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        181.

        MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE & COUNTRY SKILLS, 4


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        Price: $6.99

        Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The Mother Earth NewsGuide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 4th Edition is 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to li…

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        Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 4th Edition is 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. There are also great articles on solar heating and other energy savings tips that will save you hundreds on your energy bills.

        Several articles in this special issue provide useful and helpful tips on how to plan and maintain a successful self-sufficient homestead, from picking the perfect property to caring for the garden and livestock.

          More articles included:
        • Homesteading Lessons Learned: From planning your home to laying out garden beds, a longtime homesteading expert shares his advice 20 years in the making.
        • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead: Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock.
        • Cut Your Food Bills in Half: You can enjoy better and healthier food while spending much less to feed your family.
        • How to Make Cheap Garden Beds: Here’s how (and why) to create permanent garden beds and paths, and why framed or raised beds may be optional.
        • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with milk inexpensively.
        • Make Your Own Herbal Medicine: To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.


        182.

        EPIC TOMATOES

        Craig LeHoullier
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — …

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        Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout.


        183.

        TAMING WILDFLOWERS

        Miriam Goldberger
        Hardcover

        Price: $18.95

        Wildflowers are the jewels of spring and summer everywhere. Families drive miles to witness their beauty in wild landscapes. Now, gardeners are discovering that they can easily and successfully cultiv…

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        Wildflowers are the jewels of spring and summer everywhere. Families drive miles to witness their beauty in wild landscapes. Now, gardeners are discovering that they can easily and successfully cultivate these hardy native wonders right at home, for year-after-year enjoyment. Wildflower farmer and floral designer Miriam Goldberger believes that wildflowers belong as an essential part of North American gardens. Taming Wildflowers is the ultimate DIY book on wildflower gardening and floral design: part wildflower history ("How Wildflowers Changed the World"), part upbeat, informative how-to, a little basic plant science, and an easy primer on designing with these wild and wondrous blooms.

        Goldberger’s richly photographed book shows gardeners how wildflowers enhance the beauty and environmental health of their gardens by attracting birds, butterflies and other important pollinators; the simple steps in seed propagation ("Making Babies"); cutting garden must-haves (natives and non-natives); integrating wildflowers into the vegetable garden; harvesting fresh and everlasting wildflowers; and how to use floral design secrets to create long-lasting arrangements. In the last chapter, Goldberger works with three brides to design three very different, memorable wildflower weddings. Taming Wildflowers features 60 of Goldberger's favorite wildflowers and 300 full-color photos. This is the complete wildflower cutting garden guide.


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        GROWING FOOD IN A SHORT SEASON

        Melanie Watts
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        Price: $24.95

        In Growing Food in a Short Season, Melanie J. Watts explains that with the right gardening practices the short Northern summer can lead to an explosion of life, producing enough color and food to see …

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        In Growing Food in a Short Season, Melanie J. Watts explains that with the right gardening practices the short Northern summer can lead to an explosion of life, producing enough color and food to see anyone through the dark days of winter. Providing helpful hints and a wise gardening philosophy for a productive food garden, Watts begins at ground level with instruction on how to use compost and manure to create fertile soil that will lend its life to plants. A variety of seed options and planting methods are presented — including start times and placement — taking into account microclimates that occur in each garden as well as the benefits of companion planting. Additionally, plants that are easily grown in Zone 2 and 3 are listed with concise how-to-grow information. Watts provides full chapters on garden maintenance and harvesting, as well as tips on cooking and preserving the bounty with great recipes that focus on eating seasonally.


        185.

        MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO ORGANIC GARDENING, 6TH EDITION


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        Price: $6.99

        It’s never too early to start planning this year’s garden. Where to plant your herbs? Where should your row of cabbage grow? How many tomato plants should you have? The sixth edition of the Guide to O…

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        It’s never too early to start planning this year’s garden. Where to plant your herbs? Where should your row of cabbage grow? How many tomato plants should you have? The sixth edition of the Guide to Organic Gardening from Mother Earth News is a great reference to help you plan your bountiful garden this year. Starting with soil, fertilizer, seed starting, what plants you should grow and so much more, this guide is 100 pages of helpful articles to help you grow your best garden yet!

