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Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichokes to Zucchini
More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailments that don't have an obvious cause. What's a gardener to do? Don't panic -- help is at hand. "What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?" teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy so they're less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur, it shows you how to recognize the problem and find the right organic solution. Among the book's highlights are: Clear information about how to team with nature to create the best growing conditions for your vegetables.Detailed portraits of the most commonly grown vegetables, including growth habit; information on the plant's season; temperature, soil, light, and water requirements; and best garden uses and planting techniques.Illustrated problem-solving guides that enable you to identify at a glance what's ailing your plant.Discussions of the most effective organic solutions, ranging from how to modify the growing conditions in your garden to how to cope with and eliminate specific pests and diseases. If you care about raising the freshest, healthiest, most problem-free vegetables possible, then "What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?" will quickly become one of your most essential tools.
Nellie Neal says, "Yes, we can garden organically down South " And in this book she tells us how. This book makes the creation of safe and satisfying organic gardens easy. The South has special factors that challenge gardeners but Nellie Neal, as usual, has the answers. Topics include soils, garden conditions, planning, pests, and ornamental and edible plants. It all leads to a bountiful, beautiful non-toxic garden that feeds body and soul.Your southern garden can be beautiful, a healthy place where you enjoy nature and a ripe tomato. In this book, Nellie Neal tells you how to use the power of organic gardening to make landscape tasks easier and more effective, just as she does as 'GardenMama' on her SuperTalk MS radio broadcasts. She says, "Each year, more gardeners ask me about organic gardening, but information tailored to the South can be hard to find. People are interested in the potential effects of garden chemicals on their children and pets. They ask about natural soil building, smart plant and product choices, edible plants, composting, mulching, and garden sanitation. Organic methods make sense and will work for you."
To help organic gardening novices face the daunting task of landscaping an entire backyard, professional arborist and city landscaper Kris Medic offers practical, simple advice on designing and maintaining a yard with minimal fuss. Medic, who has worked at such prestigious gardens as Callaway Gardens, Longwood Gardens and the Morris Arboretum, suggests time-saving alternatives to typical high-maintenance green lawns, including wildflower meadows or wildlife areas and the addition of decks and patios, which also increase living space. With 175 color photographs, 80 illustrations, 15 garden designs, and recommendations for all regions of the country, this book will inspire homeowners to envision their own dream landscape. Hundreds of expert tips and strategies, including "When to Call a Pro" boxes and a run-down of more than 60 easy-care landscape plants, provide them with the know-how to turn those dreams into reality.
The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard. Eating locally and growing one's own food is a rapidly evolving movement in urban settings - Hantz Farms in Detroit has transformed 70 acres of abandoned properties into energy-efficient gardens, and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a 6,000-foot vegetable farm in Brooklyn, New York, yields 30 different kinds of produce, while private square-foot farms are cropping up in cities all over the country. Created by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth, "Your Farm in the City" covers all of the essential information specific to gardening and farming in a city or town. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions guide and inspire even the most inexperienced urbanite in how to grow and harvest all types of produce, flowers, herbs, and trees, as well as how to raise livestock like chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, and honeybees. Important information particular to gardening in a city or town is included, such as planning and maximizing limited space, building healthy soil, managing irrigation, understanding zoning laws, outwitting urban pests, and being a considerate farming neighbor. With 100 two-color instructional illustrations throughout and dozens of vital resources, Your Farm in the City is the most practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-follow guide to the burgeoning trend of urban farming.
