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181.

APPLES OF NORTH AMERICA

Tom Burford
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

Beyond the polished and predictable grocery store display of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, a veritable treasure trove of beautiful and uniquely flavored North American varieties awaits the cu…

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Beyond the polished and predictable grocery store display of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, a veritable treasure trove of beautiful and uniquely flavored North American varieties awaits the curious. Up for discovery is a fruit with striking watermelon-colored flesh; a prized cider maker with a rough, russet texture and deep historical roots; an apple that tastes "tart as an unripe persimmon"; and the lost-and-found plight of countless more. Names like Smokehouse and Wolf River even evoke other times and places. These fascinating, unfamiliar apples are poised to become new favorites and banish our apple tunnel vision forever.

There is no better person to bring you into this world than Tom Burford: apple enthusiast, propagator, and savior. His stories of this rich apple culture span generations (the Burford family has produced fruit in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia since 1715) and follow the apple's waves of popularity in America. The book is brimming with beautiful portraits of heirloom and modern apples of merit, each accompanied by distinguishing characteristics and common uses. As the view broadens to the orchard, you will find information on planting, pruning, grafting and more. The exploration of the apple culminates with an overview of the fruit's transformative capabilities when pressed, fermented, cooked or dried.

This wonderful reference will encourage you to seek out new flavors and give the apple the respect it deserves. It may even inspire you to carve out the space for an orchard of your own.


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MIDWEST FRUIT & VEGETABLE GARDENING

Katie Elzer-Peters
Paperback

Price: $22.99

If you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you've joined 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'll 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, Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the master 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 Badlands, the Dells, the Quad Cities, or anywhere else in the Midwestern United States, 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.


183.

PLANT THIS INSTEAD!

Troy B. Marden
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Beautiful gardens are generally thought to be true labors of love, often demanding hours of tedious routine maintenance. Planting requirements can be daunting, and finding the time to successfully cul…

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Beautiful gardens are generally thought to be true labors of love, often demanding hours of tedious routine maintenance. Planting requirements can be daunting, and finding the time to successfully cultivate a home garden is a tall order for most of us … constant watering, debris removal and tiresome pruning are not at the top of our wish lists. Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way: A carefully selected plant variety can give you all the enjoyment and curb appeal of a gorgeous, painstakingly tended garden with none of the wrist pain. Plant This Instead! tips you off to 75 lesser-known plant types that will thrive naturally in various microclimates, depending on where you live in the United States. It features native and noninvasive plants, hardy alternatives to less sturdy species, new introductions, repeat bloomers, and other helpful varieties. Renowned garden designer and photographer Troy B. Marden offers clear-cut, side-by-side comparisons of these superior plant choices to the more common, fussier kinds. He incorporates original photography and identifies regionally appropriate selections, demonstrating which climates are friendly to which plants and ensuring that no matter your location, you'll be able to capitalize on his expert advice. Most importantly, Marden alerts you to some of gardening's most harmful misconceptions, explaining why you shouldn't copy professional landscapers and how placing a $10 plant in the wrong place could cost you thousands of dollars. Planting a beautiful garden shouldn't be a chore … and with Plant This Instead!, it won't be.


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THE POLYTUNNEL BOOK

Joyce Russell
Paperback

Price: $24.95

The resurgence in home food production has generated a dramatic increase in interest about growing under cover. The season is far longer (year-round for salads and some vegetables) and you can grow ex…

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The resurgence in home food production has generated a dramatic increase in interest about growing under cover. The season is far longer (year-round for salads and some vegetables) and you can grow exciting fruit and vegetables that aren't viable outdoors. Thanks to the polytunnel, covered growing is now available to all. And sales of polytunnels are burgeoning, as gardeners and allotment-holders realize that they could be growing more food (and more exotic food) on a smaller plot, whatever the weather outside is doing. The Polytunnel Book is the first comprehensive, practical illustrated guide to polytunnel gardening, for both beginners and experienced gardeners.


185.

STARTING SEEDS

Barbara Ellis
Paperback

Price: $8.95

Growing plants from seeds isn't difficult; it just takes a little know-how. Now, gardeners of any experience level can get a jump on the growing season with this concise, straightforward guide. Expert…

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Growing plants from seeds isn't difficult; it just takes a little know-how. Now, gardeners of any experience level can get a jump on the growing season with this concise, straightforward guide. Expert gardener Barbara Ellis provides the basic information that you need and teaches you foolproof starting techniques for a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS, 5TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Save money this year with hundreds of self-reliance tips found in the 5th edition of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Living on Less. It's filled with expert advice, tips and instructions for a sustaina…

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Save money this year with hundreds of self-reliance tips found in the 5th edition of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Living on Less. It's filled with expert advice, tips and instructions for a sustainable life. From saving money on groceries to easy projects for instant energy savings, the ideas in this guide let you enjoy the luxury of living on less.

