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    The reader will find much in this third book in a trilogy of information on growing giant pumpkins. How-to-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins, Third Edition presents the newest information on cultural methods, who’s who and records. New ideas about plant size and pruning strategies throw a whole new light on the grower with only a small area to devote to giant pumpkins. New discoveries involving the use of considerably more calcium in feeding programs, a steadily growing consensus on the use of nitrogen, the beginnings of a real effort at applying genetic theory in pollination strategies, how-to select the best seed, and the controversial subject of genetic manipulation, all required an airing-out here.

    The explosion in the number of growers gathering information via the internet, either through website information, or through open forums with other growers via message boards, has become a major accelerator in the learning curve of all growers. Seed auctions, message boards, and a site devoted entirely to maintaining a database of pumpkin genetic backgrounds, all contribute to a shortening of the time it takes to succeed in this sport.

    If you want to grow a world record giant pumpkin, you will find much in this book to to help you.

    If your goal is 1500 pounds, then you’ve come to the right place.

    Item: 4141

    Author: Don Langevin

    Format: Hardcover


    The tools for a sustainable future continue to grow! In this book, Max and Eva Edleson offer a comprehensive guide for planning and building a practical, efficient and affordable wood-fired oven. The barrel oven offers surprising convenience: It's hot and ready to bake in within 15-20 minutes, and maintaining it at a constant temperature is easy.

    The barrel oven can be the seed for a small-scale baking enterprise or the heart of a community's wood-fired cuisine. All kinds of food can be baked in it, including bread, roasts, pizza, cookies, cakes, pies, casseroles and stews. Follow this step-by-step guide to transform local, low-cost materials and the sun's energy into good food.

    Item: 6498

    Author: M. Edleson, E. Edleson

    Format: Paperback


    Grow herbs all year round with the help of the Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Sage and Other Useful Herbs from the Herb Companion Series. Plant and grow tropical plants (such as ginger and turmeric) throughout the year with the aboveground containers. Use horticulture therapy techniques, infuse your soil with beneficial microbes, discover the best seed companies, plant a native garden, and learn all about different plants, such as 7 shade-loving herbs. Grow these herbs and put them to good use with the Guide to Growing Sage and Other Useful Herbs!

    Item: 8240

    Format: Paperback


    In Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening, general garden-building skills (from "Do I need to dig?" to "Where do I dig?") and specific techniques (from "How do I plant a seed?" to "How much should I water?") are presented in growing-season order-from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics (such as soil, compost, seeds, pest control and weeds) are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try.

    Item: 6922

    Author: Deborah Martin

    Format: Paperback


    An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. But Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant types-it teaches how to recognize edible plants and where to find them, their medicinal and nutritional properties, and their growing cycles. Christopher Nyerges, a leading expert on wild foods and a well-known teacher of survival skills, includes in this new edition of the book more than 70 plants found all around the United States. Accompanying them are more than 100 full-color photos, plus handy leaf, fruit and seed keys to help readers identify the plants. You'll also discover fascinating folklore about plants, Nyerges' personal anecdotes about trips and meals, and simple and tasty recipes.

    Item: 7116

    Author: Christopher Nyerges

    Format: Paperback


    In Growing Food in a Short Season, Melanie J. Watts explains that with the right gardening practices the short Northern summer can lead to an explosion of life, producing enough color and food to see anyone through the dark days of winter. Providing helpful hints and a wise gardening philosophy for a productive food garden, Watts begins at ground level with instruction on how to use compost and manure to create fertile soil that will lend its life to plants. A variety of seed options and planting methods are presented — including start times and placement — taking into account microclimates that occur in each garden as well as the benefits of companion planting. Additionally, plants that are easily grown in Zone 2 and 3 are listed with concise how-to-grow information. Watts provides full chapters on garden maintenance and harvesting, as well as tips on cooking and preserving the bounty with great recipes that focus on eating seasonally.

    Item: 7531

    Author: Melanie Watts

    Format: Paperback


    First published in 1997, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and Cultural History has been out of print, with copies selling online for as much as $300. Mother Earth News is proud to present the original text, together with 100 color photos, in this e-book on CD-ROM.

    This remarkable e-book by food historian William Woys Weaver is the bible for gardeners who choose to explore the fabulous flavors, fascinating history and astonishing diversity of vegetables. Taking us far beyond the few dozen vegetables offered in modern supermarkets, Weaver profiles 280 heirloom varieties, providing recipes, growing advice and authoritative history. Want to grow the famous Moon and Stars watermelon? Want to make a Parsnip Pie? This is the e-book that will tell you how.

    *PC requirements: CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat Reader (available from

    Item: 3711


    Format: CD ROM


    Best-selling author Brett Markham's new handbook gives us the mini farming basics along with in-depth tips on vegetable gardening, fermenting, composting and self-sufficiency in a handy new format and design. It includes:

    • Soil management and making your own fertilizer
    • Crop rotation and cover cropping
    • Composting
    • Seed starting and timing/planning
    • Raised beds and pest management
    • PVC trellising and planting spacers
    • Raising chickens, making your own chicken plucker, and butchering
    • Growing fruit/nut trees and vines
    • Food preservation (canning and freezing)
    • Fermenting wine, vinegar and cheese

    With the full-color photographs that made the original Mini Farming so popular, as well as step-by-step drawings, projects, graphs and tables, you'll have everything you need for your new or established mini farm at your fingertips. So dive in and learn how to begin and cultivate your own mini farm on less than a quarter acre.

