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141.

PLANT BREEDING FOR THE HOME GARDENER

Joseph Tychonievich
Paperback

Price: $19.95

It's the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You're not likely to find it at your local garden center. You're going to hav…

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It's the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You're not likely to find it at your local garden center. You're going to have to create it yourself.

But don't worry - it isn't hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seeds of the varieties that tasted or performed best. But you'll get even better results by following the advice in Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener. You'll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program, the ins and outs of genetics, how to pick the best parent plants, how to cross-pollinate, the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers, and how to harvest and store seeds.

In no time at all, you'll be producing a tomato perfect for your palate, a more fragrant rose or a pepper with just the right amount of heat!


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STOREY'S GUIDE TO GROWING ORGANIC VEGETABLES & HERBS

Keith Stewart
Paperback

Price: $24.95

You'll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program, the ins and outs of genetics, how to pick the best parent plants, how to cross-pollinate, the best techniques to use for popular vege…

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You'll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program, the ins and outs of genetics, how to pick the best parent plants, how to cross-pollinate, the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers, and how to harvest and store seeds.


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WHY EVERY MAN NEEDS A TRACTOR

Charles Elliott
Hardcover

Price: $19.95

This collection of sparkling and unpredictable essays ranging across the whole world of gardening, and sometimes slightly beyond, comes from the acclaimed author of The Transplanted Gardener and The P…

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This collection of sparkling and unpredictable essays ranging across the whole world of gardening, and sometimes slightly beyond, comes from the acclaimed author of The Transplanted Gardener and The Potting Shed Papers. Tales of great gardeners and heroic plant hunters share space with more personal revelations: exactly why every man needs a tractor, how to deal with woodchucks or a relentless west wind, the challenge of a knotweed infestation. Botanical frauds and heroic plant hunters, splendid gardens past and present, stirring discoveries and hopeless failures … all these and more fall beneath the writer's amused and endlessly curious eye.

Funny, informative and dependably entertaining, author Charles Elliott once again demonstrates why readers such as Bill Bryson have so enjoyed and praised his work.


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HOW TO ERADICATE INVASIVE PLANTS

Teri Dunn Chace
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Invasive plants - such as kudzu, ragweed and Himalayan blackberry - won't go away on their own. Luckily, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants offers a clear, practical solution to an increasingly common p…

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Invasive plants - such as kudzu, ragweed and Himalayan blackberry - won't go away on their own. Luckily, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants offers a clear, practical solution to an increasingly common problem.

Invasive plants are a growing threat to our home landscapes, affecting native plants and wildlife. Clearly written and easy-to-use, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants shows you how to recognize the invasive plant; offers eradication options, from simple, organic approaches to the safest and most responsible ways to use chemicals; and enables you to identify 200 of the most common invasive plants.

This comprehensive guide includes all types of invasive plants, including water and bog plants; annuals, biennials and tropical perennials; herbaceous perennials; grasses and bamboos; and vines, shrubs and trees.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS, 4TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the Mother Earth NewsGuide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to h…

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Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to help you live a more self-sufficient life. Its guidance covers everything from building better soil with free organic fertilizers to constructing tiny homes that are cozy, affordable and inspiring. The fourth edition of this handy guide will have you living on less and loving it!

Read reliable information about building a compact cabin or simple shelter that's enjoyable and affordable. Grow your own healing garden and find good health just outside your front door. Discover simple tips for creating nutrient-rich, root-welcoming soil, and grow your most abundant garden yet. Learn where to find healthy, farm-fresh eggs. Follow delicious recipes for making your own homemade root beer, ginger ale, grape soda and more.

Other articles include:

  • Adding Insulation Can Save You Money: Figure out whether you should add insulation to your home, and which pieces of the job you can do yourself.
  • Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Food: Your guide to canning, freezing, dehydrating and other simple, seasonal storage methods.
  • Instant, No-Dig Garden Beds: Create or expand your food garden with this time-saving technique.
  • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with delicious milk, yogurt and cheese. The fun of raising these gregarious animals is just a bonus.
  • Disease Prevention Basics: These techniques can prevent many of the diseases that plague your vegetables. They include wide spacing, trellising and careful use of organic pesticides.


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GREENS!

Karin Eliasson
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Gardening is on the rise as the desire for fresh, delicious homegrown vegetables grows. Growing your own vegetables is an easy hobby for a variety of lifestyles, as it doesn't take a large amount of …

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Gardening is on the rise as the desire for fresh, delicious homegrown vegetables grows. Growing your own vegetables is an easy hobby for a variety of lifestyles, as it doesn't take a large amount of space to yield nutritious carrots or lettuce. All it takes is a bit of passion, care and knowledge, and the rewards are soon there to enjoy.

Both down-to-earth and inspirational, Greens! describes the charm of growing your own vegetables. Swedish author Karin Eliasson runs a kitchen garden and guesthouse in Spain, but her tips are adapted to suit most climates and soil types. In this gardening guide, she gives advice on how to grow, harvest and store more than 100 different vegetable varieties and suggests easy recipes you can use in your own kitchen. With instructive and beautiful photographs, she explains the step-by-step principles of organic gardening-soil, plant feeding, digging, hoeing and watering-and shows how to combine blooming flowers and vegetables in attractive, colorful mixes to attract garden-friendly insects.

This book will not only arm you with the knowledge you need to get started, but also provide experienced and budding gardeners alike with a source for inspiration while they enjoy the beautiful photographs and tips on garden design.


