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        161.

        MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT SIMPLE LIVING RESOURCE SET


        Paperback

        Price: $30.00

        Is there a more rewarding feeling than sitting down for dinner with your family, knowing more than half of your meal came from your own backyard? With the invaluable information contained in the MOTHE…

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        Is there a more rewarding feeling than sitting down for dinner with your family, knowing more than half of your meal came from your own backyard? With the invaluable information contained in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT Simple Living Resource Set, you can start working toward filling your pantry, refrigerator and dining room table with the fruit of your own labors. You'll also save money on bills, learn to live off the land, discover how to raise chickens, rabbits and bees, and so much more.

        The best articles that have been featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT have been compiled into 100-page guides, ranging in topic from building beehives to enjoying fresh food all year. This six-guide set is full of tips, advice, instructions and recipes that will help you live a more self-sufficient life. Undertake eight easy projects for energy savings. Read up on pressure canning basics and safely preserve food (and save money at the grocery store and farmers market). Discover how to make your own compost for increased garden productivity. And keep animals right in your backyard for fresh eggs, meat and honey.

        The set includes:
        MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Organic Gardening
        Written for both beginners and seasoned gardeners, this 100-page guide is filled with articles that will make your garden healthy and bountiful for growing vegetables, fruits and herbs.

        MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Fresh Food All Year
        This guide is filled with articles on instructions for preserving food, whether it's canning, freezing or dehydrating. Plus, you can read about backyard chickens, the best ways to store fresh vegetables, how to make cheap garden beds and so much more.

        MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills
        Being able to successfully run a self-sufficient homestead, no matter whether you live on 1 acre or 10, provides you with benefits such as money saved on bills, healthy and nutritious food, homemade remedies, and so much more.

        GRIT Guide to Backyard Rabbits
        With more than 41 keys to rabbit-raising success, this information-rich guide from GRIT has 20 great articles about raising rabbits, either for pets, show or meat.

        GRIT Guide to Backyard Chickens
        Filled with all things chickens, this special guide covers everything you need to know about raising and keeping chickens, whether you live on a 100-acre farm or in a city suburb.

        GRIT Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey
        This colorful guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey, and identifying different types of bees.

        162.

        GARDENING WITH CONFIDENCE

        Helen Yoest
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        Gardening With Confidence: 50 ways to add style for personal creativity is designed to give you insight on the basics of adding and arranging the components of your garden. The confidence you'll gain …

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        Gardening With Confidence: 50 ways to add style for personal creativity is designed to give you insight on the basics of adding and arranging the components of your garden. The confidence you'll gain in knowing how to add design features, while developing your own personal style, will help take your garden to the levels seen in the fantastic gardens that inspired you to begin your own work of art.

        163.

        PLANTS WITH BENEFITS

        Helen Yoest
        Hardcover

        Price: $17.95

        Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 of these plants got thei…

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        Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 of these plants got their "hot" reputation - and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that "something extra," and why. Plants With Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use.

        164.

        SITE ASSESSMENT FOR BETTER GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES

        Charles P. Mazza
        Paperback

        Price: $19.90

        Ever wonder why some gardens and landscapes look dazzling year after year, while others decline? Or why does a planting look great at one location while the same plant looks skimpy and unattractive ne…

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        Ever wonder why some gardens and landscapes look dazzling year after year, while others decline? Or why does a planting look great at one location while the same plant looks skimpy and unattractive nearby? The characteristics of the site determine whether a plant will thrive. Site Assessment for Better Gardens and Landscapes describes how to evaluate site characteristics that are important to plants.

        Intended for novice gardeners, experienced gardeners, and landscape professionals, the 81-page spiral-bound book includes 50+ color photos, a glossary, an index, and references and web sites for further information. Through 30+ hands-on activities, soil type, drainage, sunlight, compaction, slopes, minimum and maximum temperatures, wind, existing plants, wildlife and more are evaluated. When you've gotten to know your property using this book, you'll have:

        • A site sketch with information useful in preparing a landscape design.
        • A notebook with information collected during the assessment.
        • An inventory of existing plants including how they fit into future plans.
        • A checklist of important site characteristics.
        • A draft landscape design with a prioritized to-do list.
        Completing a comprehensive site assessment should be the first step when you purchase a property, make changes to a landscape, or expand a garden or landscape into a new area of your property. The assessment can be done in a few weeks or over a longer time. Site assessment saves time and money, helps avoid future problems, and results in an easy-to-care-for, sustainable garden or landscape.

        165.

        COMPOSTING INSIDE & OUT

        Stephanie Davis
        Paperback

        Price: $16.99

        Hundreds of millions of tons of solid waste are produced in the United States annually, and landfills simply store it … they don't eliminate it. Recycling diverts significant amounts of waste, but the…

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        Hundreds of millions of tons of solid waste are produced in the United States annually, and landfills simply store it … they don't eliminate it. Recycling diverts significant amounts of waste, but the fact remains that the majority of landfill space is occupied by organic material. The good news is composting is a natural and beneficial way to eliminate this waste, and anyone can do it.

