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        171.

        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.


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        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.


        173.

        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.


        176.

        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.


        177.

        THE KNOW MAINTENANCE PERENNIAL GARDEN

        Roy Diblik
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        We've all seen gorgeous perennial gardens packed with color, texture and multiseason interest. Designed by a professional and maintained by a crew, they are aspirational bits of beauty too difficult t…

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        We've all seen gorgeous perennial gardens packed with color, texture and multiseason interest. Designed by a professional and maintained by a crew, they are aspirational bits of beauty too difficult to attempt at home. Or are they?

        The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden makes a design-magazine-worthy garden achievable at home. The new, simplified approach is made up of hardy, beautiful plants grown on a 10-by-14-foot grid. Each of the 62 garden plans combines complementary plants that thrive together and grow as a community. They are designed to make maintenance a snap. In fact, the entire garden is mowed down at the end of the season!

        The garden plans can be followed explicitly or adjusted to meet individual needs; size can be altered by treating the grid-like design as a modular building block that can be halved, doubled, or tripled as needed. This complete garden system makes a gorgeous perennial garden available to everyone, no matter their skill or the size of their space.


        178.

        SQUARE FOOT GARDENING WITH KIDS

        Mel Bartholomew
        Paperback

        Price: $24.99

        A Square Foot Garden is more than just a perfect place to grow vegetables. It is an ideal environment for sharing and learning with kids of all ages.

        This book teaches you how.

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        A Square Foot Garden is more than just a perfect place to grow vegetables. It is an ideal environment for sharing and learning with kids of all ages.

        This book teaches you how.

        For two generations, Mel Bartholomew's top-selling Square Foot Gardening books have made his revolutionary system for growing vegetables available to millions of people. In Square Foot Gardening With Kids, Bartholomew reveals all of the tips, tricks and fun projects he has used over the decades in one of his most cherished pursuits: teaching youngsters to build and grow their own kid-sized gardens. Because of its simple principles and fast payoff, Square Foot Gardening is perfect for children. The easy geometry of the gridded box breaks the complex world of gardening into digestible bites that are easy to approach and understand for enthusiastic young learners, and the sequence of tasks required to grow plants from seeds is repeatable and reassuring. Whether you're a grandparent, parent, teacher, coach or any kind of role model to young people, Square Foot Gardening With Kids offers you the proven methods Bartholomew has developed himself to entertain and amaze the kid in all of us. And, in the process, many valuable life lessons can be learned-such as the importance of following instructions and doing your chores, basic skills like counting and water conservation, and learning to appreciate the nature of food and why it is important to respect it. But more than anything, this clever, colorful new book captures the essence of growing edibles for anyone, regardless of age: It is fun and rewarding.


        179.

        MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD, 6 EDITION

        Mother Earth News
        Paperback

        Price: $6.99

        Perfect for beginning gardens and experts alike, the sixth edition of the Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food has tips and advice for organic pest control, container gardening, storing produce, shade-grown vegetables and much more.

        Read 10 truths about composting and the benefits it promises. Learn how poultry is the secret weapon against pests. Discover vertical gardening techniques to help grow bigger and better fruits and vegetables. Build the best homemade tomato cages from four terrific designs that are sturdy and low-cost. Get started growing tomatoes, lettuce, sweet corn, radishes, carrots, onions and beans.

        Other articles include:
        • Perennial Vegetables: Grow More Food With Less Work - Combine permaculture gardening techniques and edible landscaping ingenuity to grow perennial vegetables.
        • The No-Spray Way to Protect Plants - Lightweight fabric row covers are an easy way to protect your crops from insects and critters, and to extend the season.
        • Care and Cultivation of Permanent Beds - Choose permanent garden beds and pathways to provide a secure habitat for the dynamic soil food web that sustains your crops.
        • Wise Watering - Conservation-based watering techniques and equipment will keep your crops healthy and your yields abundant.
        • Grow More Food in a Movable Greenhouse - Boost productivity in spring, summer, fall and winter with a do-it-yourself greenhouse that you can carry from plot to plot.

        180.

        GROUNDBREAKING FOOD GARDENS

        Niki Jabbour
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        Vegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour, author of the best-selling The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her f…

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        Vegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour, author of the best-selling The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her favorite superstar gardeners, including Amy Stewart, Amanda Thomsen, Barbara Pleasant, Dave DeWitt and Jessi Bloom. You'll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony, one that encourages pollinators, one that grows 24 kinds of chile peppers, and dozens more. Each plan is fully illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the story behind the design, and a plant list.

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