• EDIBLE WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

    Long before sunflower seeds became a popular snack food, they were a foodstuff valued by Native Americans. For some 10,000 years, from the end of the Pleistocene to the 1800s, the indigenous peoples of the plains regarded edible native plants, like the sunflower, as an important source of food. Not only did plants provide sustenance during times of scarcity, they also added variety to what otherwise would have been a monotonous diet of game. Nevertheless, the use of native plants as food sharply declined when white men settled the Great Plains and imposed their own culture, with its differing notions of what was fit to eat. Those notions tended to exclude from the accepted diet such plants as soapweed, lambsquarter, ground cherry, prairie turnip and prickly pear. Today it is strange to think of eating chokecherries, which were a key ingredient in that staple of the Indian diet, pemmican.

    Based on plant lore documented by historical and archaeological evidence, Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie relates how 122 plant species were once used as food by the native and immigrant residents on the prairie. Written for a broad audience of amateur naturalists, botanists, ethnologists, anthropologists and agronomists, this guide is intended to educate the reader about wild plants as food sources, to synthesize information on the potential use of native flora as new food crops, and to encourage the conservation and cultivation of prairie plants.

    By writing about the edible flora of the American prairie, Kelly Kindscher has provided us with the first edible plant book devoted to the region that Walt Whitman called "North America's characteristic landscape" and that Willa Cather called "the floor of the sky." In describing how plants were used for food, he has drawn upon information concerning tribes that inhabited the prairie bioregion. As a consequence, his book serves as a handy compendium for readers seeking to learn more about historical uses of plants by Native Americans.

    The book is organized into 51 chapters arranged alphabetically by scientific name. For those who are interested in finding and identifying the plants, the book provides line drawings, distribution maps, and botanical and habitat descriptions. The ethnobotanical accounts of food use form the major portion of the text, but the reader will also find information on the parts of the plants used, harvesting, propagation (for home gardeners), and the preparation and taste of wild food plants.

    Item: 6873

    Author: Kelly Kindscher

    Format: Paperback

  • FALL FERTILIZER 21-0-4

    Get to the root of your weed problem! Healthy roots grow thick lawns, and thick lawns naturally crowd out weeds. Fall is the perfect time to feed the lawn and restore the soil. Beneficial microbes prepare the soil to easily absorb the nutrients. They act as a "shield" to protect the root system from damaging organisms. • Fortified with sulfur and iron for deep, green color without excessive growth spurts or burning • Natural and organic-based ingredients with Protilizer®, a blend of beneficial soil microbes • Rebuilds the root system after potential summer damage for efficient use of water and nutrients • Phosphorus-free to promote clean rivers, lakes, bays and wetlands • Covers 6,000 square feet

    Item: 8550

    Author: NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • FARM...FOOD...FUN

    The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms is a small-scale diversified working and teaching farm. They are a registered nursery, licensed seed dealer, grain dealer, and dairy goat farm. This book includes recipes and information regarding their workshops, from simple-cheese making, tapping maple trees using sumac spiles, making flower essence jellies, growing hops and bloody butcher corn, and much more.

    Item: 7909

    Author: Susan Tipton-Fox

    Format: Paperback

  • GARDEN WISDOM AND KNOW-HOW

    The latest addition to the bestselling Wisdom and Know-How series is a massive collection of complete home reference for everything you need to know about gardening from soil and fertilizers to growing flowers and vegetables. The volume includes garden techniques and tricks, the flower garden, the edible garden, container gardening, garden design and landscaping, attracting wildlife and packed with information. Readers will discover tips and techniques for maintaining a garden year-round; harvesting herbs; designing by bloom season; turning garden refuse into garden rewards; building teepees, trellises, and other plant supports; and much more.

    Item: 4522

    Author: Editors of Rodale Gardening

    Format: Paperback

  • GARDENING WITH CONFIDENCE

    The confidence you'll gain in knowing how to add design features, while developing your own personal style, will help take your garden to the levels seen in the fantastic gardens that inspired you to begin your own work of art.
    Item: 7113

    Author: Helen Yoest

    Format: Paperback

  • GROW A LIVING WALL

    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.

    Item: 7552

    Author: Shawna Coronado

    Format: Paperback

  • GROW GREAT GRUB: ORGANIC FOOD FROM SMALL SPACES

    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.

