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HOW TO GROW WINTER VEGETABLES

Charles Dowding
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Winter and early spring require a different kind of gardening than the summer months: Not a lot grows at this time, but a well-planned plot may nonetheless be quite full.

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Winter and early spring require a different kind of gardening than the summer months: Not a lot grows at this time, but a well-planned plot may nonetheless be quite full.

This book explains how to have plenty of vegetables to eat during the winter months, both stored and fresh. Through winter, soil is cool and transforms the plot into a large outdoor larder where many vegetables keep healthy and alive, ready for harvesting when needed.

In the pages of this book, you'll discover:

  • How to grow your own food for the "hungry gap" from April to June
  • How to store food for eating in winter
  • A monthly sowing, planting and growing calendar
  • Harvesting advice from garlic in July to spring cabbage and pea shoots in May
  • Stunning photographs from the author’s garden
About the Author: Charles Dowding has grown vegetables and salads organically for more than 25 years in Somerset, England, using surface composting methods. He started growing vegetables commercially in 1982 with one of the first vegetable-box schemes, and is currently farming an acre, selling about 200 salad bags of different sizes every week. He has written about surface composting in his book Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way.

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ORGANIC GARDENING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

John Fedor
Paperback

Price: $19.95

This comprehensive guide to organic gardening will help you create a steady supply of organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers all year round. Includes the latest information on how to …

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This comprehensive guide to organic gardening will help you create a steady supply of organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers all year round. Includes the latest information on how to find, choose and grow plants that thrive without synthetic chemicals. Learn how to:

  • Plant traditional varieties, known as heirloom plants, that were developed before the use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Select regional varieties adapted to your climate and location
  • Increase your bounty by repurposing seeds from your own garden
  • Discourage pests while encouraging beneficial insects and birds
Includes a beautifully illustrated, A-to-Z directory of 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs. Detailed entries include when to sow, plant and harvest; cultivation information; and the top 10 health-enhancing fruits and vegetables.

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GARDENING WITHOUT WORK

Ruth Stout
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Garden expert and lovable eccentric Ruth Stout once said, "At the age of 87 I grow vegetables for two people the year-round, doing all the work myself and freezing the surplus. I tend several flower beds, write a column every week, answer an awful lot of mail, do the housework and cooking-and never do any of these things after 11 o'clock in the morning!"

How does it work? "And now let's get down to business. The labor-saving part of my system is that I never plow, spade, sow a cover crop, harrow, hoe, cultivate, weed, water or irrigate, or spray. I use just one fertilizer (cottonseed or soybean meal), and I don't go through the tortuous business of building a compost pile. Just yesterday, under the 'Questions and Answers' in a big reputable farm paper, someone asked how to make a compost pile and the editor explained the arduous performance. After I read this I lay there on the couch and suffered because the victim's address wasn't given; there was no way I could reach him."

Regardless of topic, Ruth Stout's writing is always about living a joyous and independent life, and Gardening Without Work is no exception! This book is a treasure for the gardener and a delight even to the non-gardener. First published in 1961, this is an exact reproduction of the original edition, with illustrations by Nan Stone.

About the author:
Ruth Stout, who, in her teens helped temperance activist Carrie Nation smash saloon windows, could turn any aspect of life into an adventure. She may have been the only woman who both gardened in the nude and wrote a book on being a hostess, Company Coming: Six Decades of Hospitality. She died in 1980 at the age of 96.

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FRUGAVORE

Arabella Forge
Paperback

Price: $16.95

More and more people are interested in eating well and in un-derstanding where their food comes from. But where do you start? Organic, free-range, local, or sustainable: the choices can be overwhelmin…

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More and more people are interested in eating well and in un-derstanding where their food comes from. But where do you start? Organic, free-range, local, or sustainable: the choices can be overwhelming—not to mention expensive.

