• AUTOMATING HYDROPONICS

    Hydroponic gardening is the wave of the future!

    Hydroponic gardening is an alternative to conventional food production, which contributes to pollution, deforestation, and the excessive consumption of freshwater supplies.

    Whether you’re a home gardener or are planning a large-scale operation, this guide will help you set up a customized system that’s precisely tailored to your needs.

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  • BACKYARD BOUNTY

    Are you itching to start your own garden or grow more in the one you have, but feel that gardening is too challenging or time-consuming for your busy schedule? Would you like to enjoy fresh, home-grown produce every month of the year?

    Backyard Bounty is like having your own Master Gardener to consult every step of the way. This encyclopedic reference demystifies gardening, bringing it back to the down-to-earth, environmentally practical activity that anyone can enjoy. Learn about:

    • Planning your garden and preparing the soil
    • Organic fertilizers and simplified composting
    • Sowing, growing healthy seedlings, transplanting, watering, easy weeding, and mulching
    • Planting for winter harvests, intensive planting schedules
    • Growing fruit, simple pruning methods
    • Greenhouses, tunnels and containers
    • Organic pest management, and more

    Packed with a wealth of information specific to the Pacific Northwest, this complete guide emphasizes low-maintenance methods, exposes common gardening myths, includes a monthly garden schedule for year-round planting and harvesting and features plant profiles for everything from apples to zucchini. Perfect for novice and experienced gardeners alike, Backyard Bounty shows how even the smallest garden can produce a surprising amount of food 12 months of the year.

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  • BEAUTIFUL LAVENDER

    Lavender is so much more than just a relaxing scent. Beyond its most well-known use as a sleep aid, lavender also helps reduce anxiety and inflammation, fights germs, treats skin issues, and relieves headaches. In Beautiful Lavender, Janice Cox walks you through many varieties of lavender, and the best practices for growing and using different types. You will soon discover just how versatile and inspiring the lovely lavender plant can be. Using its many therapeutic benefits, Cox incorporates the lavender plant into recipes for deterring fleas and ticks for pets, making play dough, dream pillows, lavender cookies, tea, lemonade, martinis, and more!

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  • BEGINNING SEED SAVING FOR THE HOME GARDENER

    Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener explores how seed saving is not only easier than we think, but also essential for vibrant, independent, and bountiful gardens.

    Among the topics author Jim Ulager covers:

    • Why seed saving belongs in the home garden
    • Principles of vegetative and sexual reproduction
    • Easy inbreeding plants, including legumes, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers
    • Plants with a few more challenges, including squash, spinach, onions, and parsley
    • A brief discussion of more difficult crops, including corn, carrots, and cabbage

    Written by a home seed saver for the home seed saver, Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener is a comprehensive guide for those who want to reclaim our seed heritage, highlighting the importance of saving seeds for you, your neighbors, and (most importantly) subsequent generations.

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  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: GARDENING A-Z E-BOOK

    Gardening A-Z brings you the best in vegetable gardening tips and instructions. With this handy, informative e-book, you can choose the right varieties for your particular garden and discover new options you’ve never considered before. Our expert and time-tested advice will help you grow healthy, beautiful vegetables, which includes:

    • Seven steps to growing superior asparagus spears
    • Sweet beets, one of the sweetest and most nutritious of all vegetables
    • Beautiful and bountiful broccoli
    • Grow your own corn with the freshest flavor
    • Start a cold-hardy crop of kale now for sweet soups and salads this winter
    • Discover which types of onions are the best choices for your garden and kitchen
    • Parsnips the ivory jewel of the root vegetables
    • Fresh peas from the garden are a sweet and nutritious treat
    • Peppers are easy to raise and as versatile as they are various
    • Dozens of different varieties of potatoes you can grow in your garden
    • You can grow the most delicious tomatoes

    You’ll also learn to control pests naturally, plant to improve your soil, and find out when and how to harvest for the best flavor. Also check out seed sources, preservation methods and seed saving techniques. Whether this is your first foray into gardening or you have decades of experience, you’re sure to find helpful tips and instructions in these pages. Happy gardening!

    INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

    Buy this e-book for your Kindle reader! Visit Amazon to purchase your Kindle version today!

    *E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!

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  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: GARDENING MADE EASY E-BOOK

    Whether you're interested in starting a new garden or improving last year's bed, Mother Earth News' Gardening Made Easy E-Book has something for you. This new collection of articles guides you through the complete gardening process, from soil preparation to timing your harvest to get the best flavor for your efforts.

    These helpful, informative articles come directly from our pages. We've combed through the Mother Earth News archive and put together the best pieces on everything from building fertile soil and finding and growing great seeds to choosing a tiller and building versatile, inexpensive hoop houses to improve your planting options and harvest.

