• 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.

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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.

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  • 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!

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • COUNTERTOP GARDENS

    Countertop Gardens will make you an expert in the world of indoor gardening, walking you through the challenges, benefits, and how-tos of growing inside and presenting the wide array of methods available. In addition to going over the pros and cons of a wide range of ready-made hydroponic, aquaponic, and vertical gardening systems, author Shelley Levis shows you how to make your own DIY setups, ranging from simple space-saving container designs to more creative and complex soil-free solutions.

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  • CREATING A WILDFLOWER MEADOW E-HANDBOOK

    Wildflowers can enhance the beauty of your yard and add to your enjoyment. Wildflower meadows cost less than lawns to maintain, and consume much less water, gasoline, fertilizer and time.

    This e-handbook describes how to grow meadow wildflowers that can fill either large or small yards with a seasonal procession of colors. Chapters include:

    • Selecting Wildflowers
    • Selecting Grasses
    • When to Plant
    • Transforming an Existing Field
    • Wildflower Meadow Maintenance
    • Species of Wildflowers



    In addition to providing low-maintenance landscaping, wildflowers are extremely versatile and some species attract either butterflies or hummingbirds. 34 pages.

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  • CREATING CUSTOM GARDEN SPACES ON CD-ROM

    This e-book on CD-ROM is packed with 20 customizable designs, gardening tips and tricks and conventional wisdom about the many uses of herbs. Creating Custom Garden Spaces is a fabulous guide to planning an organized, beautiful and practical garden for any space, large or small. Whether you’re a first-timer or an avid gardener, our detailed illustrations and maps will help give your garden personality with our easily understandable designs, including:

    • Mexican herb and green salad food gardens
    • Medicinal herb gardens
    • Gardens for pots and for tight spaces
    • Fragrant and flowering herb gardens
    • Gardens for children
    • Gardens that prevent deer
    • Fence line and mailbox gardens
    • Hammock and walkway gardens
    • Gardens designed for use with a rain barrel
    • Gardens that attract birds and butterflies

    With the help of this convenient digital handbook, you’ll learn about companion planting and building raised beds. You'll also learn about medicinal uses for herbs. With this great resource, creating a custom garden will be easy and enjoyable.

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    Also available: Creating Custom Garden Spaces as a downloadable e-book

    *PC requirements: CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat Reader (available from Adobe.com)

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  • CREATING LONG LASTING HANGING PLANTS E-HANDBOOK

    Hanging plants brighten dark corners, sweeten still breezes, soften stark lines, and bring drama to the drab.

    This e-handbook describes how to create and design your own hanging basket garden. Chapters include:

    • Choose the Best Ready-Made Basket
    • Choose the Best Varieties
    • Design a Hanging Garden
    • Get Your Fingers Dirty
    • Create That Full Effect
    • Keep Hanging Baskets Healthy



    This handy reference guide can show you ways to cater hanging baskets to your own tastes and color schemes, select from a wide range of varieties not available in nursery-grown baskets, and save money, too! 36 pages.

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  • CREATING SANCTUARY

    We all need a personal sanctuary: a place where we can be in harmony with the natural world and can nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. And this sanctuary doesn’t have to be an exotic destination, it can be in your own backyard. In Creating Sanctuary, Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help readers find a deeper connection to the outdoor space they already have … no matter the size. Equal parts inspirational and practical, this engaging guide includes tips on designing a healing space, plant profiles for 50 sacred plants, recipes that harness the medicinal properties of plants, and simple instructions for daily rituals and practices for self-care.

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  • CULPEPER'S COMPLETE HERBAL

    Spectacularly illustrated, this is an annotated edition of Nicholas Culpeper’s best-selling herbal book on using, gathering, and preparing herbs. Supplemented with new commentary on modern usage by acclaimed U.S. herbalist and author Steven Foster, Culpeper’s 17th century text provides information on where each herb can be found, its astrological correlations, and all of its medicinal benefits.

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  • DIRT CHEAP GARDENING E-HANDBOOK

    Obtaining plants for your garden can potentially run up enormous expenses in your gardening budget, depending on the plants you want and how you go about getting them. However, with a little investigation and some hands-on propagation, you can be a thrifty gardener without sacrificing having all your favorite plants.

    This e-handbook gives money-saving tips for the frugal gardener as well as how to take leave and stem cuttings from existing plants, air layering and fertilizing. Also has charts on what plants are most disease resistant and production rates for vegetable plants. 36 pages.

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  • DIRT TO SOIL

    In Dirt to Soil, Brown tells the story of that amazing journey and offers a wealth of innovative solutions to our most pressing and complex contemporary agricultural challenge: restoring the soil. The Brown’s Ranch model, developed over 20 years of experimentation and refinement, focuses on regenerating resources by continuously enhancing the living biology in the soil. Using regenerative agricultural principles, Brown’s Ranch has grown several inches of new topsoil in only 20 years!

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