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"Packed with planting and design ideas that will transform even the humblest of pots into a flower festival." --Doug Jimerson, Editor in Chief, "Garden Escape," www.garden.com "Who better to turn to for everything you need to know about container culture than a guy who has 'been there, done that' for a careerful of years?" --Joseph F. Williamson, Former Garden Editor and Managing Editor, "Sunset Magazine" While historical reports of container gardening go back thousands of years, over the last half-century, this unique form of husbandry has blossomed into a pastime enjoyed by hobbyists worldwide. Millions have discovered the immense satisfaction to be found in growing something beautiful, in creating interesting combinations of plants, experimenting with new plants, and getting to know plants more intimately than they ever could with plants in the ground. Written by leading gardening journalist Bill Marken and the experts of the National Gardening Association, "Container Gardening For Dummies" is the ultimate guide to cultivating charming gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old pair of cowboy boots. It fills you in on how to: Grow almost anything in a container Make greens flourish on roofs, balconies, and windowsills Create a one-of-a-kind garden using classic and offbeat containers Use the best fertilizing and watering techniques for your climate Grow exotic and low-maintenance cacti and succulents Prevent insects, pests, and diseases from invading your containers Featuring clear, concise, step-by-step instructions and sixteen pages of stunning color photos, "Container Gardening For Dummies" covers all the bases, including: Opportunities and limitations of different climates Ready-made versus homemade soil mixes, starting plants from seeds, and other fundamentals Choosing, planting and caring for flowers, ferns, succulents, fruits, and vegetables Expressing your sense of style with color, form, texture, proportion, and other design elements Adding special effects to your container garden "Container Gardening For Dummies" is a fun, informative guide for inexperienced city slickers and savvy country cousins alike.
Ivanko and Kivirist - innkeepers, authors, and wearers of many other hats - truly walk the green talk, detailing the nitty-gritty of running a green business. - Library Journal I'm not even sure I'd call this a "business book." ECOpreneuring contains plenty of advice on starting a small, eco-conscious business, but the authors focus primarliy on how entrepreneurial efforts can incorporate values and priorities beyond the bottom line. Lifestyle choices trump profit motives, but neither have to be sacrificed in order to create meaning and income. This kind of positive thinking is repeated again and again throughout the book. In addition to sharing their own success, and the stories of others, ECOpreneuring is filled with practical information about starting and running a small green business. A potential ecopreneur will discover ideas on everything from bookkeeping to marketing, and the authors point to numerous other resources that will help you set up your company, and run your business without running afoul of tax codes, licensing agencies, or litigious competitors. I really enjoyed this thoughtful, well-written book - a business book that's inspiring and practical is hard to come by. ECOpreneuring lays out a blueprint for making health, happiness and abundance an integral part of the work we do.Reviewed by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg, Sustainablog Powerful social trends toward green living, relocalization, and self-sufficiency have fanned the fires of would-be ecopreneurs in North America, driving a shift toward prioritizing purpose over profits, and building community over building market share. A nation of nine-to-fivers is giving way to a spirited bunch of innovators, searching for ways to make a life instead of simply making a living. This accessible and inspiring guide includes profiles of successful ecopreneurs and provides an in-depth exploration of: Eco-business basics Purposeful management Marketing in the green economy Running a lifestyle business Ecopreneuring shows how we can earn our daily bread on a local or regional level while saving money, strengthening the economy, and helping restore the planet to ecological health and social stability. Part small business manifesto, part personal finance primer, Ecopreneuring is essential reading for small business owners, prospective entrepreneurs, and anyone who dreams of a livelihood based on independence, creativity, passion, and a commitment to green practices and sustainability. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist are innkeepers of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, which is powered by renewable energy. This husband-and-wife duo are national speakers, organic growers, marketing consultants, and authors, whose books include Rural Renaissance and Edible Earth and a number of Global Fund for Children multicultural books.
Form closed loop recycling to using waste to create crops and biofuels, this remarkable book showcases the technology being used today by farmers to produce foods and fuels with a staggeringly attractive carbon footprint. Essential reading for anyone involved in waste, recycling and farming and those that would like to see a reversal in global warming.
New Choices in Natural Healing: Over 1,800 of the Best Self-Help Remedies from the World of Alternative Medicine
Tap the Power of Alternative Medicine with "New Choices in Natural Healing" Acupressure-- for pinpoint pain relief Aromatherapy-- relieve stress and tension Ayurveda-- a customized system of better health Flower Therapy-- heal the mind, and the body will follow Food Therapy-- the power to erase disease Herbal Therapy-- a healing partnership with Mother Nature Homeopathy-- medicines perhaps more powerful than prescriptions Hydrotherapy-- bathe yourself in natural healing Imagery-- picture yourself perfectly healthy Juice Therapy-- the curative essence of fruits and vegetables Massage-- hands-on healing for yourself and your family Reflexology-- speed restorative energy to organs and body parts Relaxation and Meditation-- achieve a higher state of health Sound Therapy-- soothe your body with music's gentle waves Vitamin and Mineral Therapy-- natural prescriptions for healing Yoga-- stretches for better health
The perfect book to get readers up and running-by a major name in marathons. "The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Running, Third Edition," offers instruction on developing ideal running techniques for personal fitness or competition. Through easy-to-follow steps designed to gradually build their abilities, readers learn how to choose reliable running gear and create an effective training and running program. ?Features expert tips on nutrition, reducing stress with exercise, avoiding and treating injuries, and entering 5K, 10K, and half and full marathons ?Provides basic training plans and illustrations of stretching positions, muscle diagrams, running apparel, and more
The most comprehensive and highly regarded book on T'ai Chi will now be one of the most illustrative. -- The current edition has sold over 34,000 since its release in January, 1999. -- The new edition will include a totally revamped T'ai Chi exercise program, featuring over 200 line illustrations that will add depth to the instructional component of this book, and make learning T'ai Chi much less intimidating. -- The author, Bill Douglas, is the Founder and Director of World Tai Chi and QiGong and is recognized as the T'ai Chi expert, both domestically and abroad. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to T'ai Chi & QiGong, Second Edition will add to what is already the most comprehensive book on the subject by making it easier for readers to learn and complete an entire T'ai Chi exercise (consisting of 64 groups of movements). Added instruction and 200 top-of-the-line illustrations will be added to enable readers to pick-up on the subtleties of the various movements involved and complete a twenty-minute exercise without getting lost.