• BUILDING PROJECTS FOR BACKYARD FARMERS AND HOME GARDENERS

    This is a practical and engaging guide to transforming an ordinary backyard into a productive farm.

    Homesteading is experiencing a revival among both rural and urban residents who want to get back to basics and live closer to the land. With this book, homeowners will obtain both inspiration and instruction for transforming their grassy yard into a lush farm that can produce all the food they need.

    The author is an experienced woodworker and homesteader who shows how to plan and design a backyard farm. He offers expert advice for making all of the essential hard-working structures that are needed to sustain small-scale agriculture.

    Step-by-step instructions are provided for 10 projects including green houses, beehives, rabbit hutches, raised beds, potting sheds, trellises, fences, and more. Readers learn how to create an irrigation system, harvest rainwater, and keep their farms environmentally sound. Each detailed plan is accompanied by the author's clear, instructive drawings.

    More than just a manual, the book also offers entertaining and enlightening interviews with both experts and “average Joe” farmers. We learn what motivates them to become backyard farmers, the lessons that they have to share, and maybe even a couple of funny stories along the way.

    Item: 5936

    Author: Chris Gleason

    Format: Paperback

  • DIG YOUR HANDS IN THE DIRT

    CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $15.00. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

    Here is inspiration and instruction for anyone interested in making beautiful art out of earth. The author of Build Your Own Earth Oven teaches you to find, mix, and sculpt the right mud; develop group goals and vision, and translate simple, natural (and easy to draw) patterns into sophisticated and complex designs. The resulting murals will transform anonymous "spaces" into real places. Or make "garden art" you can sit on (or in). Get inspired by earth artists across the country and over seas. Brief, elegant, wonderfully and generously illustrated with drawings and 32 pages of color photos.

    • Turn the earth under your feet into natural, cheap, beautiful art: African-inspired murals, fanciful playground sculptures, labyrinths, sundials, sculpted benches, bird houses, & more.
    • Complete illustrated how-to guide to mud, art, & community.
    • Inspiring stories & color photos from earth-artists here & abroad.
    • For teachers, parents, activists, builders, artists, & other kids.

    About the author
    Kiko Denzer is an artist, teacher, and author in the earthen building revival. He serves as artist-in-residence in schools in his home state of Oregon, and has muddied tens of thousands of hands with his popular oven and bread manual, Build Your Own Earth Oven.

    Item: 5294

    Author: Kiko Denzer

    Format: Paperback

  • EDIBLE LANDSCAPING WITH A PERMACULTURE TWIST

    Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist is a how-to manual for the budding gardener and experienced green thumb alike, full of creative and easy-to-follow designs that guide you to having your yard and eating it, too. With the help of more than 200 beautiful color photos and drawings, permaculture designer and avid grower Michael Judd takes the reader on a step-by-step process to transform a sea of grass into a flourishing edible landscape that pleases the eye as well as the taste buds. With personality and humor, he translates the complexities of permaculture design into simple self-build projects, providing full details on the evolving design process, material identification and costs. Chapters cover:

    • Herb Spirals
    • Food Forests
    • Raised-Bed Gardens
    • Earthen Ovens
    • Uncommon Fruits
    • Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation
    • And more!
    The book's colorful pages are filled with practical designs that Judd has created and built during years of workshops, homesteading and running an edible landscaping business. Though geared toward suburban gardeners starting from scratch, the book's designs can be easily grafted to the micro-habits of the urban landscape, scaled up to the acreage of homesteads, or adapted to already flourishing landscapes. Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist is a tool to spark and inform the imagination of anyone with a desire to turn their landscape into a luscious and productive edible Eden.

    Item: 7005

    Author: Michael Judd

    Format: Paperback

  • ENERGY-WISE LANDSCAPE DESIGN

    Residential consumption represents nearly one quarter of North America's total energy use, and the average homeowner spends thousands of dollars a year on power bills. To help alleviate this problem, Energy-Wise Landscape Design presents hundreds of practical ways everyone can save money, time and effort while making their landscapes more environmentally healthy, ecologically rich and energy efficient.
    Combining general guidelines with tips, techniques and actions, this fully illustrated guide explains the many opportunities our landscapes provide for conserving energy. Readers will learn how to:

    • lower a home's heating and cooling costs
    • minimize fuel used in landscape construction, maintenance and everyday use
    • choose landscape products and materials with lower embedded energy costs
    • make a positive difference without a major investment or change in lifestyle.

    Intended for homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals and students, the design ideas in this book will work in every type of setting -large or small, hilly or flat, urban or rural. Written in non-scientific language with clear explanations and an easy conversational style, Energy-Wise Landscape Design is an essential resource for everyone who wants to shrink their energy footprint while enhancing their property and adding value to their home.

