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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO GROWING WINDOWSILL PLANTS

Angela Williams Duea
Paperback

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A windowsill is among the best possible places to put a plant that provides ample sunlight, brightens the look of yo…

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A windowsill is among the best possible places to put a plant that provides ample sunlight, brightens the look of your home from the outside, and adds what amounts to a filter to the air coming in and out of your home. In winter, they can add a touch of color to an otherwise drab view, and in summer they thrive. But not every plant grows well in these conditions: According to Garden Guides, as many as 40 percent of most houseplants don't need nearly that much sunlight. The selection of the right houseplants for your windowsill is a necessary step to ensuring they survive and thrive.

This book will guide you through the steps needed to select the perfect plants for your windowsill and cultivate them to both fit in with your space and to survive the conditions, whether inside or outside. You will learn everything you need to know to effectively plant windowsill plants and improve how your home and your windows look to the world outside. You will learn, through a series of detailed charts, which plants are best suited to the cramped space of a windowsill and which ones will only give you problems. You will learn how much light each plant needs and how much water and food they need and whether you need to supplement natural provision of these resources. You will learn how to care for your plants while keeping away pests and animals that may eat the leaves or dig up the dirt.

Top experts in gardening have been interviewed and their insights will help you learn what works and what doesn't work for your windowsill plants. From first planting, whether by seed or potted plant, you will have every resource you need to keep your windowsill plants alive and thriving in their new environment with this book.


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UP TUNKET ROAD: AN EDUCATION OF A MODERN HOMESTEADER

Philip Ackerman-Leist
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Ever since Thoreau's Walden, the image of the American homesteader has been of someone getting away from civilizati…

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Ever since Thoreau's Walden, the image of the American homesteader has been of someone getting away from civilization, of forging an independent life in the country. Yet if this were ever true, what is the nature and reality of homesteading in the media-saturated, hyper-connected 21st century?

For seven years Philip Ackerman-Leist and his wife, Erin, lived without electricity or running water in an old cabin in the beautiful but remote hills of western New England. Slowly forging their own farm and homestead, they took inspiration from their experiences among the mountain farmers of the Tirolean Alps and were guided by their Vermont neighbors, who taught them about what it truly means to live sustainably in the postmodern homestead--not only to survive, but to thrive in a fragmented landscape and a fractured economy.

Up Tunket Road is the inspiring true story of a young couple who embraced the joys of simple living while also acknowledging its frustrations and complexities. Ackerman-Leist writes with humor about the inevitable foibles of setting up life off the grid--from hauling frozen laundry uphill to getting locked in the henhouse by their ox. But he also weaves an instructive narrative that contemplates the future of simple living. This is not a how-to guide, but something much richer and more important--a tale of discovery that will resonate with readers who yearn for a better, more meaningful life, whether they live in the city, country, or somewhere in between.


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WHITTLING TWIGS & BRANCHES

Chris Lubkemann
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Price: $7.10

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With little more than a knife, a branch and a dose of concentration this book will show you how to create unique keepsakes that are fun to make, will be appreciated as gifts, or can be popular items for sale.

Author Chris Lubkemann a woodcarver since age 7 is pleased to share his lifelong love of whittling in Whittling Twigs & Branches. Inside, you'll find everything you need to master the basic woodworking technique called curling to create birds, trees and flowers.

  • Getting started: choosing and sharpening the right knife, plus characteristics of the best wood species
  • Basics of making curls: tips and techniques on the basic cutting strokes and details on creating tail curls
  • Whittling a rooster: guidance on creating the body and the tail, details on painting and finishing and choosing a base
  • How-tos on other designs: including pheasants, herons, roadrunners and miniature trees and flowers
  • Troubleshooting: advice on what to do when a carving doesn't proceed as planned

Also inside is a picture gallery of finished pieces including table lamps, whimsical characters, letter openers, desk plaques and chess sets, to give you inspiration in your own work.


154.

THE ORGANIC FOOD HANDBOOK

Ken Roseboro
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More and more people are eating organic food. Once derided as a “hippie fad,” today organic is the fas…

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More and more people are eating organic food. Once derided as a “hippie fad,” today organic is the fastest growing segment of the United States food industry with consumer demand increasing by nearly 20 percent each year. No longer confined to natural food stores, organic food is now on supermarket shelves, served in restaurants and fast food chains, and even sold at national parks and major league baseball stadiums. Many schools and colleges, such as Yale and Stanford, now serve organic food to their students. People are choosing organic because they want healthier and safer alternative to “conventional” food with its use of toxic pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and genetic engineering.

