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Redwoods and Roses explores the special relationship California's diverse peoples have shared with nature and the unique gardens and landscapes they have created over the years to nurture and enhance those bonds. From pre-colonial times to the Victorian era, California gardening expert Maureen Gilmer brings this garden history to life, showing how the gardens and landscapes were created and profiling the heirloom plants within them. But Redwoods and Roses is more than a book on gardening history. Here, the reader will discover how to recreate period designs in her own garden, from making a no-fuss adobe-look wall from the Mission era to finding heirloom plants for a cottage garden. Redwoods and Roses is a blend of natural history, California history, plants profiles, landscaping tips, and sensible garden advice, as well as an eloquent plea for the preservation of many remarkable plants.
With food costs on the rise, people are turning to their own backyards for affordable and delicious produce. Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida helps amateur gardeners get closer to their food and save money. It is also an invaluable guide for small farmers who wish to expand their operations in order to participate in farmers markets or CSAs. Experts Ginny Stibolt and Melissa Contreras provide simple and accessible advice for successful, pesticide-free vegetable gardening in Florida, where soil types vary and mild winters do not clear out all pests. They offer suggestions for opportunities beyond the home garden, advice on what to do with over-abundant harvests, and strategies for developing a community garden. Stibolt and Contreras also address pest management, appropriate bed types, irrigation, seed saving, proper harvesting, and food safety. Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida arranges plants by family to help growers design their crop rotation schemes and features some unconventional but robust Florida native plants that are suitable to grow alongside traditional vegetables, such as meadow garlic, tomatillos, Seminole pumpkin, spotted horsemint, jicama, and prickly pear.
For more than four decades, the self-described contrary farmer and writer Gene Logsdon has commented on the state of American agriculture. In Letter to a Young Farmer, his final book of essays, Logsdon addresses the next generation young people who are moving back to the land to enjoy a better way of life as small-scale garden farmers. It s a lifestyle that isn t defined by accumulating wealth or by the get big or get out agribusiness mindset. Instead, it s one that recognises the beauty of nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. It s one that also looks forward and embraces right technologies, including new and innovative ways of working smarter, not harder, and avoiding premature burnout. Completed only a few weeks before the author s death, Letter to a Young Farmer is a remarkable testament to the life and wisdom of one of the greatest rural philosophers and writers of our time. Gene s earthy wit and sometimes irreverent humor combines with his valuable perspectives on many wide-ranging subjects everything from how to show a ram who s boss to enjoying the almost churchlike calmness of a well-built livestock barn. Reading this book is like sitting down on the porch with a neighbor who has learned the ways of farming through years of long observation and practice. Someone, in short, who has seen it all and has much to say, and much to teach us, if we only take the time to listen and learn. And Gene Logsdon was the best kind of teacher: equal parts storyteller, idealist, and rabble-rouser. His vision of a nation filled with garden farmers, based in cities, towns, and countrysides, will resonate with many people, both young and old, who long to create a more sustainable, meaningful life for themselves and a better world for all of us.
Enjoy a full year of Horticulture on one handy disc. This CD contains the 6 Horticulture issues published in 2012, reproduced in their entirety, appearing just as they did in print. This keyword-searchable collection includes internal and external links--you can quickly flip between articles and instantly visit helpful websites. All articles are in PDF format, making them viewable on both PCs and Macs with Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher.
There is nothing more regionally specific than vegetable gardening. What to plant, when to plant it, and when to harvest are unique decisions based on climate, weather, and first and last frost.
"The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest" is a growing guide that truly understands the unique eccentricities of the Northwest growing calendar. The month-by-month format makes it perfect for beginners and accessible to everyone -- you can start gardening the month you pick it up. Starting in January? The guide will show you how to make a seed order, plan crop rotations and succession plantings, and plant a crop of microgreens. No time to start until July? You can start planting beets, carrots, chard, kale, parsnips. And spinach for an early fall harvest.
Features an A-Z section that profiles the 50 vegetables, fruits, and herbs that grow best in the region and provides basic care and maintenance for each. Introductory material provides valuable information on gardening basics and garden planning.
A guide for anybody interested in constructing and maintaining their own greenhouse.
Ever since she was old enough to help her grandmother in the
garden, Sharon Lovejoy has spent her life working with plants--and
along the way, through "trowel and error," she's accumulated
hundreds and hundreds of remedies, tips, short-cuts, and cure-alls.
Now Ms. Lovejoy--author of "Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots" and
the award-winning "Sunflower Houses"--does for the garden what
Heloise or the Queen of Clean does for the household. "Trowel and
Error" collects all of her homespun garden advice into an inviting,
environmentally friendly, whimsically illustrated yet dead-on
helpful book that will benefit every gardener, beginner or
Small enough to take to the garden center or nursery, this book contains all the gardening information you need to decide which plants to select and how to care for them in your regional garden
Developed out of Zoe Wilcox and Melanie Rubin's workshops at Mother Nature Gardens and Sacred Heart Backyard Farm, "The Home Farming Revolution for Drylands" is a step-by step guide to help you convert any plot of land into a micro-farm. Although the book focuses on techniques for the desert Southwest of the United States, the main concepts and principles are applicable anywhere. The benefits of creating home farms in our towns and cities are as plentiful as the bounty they produce. We need healthy food in order to be healthy. The United States faces a growing number of health concerns that may be catalyzed or exaggerated by poor nutrition in this, the "wealthiest nation in the world." Wilcox and Rubin believe a person shouldn't have to be wealthy to eat healthy Home farming provides healthy, organic food at peak freshness to all people despite economic status or location.
90 plants that you can plant in your yard as if they were part of the landscape - but have the added benefit of being all or partly edible. This is a much easier and less time consuming approach than planting a vegetable garden. Each plant has 'where to plant' ideas, pictures of the plant, leaf and flower structure, propagation instructions, uses and recipes
We all aspire to a beautiful garden that suits our lifestyle, but it can be hard to keep on top of the day-to-day care that gardens often require to look their best. Perfect for those who struggle with the workload, who want a space to relax in but aren't especially green-fingered, or for those are simply too busy to get stuck in, Weekend Gardening shows how to create an achievable garden that lives up to your dreams with just a few hours of work a week. * Explains the basic principles of labour-saving garden design * Practical gardening projects that can be completed in a weekend * Recommended easy-care plants * Solutions for difficult sites, including tricky soil types * Quick-reference seasonal tasks
Are you facing drought or water shortages? Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently - using up to 90% less water for the same results. With illustrated step-by-step instructions, David Bainbridge shows you how to install buried clay pots and pipes, wicking systems, and other porous containers that deliver water directly to a plant's roots with no or minimal evaporation. These systems are available at hardware stores and garden centres; are easy to set up and use; and work for garden beds, container gardens, and trees.
With a redesigned format, fully updated information, and additional photography, this new edition of 'Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening' is packed with all the knowledge the North or South Carolina gardener needs to be successful.
This handy guide is packed with the best plant varieities you'll want for your garden: annuals, perennials, trees & shrubs, vines, roses, bulbs, herbs and ornamental grasses. You get info on: habitat, height and spread plant features and flower colors onfo on soil, light and water tips on how to best use the plant in your garden recommended species for Iowa gardens
A guide to ferns, palms an cycads that will prove of much interest to the modern gardener. Illustrated with black and white photographs. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.
Features over 335 annuals best suited to growing conditions in Ohio. Gardeners will enjoy the more than 400 brilliant full-color photographs in the book. They'll also benefit from the down-to-earth knowledge and extensive experience of Ohio horticulturist and garden designer Debra Knapke and Alison Beck, author of more than a dozen gardening guides.
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