    Item: 4588

    Author: SUE REED

    Format: Paperback

  • FALLSCAPING

    Embrace the jewel-toned fruits, flaming foliage, and woody plants of the fall garden Ondra and Cohen’s expertise is complemented by stunning color photographs that illustrate the beauty. You’ll be inspired to use vines, tree shrubs, and flowers to contribute color, texture, and beauty to your garden well past summer’s peak.

    Item: 7998

    Author: Nancy J. Ondra & Stephanie Cohen

    Format: Paperback

  • GARDEN WISDOM AND KNOW-HOW

    The latest addition to the best-selling Wisdom and Know-How series is a complete home reference for everything you need to know about gardening — from soil and fertilizers to growing flowers and vegetables.

    Garden Wisdom and Know-How is a large-scale practical guide to planting and maintaining a garden, indoors or out. The chapters are organized by topic — garden techniques and tricks, the flower garden, the edible garden, container gardening, garden design and landscaping, attracting wildlife, and so on — 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.

    Featuring handpicked selections from dozens of publications from Rodale Books, this massive collection is full of indispensable and trusted advice from some of the most respected gardening authors in the world. And with hundreds of black-and-white illustrations and photographs as well as step-by-step projects, key gardening resources, and essential information on countless plant species, Garden Wisdom and Know-How is a must-have volume for both the aspiring and the experienced gardener.

    About the author

    Judy Pray is a freelance book editor. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    About Rodale Books

    Rodale Books publishes award-winning, best-selling titles on gardening, health, wellness, fitness, food, nutrition, inspiration/spirituality and the environment. Some of their best-known gardening books include Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, Your Backyard Herb Garden, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide and Garden Primer.

    Item: 4522

    Author: Editors of Rodale Gardening

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO FIELD AND LAWN CARE

    Want the best-looking yard in your neighborhood? Or a sprawling green lawn that welcomes visitors as they make their way up your driveway? With the help of the Grit Guide to Field and Lawn Care you'll discover how to grow and maintain the sharpest lawn, as well as tips for safe mowing, advice for rejuvenating your lawn, and so much more.

    Packed from cover to cover with expertise on field and lawn care, this helpful guide can assist you as you decide which mower will work best for your yard. And whether you need an economical pushmower or a time-saving zero turn machine, you'll find advice on routine maintenance that will keep your mower or garden tractor on track all summer long. Read 10 ways to sustainably manage the unwanted weeds that sprout up every year. Master the ins and outs of lawn maintenance and keep your yard looking its best all summer. Plus, learn how to lawn stripe your yard: Not only will it look professionally mowed, but fertilizing and overseeding will be that much easier!

    Other articles include:

    • Rules of Engagement: Before operating any mower, it's imperative to wrap your mind around basic mowing safety.
    • (Electric) Wave of the Future: Mowers and bots that will cut your grass, without gas.
    • Mowing the Old-Fashioned Way: Use a scythe to make hay and trim your lawn.
    • Mowing and More with your ATV: Save money by turning your all-terrain vehicle into a top hand.
    • All the Trimmings: From string trimmers and edgers to the old reliable ax, here are all the tools you'll need to keep your landscape neat and tidy.
    Item: 6751

    Author: GRIT Editors

    Format: Paperback

  • HANDMADE GARDEN PROJECTS

    You can transform your garden into a handmade, personality-infused oasis. Author Lorene Edwards Forkner — part eco-friendly non-traditionalist, part crafty creative — will show you how.

    Projects run the gamut from eye-catching structures, like a pergola made from plumbing pipes, to imaginative details, like a tree-hung chandelier for nighttime ambiance. You'll also find helpful plant guides to accompany projects: delectable herbs to fill a stacking container tower, stellar succulents for a vertical gutter garden, glorious flowering vines to climb a bamboo obelisk, and so much more.

    Ready to get started? All you need are refreshingly simple, inexpensive materials — hardware store basics, salvaged goods, repurposed castoffs from cluttered basements — along with a little do-it-yourself spirit. With clear instructions and inspiring variations on every theme, this book is easy to follow and easy to love. Your journey to a made-from-scratch outdoor space starts here.

    Item: 5893

    Author: Lorene Edwards Forkner

    Format: Paperback

  • HOMESTEAD IRON BATWING HOE

    The beautiful Batwing Hoe is a great multifunctioning tool! Made from C1075 high-carbon cutlery steel that’s sharpened on all sides, this implement is a slicer, hacker, dicer, furrower, and hot pack planter. This all-purpose tool also works around fine roots. It’s made to last a lifetime! To help relieve back strain, the ash handle is 60 inches long (much longer than those you find in big box stores). As long as it’s treated well, this sturdy tool will last generations. Just apply linseed oil a couple times a year and keep it out of the elements. Each Homestead Iron garden tool comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you give it proper care, and your tool bends or breaks for any reason, the company will repair or replace it.

