been freed from t...
Planting in a Post-Wild World
Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
by Thomas Rainer (Oct 07, 2015)
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“As practical as it is poetic. . . . an optimistic call to action.” —Chicago Tribune Over time, with industrialization and urban sprawl, we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Planting...
Grow Great Grub
Organic Food from Small Spaces
by Gayla Trail (Feb 02, 2010)
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Your patio, balcony, rooftop, front stoop, boulevard, windowsill, planter box, or fire escape is a potential fresh food garden waiting to happen. In Grow Great Grub, Gayla Trail, the founder of the leading online gardening community (, shows you how to grow your own delicious, affordable, organic edibles virtually anywhere.         ...
The Layered Garden
Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage
by David L. Culp (Oct 16, 2012)
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Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering and interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spr...
Perennial Vegetables
From Artichoke to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-grow Edibles
by Eric Toensmeier (Jun 01, 2007)
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There is a fantastic array of vegetables you can grow in your garden, and not all of them are annuals. In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food.Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same...
Carrots Love Tomatoes
Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
by Louise Riotte (Jan 02, 1998)
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If you want to know whether it is kosher to plant onions between cabbage plants, this is the place to look.-- Oklahoma TodayFirst published in 1975, this classic companion planting guide has taught a generation of gardeners how to use plants' natural partnerships to produce bigger and better harvests.Over 500,000 in Print!...
Sunflower Houses
Inspiration From the Garden--A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups
by Sharon Lovejoy (Jul 01, 2001)
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A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delig...
Making More Plants
The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation
by Ken Druse (Mar 01, 2012)
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For people who love gardens, propagation is gardening itself, the practice of growing whatever you want, whenever you want. Whether you crave healthy, vigorous plants, wish to grow new ones to share with friends, or hope to produce scores of them to fill your own beds and borders -- for free -- Making More Plants will help fulfill your most vivid g...
A Way to Garden
A Hands-On Primer for Every Season
by Margaret Roach (Jan 27, 1998)
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There are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners, but Margaret Roach offers one that is so warmly personal and so richly informative that many gardeners will want to adopt it as their own. Using her own upsate New York property as her model and laboratory, she leads us through the garden's seasons as they parallel the stages of our own lives...
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
The Complete Guide to Natural and Chemical-Free Gardening
by Anna Kruger (Apr 18, 2005)
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This gorgeously illustrated guide to gardening contains the tips and techniques needed to produce beautiful flowers, top-quality herbs, and appetizing, wholesome fruits and vegetables. Explore the latest methods for cultivation without chemicals, discover the benefits of composting, and learn how to maintain an organic garden year-round. Packed wit...
Easy Growing
Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces
by Gayla Trail (Feb 07, 2012)
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Beautiful Full color photographs and illustrations. Suitable for Canadian climates....
Gardening at the Dragon's Gate
At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World
by Wendy Johnson (Feb 26, 2008)
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Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate is fundamental work that permeates your entire life. It demands your energy and heart, and it gives you back great treasures as well, like a fortified sense of humor, an appreciation for paradox, and a huge harvest of Dinosaur kale and tiny red potatoes.For more than thirty years, Wendy Johnson has been meditating and...
The Bee-Friendly Garden
Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity
by Kate Frey (Feb 09, 2016)
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For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees. In The Bee-Friendly Garden , award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a da...
The Intelligent Gardener
Growing Nutrient-Dense Food
by Steve Solomon (Oct 31, 2012)
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Vegetables, fruits, and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half of the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter for serious con...
The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping
Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques
by Rosalind Creasy (Jun 12, 1982)
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This comprehensive, feature-packed book shows how you can create more beauty around your home, grow delicious healthful produce, and save money and natural resources all at the same time—by landscaping with edible plants. Author Rosalind Creasy, a landscape designer and leading authority on edible landscaping, provides all the information necessary...
Little House in the Suburbs
Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living
by Deanna Caswell (Feb 13, 2012)
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"Little House in the Suburbs" will teach readers how to incorporate homesteading principles into their lives while staying within the comfort of the suburbs. Readers will learn the fundamentals of gardening--from what, when and how to plant--presented with options for container gardening, raised-bed gardening, traditional gardening and even covert ...
The Essential Urban Farmer
by Novella Carpenter (Dec 27, 2011)
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The "how-to" guide for a new generation of farmers from the author of Farm City and a leading urban garden educator. In this indispensable guide, Farm City author Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal share their experience as successful urban farmers and provide practical blueprints-complete with rich visual material-for novice and experienced gr...
The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control
A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals
by Barbara W. Ellis (May 15, 1996)
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End your worries about garden problems with safe, effective solutions from The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control!* Easy-to-use problem-solving encyclopedia covers more than 200 vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, trees, and shrubs* Complete directions on how, when, and where to use preventive methods, insect traps an...
