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281.

HOW TO GROW PERENNIAL VEGETABLES

Martin Crawford
Paperback

Price: $26.95

Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants t…

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Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetable (edible plants that live longer than three years), from ground-cover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants.

There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables, for example:

  • they need less tillage than conventional vegetables and so help retain carbon in the soil
  • the soil structure is not disturbed in their cultivation
  • they extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring
  • and, of course, they are much less work.
Part One looks at why and how to grow these crops, and how to look after them for maximum health.

Part Two features over 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual – from rhubarb to skirret; Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions. This book offers inspiration and information for all gardeners, whether experienced or beginner, and also includes plenty of cooking tips with beautiful color photographs and illustrations throughout.

282.

JOY IN YOUR GARDEN

Joy Bissi & Karen Bastow
Paperback

Price: $16.99

With easy-to-learn tips and advice from experts Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow, Joy in Your Garden: A Seasonal Guide to Gardening will have you gardening in no time! Novice gardeners and natural green thu…

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With easy-to-learn tips and advice from experts Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow, Joy in Your Garden: A Seasonal Guide to Gardening will have you gardening in no time! Novice gardeners and natural green thumbs will learn to successfully garden in any season of the year. The expertise and wisdom provided in this book will help you master the art of gardening, from using the correct tools for your garden to choosing a ripe watermelon.

283.

THE ORGANIC SEED GROWER

John Navazio
Hardcover

Price: $49.95

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both home seed sav…

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The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.

Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.

In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including: o The reproductive biology of crop plants o Annual vs. biennial seed crops o Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity o Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity o Seed crop climates o Seed-borne diseases o Seed cleaning basics o Seed storage for farmers o And more ...

This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer become more knowledgeable, efficient and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.

With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.

284.

BUILDING SOILS NATURALLY

Phil Nauta
Paperback

Price: $19.95

In an organic garden, plants in optimum health thrive abundantly, produce harvests with amazing taste, and possess the ability to fight off plant predators. When they don't, there's often something la…

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In an organic garden, plants in optimum health thrive abundantly, produce harvests with amazing taste, and possess the ability to fight off plant predators. When they don't, there's often something lacking in their proper nutrition. Maybe they are missing beneficial microorganism companions, or perhaps they are short of the energy needed to reach their full nutrient-dense potential. The solution is to "start with the soil," but healthy soil doesn't happen just by composting, fertilizing or companion planting alone. The solution can be found in Building Soils Naturally, which gives gardeners a hands-on plan for creating productive, living soil by using a practical, holistic approach - crafted right in your garden.

285.

MUSHROOMING WITH CONFIDENCE

Alexander Schwab
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Picking mushrooms in the woods on a sunny day can be fun for the whole family ... but only if you do it safely! Fungi species number in the thousands, so knowing which are edible and which are poisono…

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Picking mushrooms in the woods on a sunny day can be fun for the whole family ... but only if you do it safely! Fungi species number in the thousands, so knowing which are edible and which are poisonous when you are picking them for yourself in the wild can be tough. Safe and unsafe species often closely resemble each other, and worrying about which mushrooms are safe and which might be deadly can take all the fun out of mushrooming. Enter Mushrooming with Confidence!

Improving on the usual overwhelming and exhaustive wild plant guidebook, Mushrooming with Confidence is a slim, handy manual that focuses on the tastiest and most common mushrooms, so that you can easily spot those that are not only safe to eat, but also a delight to cook and share!

Here mushrooms are divided into four identification categories so that anyone will be able to recognize what he or she is looking at quickly and correctly. Thirty of the most common and delicious types are explained in detail, from the common field mushroom to the pretty purple amethyst deceiver and the prolific and tasty charcoal burner. Each mushroom includes a "Positive ID Checklist" that the reader can go through to be absolutely certain they have the right species, and more than 300 color photographs make it a snap to know exactly what kind of mushroom you've found . . . and whether you really want to pick it!

With lists of the best tools for mushrooming, the best techniques for getting a mushroom out of the ground in one piece, and even how to remove worms, Mushrooming with Confidence will extinguish any fear or doubt that might stop you from hunting down your own delicious mushrooms. This will prove a fun and essential guide for novice and experienced pickers alike!

286.

GROWING LOCAL FOOD

Mary Lou Shaw
Paperback

Price: $14.99

Growing Local Food's goal is to empower you and your community to grow more of your own food. 22 chapters explore ideas as simple as growing herbs in a pot to information on raising heritage breed cow…

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Growing Local Food's goal is to empower you and your community to grow more of your own food. 22 chapters explore ideas as simple as growing herbs in a pot to information on raising heritage breed cows.

287.

PETAL & TWIG

Valerie Easton
Hardcover

Price: $16.95

Forcing flowers to stand up and do tricks is the old way of flower bouquets. That called for flying in blossoms from around the world. The new way is so much more DIY and all about what's happening in the garden right now … no matter the season. Petal & Twig is full of photographs and descriptions of wonderfully fresh combinations from garden expert Valerie Easton's own garden. With an inviting and personal tone, Easton shows how to assemble floral combinations for color, for fragrance, to express the essence of the season, for the dinner table, for the kitchen, for the bookshelf. Inspiration, experimentation and simple pleasure are the keys to the new bouquets.

288.

TASTE, MEMORY

David Buchanan
Paperback

Price: $17.95

While living in Washington State in the early ’90s, David Buchanan learned about the heritage food movement and began growing fruit trees, grains and vegetables. After moving home to New England, howe…

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While living in Washington State in the early ’90s, David Buchanan learned about the heritage food movement and began growing fruit trees, grains and vegetables. After moving home to New England, however, he left behind his plant collection and for several years stopped gardening. In 2005, inspired by the revival of interest in regional food and culinary traditions, he borrowed a few rows of growing space at a farm near his home in Portland, Maine, where he resumed collecting. By 2012 he had expanded to 2 acres, started a nursery and small business, and discovered creative ways to preserve rare foods. In Taste, Memory Buchanan shares stories of slightly obsessive urban gardeners, preservationists, environmentalists, farmers and passionate cooks, and weaves anecdotes of his personal journey with profiles of leaders in the movement to defend agricultural biodiversity.

Taste, Memory begins and ends with a simple premise: that a healthy food system depends on matching diverse plants and animals to the demands of land and climate. In this sense of place lies the true meaning of local food.

289.

THE ROOTS OF MY OBSESSION

Thomas Cooper
Paperback

Price: $14.95

The Roots of My Obsession features 30 essays from the most vital voices in gardening. They show that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged. Each gar…

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The Roots of My Obsession features 30 essays from the most vital voices in gardening. They show that gardening is a passion and obsession that cannot be conquered or abandoned, only indulged. Each gardener tells a compelling story. Whether their muse is the quest to achieve a personal vision of ultimate beauty, a mission to heal the earth or the attempt to grow a perfect heirloom tomato, the writing is direct, engaging and from the heart.

290.

THE LAYERED GARDEN

David L. Culp, Adam Levine
Hardcover

Price: $34.95

Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved 2-acre Pennsylvania garden, where he mastered the design technique of layering — interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant p…

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Brandywine Cottage is David Culp's beloved 2-acre Pennsylvania garden, where he mastered the design technique of layering — 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 spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.

The Layered Garden shows you how to re-create Culp's majestic display. It starts with a basic lesson in layering — how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and how to maintain it. To illustrate how layering works, Culp takes you on a personal tour through each part of his celebrated garden: the woodland garden, the perennial border, the kitchen garden, the shrubbery and the walled garden. The book culminates with a chapter dedicated to signature plants for all four seasons.

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