        Whether you live on a farm, in the suburbs or a city apartment, composting is possible. Composting Inside and Out will introduce you to the essentials and explore various methods of indoor and outdoor composting to help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle. Inside you'll find:

        • A complete overview of the composting process
        • Advice on finding the right equipment
        • Step-by-step instruction for 14 composting methods
        • Ideas for using the soil you produce
        • Quick answers to common problems
        Whether you create a compost heap, bury your scraps, ferment them, tumble them or feed them to the worms, you can be successful with composting. Use the fruits of your labor on your houseplants, your lawn, your flowerbeds or your garden. Put your waste and your energy to good use. Reclaim the benefits of participating in the planet's health through composting -- its rewards are simply miraculous.

        166.

        PROJECT GARDEN

        Stacy Tornio
        Paperback

        Price: $16.95

        The family that gardens together, grows together!

        In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young and old to explore, innovat…

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        The family that gardens together, grows together!

        In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young and old to explore, innovate and cultivate through simple projects that will get a garden growing at any time of year. Your whole family will be inspired to:

        • Tend beautiful, practical gardens that work in any space
        • Plant flowers as colorful as they are hardy
        • Whip up delicious meals from vegetables you planted yourself
        • Decorate your garden with nature-inspired crafts
        • Give the gift of growing, with divided plants, cuttings and seeds you save yourself
        Best of all, whether you are tending flowerbeds in spring, stewing July's tomatoes, or coaxing bulbs to bloom mid-winter, you'll be doing it together.

        167.

        CAROLINAS FRUIT & VEGETABLE GARDENING

        Katie Elzer-Peters
        Paperback

        Price: $22.99

        If you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, join the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: to be successful, you need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local microclimate. Fortunately for you, Carolinas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in North or South Carolina. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the seasoned Carolinas gardener responsible for the best-selling Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening, equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and-most importantly-harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Research Triangle, the Sandhills, the Outer Banks or anywhere else in the Carolinas, you'll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide ... and they'll be on your table before you know it.

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        66 SQUARE FEET: A DELICIOUS LIFE

        Marie Viljoen
        Hardcover

        Price: $29.95

        South Africa-born Marie Viljoen captures the hearts of her readers as she blogs about cooking and gardening on her tiny 66-square-foot terrace in Brooklyn. Named one of the top 10 gardening blogs by A…

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        South Africa-born Marie Viljoen captures the hearts of her readers as she blogs about cooking and gardening on her tiny 66-square-foot terrace in Brooklyn. Named one of the top 10 gardening blogs by Apartment Therapy and the Discovery Channel, 66 Square Feet has also been covered in The New York Times.

        Her book of the same name draws the reader into Viljoen's beautiful world of unfolding city seasons as she forages through New York City and harvests from her garden to create elegant and inspiring meals that encourage the reader to pause and savor life. Each month receives a chapter, and each chapter ends in the kitchen … with a menu inspired by Viljoen's terrace and roof gardens, neighborhood farmers markets, and the occasional weed. Set against a backdrop of growing up in South Africa and moving to the United States, meeting her French husband, and finding a culinary and emotional home in Brooklyn, Viljoen's book is a love letter to living seasonally in the most famous city on the planet.

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        PLANTIFUL

        Kristin Green
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        Whoever coined the phrase "money doesn't grow on trees" must not have been a resourceful gardener. While we may not be able to harvest physical money, with the right plants and techniques gardeners ca…

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        Whoever coined the phrase "money doesn't grow on trees" must not have been a resourceful gardener. While we may not be able to harvest physical money, with the right plants and techniques gardeners can rely on nature to give itself away for free.

        Plantiful shows you how to have an easy, gorgeous garden packed with plants by simply making the right choices. Kristen Green highlights plants that help a garden quickly grow by self-sowing and spreading, and she teaches you how to expand the garden and extend the life of a plant by overwintering. The book features plant profiles for 50 self-sowers (including columbine, milkweed and foxglove), 50 spreaders (such as clematis, snow poppy and spearmint), and 50 plants that overwinter (including lemon verbena, begonia and Chinese hibiscus). Additional gardening tips, design ideas, and inspirational photos will motivate and inspire gardeners of all levels.

        Discover joy and art in garden design and editing, share the wealth, and learn for yourself that gardeners don't have to dig deep to grow a lively, plentiful and colorful garden year-round.

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        BOKASHI COMPOSTING: SCRAPS TO SOIL IN WEEKS

        Adam Footer
        Paperback

        Price: $16.95

        Bokashi is Japanese for "fermented organic matter." Bokashi composting is a safe, quick and convenient way to compost in your kitchen, garage or apartment, using a specific group of microorganisms to …

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        Bokashi is Japanese for "fermented organic matter." Bokashi composting is a safe, quick and convenient way to compost in your kitchen, garage or apartment, using a specific group of microorganisms to anaerobically ferment all food waste (including meat and dairy). Because the process takes place in a closed system, insects and smell are controlled, making it ideal for urban or business settings. The process is fast, with compost usually ready to integrate into your soil or garden in about two weeks.

        While bokashi has enjoyed great popularity in many parts of the world, it is still relatively unknown in North America. From scraps to soil, Bokashi Composting is the complete, step-by-step, do-it-yourself guide to this amazing process, with comprehensive information covering:

        • Background: the history, development and scientific basis of the technique
        • Getting started: composting with commercially available products or homemade systems
        • Making your own: system plans and bokashi bran recipes using common materials and locally sourced ingredients
        • Growing: improving your soil with fermented compost and bokashi juice
        This essential resource is a must-read for gardeners, homeowners, apartment dwellers, traditional composters, and anyone who wants a safe, simple and convenient way to keep kitchen waste out of the landfill.

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