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CREATING LONG LASTING HANGING PLANTS E-HANDBOOK

Hanging plants brighten dark corners, sweeten still breezes, soften stark lines, and bring drama to the drab.

This e-handbook describes how to create and design your own hanging basket garden. Chapters include:

  • Choose the Best Ready-Made Basket
  • Choose the Best Varieties
  • Design a Hanging Garden
  • Get Your Fingers Dirty
  • Create That Full Effect
  • Keep Hanging Baskets Healthy


This handy reference guide can show you ways to cater hanging baskets to your own tastes and color schemes, select from a wide range of varieties not available in nursery-grown baskets, and save money, too! 36 pages.

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$9.95

THE FOREST GARDEN GREENHOUSE

By the turn of the 19th century, thousands of acres of glass houses surrounded large American cities, becoming a commonplace symbol of the market garden and nursery trades. But the possibilities of the indoor garden to transform our homes and our lives remain largely unrealized.

In The Forest Garden Greenhouse, Jerome Osentowski presents a wholly new approach to a very old horticultural subject. Osentowski is one of North America’s most accomplished permaculture designers, and here he shows how bringing the forest garden indoors is not only possible, but doable on unlikely terrain and in cold climates, using near-net-zero technology. Different from other works on greenhouse design and management, this groundbreaking book advocates for an indoor agriculture using permaculture design concepts—integration, multifunctions, perennials and polycultures—that take season extension into new and important territory.

Osentowski, director and founder of Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI), farms at 7,200 feet on a steep, rocky hillside in Colorado, incorporating deep, holistic permaculture design with practical common sense. It is at this site, high on a mountaintop, where Osentowski (along with architect and design partner Michael Thompson) has been designing and building revolutionary greenhouses that utilize passive and active solar technology via what they call the “climate battery”—a subterranean air-circulation system that takes the hot, moist, ambient air from the greenhouse during the day, stores it in the soil and discharges it at night—that can offer tropical and Mediterranean climates at similarly high altitudes and in cold climates (and everywhere else). Osentowski’s greenhouse designs, which can range from the backyard homesteader to commercial greenhouses, are completely ecological and use a simple design that traps hot and cold air and regulates it for best possible use. The book is part case study of the amazing greenhouses at CRMPI and part how-to primer for anyone interested in a more integrated model for growing food and medicine in a greenhouse. With detailed design drawings, photos and profiles of successful greenhouse projects on all scales, this inspirational manual will considerably change the conversation about greenhouse design.

$34.95

COOKING WITH WINTER SQUASH & PUMPKINS E-HANDBOOK

Winter squash and pumpkins were cultivated in this country long before Columbus arrived. They are a good source of vitamin and the seeds are high in leucine, tyrosine and vitamin B complex.

This e-handbook will teach you what you need to know about the different types of squash, cooking, preserving and storing squash and pumpkin. Recipes in this handy guide include:

  • Squash with Sausage Stuffing
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Squash Cornbread
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Scalloped Squash
  • Traditional Pumpkin Pie
  • Squash Oatmeal Cookies


In addition to using squash and pumpikns for delicious recipes, they can also be used for decorative purposes. 36 pages.

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$9.95

TWO-LEVEL RAISED DECK E-PLAN

  • Overall size - 21'-0" x 24'-0"
  • Lower deck - 18'-0" x 12'-0"
  • Upper deck - 12'-0" x 12'-9"
  • Can be built at any height
  • Adaptable to any lot situation
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Adaptable to any lot situation, this two-level raised deck can be built to your preferred height. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 21 feet wide and 24 feet deep.


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$40.00

EDIBLE WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

Long before sunflower seeds became a popular snack food, they were a foodstuff valued by Native Americans. For some 10,000 years, from the end of the Pleistocene to the 1800s, the indigenous peoples of the plains regarded edible native plants, like the sunflower, as an important source of food. Not only did plants provide sustenance during times of scarcity, they also added variety to what otherwise would have been a monotonous diet of game. Nevertheless, the use of native plants as food sharply declined when white men settled the Great Plains and imposed their own culture, with its differing notions of what was fit to eat. Those notions tended to exclude from the accepted diet such plants as soapweed, lambsquarter, ground cherry, prairie turnip and prickly pear. Today it is strange to think of eating chokecherries, which were a key ingredient in that staple of the Indian diet, pemmican.

Based on plant lore documented by historical and archaeological evidence, Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie relates how 122 plant species were once used as food by the native and immigrant residents on the prairie. Written for a broad audience of amateur naturalists, botanists, ethnologists, anthropologists and agronomists, this guide is intended to educate the reader about wild plants as food sources, to synthesize information on the potential use of native flora as new food crops, and to encourage the conservation and cultivation of prairie plants.

By writing about the edible flora of the American prairie, Kelly Kindscher has provided us with the first edible plant book devoted to the region that Walt Whitman called "North America's characteristic landscape" and that Willa Cather called "the floor of the sky." In describing how plants were used for food, he has drawn upon information concerning tribes that inhabited the prairie bioregion. As a consequence, his book serves as a handy compendium for readers seeking to learn more about historical uses of plants by Native Americans.

The book is organized into 51 chapters arranged alphabetically by scientific name. For those who are interested in finding and identifying the plants, the book provides line drawings, distribution maps, and botanical and habitat descriptions. The ethnobotanical accounts of food use form the major portion of the text, but the reader will also find information on the parts of the plants used, harvesting, propagation (for home gardeners), and the preparation and taste of wild food plants.

$14.95