• STARTER VEGETABLE GARDENS

    Master gardener Barbara Pleasant takes the guesswork and anxiety out of growing food, explaining in simple language exactly how to start, maintain and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden, even in the smallest of spaces. Choose one of 24 no-fail, small-scale garden plans and find out how easy it is to enjoy your own fresh food all season long!

    Item: 4413

    Author: BARBARA PLEASANT

    Format: Paperback

  • STRAW BALE GARDENS COMPLETE

    You'll find a bumper crop of vegetable gardening books on the shelves today, but it is a very rare title that actually contains new information. Straw Bale Gardens teaches gardening in a way that isn't only new but is thoroughly innovative and revolutionary to home gardening. It solves every impediment today's home gardeners face: bad soil, weeds, a short growing season, watering problems, limited garden space, and even physical difficulty working at ground level. Developed and pioneered by author and garden expert Joel Karsten, straw bale gardens create their own growing medium and heat source so you can get an earlier start. It couldn't be simpler or more effective: All you need is a few bales of straw, some fertilizer, and some seeds or plants, and you can create a weedless vegetable garden anywhere-even in your driveway.

    Karsten's step-by-step guide offers all the information you need to make your own straw bale garden today. In this lushly photographed volume, Karsten shares all of the secrets he has developed over years of teaching eager students the miracle of straw bale gardening. You'll learn how to locate and choose straw bales, then how to condition and plant them for the earliest possible start. You'll master Karsten's methods for combating plant pests and maximizing space by applying the principles of vertical gardening to his straw bales. Whether it's seedlings or seeds, veggies or flowers, there is practically no limit to the plant varieties that will prosper in a straw bale garden-and with Karsten's breakthrough gardening guide, you can do it all yourself.

    Item: 6630

    Author: Joel Karsten

    Format: Paperback

  • TEXAS BUG BOOK

    Texas Bug Book is your complete guide for identifying and organically controlling all of the most common Texas insects. Drawing on years of practical experience and research, organic gardening experts Howard Garrett and Malcolm Beck give detailed instructions on how to identify, understand the life cycle of, and control or protect Texas insects, mites, snails, slugs, nematodes and other critters. They also include striking color photos and black-and-white drawings to help you identify each bug. Garrett and Beck highlight the many useful roles that bugs play in nature and offer proven organic remedies for infestations of pest insects.

    Item: 7818

    Author: Garrett, Malcolm Beck

    Format: Paperback

  • TEXAS GARDENING THE NATURAL WAY

    Compost your old "complete" gardening guide. There's a new way of gardening in Texas that's healthier for people and the environment, more effective at growing vigorous plants and reducing pests, cheaper to maintain, and just more fun. It's Howard Garrett's "The Natural Way" organic gardening program, and it's all here in Texas Gardening the Natural Way.

    This book is the first complete, state-of-the-art organic gardening handbook for Texas. Using Garrett's mainstream gardening techniques, this book presents a total gardening program:

    • How to plan, plant, and maintain beautiful landscapes without using chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides.
    • Gardening fundamentals: soils, landscape design, planting techniques and maintenance practices.
    • More native and adaptable varieties of garden and landscape plants than any other guide on the market.
    • Trees: 134 species of evergreens, berry- and fruit-bearing, flowering, yellow fall color, orange fall color, and red fall color.
    • Shrubs and specialty plants: 85 species for sun, shade, spring flowering, summer flowering, and treeform shrubs.
    • Ground covers and vines: 51 species for sun and shade.
    • Annuals and perennials: 136 species for fall color, winter color, summer color in shade and sun, and spring color. Also seeding rates for wildflowers.
    • Lawn grasses: 10 species for sun and shade, with additional information on 16 native grasses, seeding rates for 32 grasses, and suggested mowing heights.
    • Fruits, nuts and vegetables: 58 species, with a vegetable planting chart and information on organic pecan and fruit tree growing, fruit varieties for Texas, grape and pecan varieties, and gardening by the moon.
    • Common green manure crops: 29 crops that help enrich the soil.
    • Herbs: 66 species for culinary and medicinal uses.
    • Bugs: 73 types of helpful and harmful bugs, with organic remedies for pests, lists of beneficial bugs and plants that attract them, a beneficial bug release schedule, and sources for beneficial bugs.
    • Plant diseases: organic treatments for 55 common problems.
    • Organic methods for repelling mice, rabbits, armadillos, beavers, cats, squirrels and deer.
    • Organic management practices: watering, fertilizing, controlling weeds, releasing beneficial insects, biological controls (including bats and purple martins), and recipes for Garrett Juice, fire ant control drench, vinegar herbicide, Sick Tree Treatment, and Tree Trunk Goop.
    • Average first and last freeze dates for locations around the state.
    • Organic fertilizers and soil amendments: 61 varieties, including full instructions for making compost.
    • Organic pest control products: 30 varieties.
    • Common house plants and poisonous plants.
    • Instructions for climbing vegetable structures and bat houses.
    • 833 gorgeous full-color photographs.
    Item: 7823

    Author: Howard Garrett

    Format: Hardcover

  • TEXAS ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING

    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.

