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Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide

Whitney Cranshaw
Paperback

Price: $29.95

This book truly is "The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs." Written by entomologist Whitney Cranshaw, the 650-page book includes hundreds of color insect photos, plus great advice on the least-toxic c…

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This book truly is "The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs." Written by entomologist Whitney Cranshaw, the 650-page book includes hundreds of color insect photos, plus great advice on the least-toxic controls for vegetable, fruit and ornamental pests, and a big chapter on beneficial bugs.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: More than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY PLANT?


Paperback

Price: $24.95

Dealing with a sick plant is one of the most frustrating situations a gardener can face. More often than not, we have no idea what is causing the problem, or how to fix it. Fortunately, help is at han…

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Dealing with a sick plant is one of the most frustrating situations a gardener can face. More often than not, we have no idea what is causing the problem, or how to fix it. Fortunately, help is at hand. What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) provides an easy system for visually diagnosing any problem, and matching it to the right cure.

This innovative and easy-to-use guide is split into three parts.

Part One presents easy-to-follow, illustrated flow charts — organized by where on the plant the symptoms appear — that allow readers to accurately diagnose the problem. The format is so simple it doesn't even require knowing the name of the plant; all you need to know is whether the problem is affecting its roots, stem, flowers or leaves. It does not matter whether the plant is a houseplant, perennial, vegetable, tree or shrub.

Part Two offers a 100% organic way to fix the problem. From improper growing conditions and environmental factors, to molds, pests, and diseases, every problem has a safe, natural solution. Part Three shows photographs and drawings of stressed, damaged, and diseased plants that help with accurate comparison.

Whether your garden consists of herbs on a kitchen windowsill, a vegetable garden, an elaborate backyard border, or a container on a patio, What's Wrong With My Plant? is an indispensable resource. If you can see it, you can fix it. Curing a sick plant just doesn't get any easier.

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ORGANIC SEED PRODUCTION & SAVING

Bryan Connolly
Paperback

Price: $12.95

Part of the NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) guides. Includes information on:

  • Strengths and limitations of hybrid varieties
  • Before you grow the seed (selecting varieties, saving seed and imp…

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Part of the NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) guides. Includes information on:

  • Strengths and limitations of hybrid varieties
  • Before you grow the seed (selecting varieties, saving seed and improving crops, intellectual property rights)
  • Growing seed (pollination biology, harvesting, cleaning, storage, germination testing)
  • Details on individual crops (amaranth, crucifers, beets and chard, lettuce, cucurbits, corn and small grains, nightshades, root veggies)
Plus detailed appendices including more info on seed cleaning, seed companies, and more.

About the author: Bryan Connolly farms organically at his small homestead in northeastern Connecticut where he buys and grows seeds from far and wide to satisfy his fascination with plant genetics. When not "swamping the world with with plant propagules," Bryan raises goats, chickens, and turkeys on the farm and assists customers at the Willimantic Food Coop. He has a master's degree in pollination biology from the University of Connecticut and has worked for the University of Mississippi's Medicinal Plant Garden, New England Wild Flower Society, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

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ORGANIC SOIL-FERTILITY & WEED MANAGEMENT

Steve Gilman
Paperback

Price: $12.95

Soil is a living organism that loves to cooperate with farmers and gardeners. A green thumb will appear on those who align themselves with its health and requirements. This book discusses:

  • Soil habitat

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Soil is a living organism that loves to cooperate with farmers and gardeners. A green thumb will appear on those who align themselves with its health and requirements. This book discusses:

  • Soil habitat
  • Sustaining soil fertility
  • The soil food-web
  • Nutrient availability and deficiency
After reading this book, readers will not only have a different view on soil, but on weeds as well. Knowing and utilizing the energies and characteristics of weeds, as Gilman teaches, will make for a more productive garden, and less stressful gardening.

About the author: Steve Gilman was an organic vegetable grower for thirty years in the Saratoga, New York area before retiring to become the managing director of a USDA regional organic research project called NEON (Northeast Organic Network) in the mid-2000's. Since then he has become policy director for the seven-state NOFA Interstate Council, which is working to build NOFA's policy capacity, and has been representing the organization on the regional and national levels. He continues to grow herbs, vegetables, and medicinals-producing and storing a year-round household food supply from extensive home gardens.

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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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FREE-RANGE CHICKEN GARDENS

Jessi Bloom
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh…

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Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit — chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens.

In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.

For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Range Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

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