        Read how to build better soil with free organic fertilizer. Learn how beneficial chickens in the garden can be! Discover the best summer cover crops to help suppress those pesky weeds. Follow instructions on how to grow great lettuce, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, beans, peas and more!

        More articles include:

        • Grow More Food in a Movable Greenhouse: Boost productivity in spring, summer, fall and winter with a do-it-yourself greenhouse you can transport around your plot.
        • Plant Pollination Primer: Learn the facts on how insects and wind pollinate your crops so you can plant smarter and haul in heftier harvests.
        • How to Make Compost: Choose from many easy ways to make compost for increased garden productivity – low-cost homemade bins, piles sans bins, chicken power, pest-proof tumblers … even indoor worm bins!
        • 4 Garden Plans for Kitchen Herbs: Supplement your food garden with a patch of delightful herbs.
        • Expert Tips for Growing Early Tomatoes: Add a whole month to your fresh-tomato season with these proven techniques.


        186.

        GREENHOUSE VEGETABLE GARDENING

        Inger Palmstierna
        Hardcover

        Price: $19.95

        “A garden should be easy and fun to care for—don’t complicate things unnecessarily.” This is the slogan of author Inger Palmstierna. In Greenhouse Vegetable Gardening, she helps readers find the joy o…

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        “A garden should be easy and fun to care for—don’t complicate things unnecessarily.” This is the slogan of author Inger Palmstierna. In Greenhouse Vegetable Gardening, she helps readers find the joy of cultivating in their very own greenhouses. Palmstierna is a gardening authority with vast knowledge on everything that grows. With infectious enthusiasm, this garden writer and horticulturist explains how to cultivate a successful garden or orchard.

        The greenhouse is the place where green thumbs are realized and your imagination can run wild. Palmstierna believes that the greenhouse provides opportunities, but does not demand. Greenhouse Vegetable Gardening is an accessible book with many beautiful pictures and practical instructions. The topics covered include:

        • Building and decorating your greenhouse
        • Training seedlings and early plant development
        • How to sow, grow and winter plants
        • How to harvest vegetables and herbs
        • How to cultivate summer flowers for planting
        • And more!

        In addition to providing a garden year-round, the greenhouse can also be a beautiful addition to your yard and can be customized to match your tastes. You’ll learn the basics on what to consider when buying, laying the foundations for, and decorating your greenhouse—as well as how to plan and use one. Soon after you’ll be ready to explore the many types of vegetables and flowering plants that thrive in greenhouses.

        So get ready to enjoy fresh vegetables and flowers year-round!


        187.

        GROWING BEAUTIFUL FOOD

        Matthew Benson
        Hardcover

        Price: $32.50

        With the paradigm shift toward local and homegrown food, gardeners and foodies have come to relish beautiful vegetable gardens and beautiful meals. Author Matthew Benson writes that beauty inspires be…

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        With the paradigm shift toward local and homegrown food, gardeners and foodies have come to relish beautiful vegetable gardens and beautiful meals. Author Matthew Benson writes that beauty inspires behavior, and he believes that we can and will eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably when we grow food that’s visually enticing.

        Benson restored a timeworn gentleman’s farm and operates a community-supported agriculture program on one small acre of the land, offering vegetables, orchard fruit, cut flowers, herbs, eggs and honey from the property. His garden-to-table operation offers an edible feast of textures, colors and aromas and has grown into a way to feed others, while pushing back against the industrial food system in a small but meaningful way.

        Growing Beautiful Food is both inspiration and instruction, with detailed growing advice for 50 remarkable crops, a memorable narrative and evocative imagery. It’s a photographic journey through four seasons in the garden, fueling the dream that you can connect to the land by growing your own food. Benson encourages us to start small like he did, celebrate every harvest, and understand that heartbreaking crop losses are simply part of the process. Whether gardeners, families, farmers or chefs, readers will come to the table motivated by the flavor of homegrown, the message of self-sufficiency, and the beautiful food that’s as local as their backyards.


