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171.

GOOD MUSHROOM, BAD MUSHROOM

John Plischke III
Hardcover

Price: $17.95

Good Mushroom, Bad Mushroom is a friendly, authoritative field guide to the challenges and delights of hunting and eating wild mushrooms - how to ID the edible ones and avoid the toxic ones. Mushroom …

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Good Mushroom, Bad Mushroom is a friendly, authoritative field guide to the challenges and delights of hunting and eating wild mushrooms - how to ID the edible ones and avoid the toxic ones. Mushroom expert John Plischke considers 50 of the most interesting and noteworthy mushrooms out there, with full-color photos throughout and generous helpings of mushroom recipes. An attractive gift book for beginners and old-timers alike - adults as well as curious kids - Good Mushroom, Bad Mushroom features heavy matte-laminated pages and concealed-wire binding for handy use outside.


172.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS HOW TO GROW AND PRESERVE YOUR OWN FOOD

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Enjoy a bountiful garden harvest this fall with the informative articles in this third edition of the Mother Earth NewsHow to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food. From cover to cover, this glossy-paged gu…

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Enjoy a bountiful garden harvest this fall with the informative articles in this third edition of the Mother Earth News How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food. From cover to cover, this glossy-paged guide contains tips and techniques for growing your own fruits and vegetables, and preserving them using simple, easy-to-learn techniques.

Learn how to grow winter tomatoes indoors all through the season; harvest the freshest mushrooms with the help of a do-it-yourself kit; discover how to make sauerkraut; and more. This guide includes detailed articles on extending your growing season with greenhouses and cold frames, including how to build an easy hoop house for less than $1,000. You'll also learn how to build better soil with free organic fertilizers (including two you won't even need to pay for.)

The editors of Mother Earth News have filled this 100-page guide with some of their best gardening and preserving articles. Articles include:

  • Savor Summer's Harvest All Year Long
  • Instant No-Dig Garden Beds
  • Use Wood Mulch to Build Great Garden Soil
  • Build a Solar Food Dehydrator
  • Grow Sage: Simple, Beautiful, Delicious


173.

THE OLD-FASHIONED FRUIT GARDEN

Jo Ann Gardner
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Jo Ann Gardner and her husband, Jigs, have been farming for nearly four decades, specializing in fruit, dairy, and herb products. Jo Ann herself makes and sells seventy-five cases of jams, jellies, an…

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Jo Ann Gardner and her husband, Jigs, have been farming for nearly four decades, specializing in fruit, dairy, and herb products. Jo Ann herself makes and sells seventy-five cases of jams, jellies, and preserves a year. She knows her subject well—and this breezy, delightful reissue of her classic text is a testament to the continued relevance of her years of gardening knowledge. Whether an old hand or a novice, you’ll find The Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden enlightening and informative, not to mention enjoyable. In this updated and full-color edition of The Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden, Jo Ann takes you back to the basics.


174.

TOMATOES GARLIC BASIL

Doug Oster
Paperback

Price: $18.95

In today's downturned economy, one sector is trending sharply up: backyard vegetable gardening. Americans are staying closer to home, literally tending to their gardens by the millions. And they're re…

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In today's downturned economy, one sector is trending sharply up: backyard vegetable gardening. Americans are staying closer to home, literally tending to their gardens by the millions. And they're reaching out for help and advice. Doug Oster, popular radio talk show gardening expert (and newspaper garden and food columnist), gets more questions about tomatoes than any other vegetable. No. 2 is garlic, with basil close behind. It's time for a book about these favorites of the American kitchen, created for beginners and old-timers alike. With color photos throughout, this book is a balance of easy-to-use organic gardening tips, a little horticultural history, serious and funny cautionary gardening tales … and 30 simply delicious recipes (the gastronomic payoff). No matter if a garden is a loft balcony or a backyard in the 'burbs, Oster leads his readers step by step with his trademark "how I do it" humor and Julia Child honesty … with a bonus prize of all those recipes as a reward for readers' labors.