Read 65 self-reliant tips that cover every facet of your life. Learn how to grow $700 worth of food within only 100 square feet. Discover how to raise chickens for meat. Spend less and grow better crops by saving seeds. Compare the pros and cons of your green heating choices and find which choice is best for you and your home.

Other articles includes:
  • Cut Costs, Not Quality: How to Afford Better Food - The path to super-nutritious food at affordable prices offers many entry points. We pilot you through the diverse options in this guide to shopping smart and eating well.
  • Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!) - Blending the best principles of biointensive and square-foot gardening yields a customized, highly productive growing system.
  • Simple Tips for Better Garden Soil - Instead of thinking of your soil as an input-output system, treat it as a living food web that you feed and protect.
  • Grow a Healing Garden - Plant medicinal herbs to find good health just outside your door.
  • Cozy, Affordable and Inspiring Tiny Homes - Start small, and you can enjoy mortgage-free living in a hand-built home.


187.

HOW TO GROW PERENNIAL VEGETABLES

Martin Crawford
Paperback

Price: $22.95

Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetables (edible plants …

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Perennial vegetables are a joy to grow and require a lot less time and effort than annuals. In this book Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetables (edible plants that live longer than three years), including coppiced trees, aquatic plants and edible woodland species. Among the many advantages to growing perennial vegetables:

  • They need less tillage than conventionally grown vegetables, so the soil structure is not disturbed in their cultivation and carbon is retained in the soil.
  • They extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring.
  • They are often of more value to beneficial insects than are annual vegetables.
  • Many perennial vegetables contain higher levels of mineral nutrients than annuals.


188.

EDIBLE PERENNIAL GARDENING

Anni Kelsey
Paperback

Price: $22.95

Do you dream of a low-maintenance perennial garden that is full to the brim of perennial vegetables that you don't have to keep replanting, but have only a small space? Do you want a garden that doesn…

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Do you dream of a low-maintenance perennial garden that is full to the brim of perennial vegetables that you don't have to keep replanting, but have only a small space? Do you want a garden that doesn't take much of your time and that needs little attention to control the pests and diseases that eat your crops? Do you want to grow unusual vegetable varieties? You can have all of this with Edible Perennial Gardening. Anni Kelsey has meticulously researched the little-known subject of edible perennials and selected her favorite, tasty varieties. She explains how to source and propagate different vegetables, which plants work well together in polycultures, and what you can plant in small, shady or semishady beds, as well as in sunny areas. Her book includes:

  • Getting started and basic principles
  • Permaculture, forest gardening and natural farming
  • Growing in polycultures
  • How to chose suitable leafy greens, alliums, roots, tubers and herbs
  • Site selection and preparation
  • Building fertility
  • Low-maintenance management strategies

If you long for a forest garden but simply don't have the space for tree crops, or want to grow a low-maintenance edible polyculture, this book will explain everything you need to know to get started on a new gardening adventure that will provide you with beauty and food for your household and save you money.


189.

THE ORGANIC BOOK OF COMPOST

Pauline Pears
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Easy, organic composting is now at your fingertips! Whether you have a full-size garden or a balcony in the city, you can recycle your household waste in an environmentally efficient manner. This book…

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Easy, organic composting is now at your fingertips! Whether you have a full-size garden or a balcony in the city, you can recycle your household waste in an environmentally efficient manner. This book covers everything from wormeries to community composting, and is packed with troubleshooting advice. Learn the sustainable, low-cost way to producing rich, fertile soil in your own backyard.


190.

ORGANIC MUSHROOM FARMING AND MYCOREMEDIATION

Tradd Cotter
Paperback

Price: $39.95

What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on …

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What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low-cost and easy-to-implement mushroom-growing kit that would provide high-quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster? How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success?

For more than 20 years, mycologist Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and conducting trials in search of the answers. In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Cotter offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices, shares the results of his groundbreaking research, and offers creative ways to apply cultivation skills … whether the goal is to help a community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale.

The book guides readers through both indoor and outdoor cultivation. Covered skills include:

  • Integrating wood-chip beds spawned with king stropharia into your garden
  • Building a “trenched raft” of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn
  • Producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4-by-4 space or on pasteurized sawdust in vertical plastic columns

For those who aspire to the self-sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter covers lab techniques, including low-cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials.

Cotter also provides readers with insight into his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, “training” mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders and mushroom-infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans.

“This book is much more than a cultivation guide. It is about healing the people and the planet, one mushroom and one cultivator at a time, reversing destructive cycles into creative forces,” writes Cotter in the introduction. “If we think with an opportunistic yet minimalistic approach, much like a mushroom, taking what it needs to survive and then returning resources to its ecosystem so they can be used by others, the future looks like somewhere I want to be.”

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