    Item: 7824

    Author: Howard Garrett

    Format: Paperback

  • TEXAS TREES

    Knowing when and how to plant a tree are crucial to its survival. But if you select the wrong tree for your particular area and conditions, the proper planting techniques will not make a difference. Because Texas is a big place with varied climates, soils, and water qualities, a wide variety of trees can be grown there. Howard Garrett, also known as the "Dirt Doctor," explores the wide-ranging possibilities in a book that will prove its value to homeowners, landscape architects, contractors, nurseries, gardeners, and others who want healthy trees.

    Texas Trees includes a complete description of native and best-introduced trees and gives details on natural habitats and preferred sites, planting and maintenance, identification information, flowers, fruit and foliage, culture, problems, and propagation. Texas Trees is for all Texas tree lovers, from the Red River to the Gulf Coast, the piney woods to the deserts and mountains.

    Item: 7825

    Author: Howard Garrett

    Format: Paperback

  • THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO EDIBLE HERBS

    Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt will inspire you to grow, harvest, preserve and cook with 26 of the most popular kitchen herbs, including basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and tarragon. A great gift for any herb lover.

    Item: 4500

    Author: Charles W.G. Smith

    Format: Paperback

  • THE BIO-INTEGRATED FARM

    The Bio-Integrated Farm is a 21st-century manual for managing nature’s resources. This groundbreaking book brings “system farming” and permaculture to a whole new level. Author Shawn Jadrnicek presents new insights into permaculture, moving beyond the philosophical foundation to practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. Holding his designs to a higher standard, Jadrnicek’s components serve at least seven functions (classical permaculture theory only seeks at least two functions). With every additional function a component performs, the design becomes more advanced and saves more energy.

    Item: 7871

    Author: SHAWN JADRNICEK

    Format: Paperback

  • THE BOUNTIFUL CONTAINER

    Beginning with the down-to-earth basics of soil, sun and water, fertilizer and seeds and propagation, The Bountiful Container is an extraordinarily complete guide to container gardening. Written by two seasoned container gardeners and writers, Rose McGee and Maggie Stuckey share their expertise and experience in the art of container gardening.

    Armed with this manual, frustrated apartment dwellers can indulge their passion for growing edible things. If there is an available balcony, porch, front or back steps, growing produce in containers can be easy and rewarding. With some limitations, it is even possible to grow foods in a window box or on an indoor windowsill.

    This collection of practical advice includes detailed information on the types of containers to use, equipment needed, the right soil, when to plant which seeds and how best to deal with problems such as too much or too little sunlight. Written for the beginner as well as for those with a background in gardening, the book contains comprehensive, clearly written and frequently inspiring directions from authors McGee and Stuckey.

    Item: 3969

    Author: ROSE MCGEE AND MAGGIE STUCKEY

    Format: Paperback

  • THE CARBON FARMING SOLUTION

    Eric Toensmeier argues that agriculture—specifically, the subset of practices known as “carbon farming”—can, and should be, a linchpin of a global climate solutions platform. Carbon farming is a suite of agricultural practices and crops that sequester carbon in the soil and in aboveground biomass.

    Item: 7894

    Author: Eric Toensmeier

    Format: Hardcover

  • THE COMPLETE BOOK OF PICKLING

    Capturing garden vegetables at their best for year-round enjoyment: It's smart and taste bud ticklin', if you're picklin'!

    Pickling is one of the oldest and most inexpensive methods of preserving foods. Families would gather over mounds of vegetables and huge steaming pots, producing savory and delicious pickles and chutneys. Home pickling is now enjoying a resurgence, as the cost of food and the desire to know where and how foods are prepared increases.

    The wonderfully inventive recipes in The Complete Book of Pickling feature modern methods and equipment in accordance with the latest food-safety standards. The book also includes classic and unusual international ingredients. Newcomers to the art will find step-by-step techniques and details of specific equipment needs.

    Enjoy wonderful foods year-round with recipes such as:

    • Kosher dill pickles
    • Aunt Thelma's bread and butter pickles
    • Pretty beet and radish pickles
    • Gingery cantaloupe pickles
    • White balsamic and pepper pickled strawberries
    • Clementine pear chutney
    • Pineapple lime tomato salsa
    • Smoky three-pepper cucumber relish
    Author Jennifer MacKenzie specifies manageable sizes for average households, and she includes serving suggestions and quick recipes for dishes that use the preserves for top flavors.

    Item: 6923

    Author: Jennifer MacKenzie

    Format: Paperback

  • THE COMPLETE COMPOST GARDENING GUIDE

    This book turns the compost bin upside down with a natural six-way gardening system of keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and plants live together from the beginning in a nourishing, organic environment.

    Author Barbara Pleasant's bountiful, compost-rich gardens require less digging, weeding, mulching and even less planting. And here's one of the best parts — no more backbreaking slogs from compost bin to garden. Pleasant and co-author Deborah Martin even identify the plants that benefit most from compost and how the elements of a composted garden work together. Their natural six-way compost gardening system provides the ruling principles for successfully improving every garden with healthy compost.

    Item: 3663

    Author: Barbara Pleasant/D. Martin

    Format: Paperback

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