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141.

THE SEED UNDERGROUND

Janisse Ray
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Across the country, a renaissance of local food, farming and place-based culinary traditions is taking hold. And yet something small, critically important and profoundly at risk is being overlooked in…

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Across the country, a renaissance of local food, farming and place-based culinary traditions is taking hold. And yet something small, critically important and profoundly at risk is being overlooked in this local food resurgence: seeds. We are losing our seeds. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94 percent have been lost forever.

With a signature lyricism that once prompted a New York Times writer to proclaim her the Rachel Carson of the South, author Janisse Ray (Ecology of a Cracker Childhood) brings us the inspiring stories of ordinary gardeners whose aim is to save time-honored open-pollinated varieties like Old Time Tennessee muskmelon and Long County Longhorn okra-varieties that will be lost if people don't grow, save, and swap the seeds.

From rural Maine to Oregon's Palouse, Ray introduces readers to dozens of seed savers like the eccentric sociology professor she dubs "Tomato Man" and Maine farmer Will Bonsall, the "Noah" of seed saving who juggles hundreds of seeds, many grown by him, and him alone. And Ray tells her own story: of watching her grandmamma save squash seed; of her own first tiny garden at the edge of a junkyard; of falling in love with heirloom and local varieties as a young woman; and the one seed (Conch cowpea) that got away from her.

With a quiet urgency, The Seed Underground reminds us that while our underlying health, food security and sovereignty may be at stake as seeds disappear, so, too, are the stories, heritage and history that passes between people as seeds are passed from hand to hand.


142.

THE FARMER'S ALMANAC 2013


Hardcover

Price: $7.99

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America's best-selling annual publication is also the most beloved. A reference book that reads like a magazine, the…

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America's best-selling annual publication is also the most beloved. A reference book that reads like a magazine, the Almanac contains everything under the sun: facts, feature articles and advice … and all of it still guided by the words of the Almanac's first editor, Robert B. Thomas, who demanded content that was "useful, with a pleasant degree of humor."

The 2013 edition, which marks the publication's 221st anniversary, will feature:

  • Weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus hints of how a low sunspot cycle could influence conditions in the coming years
  • The most accurate astronomical data in the solar system, with recommendations for best viewing every month
  • Safe and easy home remedies for each season’s most common—and uncomfortable—aches and ailments
  • Fail-safe gardening tips to ensure a hefty harvest, ideas for using vegetable plants as ornamentals, plus gardening by the moon
  • Delicious recipes for home-baked cakes, cookies and pies; plus readers' best bacon dishes
  • Amusing and enlightening articles on raising children, kisses, and why pets bite (and how to stop them)
  • And much more!
Added value this year:
  • 80 full-color pages
  • Full-color national weather maps of winter and summer forecasts


143.

BIG PLANS, SMALL GARDENS

Andy Sturgeon
Hardcover

Price: $10.99

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All of us want to maximize our outdoor space whether for work, rest or play. Big Plans, Small Garden will show you h…

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All of us want to maximize our outdoor space whether for work, rest or play. Big Plans, Small Garden will show you how to do just that, using inspirational photographs supported by practical how-to information, garden plans and case studies.

The book is divided into three main sections:


  • Assessing Your Needs - encourages the reader to focus on their requirements and determine their priorities in terms of making the most of their space.
  • Solutions by Area - looks at a range of different spaces from balconies to basements, rooftops to courtyards, and highlights the particular considerations of each. This chapter also illustrates inspiring design ideas, always focusing on the practical. For example, it asks the reader questions such as, "Do you want to make the most of your view or do you need to screen off an eyesore?"
  • Design Details - focuses on elements such as walls, flooring, lighting and furniture. Feature boxes and text offer design advice and planting suggestions, and clarify what is achievable through do-it-yourself projects and what requires a professional. They also include low-maintenance and drought-friendly ideas.
Full of innovative and stylish space-saving ideas, this book is ideal for gardeners with difficult spaces such as basements, passages, porches and small roof gardens.


144.

GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES

Carol Klein
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Eating vegetables is good for you. Growing your own is even better.

"You are what you eat" may be a timeworn adage, but it makes a valid point. When you grow your own vegetables, you'll n…

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Eating vegetables is good for you. Growing your own is even better.

"You are what you eat" may be a timeworn adage, but it makes a valid point. When you grow your own vegetables, you'll not only eat better food, but you'll also regain your connection to the seasons and the natural rhythms of life. Growing your own will change what's on your dinner table, and it will change you.

That's the philosophy behind Carol Klein's impeccably thorough guide to home vegetable gardening. In its pages, she reveals all the tricks to becoming a successful small-plot gardener, from preparing the soil to deciding what to grow (and when to plant and harvest). The book covers coping with pests, weeds, and other common problems, and its second half is a veritable encyclopedia of the vegetables that you might choose to grow: delicate salad greens, hardy root vegetables, and everything in between.


145.