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VEGETABLE LITERACY

Deborah Madison
Hardcover

Price: $40.00

In Vegetable Literacy, Deborah Madison reveals the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers and herbs within the same botanical families, and how understanding these connections can…

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In Vegetable Literacy, Deborah Madison reveals the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers and herbs within the same botanical families, and how understanding these connections can help home cooks see everyday vegetables in a new light.

This groundbreaking new cookbook celebrates the diversity of the plant kingdom. Destined to become the new standard reference for cooking vegetables, it shows cooks that, because of their shared characteristics, vegetables within the same family can be used interchangeably in cooking. It presents an entirely new way of looking at vegetables, drawing on Madison's deep knowledge of cooking, gardening and botany. For example, knowing that dill, chervil, cumin, parsley, coriander, anise, lovage and caraway come from the umbellifer family makes it clear why they're such good matches for carrots, also a member of that family. With more than 300 classic and exquisitely simple recipes, Madison brings this wealth of information together in dishes that highlight a world of complementary flavors. The recipes showcase combinations that are simultaneously familiar and revelatory, such as:

  • Griddled Artichokes with Tarragon Mayonnaise
  • Tomato Soup and Cilantro with Black Quinoa
  • Tuscan Kale Salad with Slivered Brussels Sprouts and Sesame Dressing
  • Kohlrabi Slaw with Frizzy Mustard Greens
  • Fresh Peas with Sage on Baked Ricotta
Inspiring improvisation in the kitchen and curiosity in the garden, Vegetable Literacy will forever change the way we eat and cook.


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TEAMING WITH NUTRIENTS

Jeff Lowenfels
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Just as he demystified the soil food web in his groundbreaking book Teaming with Microbes, in this new work Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener's perspectiv…

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Just as he demystified the soil food web in his groundbreaking book Teaming with Microbes, in this new work Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener's perspective. Most gardeners realize that plants need to be fed but know little or nothing about the nature of the nutrients and the mechanisms involved. In his trademark down-to-earth style, Lowenfels explains the role of both macronutrients and micronutrients and shows gardeners how to provide these essentials through organic, easy-to-follow techniques. Along the way, Lowenfels gives the reader easy-to-grasp lessons in the biology, chemistry and botany needed to understand how nutrients get into the plant and what they do once they're inside. (Don't worry: You won't have to learn college-level science.) Teaming with Nutrients will make you a better informed, more successful, more environmentally responsible gardener and will give you a new appreciation for the plants you grow.


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CAPPERS FARMER PRACTICAL LIVING RESOURCE SET


Paperback

Price: $20.00

Roasting a turkey. Making your own soap. Coloring Easter eggs with natural homemade dye. Growing anything in containers. Making homemade ice cream. Canning your garden's bounty. All this and more can …

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Roasting a turkey. Making your own soap. Coloring Easter eggs with natural homemade dye. Growing anything in containers. Making homemade ice cream. Canning your garden's bounty. All this and more can be found within the pages of these four 100-page guides. Filled with some of the best articles on practical advice for a homemade life, this set covers everything from delicious recipes to gardening, from homemade gifts and cards to homemade cleaning products.

Set includes:
Capper's Farmer Winter 2012
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.

Capper's Farmer Spring 2013
From craft projects to guides for your woodstoves and chimneys, from delicious recipes to sowing seeds, this guide has a variety of projects for getting you through the winter, and your garden and home ready for spring. With 100 pages of tips, recipes, projects, photographs and more, this resourceful issue will have you and your family busy all season long.

Capper's Farmer Summer 2013
Directions for creating nontoxic cleaning products, advice for raising baby animals, delicious recipes, gardening guidance, recycling ideas for farm fixtures, flower-growing techniques, summer holiday memories and more are included in the Capper's Farmer Summer 2013.

Capper's Farmer Fall 2013
With summer in full swing and fall right around the corner, the Capper's Farmer Fall 2013 special will be your guide to filling your summer days with delicious recipes, readers' hometown stories, fun activities such as planting flowers, and much more!


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS HOW TO GROW AND PRESERVE YOUR OWN FOOD


Paperback

Price: $6.99

Almost everything you need to know about growing and preserving your own food at home is in this 100-page guide from Mother Earth News. How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food provides excellent articl…

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Almost everything you need to know about growing and preserving your own food at home is in this 100-page guide from Mother Earth News. How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food provides excellent articles filled with tips and advice for growing a healthy, successful garden, as well as canning your leftover bounty to enjoy in those cold winter months.

Read how you can build better garden soil and make your own compost. Follow instructions for building your own mini-greenhouse with low tunnels for year-round gardening. Learn the benefits of using chickens in your garden. Discover how to grow lettuce, garlic and carrots.

Not only are there wonderful articles for planting, growing and harvesting your garden produce, there's also information-rich articles for preserving that produce. "How to Store Fresh Vegetables" shows the best crops to grow or buy, and the right way to keep them fresher longer. Save money with "Learn to Can for Homegrown Flavor" and enjoy the delicious foods all winter with this traditional preservation skill. Read how to dry your own food and herbs, brew your own cider, make sauerkraut and more.

Other articles included are:

  • Grow a Great Fall Garden: Here's everything you need to know to grow crisp, delicious broccoli, carrots, spinach and more.
  • Outdoor Root Cellars: Here are five easy ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden - it's as easy as tossing a bagful of leaves over a patch of carrots!
  • Built This Portable, Predator-Proof Coop for Your Backyard: This low-cost coop plan makes raising backyard chickens easier for just about anyone.
  • The Best Kales: Sow this cold-hardy crop now for sweet soups and salads to savor throughout winter.
  • Fall in Love With Spinach: Packed with nutrition, this versatile vegetable can be grown almost anywhere.

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