The Organic Food Handbook examines this important trend and provides a concise, easy-to-follow guide to eating and buying organic food. It clearly explains what organic food is and how it is produced, and where to buy it at the most economical prices. The book also covers:

  • How conventional food poses threats to health and the environment
  • Why organic is a healthier, safer choice all of us
  • How organic certification ensures that organic food is produced to the highest standards
As this book shows, organic food clearly benefits our personal health as well as the health of our environment. Eating organic contributes to a more sustainable world and a healthier future. Author Ken Roseboro wants us all to benefit and provides the information consumers need to know to make eating healthy, organic foods a priority in their lives.


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THE GREEN HOUSE

ALANNA STANG, C. HAWTHORNE
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Price: $15.09

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From the arid deserts of Tucson, Arizona to the icy forests of Poori, Finland to the tropical beaches of New South Wales, Australia to the urban jungle of downtown Manhattan, critics Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne have traveled to the farthest reaches of the globe to find all that is new in the design of sustainable, or "green," homes. The result: more than thirty-five residences in fifteen countries--and nearly every conceivable natural environment--designed by a combination of star architects and heretofore unknown practitioners.

Six different climactic zones are presented in The Green House --waterfront, forest and mountain, tropical, desert, suburban, and urban; there is also a section on mobile dwellings. Each chapter features a series of homes that show the diversity and possibility of sustainable design. Projects are presented with large color images, plans, drawings, and an accompanying text that describes their green features and explains how they work with and in the environment.

Architects included: Santiago Calatrava, Shigeru Ban, Miller/Hull, Rick Joy, Lake Flato, Kengo Kuma, Glenn Murcutt, Pugh & Scarpa, Werner Sobek, and many others.

The Green House is not only a beautiful object in its own right, but is sure to be an indispensable reference for anyone building or interested in sustainable design--and if you ask us, that should be everyone.

About the author:
Alanna Stang is Executive Editor of ID Magazine; Christopher Hawthorne is architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times.


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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

David Craddock
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Studies have shown that the average North American family will spend more than a quarter of a million dollars on energy in a lifetime. What many other countries, including Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, China, Brazil and even Iceland, have realized is that there is a better way to power our homes, businesses and cars: by using renewable energy sources.

Recently, the United States has begun to understand the importance of reducing its reliance on coal, natural gas, nuclear power and hydropower plants, which comprise the majority of the nation's electricity, due to increasing oil prices. Some sections of the country, including California, are turning to renewable energy sources. In fact, 12 percent of California's electricity is produced by renewable resources. The potential for the use of renewables is very large and understanding their use and their impact is key.

Renewable Energy Made Easy will provide you with everything you need to know about these alternative energy sources. You will learn about solar power, wind power, water power, biofuels, geothermal energy, ethanol, wave farms, photovoltaic power plants and hydrogen fuels. You will also become well-versed on the availability, aesthetics, environmental and social considerations, and longevity issues of these so-called soft energy technologies.

In addition, you will learn about the current costs and the projected costs in the future, ENERGY STAR® regulations, the newest research and innovations, and the high development potential of renewable energy. This book will serve as a guide to creating more efficient buildings and an invaluable resource for how to change our preconceived notions about power.

This book has taken the complexity and scientific terms out of this topic, making it jargon-free and easy to understand. Ultimately, you will learn how our country can improve energy efficiency, reduce oil dependence, improve energy security, and reduce the health and environmental impact of our current energy system.


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HANDMADE MUSIC FACTORY

Michael Orr
Paperback

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Hand-making musical instruments is part of a growing trend that even celebrities such as Johnny Depp and guitar leg…

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Hand-making musical instruments is part of a growing trend that even celebrities such as Johnny Depp and guitar legend Jack White are taking part in.

It doesn't require a lot of money or an expertise in woodworking and electronics, all it takes is a little creativity. In Handmade Music Factory, handyman Mike Orr guides you through the construction of eight of the most unique and imaginative instruments found anywhere ... from a one-string guitar made from a soup can, to a hubcap banjo, and a stand-up lap steel guitar made from a vintage ironing board.

