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


    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


    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


    Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block. The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer. Built around a proven 120' greenhouse system operable by one person, the book distills vast experience and complete step-by-step guidance for starting and running a cold-water aquaponics business. Coverage includes: •A primer on cold-water aquaponics •Pros and cons of different systems •Complete design and construction of a Deep Water Culture system •Recommended and optional equipment and tools •System management, standard operating procedures, and maintenance checklists •Maximizing fish and veg production •Strategies for successful sales and marketing of fish and plants As the only comprehensive commercial cold-water resource, The Aquaponic Farmer is essential for farmers contemplating the aquaponics market, aquaponic gardeners looking to go commercial, and anyone focused on high quality food production.

    Item: 8631

    Author: Southern & King

    Format: Paperback


    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 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


    Format: Paperback


    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


    Format: Paperback


    A leading light in the field of medicinal herb cultivation, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is the first cultivation guide of its kind, and presents invaluable information for growers interested in producing high-quality efficacious herbs in all climates of the US, with the historical connectedness of ancient practitioners. It has become increasingly important-especially as the market for herbal medicine continues to grow-that we transition to local and domestic medicinal cultivation. Increasingly there are concerns in regards to not only the quality but the purity of imported herbs, and wild herbs picked for medicinal purposes are ever more endangered than in past years both at home and abroad. Peg Schafer, longtime grower and teacher, guides readers with information on propagating, cultivating, and harvesting Chinese herbs, and presents fascinating new scientific data that reveal the age-old wisdom of nature and the traditional systems of Chinese medicine. Through 79 detailed herb profiles--all tested and trialed on Schafer's certified organic farm-Schafer offers easy-to-follow information, suitable for both growers and practitioners, for growing efficacious wild-simulated herbs. Also included is important information on species conservation, crop integration, and how to avoid the introduction of invasive species. Sidebars on traditional medicinal uses for each herb and delicious recipes are also featured throughout. Vegetable and CSA farmers will find this book of great interest for adding value-added crops to their repertoire, and beginner growers looking to incorporate medicinals into their gardens will find this an invaluable guide to understanding where herbal medicine comes from, and will make eating-your-medicine more accessible than ever.

    Item: 8428

    Author: PEG SCHAFER

    Format: Paperback


    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


    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


    With a catalog of 150 different culinary herbs and their varieties, more than 30 recipes, step-by-step photographs on how to plant, nurture, harvest and store, and flavor charts that list the best herbs to partner with popular ingredients, The Cook's Herb Garden shows you how to grow your own supply of herbs whether on a window ledge, in pots, on the patio, or in a vegetable garden.

    Item: 4694

    Author: Cox and Moine

    Format: Hardcover


    The gorgeously photographed Culinary Herbal, by herb experts Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker, highlights 97 delicious varieties (such as black cumin, fenugreek, lemon balm and sassafras) that you’ll want to grow, whether you’re a gardener who loves to cook or a cook who loves to garden. Learn which herbs offer the most flavor, how to grow them at home and how to put them to use. Additional information includes step-by-step instructions for harvesting, preserving and storing, along with techniques for making pastes, syrups, vinegars and butters.

    Item: 7849

    Author: S. BELSINGER & A. TUCKER

    Format: Hardcover

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