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81.

GATHERING: MEMOIR OF A SEED SAVER

Diane Ott Whealy
Hardcover

Price: $25.00

Daughter of Iowa farmers, Missouri homesteader and mother of five, Diane Ott Whealy never anticipated that one day she would become a leader in a grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biod…

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Daughter of Iowa farmers, Missouri homesteader and mother of five, Diane Ott Whealy never anticipated that one day she would become a leader in a grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biodiversity. The love for the land and the respect for heirloom seeds that Ott Whealy shared with her husband, Kent, led to their starting Seed Savers Exchange in 1975.

Seed Savers Exchange, the nation’s premier nonprofit seed-saving organization, began humbly as a simple exchange of seeds among passionate gardeners who sought to preserve the rich gardening heritage their ancestors had brought to this country. Seeds that Ott Whealy herself inherited from her paternal grandparents were the impetus for the formation of Seed Savers Exchange, whose membership has grown from a small coterie to more than 13,000. Its influence has been felt in gardens across America.

Ott Whealy’s down-to-earth narrative traces her fascinating journey from Oregon to Kansas to Missouri then back home to Iowa where, in 1986, Heritage Farm became the permanent home of Seed Savers Exchange. Her heartwarming story captures what is best in the American spirit: the ability to dream and, through hard work and perseverance, inspire others to contribute their efforts to a cause. Thus was created one of the nation’s most admired nonprofits in the field of genetic preservation.


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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO GROWING WINDOWSILL PLANTS

Angela Williams Duea
Paperback

Price: $15.93

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A windowsill is among the best possible places to put a plant that provides ample sunlight, brightens the look of yo…

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A windowsill is among the best possible places to put a plant that provides ample sunlight, brightens the look of your home from the outside, and adds what amounts to a filter to the air coming in and out of your home. In winter, they can add a touch of color to an otherwise drab view, and in summer they thrive. But not every plant grows well in these conditions: According to Garden Guides, as many as 40 percent of most houseplants don't need nearly that much sunlight. The selection of the right houseplants for your windowsill is a necessary step to ensuring they survive and thrive.

This book will guide you through the steps needed to select the perfect plants for your windowsill and cultivate them to both fit in with your space and to survive the conditions, whether inside or outside. You will learn everything you need to know to effectively plant windowsill plants and improve how your home and your windows look to the world outside. You will learn, through a series of detailed charts, which plants are best suited to the cramped space of a windowsill and which ones will only give you problems. You will learn how much light each plant needs and how much water and food they need and whether you need to supplement natural provision of these resources. You will learn how to care for your plants while keeping away pests and animals that may eat the leaves or dig up the dirt.

Top experts in gardening have been interviewed and their insights will help you learn what works and what doesn't work for your windowsill plants. From first planting, whether by seed or potted plant, you will have every resource you need to keep your windowsill plants alive and thriving in their new environment with this book.


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HOMEGROWN AND HANDMADE

Deborah Niemann
Paperback

Price: $22.95

Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture, and has become economically and environmentally unsustainable. The incidence of diet-related diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension,…

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Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture, and has become economically and environmentally unsustainable. The incidence of diet-related diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and heart disease has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Whether you have 40 acres and a mule or a condo with a balcony, you can do more than you think to safeguard your health, your money and the planet.

Homegrown and Handmade shows how making things from scratch and growing at least some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint and create a more authentic life. Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you:

  • Take control of your food supply from seed to plate
  • Raise small and medium livestock for fun, food and fiber
  • Rediscover traditional skills to meet more of your family’s needs than you ever thought possible
This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a simpler life.


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AQUAPONIC GARDENING

Sylvia Bernstein
Paperback

Price: $29.95

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the wastewater from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aqua…

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Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the wastewater from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.

Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:

  • System location considerations and hardware components
  • The living elements — fish, plants, bacteria and worms
  • Putting it all together — starting and maintaining a healthy system
Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds; fewer pests; and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging or heavy lifting – in fact, there really is no down side! Anyone interested in taking the next step toward self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible and well-illustrated guide.

About the Author: Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. An internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia speaks, writes and blogs (www.theaquaponicsource.com) extensively about this revolutionary technique.


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50 BEAUTIFUL DEER-RESISTANT PLANTS

Ruth Rogers Clausen
Paperback

Price: $8.78

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What’s the biggest problem facing gardeners? Drought, lack of sun, or the ever-present threat of disease? Nope, it’s…

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What’s the biggest problem facing gardeners? Drought, lack of sun, or the ever-present threat of disease? Nope, it’s deer. The beautiful animals immortalized in Disney's Bambi are also the garden’s biggest pests. Increased hunting regulations have caused the deer population to swell to more than 30 million. At the same time, suburban expansion has led to a loss of natural habitat. The result? Deer are looking for food and finding it in gardens all across the country.