    Your comprehensive guide to gardening is just minutes away. You can order and download Gardening Made Easy as an E-book today. You'll find tips, detailed instructions and advice from gardeners with years of experience. With this extensive guide to gardening you can beat pesky weeds; make easy, nutrient-rich compost; extend your growing season to enjoy fresh produce year-round; and much more.

    Today's increased fuel costs continue to drive up the price of supermarket goods. News reports of the threats posed by chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to both people and the environment appear with increasing frequency. In the midst of conflicting reports and often confusing information, homegrown food is a simple, healthful alternative for you and your family. Good for your pocketbook, great for your health and easy on the environment, a backyard garden is a win-win solution to many of the obstacles faced in today's conscientious living.

    Have fun outdoors; put nutritious, great-tasting (and yummy-looking!) food on the table; and help Mother Earth, all at the same time. Download Gardening Made Easy E-book as a PDF now and get started on a beautiful, productive garden! 95 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • BEYOND THE WAR ON INVASIVE SPECIES

    Invasive species are everywhere, from forests and prairies to mountaintops and river mouths. Their rampant nature and sheer numbers appear to overtake fragile native species and forever change the ecosystems that they depend on. Concerns that invasive species represent significant threats to global biodiversity and ecological integrity permeate conversations from schoolrooms to board rooms, and concerned citizens grapple with how to rapidly and efficiently manage their populations. These worries have culminated in an ongoing “war on invasive species,” where the arsenal is stocked with bulldozers, chainsaws and herbicides put to the task of their immediate eradication. In Hawaii, mangrove trees (Avicennia spp.) are sprayed with glyphosate and left to decompose on the sandy shorelines where they grow, and in Washington, helicopters apply the herbicide Imazapyr to smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) growing in estuaries. The “war on invasive species” is in full swing, but given the scope of such potentially dangerous and ecologically degrading eradication practices, it is necessary to question the very nature of the battle.

    Beyond the War on Invasive Species offers a much-needed alternative perspective on invasive species and the best practices for their management based on a holistic, permaculture-inspired framework. Utilizing the latest research and thinking on the changing nature of ecological systems, Beyond the War on Invasive Species closely examines the factors that are largely missing from the common conceptions of invasive species, including how the colliding effects of climate change, habitat destruction, and changes in land use and management contribute to their proliferation. Beyond the War on Invasive Species demonstrates that there is more to the story of invasive species than is commonly conceived, and offers ways of understanding their presence and ecosystem effects in order to make more ecologically responsible choices in land restoration and biodiversity conservation that address the root of the invasion phenomenon. The choices we make on a daily basis—the ways we procure food, shelter, water, medicine and transportation—are the major drivers of contemporary changes in ecosystem structure and function; therefore, deep and long-lasting ecological restoration outcomes will come not just from eliminating invasive species, but through conscientious redesign of these production systems.

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  • BIG IMPACT LANDSCAPING

    If you’ve ever looked at the weed-filled expanse that passes for your backyard and wondered why your family never uses it, this book is for you. Sara Bendrick addresses the most common homeowner requests for affordable ways to bring privacy, shade, dining areas, fire features, and manageable plantings into their yards to increase their enjoyment of outdoor spaces and increase the value of their home.

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  • BIOSHELTER MARKET GARDEN

    Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden and permaculture design at Pennsylvania’s Three Sisters Farm.

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  • BLUE RIBBON VEGETABLE GARDENING

    Win the blue ribbon every time! Master Gardener Jodi Torpey offers all the information you need to grow champion vegetables: beans, beets, cabbages, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, peppers, pumpkins, squash, and tomatoes. She covers everything from choosing the right varieties and scheduling planting dates to harvesting, preparing, and transporting your produce. She also walks you through every aspect of competitive showing, with useful tips for thinking like a judge. This book will delight you with lively photos of mammoth pumpkins, truly gigantic onions, perfectly pear-shaped eggplants, and the farmers and gardeners who grow them. Filled with the excitement of a county fair, it’s a fun read as well as a solid guide to growing the biggest, tastiest, best-looking vegetables for miles around.

    Item: 7976
  • BUILD A BETTER VEGETABLE GARDEN

    In this book from kitchen-garden guru Joyce Russell are 30 decorative vegetable-growing projects that anyone can make and enjoy. All the projects are devised to extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. Apart from the obvious cost-savings from growing or making your own, the desire to work with craft fulfils the need to improve your patch of land. These compelling projects transform your vegetable plot into somewhere more productive, more attractive and more secure.

    From simple cloche projects to making tunnels and frames onto design solutions that deter slugs and carrot root fly, these projects are well-designed, functional and decorative. Each project has photographed step by step instructions, a list of materials and tools needed, and a relative skills rating. Alongside the projects are growing tips and specific advice to make the most of your crop. These 30 projects will be enjoyed by gardeners of all levels and anyone who loves growing their own.

