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A simple guide for living a more sustainable lifestyle, Earth Users Guide to Permaculture illustrates how to assess and design a permaculture garden of any size, whether you live in a small city apartment; a house with a garden; on acreage in the country; or anything between or beyond! The principle for permaculture is simple: provide back to the earth what we take from it to create a sustainable environment. The three principle aims are: Care for people; Care for the earth; and Reduce consumption and distribute surplus. This completely revised and updated edition of Rosemary Morrows highly successful Earth Users Guide to Permaculture is a straight-forward manual of practical permaculture, emphasising design science. Included in this new edition are chapters on seed-saving, integrated pest management, information about domestic as well as rural water usage, a non-destructive approach towards dealing with weeks and wildlife, and designing to withstand a disaster. Chapter 19: Permaculture at the office, shop and factory, demonstrates how permaculture goes beyond the garden to how we live our lives at work, and how and what we procure to meet our needs and desires.Earth Users Guide to Permaculture is suitable for beginners as well as experienced permaculture practitioners looking for new ideas for moving towards greater self-reliance and sustainable living.
Water running over rocks is a welcome element in any outdoor space, having the power to soothe or excite. Whether you want a small feature or a series of waterfalls, this practical guide provides a host of inspirational ideas for using water and rock in your garden. Step-by-step photographic sequences and cross-sectional artworks show how to build a range of features, including a Rock-edged Pool, a Wildlife Pool and free-standing features such as a Cobble Fountain or a Brimming Urn. Useful sections look at introducing fish into a pond, while a helpful chapter on care and maintenance explains how to keep your water and rock garden in top condition.
A back garden can come alive by creating an environment with plants and spaces that attract nature's most interesting and friendly creatures. Colourful butterflies, uplifting songbirds and lively toads can enhance the personal garden space, giving pleasure to nature lovers of all ages. National Wildlife Federation (R): Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Other Wildlife to Your Backyard (2nd Ed) provides over a dozen step-by-step projects for families to do together, making getting back to nature easy, educational and fun. Author David Mizejewski presents simple plans for reintroducing native plants that birds, butterflies and a whole host of critters can't resist. He also provides new information on attracting back garden pollinators-a major issue for environmentalists as bee populations decline.
The idea of growing plants in containers is certainly not a new one. Sea travellers in the 1700's would use sealed transparent cases to transport plants on long journeys by sea. Merchants would import ferns, orchids and exotic plants from warmer areas in the world. They were an effective way of controlling temperature and moisture levels thus keeping the plants alive. Today, terrariums are the perfect type of garden for the apartment or city dweller starved of nature and lacking space, time or patience for maintenance. A terrarium is a miniature landscape with small plants, rocks, soil, moss all within a clear glass container. These tiny gardens often simulate real life landscapes. This book will guide you step-by-step through the process of putting together your own beautiful living sculpture that can be adored all year round, whatever the weather outside. Miniscapes covers all the basics of soil and rocks, moss, tools, propagation, choosing your plants and containers and assembling your tiny landscape. You will learn the skills to create and maintain your own healthy happy terrariums that are cheap to create and super easy to maintain. 16 projects cover four different biomes: Desert, Forest, Carnivorous, and Air plants. Each project can be adapted to use equipment you already have at home, tapping into the upcycled/recycled trend.
An illustrated introduction to saving seeds--how to harvest seeds
from your own garden, set up a seed library to share with your
community, and grow plants from your own seed stash. With a
directory of plants and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the
perfect book for first-time gardeners.
The Pond Lovers is a sustainable farmer's ode to the watery microcosms all around us, from the half-acre farm pond to the suburban garden pool. Readers looking for hands-on experience will find plenty of pond-keeping dos and don'ts. Gene Logsdon's higher purpose, however, is to proclaim the natural, spiritual, and recreational benefits of ponds. Fed by spring or filled by rainfall, the ponds closest to Logsdon's heart need minimal human interference in the way of machinery or chemicals. Those we read about in ""The Pond Lovers"" mostly belong to Logsdon's friends and neighbors, an extraordinarily resourceful group of people. For them, a pond is many things - from a place to fish, swim, or skate to an oasis for local plants, insects, and animals. Each purpose, Logsdon shows us, has its place in a thoughtful, self-sufficient life. Drawn from many and varied lifetimes spent around ponds, ""The Pond Lovers"" brims with lessons and opportunities for good work and good play - for backyard naturalists, do-it-yourselfers, and armchair gardeners.
Now is the time to save our natural plant heritage before it's too late.
In Back to Eden, Frank Porter rediscovers the plants that once covered our landscapes and teaches us the secrets of how to propagate and grow these botanical treasures. This book is for beginners, as well as the experienced. Here you'll:
Learn how to establish a native plant garden.
Read about the silent garden invaders.
Discover how to make a rain garden.
Grow your garden without fertilizer.
Understand the importance of using native grasses and plants.
Whatever the size of your garden or outdoor space, raised beds can work for you. With Simon Akeroyd's Raised-Bed Gardening: How to Grow More in Less Space, home gardeners will find the perfect bed to suit their needs and objectives. Greater yields and less watering are the keys to using and maintaining raised garden beds. The heart of the book comprises step-by-step instructions for building and maintaining 15 types of raised beds - from the conventional to the innovative "keyhole garden," which is particularly effective in hot and dry climates, to rooftop. The book also offers plans for raised-bed dining areas and designs to be used by children. Illustrated with 250 images, Raised-Bed Gardening answers numerous questions, including how big and high to make a bed, using reclaimed and recycled materials, extending the season, tackling pests, watering and water conservation, and maintenance. Herb, vegetable and ornamental gardens are explained in detail as well as: building a bed with center pond rotating crops creating fruit cages dealing with compost Also included are suggestions for building projects and planting schemes to inspire you to create your own unique raised-bed garden.
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