175.

A GARDENER'S NOTEBOOK

Doug Oster
Hardcover

Price: $14.95

A Gardener's Notebook is designed to become a family heirloom, its pages filled with the story of your life in the garden. It is a story you will write, about dreams and hard work, setbacks and victor…

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A Gardener's Notebook is designed to become a family heirloom, its pages filled with the story of your life in the garden. It is a story you will write, about dreams and hard work, setbacks and victories. Whether it's a tiny patch or grand acreage, it's yours and you love it (most of the time!). No doubt, friends, dogs and family will make appearances in your journal too, and that's as it should be.

When organic gardeners Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser wrote their book, Grow Organic, they hoped to also create a companion book, a garden journal that conveyed the same helpful, neighborly spirit. And so, here it is, A Gardener's Notebook, with occasional appearances by Doug and Jess, dropping off some tips and stories of their own … like making your own ''compost tea,'' planting veggie seeds that thrive, keeping the bad bugs away and inviting the good bugs in.

But most of all, it's about simply enjoying life in your garden


176.

HONEYBEE: LESSONS FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BEEKEEPER

C. Marina Marchese
Hardcover

Price: $22.95

In 1999, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor's honeybee hives. She quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey and earned a certificate in …

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In 1999, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor's honeybee hives. She quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey and earned a certificate in apitherapy (the medicinal use of honey, pollen, and bee venom). She studied wine tasting-to transfer those skills to honey tasting-eventually opened her own honey business, and today her Red Bee® Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country.

More than an inspiring story of one woman's transformative relationship with honeybees (some of nature's most fascinating creatures), Honeybee is also bursting with information about all aspects of bees, beekeeping and honey-including life inside the hive; the role of the queen, workers and drones; pollination and its importance to sustaining all life; the culinary pleasures of honey; hiving and keeping honeybees; the ancient practice of apitherapy; and much more.

Recipes for food and personal care products appear throughout. Also included is an excellent, one-of-a-kind appendix that lists 75 honey varietals, with information on provenance, tasting notes, and food-and-wine pairings.


177.

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.


178.

THE THINKING BEEKEEPER

Christy Hemenway
Paperback

Price: $24.95

What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taki…

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What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.

The Thinking Beekeeper is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:

  • simplicity, sustainability and cost-effectiveness
  • increased safety, because of less heavy lifting and hive manipulation
  • chemical-free colonies and healthy hives
Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives because of their small footprint. Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees and the well-being of the planet, The Thinking Beekeeper will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper who is less focused on maximizing honey yield and more on ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.


179.

BIG PLANS, SMALL GARDENS

Andy Sturgeon
Hardcover

Price: $24.99

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 in…

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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.


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GROW YOUR OWN FRUIT

Carol Klein
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Eating fruit is good for you and an essential part of your "five a day." Growing your own is even better.

The perfect companion book to Grow Your Own Vegetables (which sold 6,500 copies i…

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Eating fruit is good for you and an essential part of your "five a day." Growing your own is even better.

The perfect companion book to Grow Your Own Vegetables (which sold 6,500 copies in its first two months of publication), Grow Your Own Fruit is the second offering from expert gardener Carol Klein. In this beautifully photographed book, she once again offers impeccable advice on growing the freshest, most nutritious and organic produce.

This time, Klein reveals the skills you need to nurture 40 different fruits from plot to plate. With her usual energy and enthusiasm, Klein offers green-thumbed advice for growing all your appetizing favorites as well as less familiar fruits such as lemons, figs, blueberries and cranberries. Her approach is environmentally friendly and easy.

Printed on wood-free matte paper, this book includes information on growing fruit in all environments … whether planting in a garden, communal plot, raised bed, container or window box. An ideal gift for beginners and experienced gardeners alike, this inspirational book is packed full of wisdom, making it an indispensable fruit reference for every gardener's bookshelf.

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