The invaluable resource for home food gardeners Ed Smith's W-O-R-D system has helped countless gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs. And those tomatoes and zucchini and basil and cucumbers have nourished countless families, neighbors, and friends with delicious, fresh produce. "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible" is essential reading for locavores in every corner of North America EVERYTHING YOU LOVED about the first edition of "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible" is still here: friendly, accessible language; full-color photography; comprehensive vegetable specific information in the A-to-Z section; ahead-of-its-time commitment to organic methods; and much more. Now, Ed Smith is back with a 10th Anniversary Edition for the next generation of vegetable gardeners. New to this edition is coverage of 15 additional vegetables, including an expanded section on salad greens and more European and Asian vegetables. Readers will also find growing information on more fruits and herbs, new cultivar photographs in many vegetable entries, and a much-requested section on extending the season into the winter months. No matter how cold the climate, growers can bring herbs indoors and keep hardy greens alive in cold frames or hoop houses. The impulse to grow vegetables is even stronger in 2009 than it was in 2000, when Storey published "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible." The financial and environmental costs of fossil fuels raise urgent questions: How far should we be shipping food? What are the health costs of petroleum-based pesticides and herbicides? Do we have to rely on megafarms that use gasoline-powered machinery to grow and harvest crops? With every difficult question, more people think, "Maybe I should grow a few vegetables of my own." This book will continue to answer all their vegetable gardening questions. Praise for the First Edition: "In every small town, there is a vegetable garden that people go out of the way to walk past. Smith is the guy who grew that garden." - Verlyn Klinkenborg, "The New York Times Book Review " "An abundance of photographs . . . visually bolster the techniques described, while frequent subheads, sidebars, and information-packed photo captions make the layout user-friendly . . . Smith's] book is thorough and infused with practical wisdom and a dry Vermont humor that should endear him to readers." - "Publisher's Weekly " "Smith . . . clearly explains everything novice and experienced gardeners need to know to grow vegetables and herbs. . . . " - "Library Journal " "this book will answer all your questions as well as put you on the path to an abundant harvest. As a bonus, anecdotes and stories make this informative book fun to read." - "New York Newsday"
The world's most popular gardening series goes organic Today, more and more people are concerned with the environment--and they want to garden using only the most natural, earth-friendly techniques and products. And there's no better way for them to become expert than with the newest entry in this acclaimed series. Bestselling author Dr. D.G. Hessayon provides aspiring greenies with all the reliable, real-world horticultural advice they need. Gardeners both old and new will learn how to choose plants that thrive in their climate and care for them without chemicals, to create a space that's welcoming to wildlife, and to be ecologically savvy every step of the way. This is a book no gardener should be without
The Farmer's Cookbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Making Cheese, Curing Meat, Preserving Produce, Baking Bread, Fermenting, and Mor
More and more cooks are turning to their own gardens or to local farmers markets to find inspiration for their meals. Eating fresh, local produce is a hot trend, but lifelong Vermonter Marie Lawrence has been cooking with produce from her gardens, buying milk from the farmers up the road, and lavishing her family and lucky friends with the fruits of her kitchen labor since she was a kid. In this book she includes recipes for everything from biscuits and breads to pies and cookies, soups and stews to ribs and roasts. Also included are instructions for making cheese, curing meats, canning and preserving, and much more. Organized by month to coordinate with a farmer s calendar, cooks will find orange date bran muffins and old fashioned pot roast in January, hot spiced maple milk and fried cinnamon buns in March, mint mallow ice cream in July, Vermont cheddar onion bread in October, and almond baked apples with Swedish custard cream in December. Other recipes include grilled chicken with peach maple glaze, veggie tempura, raspberry chocolate chip cheesecake, and dozens of other breads, salads, drinks, and desserts that are fresh from the farmer s kitchen.
This delightful little book shows how to attract beneficial wildlife and choose useful plants that will help rule out the need for chemicals in the garden. It takes the four basic ingredients that make a successful garden and selects the "heroes" (and some of their sidekicks) that best represent them: The earthworm soil improver The honeybee pollinator Comfrey, the beneficial plant The predatory ladybug "The Little Book of Garden Heroes" explains the work these heroes do and gives tips on how to cater to their needs and habits when designing a garden. It encourages readers to kick the chemicals and go organic. Allan Shepherd is a writer with the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.
Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!
A gardening system that works-- so you don't have to!Turn in your tiller for a stack of old newspapers! Replace your shovel with a layer of grass clippings! Let Pat Lanza show you how you can create lush, successful, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of backbreaking digging or noisy tilling.* Practical, first-person advice from an experienced gardener* Great ideas to let you spend more time enjoying your gardens and less time working in them* Specific "lasagna" techniques for the most popular vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruits, and more
This work shows how to cultivate everything from fruit and vegetables to flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns organically. It explains the principles of organic gardening, with practical sections on how to enhance the texture and fertility of soil. The book discusses natural methods of pest and weed control, with special emphasis on attracting a balance of vegetation and helpful predators. It explains all of the basic gardening techniques such as digging, pruning and propagation in easy-to-follow steps and it also includes chapters on greenhouse and container gardening and herbs.