50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants makes keeping deer away as simple as choosing the appropriate plant. Instead of the typical barriers and fencing, expert plantswoman Ruth Rogers Clausen has chosen the 50 most beautiful (and least palatable) annuals, bulbs, ferns, grasses, herbs, perennials and shrubs. Whether it's the charming snow crocuses that bloom each spring or the vibrant, long-blooming Texas Sage, these 50 plants provide gardeners a chance to design a deer-proof garden without sacrificing style. Each plant profile includes a deer-resistance scale, tips on growth and care, zone recommendations, and gorgeous color photos showing the plant up close and in the garden setting. Also includes dozens of companion planting ideas.

With the helpful and trusted advice in 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, gardeners can finally garden without fear of deer.


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ORGANIC GARDENING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

John Fedor
Paperback

Price: $12.26

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This comprehensive guide to organic gardening will help you create a steady supply of organically grown fruits, veg…

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This comprehensive guide to organic gardening will help you create a steady supply of organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers all year round. Includes the latest information on how to find, choose and grow plants that thrive without synthetic chemicals. Learn how to:

  • Plant traditional varieties, known as heirloom plants, that were developed before the use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Select regional varieties adapted to your climate and location
  • Increase your bounty by repurposing seeds from your own garden
  • Discourage pests while encouraging beneficial insects and birds

Includes a beautifully illustrated, A-to-Z directory of 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs. Detailed entries include when to sow, plant and harvest; cultivation information; and the top 10 health-enhancing fruits and vegetables.


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THE LAWN: A HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN OBSESSION

Virginia Scott Jenkins
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comp…

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Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front lawn aesthetic, the development of the lawn-care industry, its environmental impact, and modern as well as historic alternatives to lawn mania.


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HERB GARDENING FROM THE GROUND UP

S Gilbertie, L Sheehan
Paperback

Price: $18.99

An updated and expanded edition of Herb Gardening at Its Best, the classic primer for planning and planting 38 culinary herb gardens from America’s largest herb grower and retailer, Gilbertie’s Herbs.

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An updated and expanded edition of Herb Gardening at Its Best, the classic primer for planning and planting 38 culinary herb gardens from America’s largest herb grower and retailer, Gilbertie’s Herbs.

Garden-fresh herbs impart flavor and fragrance that packaged herbs simply can’t. If you have a few yards of soil, or even a sunny windowsill, Herb Gardening from the Ground Up will show you how to design, seed, and nurture 38 culinary herb gardens. Also included: a new introduction on today’s herb renaissance; a new chapter on container and windowbox herb gardens; new layouts for French, Italian, Asian, Tex-Mex, and BBQ herb gardens; and a discussion of popular herb newcomers like lemongrass, the new basils, garlics, sages, and more.

About the Authors
Sal Gilbertie is the third generation owner/proprietor of Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Westport, Connecticut. Established in 1922, Gilbertie’s is the largest herb grower and supplier in the United States today. Visit gilbertiesherbs.com.

Larry Sheehan has written for newspapers and magazines and has authored dozens of books including the best-selling Living with Dogs and The Sporting Life.


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EVERYDAY EDEN

C Symons, J Gillespie
Hardcover

Price: $20.87

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Using inexpensive, often recycled, materials and easy techniques, this lively collection of garden projects and pra…

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Using inexpensive, often recycled, materials and easy techniques, this lively collection of garden projects and practices will delight beginner and experienced green thumbs alike. Whether you have just five minutes or an entire weekend, this full-colour book is designed to delight and inspire. Here are step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography for lovely gifts from the garden, delightful recipes and cocktails and inspiring weekend garden projects, plus fun things especially for children to make and grow like flowerpot cupcakes and personalized pumpkins. With ideas on everything from gorgeous succulent sculptures and living willow fences to fresh ways to arrange flowers and plan stylish garden soirées, Everyday Eden maximizes enjoyment of outdoor spaces—from balcony-sized urban green spaces to rural acreages.


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SAVING SEEDS AS IF OUR LIVES DEPENDED ON IT

Dan Jason
Paperback

Price: $12.00

Author Dan Jason urges folks to partake in the responsibility and the joy of saving seeds in this book, which is divided into four parts:

  • A personal overview of how seed affairs have gotten to be what …

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Author Dan Jason urges folks to partake in the responsibility and the joy of saving seeds in this book, which is divided into four parts:

  • A personal overview of how seed affairs have gotten to be what they are. This section is an encapsulation of Jason’s 20 years of observing the seed world while participating in it as the founder of a mail order seed company.
  • Jason’s thoughts about seeds and the background experiences that led to those ideas. This section will excite you to the possibilities of what might be in store for you if you take The Seedy Road.
  • A beginner's guide to saving seeds. Saving seeds is simple, easy and straightforward.
  • The revitalization of seeds: a social movement. Beyond actually growing seeds, there are many ways to participate effectively in the preservation of our seed heritage.

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