Unable to tend to your garden, but dreaming of working in the soil? Plan your layouts ahead with these garden design books.
Make a beautiful, practical, environmentally conscious garden, even in a small space … grow UP with a living wall!
A living wall is a vertical structure, usually outside the home, that is built with live plants growing in containers hung in a decorative arrangement.
Sometimes called "Green Walls" and "Vertical Gardens," living walls are easier than ever to plan and grow! Grow a Living Wall is the first wall-gardening book to focus exclusively on the needs of home gardeners.
Make your vertical garden environmentally friendly and sustainable. It's easy with author Shawna Coronado's help! One of her themed vertical gardens is stocked mostly with flowers to make it a haven for bees and other pollinators. Other gardens are filled with vegetables and herbs, so anyone with an outdoor wall can grow their own food … beautifully! Even more gardens promote aromatherapy or medicinal plants. Some are designed to provide a green net of air filtration near a living area, or to protect exterior walls from exposure to direct sunlight (which helps to keep the indoors cool).
In addition to the comprehensive, step-by-step information that explains the basics of vertical gardening, each of the 20 featured gardens has its own chapter filled with useful tips, stunning photography and fascinating background stories that point out how much difference a small garden can make. The gardens you'll find in Grow a Living Wall are positive, life-affirming and sure to produce a smile or two.
Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself.
Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:
Wong turned the tables on old-school advice with a radical new system that transforms the flavor and nutrition of homegrown produce. Grow for Flavor shows the simple steps and innovative methods that yield tasty harvests beyond dreams and, best of all, the methods involve less effort, are strictly organic and can be mastered easily by newbie gardeners.
Grow Great Grub packs in tips and essential information about:
- Choosing a location and making the most of your soil (even if it’s less than perfect)
- Building a raised bed, compost bin and self-watering container using recycled materials
- Keeping pests and diseases away from your plants — the toxin-free way
- Growing bountiful crops in pots and selecting the best heirloom varieties
- Cultivating hundreds of plants, from blueberries to Thai basil, to the best tomatoes you’ll ever taste
- Canning and preserving to make the most of your garden’s generosity
- Growing and building projects that are green-friendly, cost-saving, smart and stylish
- And much more!
Whether you’re looking to eat on a budget or simply experience the pleasure of picking tonight’s meal from right outside your door, this is the must-have book for small-space gardeners — no backyard required.
About the author: Gayla Trail is the creator of the acclaimed gardening website yougrowgirl.com. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, Budget Living and ReadyMade. A resident of Toronto, she has grown a garden on her rooftop for more than 10 years.
Straw bale gardening is an inexpensive, low-maintenance way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All you need is a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and your favorite vegetable seeds! Craig LeHoullier’s step-by-step instructions show you how to do everything from sourcing the straw and setting up your bale to planting, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.
This book offers the most effective natural remedies that can be used to treat common ailments, without the risk of unpleasant or potentially harmful side effects that pharmaceuticals can cause.
With simple organization and clear, concise instruction, Herbal Medicine, Natural Remedies has you covered no matter what ails you. Author Anne Kennedy offers relief for ailments a wide range of ailments, including: allergies, bee stings, bronchitis, canker sores, chapped lips, constipation, dandruff, diaper rash, eczema, fever, hair loss, headache, indigestion, menopause, mental wellness issues, poison ivy, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, sore throat, tendinitis, weight loss, and more.
Spend less time in the garden … and get more results! This book demystifies the growing of fruit and vegetables and shows that, with the right approach, it can be done successfully as a weekend project or slotted into a busy week. This book will appeal to the complete novice planning a new vegetable garden as well as the more experienced gardener who is looking to save time and increase productivity.
Grow herbs all year round with the help of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Rosemary and Other Herbs from the Herb Companion Series. With helpful tips and step by steps this guide will give you a great foundation towards a tastier dish or a better looking garden! From growing seeds indoors, creating colorful window displays, growing herbs overwinter indoors, or growing oregano you'll gain new skills in all things herbal!