        188.

        THE TAO OF VEGETABLE GARDENING

        Carol Deppe
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Yo…

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        The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop.

        Deppe's work has long been inspired and informed by the philosophy and wisdom of Tao Te Ching, the 2,500-year-old work attributed to Chinese sage Lao Tzu. The Tao of Vegetable Gardening is organized into chapters that echo fundamental Taoist concepts: Balance, Flexibility, Honoring the Essential Nature (your own and that of your plants), Effortless Effort, Non-Doing, and even Non-Knowing. Yet the book also offers a wealth of specific and valuable garden advice on topics as diverse as:

        • The Eat-All Greens Garden, a labor- and space-efficient way to provide all the greens a family can eat, freeze and dry—all on a tiny piece of land suitable for small-scale and urban gardeners
        • The growing problem of late blight and the future of heirloom tomatoes—and what gardeners can do to avoid problems, and even create new resistant varieties
        • Establishing a Do-It-Yourself Seed Bank, including information on preparing seeds for long-term storage and how to "dehybridize" hybrids
        • 24 good places to not plant a tree, and 37 good reasons for not planting various vegetables

        Designed for gardeners of all levels, from beginners to experienced growers, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening provides a unique frame of reference: a window to the world of nature, in the garden and in ourselves.


        189.

        THE VEGAN BOOK OF PERMACULTURE

        GRAHAM BURNETT
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        How we eat is such a fundamental part of what we are; yet, in our present time-poor culture of prepackaged fast foods, food can become an expensive symptom of alienation and disempowerment. It doesn’t…

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        How we eat is such a fundamental part of what we are; yet, in our present time-poor culture of prepackaged fast foods, food can become an expensive symptom of alienation and disempowerment. It doesn’t have to be this way! The Vegan Book of Permaculture gives us the tools and confidence to take responsibility for our lives and actions. Creating a good meal, either for ourselves or to share, taking time to prepare fresh, wholesome, homegrown or locally sourced ingredients with care and respect can be a deeply liberating experience. It is also a way of taking back some control from the advertising agencies and multinational corporations.

        In this groundbreaking and original book, author Graham Burnett demonstrates how understanding universal patterns and principles, and applying these to our own gardens and lives, can make a difference to both our lives and the health of our planet. This also isn’t so different from the compassionate concern for animals, people and the environment of the vegan way.

        Interspersed with an abundance of delicious, healthy, wholesome and exploitation-free recipes, Graham provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature, and community regeneration … with plenty of practical ways to be well fed with not an animal dead! This is vegan living at its best.


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        AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLANTS

        Stephen Barstow
        Paperback

        Price: $29.95

        This book takes us on an original and inspiring adventure around the temperate world, introducing us to the author’s top 80 perennial leafy-green vegetables. We are taken underground gardening in Toky…

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        This book takes us on an original and inspiring adventure around the temperate world, introducing us to the author’s top 80 perennial leafy-green vegetables. We are taken underground gardening in Tokyo, beach gardening in the United Kingdom, and traditional roof gardening in the Norwegian mountains. There are stories of the wild foraging traditions of indigenous people in all continents: from the Sámi people of northern Norway to the Maori of New Zealand, the rich food traditions of the Mediterranean peoples, the high-altitude food plants of the Sherpas in the Himalayas, wild mountain vegetables in Japan and Korea, and the wild aquatic plant that sustained Native American tribes with myriad foodstuffs and other products.

        Around the World in 80 Plants will be of interest to both traditional vegetable and ornamental gardeners, as well as anyone interested in permaculture, forest gardening, foraging, slow food, gourmet cooking and ethnobotany. A thorough description is given of each vegetable, its traditions, stories, cultivation, where to source seed and plants, and how to propagate it. Sprinkled with recipes inspired by local traditional gastronomy, this is a fascinating book, an entertaining adventure and a real milestone in climate-friendly vegetable growing from a pioneering expert on the subject.

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