Nature & Environment
Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

Homemade Bird Suet

Make your own suet cakes to keep your birds fat and happy throughout the winter.

Planting Living Fencerows

Fencerows and hedgerows not only demark property boundaries and help keep livestock contained, but they also provide important habitat to many species.

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Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability 
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Why We Need Wilderness 
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.

Raptors, the Sky Masters 
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens 
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Barn Owl Magic 
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.

Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye  
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.

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GARDEN WISDOM AND KNOW-HOW

The latest addition to the best-selling Wisdom and Know-How series is a complete home reference for everything you need to know about gardening — from soil and fertilizers to growing flowers and vegetables.

Garden Wisdom and Know-How is a large-scale practical guide to planting and maintaining a garden, indoors or out. The chapters are organized by topic — garden techniques and tricks, the flower garden, the edible garden, container gardening, garden design and landscaping, attracting wildlife, and so on — and packed with information. Readers will discover tips and techniques for maintaining a garden year-round; harvesting herbs; designing by bloom season; turning garden refuse into garden rewards; building teepees, trellises and other plant supports; and much more.

Featuring handpicked selections from dozens of publications from Rodale Books, this massive collection is full of indispensable and trusted advice from some of the most respected gardening authors in the world. And with hundreds of black-and-white illustrations and photographs as well as step-by-step projects, key gardening resources, and essential information on countless plant species, Garden Wisdom and Know-How is a must-have volume for both the aspiring and the experienced gardener.

About the author

Judy Pray is a freelance book editor. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

About Rodale Books

Rodale Books publishes award-winning, best-selling titles on gardening, health, wellness, fitness, food, nutrition, inspiration/spirituality and the environment. Some of their best-known gardening books include Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, Your Backyard Herb Garden, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide and Garden Primer.

$19.95

Dig into the world of herbal medicine with this complete guide to cultivating and harvesting plants with healing properties. For thousands of years people have been utilizing herbs and cultivating weeds found to speed the healing of wounds, soothe skin irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and ward off illnesses. Now you can plan and grow your own garden first aid kit.

In these pages, you'll learn the basics of gardening in your backyard (or on your windowsill or porch), including instructions for preparing soil, composting and weeding. You'll then find detailed descriptions of the 12 most common, easy-to-grow, most useful healing herbs, with instructions for growing, harvesting and utilizing them. These powerful plants include:

  • Garlic, which boosts immunity, reduces blood pressure, and combats cancer
  • Echinacea, which reduces inflammation, boosts immunity, and has antiviral properties
  • Yarrow, which accelerates the healing of wounds, is an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve PMS symptoms
  • Elderflower, which is an astringent and can relieve arthritis and soothe sore throats
  • Mint, which soothes digestive problems, sweetens breath, and can reduce fevers
  • Elecampane, a respiratory tonic with antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • And more!

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COOKING WITH PUMPKIN

Delicious pumpkin is a healthy addition to any dish, whether in Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Donuts, a Spiced Pumpkin Latte, or Cheesy Pumpkin Mac ’n Cheese. Pumpkin tastes terrific, and its nutritional benefits are so impressive that it’s been declared a superfood by people in the know.

    Pumpkin is
  • Packed with antioxidants
  • High in fiber and low in calories
  • Full of potassium and vitamins A and C

Here are more than 75 recipes to inspire and nourish home cooks (and their friends and families).

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CAPPERS FARMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL ISSUE

Bring back the holidays with the new CAPPER's Farmer Holiday Special. Experience the nostalgia of homemade gifts, classic recipes, and more traditions from Christmases past on the farm. From roasting a turkey 1860s style to creating homemade gift jars, from satisfying the seasonal sweet tooth to savoring the songs of Christmas, this special edition offers up a buffet of knowledge.

In the more than 20 articles, you'll find delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and memorable holiday stories from CAPPER's readers just like you. Read "Party Like the Pilgrims" and learn classic and contemporary recipes to fix for your Thanksgiving feast. Bake scrumptious treats from everyone's favorite squash in "The Great Pumpkin." Learn how festive firs have long participated in the traditional American Christmas celebration in "O Christmas Tree!" "Make Your Own Soap" teaches you how to make beautiful homemade bars of soap to give for holiday gifts.

More articles include:

  • Heart of the Home: Far From Home for the Holidays - Readers recall holidays spent in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • The Sweetest Thing - Upgrade your standby cookie recipes to showstopping holiday gifts.
  • Homemade Holiday Greetings and Gifts - Make simple and functional gifts, as well as homemade greeting cards and gift boxes, bags and tags for loved ones.
  • Make the Most of Playing Host - Everything you need to host a simple, elegant and stress-free gathering.
  • The Happiest Homemade Christmas - A penny-pinching year teaches a young girl that joy and happiness don't come from material possessions.
  • Sing the Songs of Christmas - Carols evolved as a way to communicate Christmas thought.

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ROSE ELLIOT'S 30-MINUTE VEGETARIAN

Perfect for the busy home cook, Rose Elliot's 30-Minute Vegetarian offers delicious quick meals from Britain's reigning queen of vegetarian cuisine. Featuring 140 vegetarian recipes that take only an hour or less to prepare, this beautifully photographed new book presents classic meals such as Macaroni and Cheese and Bean Burgers, along with an array of updated and modern dishes. Elliot's helpful tips, time-tested advice, and fail-safe recipes have delighted fans for 40 years, and this collection will, too.

$19.95