Become an herb expert with this Mother Earth News Herbs Collection! You’ll learn all about growing herbs as well as utilizing different spices in your next dish.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Sage and Other Useful Herbs
Grow herbs year-round with the help of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Sage and Other Useful Herbs from the Herb Companion Series. Plant and grow tropical plants (such as ginger and turmeric) throughout the year with aboveground containers. Use horticulture therapy techniques, infuse your soil with beneficial microbes, discover the best seed companies, plant a native garden, and learn all about different plants (such as seven shade-loving herbs). Grow these herbs and put them to good use with the Guide to Growing Sage and Other Useful Herbs!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Cooking with Garlic
Garlic not only adds intensity and richness to food, it also has healing and preventative qualities.. Learn about everything garlic with the Guide to Cooking with Garlic and Other Tasty Herbs. Discover the health benefits of garlic, including preventing and treating different types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, liver damage, and more. Get the tastiest and most classic garlic recipes, such as Garlic Aioli and Garlic and Olive Tapenade. Garlic is not all you get with this guide, though. Find recipes starring some of the tastiest and most flavorful herbs, such as Herb Butter and Herb Salt, Basil-Lime Sorbet, Rosemary & Sage Pickles, and recipes for the heartiest soups and freshest breads. Fall in love with cooking with the tastiest herbs with this guide!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Turmeric & Super Herbs
Reboost your health with hundreds of tips from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Turmeric & Super Herbs. Inside this 100-page guide you’ll learn more about turmeric, garlic, and other good-for-you herbs. Read the research and eat more garlic; learn to use natural sources to sweeten food; grow a stress-relieving tea garden; learn more about aromatherapy; discover everything to know about essential oils; and more.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Rosemary
Grow herbs year-round with the help of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Rosemary and Other Herbs from the Herb Companion Series. With helpful tips and step-by-step instruction, this guide provides a great foundation for creating tastier dishes or a better-looking garden! Its pages cover growing seeds indoors, creating colorful window displays, growing herbs overwinter indoors, and growing oregano. You'll gain new skills in all things herbal!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Super Herbs, Winter 2017
Reboost your health with hundreds of tips from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Super Herbs. Inside this 96-page guide you’ll learn more about elderberry, turmeric, ginger, thyme, and more herbs for good health. Discover the top six medicinal essential oils; natural dental and allergy remedies; herbs and nutrients for a better night’s rest; gardening for medicinal health, emotional well-being, and improved digestion; growing ginger and turmeric; and more.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Cooking with Herbs
MOTHER EARTH NEWS has put together a beautiful guide to help you boost your health with hundreds of tips for growing and harvesting herbs and spices and then cooking with those homegrown herbs and spices. There are more than 99 tips for culinary greatness inside this 100-page guide that features articles and recipes such as Chocolate Dessert Ravioli, herbal sodas, botanical breads, and much more.
This unique chart presents gardening events in a "time phased" format so that it is possible to see at a glance the entire planting, growing and harvesting period. It shows proper indoor and outdoor planting times relative to spring and fall frost dates for 22 common garden vegetables. Since frost dates vary from region to region, the chart will slide, making it useful in most parts of the northern Hemisphere where frost is a critical gardening factor. The front of the chart shows the spring season, and the other side acts as a guide for fall gardeners. Frost dates are included in the directions. A must for new gardeners. View the video to see how it works!
This new revolutionary, one-year subscription software makes vegetable gardening so much easier. The planner helps you do everything from plant placement to pest prevention to plant varieties to planting schedule.
No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden, including how to:
• Make compost and enrich soil
• Learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg
• Harvest and prepare food year round
• Make natural cosmetics, cleaning products, and garden preparations
The no dig approach works as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The authors’ combined experience covers methods of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, and includes recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably, and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round. An acknowledged expert in no dig and author of a half-dozen books on the subject, Charles’ advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She creates delicious seasonal recipes made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparations for the home and garden.
You'll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program, the ins and outs of genetics, how to pick the best parent plants, how to cross-pollinate, the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers, and how to harvest and store seeds.
Garden transformations don't always require an expensive overhaul by a team of professionals. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective, and a new way to look at your garden. You'll learn how to identify problem areas with your current plantings (such as clashing colors, lack of flow or "one-of-each-iitis") and how to inject new life using artful combinations of color, texture, shape and form.
In Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening, general garden-building skills (from "Do I need to dig?" to "Where do I dig?") and specific techniques (from "How do I plant a seed?" to "How much should I water?") are presented in growing-season order-from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics (such as soil, compost, seeds, pest control and weeds) are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try.
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:
Whatever your gardening challenge, straw bale gardening holds the solution. This new edition of Straw Bale Gardens Complete is the only book you need to get started with the revolutionary gardening method that has taken the world by storm.
Written by Joel Karsten, the originator of straw bale gardening, this exciting update contains detailed, start-to-finish instructions for growing vegetables in straw anywhere, plus many new ideas and projects to help you enjoy your straw bale experience even more.