    Item: 4907

    Author: Gayla Trail

    Format: Paperback

  • GROWING FRUIT WITH A SMILE

    When you read Growing Fruit With a Smile, you cannot resist a feeling that Kurdyumov is teaching some kind of ‘gardening magic’, reveals the ultimate secrets of mastering what people call a ‘green thumb’. And it’s not just because he shows you how to start an orchard without buying a single nursery tree; how to influence the taste of the fruit any way you like; how to grow five-pound pears; how to grow apricots in Zone 2; or how to train trees into stunning shapes without any pruning. There’s more to it. We tend to view growing fruit as hard work full of challenges: sweating to improve the soil, fighting drought and pests, trying to heal sunscald, then figuring out how to do proper pruning etc. And Kurdyumov shows us how to have more fruit with fewer trees, how to achieve amazing results with less effort — and all those color photos of the garlands of fruit show you his approach works! Ultimately you realize that there is nothing magical in that — it’s just that Kurdyumov offers genuine understanding where many other authors limit themselves to cookie-cutter instructions.

    Item: 8774

    Author: Nikolay Kurdyumov

    Format: Paperback

  • GROWING HEALTHY HOUSEPLANTS

    This concise Storey BASICS guide teaches novice gardeners how to successfully keep indoor plants beautiful and healthy. Learn how to choose the best plants for your home and what each species needs in terms of location, water, sunlight, and fertilizer. Covering the basics of repotting, pruning, and dealing with pests, Ellen Zachos shows you how to keep your houseplants looking vibrant for years to come. Soon, you’ll be watching over a collection of thriving plants that add a lively dose of color to your home.

    Item: 8257

    Author: Ellen Zachos

    Format: Paperback

  • HEIRLOOM FLAVOR

    Heirloom Flavor features 18 types of heirloom edibles and is enriched with beautiful full-color photographs, interesting stories and fascinating history. In this "must have" for foodies and cooks, author Doreen Howard has included recipes and cooking tips, how-to-grow tips, and information on how to select at farmers markets.

    Item: 6840

    Author: Doreen G. Howard

    Format: Paperback

  • HIGH-YIELD VEGETABLE GARDENING

    You won’t believe your eyes when you see the size of your harvest! Authors Colin McCrate and Brad Halm show you how you can make your food garden much more productive, no matter how big or small it is. You’ll learn their secrets for preparing the soil, selecting and rotating your crops, and mapping out a specific customized schedule that makes the most of your space and your growing season. Packed with all of the charts, tables, schedules, and worksheets you need — as well as record-keeping pages so you can repeat your successes next year — this book is an essential tool for the serious gardener.

    Item: 7841

    Author: COLIN MCCRATE AND BRAD HALM

    Format: Paperback

  • HOLY SHIT: MANAGING MANURE TO SAVE MANKIND

    In his insightful new book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure — our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure — worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value — but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline.

    With his trademark humor, his years of experience writing about both farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to make fertilizer and humus by managing farm manure, pet manure and human manure.

    About the author
    Gene Logsdon farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He is one of the clearest and most original voices of rural America. He has published more than two dozen books. He writes a popular blog at OrganicToBe.org, is a regular contributor to Farming Magazine and The Draft Horse Journal, and writes an award-winning weekly column in the Ohio Progressor Times.

    Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books and products to readers. For more than 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.

    Item: 4687

    Author: Gene Logsdon

    Format: Paperback

  • HOMEGROWN MARIJUANA

    Is growing marijuana permitted where you live? A hydroponic system is your homegrown solution.

    With marijuana laws changing rapidly, millions of gardeners with an interest in growing cannabis can finally step out of their curtained basements and raise this unique and ancient plant without worry and in plain view.

    As with any other plant we grow, you'll find a wide range of strategies for growing marijuana. The variables between approaches are many, including success rates, security, and cost. Indoor, water-based hydroponic systems are the best option for just about any homeowner: They are clean, reliable, highly productive, and can be built for minimal cost. In Homegrown Marijuana you'll find all the information you need to create and operate a hydroponic growing system in your own home.