    Item: 7245

    Author: Brett Markham

    Format: Paperback


    Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees and shrubs. It’s easy, and it’s fun! Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. Descriptions of seed biology; tips on how to select plants for the best seeds; and advice on harvesting and cleaning, proper storage and care, and propagating and caring for new seedlings are all presented with clear, easy-to-follow instructions.

    Chapters dedicated to individual plants contain species-specific directions and detailed information. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.

    About the authors
    Robert Gough holds a doctorate in botany and is Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at the College of Agriculture, Montana State University. He is the author of 17 gardening books, 500 extension service publications, and articles for Fine Gardening, Country Journal, National Gardening, Zone 4, Montana Magazine, and Harrowsmith. He served as Extension Horticulturalist in Montana, hosted the popular Dr. Bob’s Northern Gardening Tips radio program for 10 years, and was a panel member on PBS’s Montana Ag Live for 15 years. He is a Fellow of both the American Society for Horticultural Science and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, as well as a member of the advisory board of Zone 4.

    Cheryl Moore-Gough holds an M.S. in Plant Sciences from Montana State University, where she retired as State Extension Horticulturalist in Montana; she is currently adjunct assistant professor in Horticulture. Moore-Gough has instructed and coordinated the Montana Master Gardener program as well as various undergraduate classes at MSU, and has published numerous works alone and with her husband, Dr. Robert Moore, including five gardening books. She has written for Montana Magazine, Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, Zone 4 Magazine, and hosts “Northern Gardening Tips” carried by radio stations throughout Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota on the Northern News Network. She has been gardening and saving seeds in Montana for 30 years.

    Item: 5304

    Author: Robert and Cheryl Moore Gough

    Format: Paperback


    The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking offers amazing, easy-to-make recipes that revolutionize baking for wheat-sensitive, diabetic and low-carb/low-sugar cooks.

    After more than two decades of research into gluten-free baking, best-selling author and legendary bread-maker Peter Reinhart and his baking partner Denene Wallace deliver more than 80 world-class recipes for delicious breads, pastries, cookies, cakes and more in this delightful book.

    Carefully crafted for anyone who is gluten-sensitive, diabetic or needs to reduce carbs to prevent illness or lose weight, these forgiving recipes taste just as good as the original wheat versions-and are easier to bake than traditional breads. By using readily available or home-ground nut and seed flours and alternative and natural sweeteners as the foundation for their groundbreaking style of baking, Reinhart and Wallace avoid the carb-heavy starch products commonly found in gluten-free baking. Additionally, each recipe can easily be made vegan by following the dairy and egg substitution guidelines.

    Bakers of all skill levels will have no trouble creating incredibly flavorful baked goods, such as:

    • Toasting Bread, Banana Bread, Nutty Zucchini Bread, and many styles of pizza and focaccia
    • Cheddar Cheese and Pecan Crackers, Herb Crackers, Garlic Breadsticks, and pretzels
    • Blueberry-Hazelnut Muffins, Lemon and Poppy Seed Scones, and pancakes and waffles
    • Coconut-Pecan Cookies, Lemon Drop Cookies, Biscotti, and Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
    • Brownies and Blondies, Cinnamon-Raisin Coffee Cake, Pound Cake with Crumb Topping, and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    • Apple Crumble Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Berry Pie, and Vanilla, Chocolate, or Banana Cream Pie
    With Reinhart and Wallace's careful attention to ingredients and balancing of flavors, these delicious gluten-free baked goods with a glycemic load of nearly zero will satisfy anyone's craving for warm bread or decadent cake.

    Item: 6896

    Author: P. Reinhart, D. Wallace

    Format: Hardcover


    Typically, vegetable gardening is about the long view: Peas sown in spring aren't harvested until summer, and tomatoes started indoors in February can't be eaten until July. But it's not true for all plants. Some things can be planted and eaten in weeks, days, even hours.

    The Speedy Vegetable Garden highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow and harvest each plant. Sumptuous photography provides inspiration and a visual guide for when to harvest. In addition to instructions for growing, this essential guide also provides recipes that highlight each crop's unique flavor, such as chickpea-sprout hummus, stuffed tempura zucchini flowers, and a paella featuring calendula.

    Sprouted seeds are the fastest. Microgreens can be harvested in weeks: cilantro, 14 days after planting; arugula and fennel in 10 days. And a handful of vegetable varieties grow more quickly than their slower relatives, like dwarf French beans (60 days), cherry tomatoes (65 days), and early potatoes (75 days).

    The Speedy Vegetable Garden puts fresh, seed-to-table food at your fingertips, fast!

    Item: 6582

    Author: M. Diacono & L. Leendertz

    Format: Paperback


    Look no further! From insect bites, insomnia and upset stomach to nasal congestion, stress and heart health, 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies offers easy, effective recipes to bolster your resistance to illness, ease aches and pains, and manage minor ailments naturally.

    The authors explain the science behind these remedies, debunk common myths, and let you know when to call the doctor. In addition, they provide a blueprint for wellness for you and your family. The book's 500 recipes contain readily available, inexpensive and safe ingredients. Many you'll find within your cupboards or at the grocery store. For example:

    • Dab on tea tree oil to clear up acne
    • Gargle with sage and thyme tea to combat sore throat
    • Engage in mindfulness exercises for weight loss
    • Eat chia seed to help with hay fever
    • Whip up a calendula salve for diaper rash
    • Heal dry skin with coconut oil
    • Lift mood with a gratitude journal
    • Take elderberry syrup for influenza
    • Apply aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil to sore muscles
    … And more!

    Item: 7017

    Author: White, Seeber, Grogan

    Format: Paperback

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