Perennial Combinations
Stunning Combinations That Make Your Garden Look Fantastic Right from the Start (Rodale Garden Book)
by C. Colston Burrell (Feb 18, 2008)
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Perennial combinations are the building blocks of beautiful, successful gardens. Choosing perennials that look great and grow well together is a skill that can take years to develop, but with this book, you're guaranteed to make perfect plant choices right from the start. In Perennial Combinations, expert plantsman, C. Colston Burrell hand-selects ...
You Grow Girl
You Grow Girl
by Gayla Trail (Mar 02, 2005)
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This is not your grandmother's gardening book. You Grow Girl is a hip, humorous how-to for crafty gals everywhere who are discovering a passion for gardening but lack the know-how to turn their dreams of homegrown tomatoes and fresh-cut flowers into a reality. Gayla Trail, creator of, provides guidance for both beginning and interm...
The Rodale Book of Composting
Easy Methods for Every Gardener
by Grace Gershuny (Jan 15, 1992)
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The essential guide to composting for all gardeners and environmentally conscious peopleComposting is fast becoming a household word. Gardeners know it is the best way to feed the soil, while others look to composting as a way to dispose of grass clippings, autumn leaves, and tree trimmings. The Rodale Book of Composting edited by Grace Gershuny an...
Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet
Inventive Ideas for Growing Food in a Small Space
by DK (Jan 26, 2015)
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Want to grow your own vegetables and food, but don't have enough space for a garden? Don't let lack of space get in the way of growing healthy, organic foods at home. Apartment dwellers, schoolteachers, and anyone else who wants to grow a lot of food in a little space will find a great small garden resource in Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet....
Illustrated guide to gardening
by Editors of Reader's Digest (Sep 01, 1995)
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Featuring stunning new illustrations and up-to-date information on plants, pest control, fertilizers, gardening techniques, and more, this favorite book of gardeners for more than ten years illuminates both the fundamentals and the special flourishes with easy-to-understand language and clear illustrations....
Green Thoughts
A Writer in the Garden (Modern Library Gardening)
by Eleanor Perenyi (Feb 19, 2002)
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A classic in the literature of the garden, Green Thoughts is a beautifully written and highly original collection of seventy-two essays, alphabetically arranged, on topics ranging from “Annuals” and “Artichokes” to “Weeds” and “Wildflowers.” An amateur gardener for over thirty years, Eleanor Perényi draws upon her wide-ranging knowledge of gardenin...
The Natural Habitat Garden
by Ken Druse (Mar 15, 1994)
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Now in paperback, this classic book shows American gardeners how they can create beautiful native-plant gardens. Through 500 color photographs of 35 gardens across the country, Ken Druse introduces nature's original communities — grasslands, drylands, wetlands, and woodlands. Listings of plant sources, places to visit, and societies and organizatio...
Vertical Vegetables & Fruit
Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces
by Rhonda Massingham Hart (Nov 16, 2011)
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For gardeners working in confined spaces, Rhonda Massingham Hart presents an ingenious solution for maximizing productivity: grow up! With tepees, trellises, hanging baskets, cages, wall pockets, and multilevel raised beds, you can reap bountiful harvests in even the tiniest growing areas. From kiwis on a clothesline to tomatoes dangling outside a ...
How to Grow More Vegetables
And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine
by John Jeavons (Feb 29, 2004)
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A classic in the field of sustainable gardening, HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES shows how to produce a beautiful organic garden with minimal watering and care, whether it's just a few tomatoes in a tiny backyard or enough food to feed a family of four on less than half an acre. Updated with the latest biointensive tips and techniques, this is an essen...
Gardening When It Counts
Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)
by Steve Solomon (Apr 01, 2006)
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The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering.Currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods are largely inappropriate ...
Starter Vegetable Gardens
24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens
by Barbara Pleasant (Mar 01, 2010)
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Develop your green thumb as you learn to grow your own food. In this introductory guide to growing vegetables, Barbara Pleasant addresses common problems that first-time gardeners encounter. Using simple language and illustrated garden layouts, Pleasant shows you how to start, maintain, and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden in even the ...
Lasagna Gardening
A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens
by Patricia Lanza (Nov 15, 1998)
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A gardening system that works-- so you don't have to!Turn in your tiller for a stack of old newspapers! Replace your shovel with a layer of grass clippings! Let Pat Lanza show you how you can create lush, successful, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of backbreaking digging or noisy tilling.* Practical, first-person advice...
Mini Farming
Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
by Brett L. Markham (Aug 15, 2017)
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Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything ...
The Gardener's Year
by Karel Capek (Feb 19, 2002)
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It is seldom that a practical guide to gardening attains the level of a literary masterpiece, still more seldom that a book on gardening can amuse and instruct even those who have no garden to plant., nor the faintest interest in acquiring one. The Gardener's Year is a charismatic product of Karel Capek's genius: amusing, informative, and full of a...
Roses Love Garlic
Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
by Louise Riotte (Jan 02, 1998)
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From deterring insect pests with hot peppers to encouraging strawberries by bordering them with chrysanthemums, Louise Riotte shows you how to use the natural qualities of common plants to increase your garden’s productivity. Roses Love Garlic profiles hundreds of plants, features sample garden designs, and includes recipes for using your harvest t...