In Frugavore, Arabella Forge shows that developing a better relationship with food is not as difficult as it may appear. She provides hands-on, practical advice for a new way of living—eating frugally. Learn how to access quality produce straight from the source, re-discover forgotten cooking techniques, create your own kitchen garden (complete with compost and a chicken coop), learn how to stock your pantry well, shop for and cook the most economical cuts of meat and fish, discover local farmers’ markets, community gardens and co-ops, and more! Packed with over 100 recipes for delicious dishes, such as heirloom roasted vegetables, chicken and leek pie, chickpea and rosemary soup, meatloaf with red sauce, minced fish cakes, and minty lemonade, plus resources, tips, and tricks to living and eating well, this is the book for every healthy, modern kitchen.

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY VEGETABLE GARDEN?

D Deardorff & K Wadsworth
Paperback

Price: $24.95

More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailm…

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More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailments that don't have an obvious cause. What's a gardener to do?

Don't panic — help is at hand. What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy so they're less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur, it shows you how to recognize the problem and find the right organic solution.

Among the book's highlights are:

  • Clear information about how to team with nature to create the best growing conditions for your vegetables.
  • Detailed portraits of the most commonly grown vegetables, including growth habit; information on the plant's season; temperature, soil, light, and water requirements; and best garden uses and planting techniques.
  • Illustrated problem-solving guides that enable you to identify at a glance what's ailing your plant.
  • Discussions of the most effective organic solutions, ranging from how to modify the growing conditions in your garden to how to cope with and eliminate specific pests and diseases.

If you care about raising the freshest, healthiest, most problem-free vegetables possible, then What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? will quickly become one of your most essential tools.

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GROCERY GARDENING

Jean Ann Van Krevelen
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Grocery Gardening includes garden planning, planting, preparing, preserving and nutritional information for each of the more than twenty selected edibles. In addition to tips on when to harvest home g…

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Grocery Gardening includes garden planning, planting, preparing, preserving and nutritional information for each of the more than twenty selected edibles. In addition to tips on when to harvest home grown vegetables, the authors offer advice on how to select the freshest produce at the local market, and select complementary ingredients to combine with your home-grown edibles. Jean Ann Van Krevelen, together with her team of food and gardening experts and their community of readers, encourage gardeners and non-gardeners alike to plan meals based on what is in season. Whether you buy local or grow your own, the recipes will delight your family with seasonal freshness. Also included is a chapter on preserving your harvest, with tips for freezing, drying, canning and preserving.

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THRIFTY GARDENING FROM THE GROUND UP

MARJORIE HARRIS
Paperback

Price: $15.95

Best-selling author and gardening columnist Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide for gardeners at every stage of life. Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or condo, upgra…

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Best-selling author and gardening columnist Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide for gardeners at every stage of life. Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or condo, upgrading to a house, or downsizing to smaller digs, Harris shares the best tips on how to create a beautiful garden for any space — all on a budget.

The highly anticipated sequel to her popular book Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style, Thrifty Gardening marries Harris’s passion for gardening with her thrifty lifestyle savvy so that everyone can create a natural oasis whatever their living situation is — and without breaking the bank.

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HOMEGROWN

Marta Teegen
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Swap the annuals for edibles, creating attractive beds and containers that both beautify the yard and provide a bounty of fresh produce. As a trained chef-turned-professional kitchen garden designer, …

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Swap the annuals for edibles, creating attractive beds and containers that both beautify the yard and provide a bounty of fresh produce. As a trained chef-turned-professional kitchen garden designer, Marta Teegen knows what a difference freshly harvested vegetables can make to a meal—and how easy it is to ensure seasonal vegetables are always available when you need them. She touts the joys of creating front yard–friendly raised beds and container gardens that take up only a small amount of space and look beautiful to boot, and shares ideas for tucking productive gardens in other small nooks and corners.

Teegen's unique cuisine-based planting methods mean herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers grow next to each other in commingled plots—quickly, reliably, and efficiently. You'll find more than 40 top picks for small-space vegetables that yield big and are trouble-free, plus a variety of menus and 50 recipes for fresh and delicious summer dishes. With food prices on the rise and concern over pesticide residues on produce ever present, the number of homeowners growing vegetables nearly doubled in the last year. Homegrown shows that even urban and suburban dwellers can grow their own vegetables in easy-to-tend plots and spaces.

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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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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.

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