    This book is intended for people who live in areas that have legalized growing marijuana, for medical use or otherwise, and who wish to produce it for their own consumption. Using step-by-step instructions and photos, hydroponics and marijuana-growing expert Joshua Sheets explains how to create, build, maintain, and harvest a marijuana garden. He also includes plenty of background information you'll want to know on subjects such as nutrient solutions, propagating plants, selecting varieties, troubleshooting problems, and much more. In reading Homegrown Marijuana you'll see that a hydroponic marijuana garden is not so different from other gardens you've grown … except, of course, that in this garden, the weed is encouraged.

    Item: 7945

    Author: Joshua Sheets

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO DO AQUAPONICS THE EASY WAY!

    How To Do Aquaponics the EASY Way makes home aquaponics ten times more affordable and accessible than any of the expensive “kits”. This is because you simply purchase the parts for your system at your local building supply store. In addition, a few bits of equipment will need to be purchased from an aquarium store.

    With these home aquaponics systems, you can EASILY grow food anywhere. On your porch, in your spare room, on your kitchen counter, or even in an unused closet! And it’s not just for “country folks”. There’s a whole chapter on how to grow using artificial lighting. This means “city folks” can grow food inside your apartment or condo, even with no balcony.

    How To Do Aquaponics the EASY Way shows you how to build and operate your own small home aquaponics systems, affordably, easily, and productively. There’s no need for expensive “kits”, because an AquaponiGarden (which is what we call these awesome home aquaponics systems) you build from this book works better. But it only costs a fraction as much money!

    Item: 8072

    Author: S. Friend & T. Mann

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO ERADICATE INVASIVE PLANTS

    Clearly written and easy-to-use, How to Eradicate Invasive Plants shows you how to recognize the invasive plant; offers eradication options, from simple, organic approaches to the safest and most responsible ways to use chemicals; and enables you to identify 200 of the most common invasive plants.

    Item: 6729

    Author: Teri Dunn Chace

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES (8th edition)

    Decades before the terms "eco-friendly" and "sustainable growing" entered the vernacular, How to Grow More Vegetables demonstrated that small-scale, high-yield, all-organic gardening methods could yield bountiful crops over multiple growing cycles using minimal resources in a suburban environment. The concept that John Jeavons and the team at Ecology Action launched more than 40 years ago has been embraced by the mainstream and continues to gather momentum. Today, How to Grow More Vegetables, now in its fully revised and updated 8th edition, is the go-to reference for food growers at every level: from home gardeners dedicated to nurturing their backyard edibles in maximum harmony with nature’s cycles, to small-scale commercial producers interested in optimizing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity. Whether you hope to harvest your first tomatoes next summer or are planning to grow enough to feed your whole family in years to come, How to Grow More Vegetables is your indispensable sustainable garden guide.

    Want to read more? Preview this book: Building the Soil, Building the Future.

    Item: 1969

    Author: John Jeavons

    Format: Paperback

  • HOW TO START A WORM BIN: YOUR GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED WITH WORM COMPOSTING

    Do you want to learn to turn food scraps into valuable compost? Do you believe in taking responsibility for the waste we create? People all over the world are turning their food scraps into nutrient-rich worm compost through starting their own worm bin. This book contains everything you need to get started worm composting in one easy-to-read book. Topics include what type of worms to buy, how to construct a bin, maintain the right environment, and how to foster a thriving worm herd. The Worm Bin Troubleshooting and FAQ sections cover the rest. The author demonstrates that worm composting is a year-round activity that is easy, fast, convenient, good for the earth, good for your plants, and fun.

    Item: 8571

    Author: HENRY OWEN

    Format: Paperback

  • LATE SPRING FERTILIZER 19-0-3

    Sprouts of green without spurts of growth. Feed your lawn slow and steady. Our "slow-release" fertilizer gradually feeds grass for a "normal" rate of growth. • Reduces disease and insect attacks • Minimizes growth spurts and frequent mowing • Provides sulfur and iron for deep, green color • Natural and organic-based ingredients • Fortified with Protilizer® beneficial soil microbes for rich soil and strong roots • Prepares soil and turf for summer heat, high foot traffic and drought conditions • Phosphorus-free to reduce algae in water • Covers 6,000 square feet

    Item: 8548

    Author: NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • LOW-MAINTENANCE VEGETABLE GARDENING

    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.

    Item: 8866

    Author: Clare Matthews

    Format: Paperback

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