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Growing with My Garden
Rolland Hein
094089551X
June 2004
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Planting Your Garden
Andrew Mikolajski
1402893280

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Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
Louise Riotte
1580170277
September 2003
Paperback
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This gardening classic was first published in 1975, and now a second generation of gardeners who prefer pest-resistant planning to chemicals will find a place for it on the shelves. Not only does it tell what to plant with what, but also how to use herbal sprays to control insects, what wild plants to encourage in the garden, how to grow fruit and nut trees, how to start small plots or window-box gardens, and much more. It's one of the most practical books around for any gardener of edibles, no matter how serious or casual.

Oklahoma Today
"If you want to know whether...to plant onions between cabbage plants, this is the place to look."

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The Secret Garden: Dawn to Dusk in the Astonishing Hidden World of the Garden
David Bodanis
0671663534


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Miremos un Jardin / Soil
Angela Royston
1403475474
Mar 2006
(Paperback) - Spanish
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Perennial Combinations: Stunning Combinations That Make Your Garden Look Fantastic Right from the Start
C. Colston Burrell
0875968066
January 1999
Hardcover
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Review
"People like me, who roam their gardens with a trowel in one hand and a plant in the other, looking for any empty dirt in which to plant need this book. Ideas for color combinations as well as combinations of form, texture, and habit can help even us color-challenged gardeners have great-looking gardens. Different seasons, different environments, and different plant mixes are blended sensibly and artistically under Colston Burrell's artistry. A terrific read!"--Allan Armitage, professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia and author of Herbaceous Perennial Plants and Specialty Cut Flowers

"Talk about a great combination! Cole Burrell's brilliant design talent blends with his extensive experience as a gardener and a plantsman to make this book both visually dynamic and enormously informative. Not...


Tierra
Angela Royston
1403475563
Aug 2005
(Paperback) - Spanish
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Secrets of the Soil: A Fascinating Account of Recent Breakthroughs-Scientific and Spiritual-That Can Save Your Garden or Farm
Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird
0060158174


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From Publishers Weekly
To those who practice it, biodynamic agriculture is almost a religion, in which Rudolph Steiner serves as high priest, his Agricultural Lectures as bible. Steiner's dubious faith calls for packing manure into cow horns, burying it for a specified period, then digging up the mixture and diluting it to manufacture a spray that apparently eliminates chemical poisons commonly added to the soil. Tompkins and Bird, coauthors of The Secret Life of Plants , cite the work of scientists and philosophers such as Steiner to support their extravagant claims; they report on the special qualities of glacial water and efforts to produce it in the laboratory, and tell of a plant breeder who believes that birdsong, music and a natural foliar fertilizer can stimulate plant growth ("sonic bloom"). Such exotic journeys into the...


Soil
Angela Royston
1403476748
Oct 2005
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Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Gardening Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing) More than 160 Indoor Plants
Barbara Pleasant
1580175694
September 2005
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From Booklist
Even the most intrepid outdoor gardeners frequently admit that indoor plants under their care have an expected lifespan roughly equivalent to that of a mayfly. Whether one has just been given his or her first pot of grocery-store ivy or has been growing intricate bonsai for years, everything the indoor gardener could ever want to know about how to select, tend, and enjoy houseplants is contained in Pleasant's monumentally comprehensive yet straightforward and easy-to-follow encyclopedia covering more than 160 houseplants. Following an enlightening introduction that discusses the history, uses, and benefits that houseplants bestow, the manual is divided into three main sections. The first two are plant directories offering in-depth plant profiles of first flowering, then foliage, houseplants. The third is an extensive...


Secrets to Great Soil (Storey's Gardening Skills Illustrated)
Elizabeth Stell
1580170080
January 2, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
What this book lacks in pizzazz it makes up for in practicality. Although Stell's crisp, no-nonsense presentation is as utilitarian as a sturdy trowel, she packs in an impressive amount of information. Some of the discussions are fairly technical?soil acidity and nutrients, for example?and may initially be daunting to novices, but the lively layout (an abundance of illustrative line drawings, charts and sidebar features such as "Master Gardening Tips" and "Hints for Success") keeps the material accessible. Stell leaves no stone unturned in exploring her subject, whether instructing on how to identify particular types of soils, remedy deficiencies, improve problem soils or zero in on the needs of specific plants. She's thorough, presenting, for instance, not one or two but half a dozen different composting...


The New Vegetable and Herb Expert (Expert Garden Series)
D. G. Hessayon
0903505460
June 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
144 pages (all in color), 7 1/4 x 9 1/2. ...


Soil
Angela Royston
1403476837
Jan 2006
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Gardening Success with Difficult Soils : Limestone, Alkaline Clay, and Caliche Soils
Scott Ogden
0878337415
February 25, 1992
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From Library Journal
One of the greatest frustrations to new gardeners or newcomers to any region is discovering that one's favorite plants refuse to thrive. All the gardening hints in the world don't seem to help when your soil is the consistency of adobe bricks. Ogden's book is especially appropriate for those living in the Southwestern United States, but there are plenty of other areas with difficult soils and harsh climates. He covers various methods of soil improvement, but more importantly, describes and specifies what plants prefer these conditions. There is no one-time treatment to cure a calcareous soil, but there are plenty of alkaline-tolerant plants available. Ogden advises on fruits and vegetables, trees, annuals, and biennial flowering plants, vines, ground covers, shade-loving plants, attracting wildlife, and even...