Organic Gardening 101 ("How To" Essentials and Tips for Starting an Outdoor or Indoor Organic Vegetable Garden)
Organic Gardening 101 - "How To" Essentials and Tips for Starting an Outdoor or Indoor Organic Vegetable GardenQUICK NOTE: This book is for BEGINNERS to gardening (organically). You get all the basics including which tools to use for doing what, terminology, etc. If you are an advanced gardener, there are still things to be gleaned from it.Have you noticed how much more expensive organic vegetables (and fruits) are in comparison to the sprayed with pesticides and chemical fertilizer ones are? I've seen $2.50 for an organic apple which is utterly ridiculous! Learning how to start an organic vegetable garden beginning with pure organic seeds, whether indoor or outdoor, is what "Organic Gardening 101 - "How To" Essentials and Tips for Starting an Outdoor or Indoor Organic Vegetable Garden" teaches you to do.If you are a beginner and don't know much about organic gardening, this book covers the basic "how to" essentials to get you started. Some of what you will learn is how to tell which soil is most conducive for growing vegetation and how to make natural fertilizer to plant your seeds in.There are a lot of components to organic gardening so being familiar with some common basic terminology provided in this book helps out when you go to your local nursery or garden store. You'll know what you're talking about and exactly what to look for. All of that is covered including what specific gardening tools you'll need to use for your vegetable garden.Even the planter or container that's used for growing the seeds in (and proper lighting) plays a role in how well it grows. Especially if you are growing an indoor vegetable garden, this would need to be taken into consideration which is discussed in detail.You'll also learn about miniature organic vegetable gardening that's really fun and easy to grow. It's so nice and convenient to literally pick vegetables and herbs right off your plant without leaving your home.Helpful tips and resourceful websites that take you deeper into what to do are included to help you create the perfect organic vegetable garden from scratch - indoor or outdoor - depending on your situation. Either way, you'll enjoy your home grown vegetables!
There's never been a better time to grow your own food as we face the converging challenges of the financial crisis, climate change, water shortages, peak oil, and 6.5 billion people worldwide competing for a limited amount of food. Many gardening books are so technical that they are intimidating to the beginning gardener. This book shows how easy gardening can be while providing tips and techniques to ensure success. Whether you live in the country, the city, or the suburbs, you'll learn: How to create lots of rich compost as the basis for vigorous growth Simple techniques to safely deal with pests The most effective techniques for irrigation, including harvesting your rainwater How to store your harvest using canning, freezing, and drying techniques How to build and stock a root cellar How to choose which vegetables to grow based on their nutritional value This book is a step-by-step guide to turning your lawn into a great source of personal satisfaction and economic independence. Having an organic produce department in your backyard creates your own "one hundred-foot diet" to reduce your carbon footprint and keep more money in your pocket. Cam Mather has been gardening organically and market gardening for thirty-five years. His entertaining and informative workshops and DVD have inspired thousands of people to get out and get their hands dirty. He publishes books about renewable energy and sustainability from his off-grid solar and wind-powered home office.
For many people, consumer culture has lost its appeal. So have debt accumulation, time poverty, exteriority, and social alienation. The Good Life traces one woman's journey toward a deeply fulfilling lifestyle-and points toward a way of life that values freedom, interdependence, caring, community, and our connectedness with nature. The Good Life offers a guide to finding personal freedom through a sustainable lifestyle. It invites readers to view the recent global market downturn as an opportunity to transform our dead consumer culture into a living post-consumer society. The book is packed with information on emerging alternatives, such as co-housing, slow money, vegetarian and raw foods, permaculture and organic gardening, voluntary simplicity, green building, and more.
Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening: The Total Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Other Edible Plants the Natural Way
This book shows you how to have healthy soil and recommends environmentally safe products and even some homemade remedies to control pests and diseases in your garden. It describes more than 100 food plants and gives specific information on the growth habits, culture, harvest, and storage of each.
Bradley, Fern Marshall, and Barbara W. Ellis, eds. Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia Of Organic Gardening. Emmaus: Rodale Press, 1997.The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening is a compilation of over 400 entries by gardening experts across the country. Diagrams and instructions on everything and anything organic. The book is a 690 page paperback, includes an index and a suggested reading list. As organic gardening continues to grow in popularity your customers are sure to ask for this one by name.
The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition (A Gardener's Supply Book)
With more than 45,000 sold since 1988, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as: Farm-Generated Fertility—how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available. The Moveable Feast—how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up. The Winter Garden—how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses. Pests—how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants. The Information Resource—how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live. Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.
This book gives a glimpse of the many relationships and natural processes within Nature and the interconnectedness of life. Gardening is much easier and much more enjoyable when we work to support the health of the whole garden and that is what organic gardening is all about.