ORGANIC KITCHEN GARDEN

Juliet Roberts
Paperback

Price: $7.47

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Everyone committed to a natural, healthy and safe approach to gardening will consider Organic Kitchen Garden an essential reference.

This practical, beautiful and invaluable gardening resource shows how to grow your own food and discover the taste of fresh fruit and vegetables. The definitive organic vegetable gardening book, it explains how to set up your vegetable patch, prepare the soil, choose and care for your crops, and stagger your harvest across the seasons. Each chapter deals with a different crop, from salads, beans and brassicas to onions, potatoes and root vegetables. More unusual crops such as fennel, pak choi and sea kale are also covered. Helpful monthly lists remind you which jobs need doing when, and you'll keep your garden in fine fettle thanks to tips on composting, weed control, plant health care, watering, and pest and disease control.


146.

THE ULTIMATE GARDEN DESIGNER

Tim Newbury
Paperback

Price: $9.90

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With more than 100 garden designs to suit every plot, taste and pocket, The Ultimate Garden Designer has sold nearly…

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With more than 100 garden designs to suit every plot, taste and pocket, The Ultimate Garden Designer has sold nearly a quarter of a million copies worldwide … and is sure to contain your ideal garden.

In this fully revised edition of Tim Newbury's classic, expert advice shows you exactly where to put your patio and plant your perennials. With a comprehensive plant directory, a vast selection of garden features, and more than 600 beautiful color photographs, plans and drawings, this book is the complete guide to the world of garden design. It's the next best thing to hiring a professional.


147.

MINI ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PONDS

Linda Adkins
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds has all the know-how needed to create an ideal water feature in any garden. It examines a variety of ponds according to their size and type, from formal to wildlife. …

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Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds has all the know-how needed to create an ideal water feature in any garden. It examines a variety of ponds according to their size and type, from formal to wildlife. This authoritative book also considers a variety of factors involved in their installation, from siting and budget to construction and equipment (such as filters and pumps).

Useful directories feature photographs and detailed descriptions of native and exotic plants and wildlife with which to stock a pond, with a particular emphasis on achieving and maintaining a balanced and healthy pond environment. A further chapter describes and illustrates the process of planting oxygenating marginal plants that enhance the pond's health and appearance. Water features, such as waterfalls and streams, are covered and a final section explains routine care and maintenance to ensure the pond looks its best all year round.

Mini Encyclopedia of Garden Ponds is written in an accessible and easy-to-understand style, and illustrated with a wealth of color photographs and illustrations to support the comprehensive text and bring to life the joys of pond ownership for the reader.


148.

VEGETABLES, HERBS & FRUIT: AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA

M Biggs/J McVicar/B Flowerdew
Hardcover

Price: $16.47

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The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. This resource is a prime reference for the many folk…

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The demand for locally sourced organic foods continues to rise. This resource is a prime reference for the many folks who are growing or wanting to grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits.

The book features superb full-color photographs and illustrations and an easy-to-use A-Z directory. Its comprehensive growing, harvesting and preserving tips and wealth of recipes will be a boon to gardeners and cooks alike.

Practical aspects of gardening are explained in detail, with in-depth sections on pollination, soil fertility, greenhouse growing and creating a garden. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Nutritional values
  • The most useful and recommended varieties
  • Plant hardiness, propagation and growing guidelines
  • Cropping, harvesting and storing
  • Weed, pest and disease control
  • Ornamental and wildlife value
  • Pruning and training
  • Companion planting
  • Container growing
A yearly maintenance calendar, glossary, further reading section, seed sources list and detailed index round out this outstanding book.


149.

THE CONSCIENTIOUS GARDENER

Dr Sarah Hayden Reichard
Paperback

Price: $13.10

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In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leo…

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In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet. In this inspiring book, Sarah Hayden Reichard tells how we can bring Leopold’s far-reaching vision to our gardens to make them more sustainable, lively and healthy places. Today, gardening practices too often damage the environment: We deplete resources in our own soil while mining for soil amendments in faraway places, or use water and pesticides in ways that can pollute lakes and rivers. Drawing from cutting edge research on urban horticulture, Reichard explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening and gives straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching and invasive species.

The book includes a scorecard that allows readers to quickly evaluate the sustainability of their current practices, as well as an extensive list of garden plants that are invasive, what they do and where they should be avoided.


150.

COVER CROPS AND COMPOST CROPS IN YOUR GARDEN DVD

Cindy Conner
DVD

Price: $35.00

Central Virginia grower Cindy Conner takes us through a year in her garden. Using hand tools, she grows cover crops among her vegetable crops. These cover crops keep down weeds and nourish the soil un…

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Central Virginia grower Cindy Conner takes us through a year in her garden. Using hand tools, she grows cover crops among her vegetable crops. These cover crops keep down weeds and nourish the soil until she cuts them down to use for mulch and compost. This DVD features many veggie faves - Bloody Butcher corn, Mississippi Silver crowder peas and more!

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