There are also directions for an amp that can be assembled using inexpensive parts from the local electronics store. There's no shortage of inspiration to draw upon in creating an arsenal of instruments that look good, sound great, and deliver some foot stompin' fun!


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GETTING STARTED IN PINEWOOD DERBY

Troy Thorne
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Follow along with cool kid Dash Derby as he takes you and your child through seven easy steps to building your first pinewood derby race car together.

No woodworking skill required, just patience and fun! Unlike any other pinewood derby book, it's not about winning the race; it's about spending time with your child building a car you can be proud of...even if it isn't perfect.

With 12 patterns and paint designs to choose from, Getting Started in Pinewood Derby will help you have a stress-free good-time building a car that will get down the track. Maybe next year, you can worry about taking home first place.


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RECLAIMING OUR FOOD

Tanya Denckla Cobb
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A quiet revolution is taking place: People across the United States are turning toward local food. Some are doing i…

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A quiet revolution is taking place: People across the United States are turning toward local food. Some are doing it because they want more nutritious, less-processed food; some want to preserve the farmland and rural character of their regions; some fear interruptions to the supply of non-local food; some want to support their local economy; and some want safer food with less threat of contamination. But this revolution comes with challenges.

Reclaiming Our Food tells the stories of people across America who are finding new ways to grow, process, and distribute food for their own communities. Their successes offer both inspiration and practical advice.

The projects described in this book are cropping up everywhere, from urban lots to rural communities and everywhere in between. In Portland, Oregon, an organization called Growing Gardens installs home gardens for low-income families and hosts follow-up workshops for the owners. Lynchburg Grows, in Lynchburg, Virginia, bought an abandoned 6.5-acre urban greenhouse business and turned it into an organic farm that offers jobs to people with disabilities and sells its food through a local farmers' market and a CSA. Sunburst Trout Farm, a small family business in rural North Carolina, is showing that it’s possible to raise fish sustainably and sell to a local market. And in Asheville, North Carolina, Growing Minds is finding ways to help bring fresh foods into schools. Author Tanya Denckla Cobb offers behind-the-scenes profiles of more than 50 food projects across the United States, with lessons and advice straight from their founders and staff. Photographic essays of 11 community food projects, by acclaimed photographer Jason Houston, detail the unusual work of these projects, bringing it to life in unforgettable images.

Reclaiming Our Food is a practical guide for building a local food system. Where others have made the case for the local food movement, Reclaiming Our Food shows how communities are actually making it happen. This book offers a wealth of information on how to make local food a practical and affordable part of everyone's daily fare.


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THE ALL YOU CAN EAT GARDENING HANDBOOK

Cam Mather
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North American’s love gardening but what could be worse than convincing them that growing their own food is difficu…

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North American’s love gardening but what could be worse than convincing them that growing their own food is difficult. With the world at or beyond peak oil, and the threat of climate change demanding we eat closer to home there has never been a better time to start growing vegetables. The great news is that it really is easy and a huge source of joy and accomplishment for gardeners to start turning backyards into produce departments. Previous limited space and intensive gardening books make gardening look difficult. There’s too many charts. Too many checklists to tick off. Too much talk of trace minerals and hard to find soil supplements. Growing vegetables is not hard. In fact it’s hard not to do it well, so a book shouldn’t intimidate people. That’s why The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook is such a breath of fresh air.

It assures people there’s nothing to it, but they should just get out there and do it. With basic tips and techniques it provides some tools but not to the point of keeping people out of the garden all together thinking they’ll miss some important part of the “system”.

As a motivator it provides some background on how energy intensive the North American diet is and how fossil fuel resource depletion will lead to us spending an every increasing percentage of our incomes on food. With many hard hit by the economic crisis, growing your own food simply makes economic sense. To further motivate readers The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook gives readers the incredible health benefits of each of the vegetables and fruits they grown. Sure, Grandma always told us to eat our vegetables but as adults it’s nice to know about all the incredible health benefits of each item you’re growing. Suddenly the cancer fighting properties of the broccoli provide a whole new motivation to start growing it yourself. And having strategies for harvesting rainwater, watering with drip irrigation and dealing with some of the challenges our changing climate may throw at you help you helps taylor the information to each readers unique growing circumstances.

Whether you’ve got a small city lot, a typical suburban backyard or a large country property The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook is the tool you need to get motivated to start growing healthy, local, inexpensive and soil and soul enriching vegetables today!

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