From Vines to Wines
The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
by Jeff Cox (Jan 03, 1999)
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Create you own backyard winery! From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is the most complete and up-to-date guide to growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine.Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and home winemakers will find the latest techniques in this fully revised and updated edition. With tho...
Landscaping with Fruit
Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise. (A Homeowners Guide)
by Lee Reich (Feb 04, 2009)
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Discover the joy of homegrown apples, fresh-picked cherries, and dozens of other fruits with this definitive guide to creating a more delicious backyard! Lee Reich shows you how to grow temperate-zone fruit at home, from site analysis and climate assessment through plant selection, pest control, pruning, and harvesting. A plant-by-plant guide recom...
Founding Gardeners
The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
by Andrea Wulf (Apr 03, 2012)
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From the author of the acclaimed The Brother Gardeners, a fascinating look at the founding fathers from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen, and farmers.For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for t...
Weedless Gardening
by Lee Reich (Jan 08, 2000)
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Garden like Mother Nature, with an organic system that’s good for plants and good for people.   Say good-bye to backaches and weed problems!  Lee Reich’s organic ...
From the Ground Up
The Story of a First Garden
by Amy Stewart (Jan 19, 2000)
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Amy Stewart had a simple dream. She wanted a garden. When she and her husband finished graduate school, they headed west to Santa Cruz, California. With little money in their pockets, they found a modest seaside cottage with a small backyard. It wasn’t much—a twelve-hundred-square-foot patch of land with a couple of fruit trees and a lot of dirt—bu...
Paradise Lot
Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City
by Eric Toensmeier (Jan 01, 2013)
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When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete wit...
Vertical Gardening
Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space
by Derek Fell (Apr 26, 2011)
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The biggest mistake gardeners make each season is starting out too big and then quickly realizingtheir large plot requires too much weeding, watering, and backbreaking labor. Vertical gardening guarantees a better outcome from the day the trowel hits the soil—by shrinking the amount of "floor" space needed and focusing on climbing plants that are l...
The Urban Homestead
Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)
by Kelly Coyne (Jun 01, 2010)
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The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a fast-growing new movement: urbanites are becoming gardeners and farmers. Rejecting both end-times hand wringing and dewy-eyed faith that technology will save us from ourselves, urban homesteaders choose instead to act. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, they are planting seed...
American Grown
The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
by Michelle Obama (May 29, 2012)
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In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn.  As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children....
Indoor Kitchen Gardening
Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden - Microgreens - Sprouts - Herbs - Mushrooms - Tomatoes, Peppers & More
by Elizabeth Millard (Jun 15, 2014)
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As featured in the New York Times and named to "Best Garden Books of 2014" by the Chicago TribuneIt takes just a few dollars and a few days for you to start enjoying fresh, healthy produce grown indoors in your own home. Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompan...
Flower Confidential
The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
by Amy Stewart (Mar 18, 2008)
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Award-winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought—for better or worse—to achieve perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists working to invent, manufacture, and sell flowers that are bigger, brighter, and sturdier than anythi...
Garden Anywhere
by Alys Fowler (Mar 25, 2009)
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Have a small patch of soil? Or just a window box? Not a problem. Garden Anywhere shows how anyone can create an oasis in the smallest of spaces. We're not talking just a simple pot of marigolds, here. Garden Anywhere outlines everything an aspiring gardener needs to know to sow a bounteous, thriving garden. Alys Fowler, trained at the New York Bota...
Farm City
The Education of an Urban Farmer
by Novella Carpenter (May 25, 2010)
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Novella Carpenter loves cities-the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided t...
Cultivating Delight
A Natural History of My Garden
by Diane Ackerman (Oct 01, 2002)
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In the mode of her esteemed bestseller A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman's new book, Cultivating Delight celebrates the sensory pleasures she discovers in her garden.Ackerman delights in her garden through all the seasons. Whether she is deadheading flowers or glorying in the profusion of roses, offering sugar water to a hummingbird o...
Onward and Upward In the Garden
by Katherine White (Apr 01, 1981)
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Katharine White began working at The New Yorker in 1925, the year of its founding, and was an editor there for thirty-four years, shaping the careers of such writers as John O'Hara, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jean Stafford. Throughout and beyond those years she was also a gardener. In 1958, when her job as editor was coming to a close, White wrote the f...
This Organic Life
Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
by Joan Dye Gussow (Oct 01, 2002)
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Joan Dye Gussow is an extraordinarily ordinary woman. She lives in a home not unlike the average home in a neighborhood that is, more or less, typically suburban. What sets her apart from the rest of us is that she thinks more deeply - and in more eloquent detail- about food. In sharing her ponderings, she sets a delightful example for those of us ...
One Magic Square Vegetable Gardening
The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square
by Lolo Houbein (Feb 23, 2016)
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A Hands-On Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs—Starting with Just One Square Yard!Lolo Houbein has been growing food for more than 30 years—and now, drawing on her wide learning and hard-earned experience, she offers a wealth of information on how to turn small plots of land into sources of nourishing, inexpensive, organic food. A...