The Sustainable Vegetable Garden
John Jeavons
1580080162
Jan 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Jeavons and Cox offer a less technical version of Jeavons's best-selling book on biointensive gardening, How To Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, published over 25 years ago. Written for both the beginner and the experienced gardener, this new book shows how to cultivate 11 commonly grown vegetables, calorie crops (beans), or compost crops in 100-square-foot plots using organic, soil-enriching methods. The authors discuss biointensive gardening theory, preparing garden beds, composting, starting seeds, growing crops, and collecting seeds. They offer detailed instructions and equations showing how to calculate how many seeds to plant to get the necessary seedlings to fill the suggested garden plans and suggest ways to customize garden plots. While the equations...


The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden
Stella Otto
0963452037
December 1994
Paperback
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A Mystic Garden
Gunilla Norris
1933346019
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Beginning with winter, when both her garden and her spirit seem to be buried under snow, Norris cycles through the four seasons of a gardener's heart. Norris (Becoming Bread; Inviting Silence) writes lyrically about dormancy and transformation, soil and nourishment, roots and blossoms. Perhaps most poignantly, her discussions of spring and summer beauty are tempered by the knowledge that each flower is ephemeral and destined to die, only to resurface again in the beautiful round of life. Norris's short reflections are balanced by quiet and meditative poetry on facing pages, inviting deeper rumination about how God can be discovered in the act of gardening. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Start With the Soil: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Improving Soil for Higher Yields, More Beautiful Flowers, and a Healthy, Easy-Care Garden
Grace Gershuny
0875965679


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From Publishers Weekly
Good things begin with good foundations, and so gardeners need instruction in soil maintenance. Yet this book is meant mainly for the super-serious gardener who won't mind wading through a volume that addresses soil in such detail that perhaps only a farmer would need to know it, and does so in words more appropriate for readers of an agricultural journal than for the general public. But the information is all here, in a remarkably thorough discussion that ranges from producing good general soil with humus and compost to strategies of soil chemistry and fertility, as well as covering particular issues of "problem" soils and the special needs of vegetables, flowers, lawns, trees and potted plants. Gershuny brings together some fascinating and practical material--about soil mixtures that will heighten color and...


The Garden Problem Solver (Successful Gardening Series)
Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
1402893116

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Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space
Piet Oudolf
0881927406
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Oudolf's reputation as an innovative plantsman and designer looms large in the world of horticulture, just as Kingsbury stands out for his unambiguous call to integrate vibrant, naturalistic plantings in contemporary spaces. Artistry and down-to-earth practicality come together in their latest effort as they once again focus on perennial plants. Covering small personal gardens as well as parkland in urban centers--Chicago's Millennium Park appears to exemplify Oudolf's way of putting plants on display--the authors discuss ecological issues and how plants, whether native species or cultivars, should fit the specific environment. Swaths of flowering specimens and grasses come to the fore in entrancing photographs, illustrating the expressive nature--and notion--of a strong framework that relies on hardscape elements in...


Gardening in Clay Soil : Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-140 (Storey Publishing Bulletin ; a-140)
Sara Pitzer
088266378X
January 8, 1995
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Book Description
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

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Since the 1973 publication of Storey's first Country Wisdom Bulletin, our commitment to preserving the arts, crafts, and skills of country life has never wavered. We now have more than 200 titles in this series of 32-page publications, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life. Storey's...


The Victory Garden Companion
Michael Weishan
0060599774
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. PBS's popular, long-running The Victory Garden inspires this work by Weishan, the show's host, and Donnelly, its executive producer/director. Weishan, the first-person voice of the text, doesn't necessarily provide new information, but rather "a triage of the data already out there" with an information-packed overview of the full range of gardening basics. Chapters on design, planning and preparation, the front yard, the back yard, the lawn, the flower garden, the vegetable garden, growing berries and urban gardening combine inspiring ideas with solid, how-to instruction. Weishan's detailed descriptions of relevant features at the Victory Garden itself, informative listings of recommended plants, step-by-step project guides, insights and profiles of outstanding gardens are firmly rooted in...


Easy Compost: The Secret to Great Soil and Spectacular Plants (Brooklyn Botanic Garden 21st-Century Gardening Series) (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Beth Hanson (Editor)
1889538035
December 31, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Firmly grounded in the motto, "Feed the soil, not the plant," each essay in this well-balanced collection, part of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 21st-Century Gardening Series, presents a particular perspective on the composting habit: from the ancient Athenians to microbiology, from outdoor piles to indoor worm bins, from the whys to the hows of managing nature's decomposition. The information is always practical and pertinent, never superfluous or daunting. Grace Gershuny's essay, "Nourishing the Earth that Nourishes Us," explains how compost adds soluble nutrients slowly, releases insolubles locked-up in the soil, allows necessary water and air to pass through soil and fights pests and diseases. Benjamin Grant's "What Happens in the Bin" gets up close to the "no-see-ems"--the invisible chain of decomposers that...


Mycelium Running: A Guide to Healing the Planet through Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
Paul Stamets
1580085792
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
More mushrooms, less pollution! Yes, you heard right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment. Microscopic cells called "mycelium"—the fruit of which are mushrooms —recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What fungi expert Paul Stamets has discovered is that mycelium also breaks down hydrocarbons —the base structure in many pollutants. So, for instance, when soil contaminated with diesel oil is inoculated with strains of oyster mushroom mycelia, the soil loses its toxicity in just eight weeks. In MYCELIUM RUNNING, Stamets discusses this revolutionary trend in mushroom cultivation and provides tips for choosing the appropriate species of fungi for various environmental...


Gardener's Guide to Better Soil
Gene Logsdon
0878571175


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