    Projects include:

    • Simple cloche
    • Raised bed
    • Herb bed
    • Plant propagator
    • Mini greenhouse
    • Compost bins
    • Fruit cage
    • Bean support
    • Leaf mould container
    • Folding bean frame
    • Poly cloche
    • Carrot fly protector
    • Boot scraper
    • Drying cabinet
    • And more!

    Item: 10246
  • BUILDING NATURAL PONDS

    Build a natural pond for wildlife, beauty, and quiet contemplation Typical backyard ponds are a complicated mess of pipes, pumps, filters, and nasty chemicals designed to adjust pH and keep algae at bay. Hardly the bucolic, natural ecosystem beloved by dragonflies, frogs, and songbirds. The antidote is a natural pond, free of hassle, cost, and complexity and designed as a fully functional ecosystem, ideal for biodiversity, swimming, irrigation, and quiet contemplation.

    Building Natural Ponds is the first step-by-step guide to designing and building natural ponds that use no pumps, filters, chemicals, or electricity and mimic native ponds in both aesthetics and functionality.

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  • 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
  • BUILDING SOILS NATURALLY

    In an organic garden, plants in optimum health thrive abundantly, produce harvests with amazing taste, and possess the ability to fight off plant predators. When they don't, there's often something lacking in their proper nutrition. Maybe they are missing beneficial microorganism companions, or perhaps they are short of the energy needed to reach their full nutrient-dense potential. The solution is to "start with the soil," but healthy soil doesn't happen just by composting, fertilizing or companion planting alone. The solution can be found in Building Soils Naturally, which gives gardeners a hands-on plan for creating productive, living soil by using a practical, holistic approach - crafted right in your garden.

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  • CATTAIL MOONSHINE & MILKWEED MEDICINE

    History, literature, and botany meet in this charming tour of how humans have relied on plants to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe, and even entertain us. Did you know that during World War II, the U.S. Navy paid children to collect milkweed’s fluffy white floss, which was then used as filling for life preservers? And Native Americans in the deserts of the Southwest traditionally crafted tattoo needles from prickly pear cactus spines. These are just two of the dozens of tidbits that Tammi Hartung highlights in the tales of 43 native North American flowers, herbs, and trees that have rescued and delighted us for centuries.

    Item: 8068
  • CHARLIE DOWDING NO DIG GARDENING COURSE 1

    This book is for anyone wishing to learn the no dig method from the beginning, or to consolidate what they already know: it helps readers to see the simplicity of no dig, why it works so well, and how much time they can save. The course has six modules and totals 18 lessons, each one packed with easy-to-understand theory and practical advice. The lessons are beautifully illustrated with fully explained photos from Charles’s no dig gardens. At the end of each lesson there is a multiple-choice quiz to consolidate learning, with answers in the appendix. This book will have a sequel, based on Charles’s second online course.

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  • COMPOST

    What happens to the food we don’t eat …all those discarded apple cores and rejected Brussels sprouts? Did you know that there are as many living organisms in a teaspoon of soil as there are people in the whole world? And that wriggly worms are our cool, earthy friends?

    For ages 4-8.

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  • CONTAINER GARDENING E-HANDBOOK

    Gardening in containers gives the plant lovers, no matter the size his gardens, the extra gift of flexibility. If you live in a condominium, apartment or small home where space is at a premium, container gardening takes on a new significance.

    This e-handbook covers the basics of successful gardening in containers, such as how to plant and maintain gardens in and around your house or apartment. Chapters include:

    • Containers
    • Planting Mixes
    • How to Plant
    • Fertilizing
    • Watering
    • Pests and Problems
    • Flowers for Containers
    • Vegetables in Containers
    • Herbs in Containers

    One of the best parts of gardening in containers is that it’s fun and easy! 36 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

    Item: 3429
  • COOKING WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS E-HANDBOOK

    Eating flowers planted and cared for by your own hands is one of the many joys of being a gardener. Edible flowers are more than just beautiful garnishes for your dishes; they add flavors, textures, and aromas that no other food category can mimic.

    This e-handbook shows you the best blossoms for eating, how to prepare flowers for eating and commonsense precautions. Flowers listed in this handy reference guide include:

    • Basil Flowers
    • Chamomile
    • Chive Blossoms
    • Dill Flowers
    • Hibiscus
    • Lavender
    • Marigolds
    • Roses



    Also included are recipes featuring these flowers as seasoning. 32 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

    Item: 3518
  • COOL FLOWERS

    Expert flower grower Lisa Mason Zeigler introduces us to the long-blooming stars of the spring garden, the hardy annuals – those flowers that thrive when they are planted during cool conditions (instead of waiting until the warmth of spring).  Forget “Some Like It Hot,” she advises, and give them a cool start. Plant them in the right spot at the right time, nestle their roots deep into rich organic soil, and stand back. In no time at all, you’ll have a low-maintenance, vibrant spring flower garden that keeps on blooming when other annuals are dead and gone.

    Item: 7368

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