    Item: 8606

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON CROWS FOOT CULTIVATOR

    The Homestead Iron Crows Foot Cultivator is great for working in finer amended soil, cultivating the dirt around plants easily. The tool is forged by hand, heated and beat into shape – just like in the old days. Each tool comes with a lifetime guarantee. Give it proper care and maintenance, and should it bend or break, Homestead Iron will repair or replace your tool.

    Item: 8600

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON DUTCH WEEDER, LEFT HANDED

    This beauty is a reproduction of the same tool that came into existence 1,200 years ago. Japan and Holland thought up this design independent of one another during the same time period! Made with a thin, flexible blade, this is the perfect implement for fine weeding up close to your plants. A scraper and slicer, it’s made to get baby weeds as they come up (before they get stringy or woody). All Homestead Iron tools are sharp! They use 1075 high-carbon steel for their blades and treat each as a high-quality knife. Each tool comes with a lifetime guarantee. Give it proper care and maintenance, and should it bend or break, Homestead Iron will repair or replace it.

    Item: 8602

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON DUTCH WEEDER, RIGHT HANDED

    This beauty is a reproduction of the same tool that came into existence 1,200 years ago. Japan and Holland thought up this design independent of one another during the same time period! Made with a thin, flexible blade, this is the perfect implement for fine weeding up close to your plants. A scraper and slicer, it’s made to get baby weeds as they come up (before they get stringy or woody). All Homestead Iron tools are sharp! They use 1075 high-carbon steel for their blades and treat each as a high-quality knife. Each tool comes with a lifetime guarantee. Give it proper care and maintenance, and should it bend or break, Homestead Iron will repair or replace it.

    Item: 8601

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON GRUB HOE

    The hand-forged Grub Hoe is a great all-around tool: It digs and slices through your toughest chores with ease. The heat-treated 1075 spring steel blade is sharp and durable, making it great for chopping and weeding. The tool’s tines, meanwhile, dig hard ground and effortlessly cut out tough roots. Precision TIG-welded on a forged diamond shank and finished with a solid hickory handle, this tool provides a lifetime of service.

    Item: 8608

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON MULTI-PURPOSE TROWEL

    This little guy does it all! The sharp chisel tip works to pop out stubborn weeds. The forged ridges in the blade act as a depth gauge and meter out fine seeds: Just shake and trickle out a few at a time. If that's not enough, the tool does everything a trowel does, too! It’s a must-have for the gardener who has everything (or the minimalist who needs a single, versatile tool). Each of Homestead Iron’s garden tools comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you give it proper care, and your tool bends or breaks for any reason, the company will repair or replace it.

    Item: 8607

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON SMALL TROWEL

    Homestead Iron’s hand-forged trowel is as functional as it is elegant: It features a sharp, high-carbon steel blade that’s mounted on a forged steel shank. This is one tool you will want to pass down to your grandchildren.

    All of Homestead Iron’s heirloom-quality tools are fabricated from the best American-made materials the company can find.

    Each tool comes with a lifetime guarantee and is made in the USA. Give them proper care and maintenance, and should one bend or break, the company will repair or replace it. Truly a quality tool that will be in your family for generations.

    Item: 8604

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON TOOL CARE WAX

    This tool care wax is an amazing rust preventative. The folks at Homestead Iron use it as a finish on each and every one of their tools. The ingredients are beeswax and linseed oil. Simple enough, yet sustainable.

    It's easy to apply, too! Just rub the bar of wax all over your freshly cleaned tool and its handle, then buff off with an old cloth.

    Item: 8609

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON V-HOE

    Homestead Iron’s V Hoe is the most aggressive tool they offer. The sharp, high-carbon steel blade excels at slicing through tough matted grass roots. A versatile tool, it weeds, cultivates, digs, furrows, and makes transplanting hot pack plants a breeze. All of Homestead Iron’s heirloom-quality tools are fabricated from the best American-made materials the company can get. Each of their garden tools comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you treat one of them with proper care, and it bends or breaks for any reason, they will repair or replace the tool.

    Item: 8603

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOMESTEAD IRON WEEDING FORK

    Forged by hand, this leverage weeder is perfect for the tap root variety of weeds. It’s a reliable standby and a must-have in every garden tool collection! All Homestead Iron heirloom-quality tools are fabricated from the best American-made materials that the company can find. Each comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you give one of these garden tools proper care and it bends or breaks for any reason, Homestead Iron will repair or replace it.

    Item: 8605

    Author: HOMESTEAD IRON

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

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