Top Gardening Ebook Best Sellers


Back to Basics - Abigail Gehring Cover Art

Back to Basics

Back to Basics A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail Gehring

Over 200,000 copies sold—fully updated! Dye your own wool, raise chickens, make your own cheddar cheese, build a log cabin, and much much more. Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment, you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.


Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms - Paul Stamets Cover Art

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets

A detailed and comprehensive guide for growing and using gourmet and medicinal mushrooms commercially or at home. “Absolutely the best book in the world on how to grow diverse and delicious mushrooms.”—David Arora, author of  Mushrooms Demystified   With precise growth parameters for thirty-one mushroom species, this bible of mushroom cultivation includes gardening tips, state-of-the-art production techniques, realistic advice for laboratory and growing room construction, tasty mushroom recipes, and an invaluable troubleshooting guide.   More than 500 photographs, illustrations, and charts clearly identify each stage of cultivation, and a twenty-four-page color insert spotlights the intense beauty of various mushroom species. Whether you’re an ecologist, a chef, a forager, a pharmacologist, a commercial grower, or a home gardener—this indispensable handbook will get you started, help your garden succeed, and make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.


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Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Vegetable Gardening Made Easy
Simple Tips & Tricks to Grow Your Best Garden Ever
by Resh Gala

Supercharge your food garden while reducing your workload with over 80 detailed solutions, techniques, and methods that resolve some of gardening’s most common challenges. Illustrated with gorgeous photographs of inspiring gardens, projects in process, and tempting homegrown vegetables, and authored by Resh Gala, a professional kitchen garden designer, Vegetable Gardening Made Easy is filled with valuable advice every food gardener can use . No matter the size of your garden or your experience level, backyard veggie gardeners like you can use the practical information found inside to grow a more productive (and beautiful!) edible garden . Discover an abundance of useful tidbits on everything from designing the garden and starting from seed to maximizing production, managing pests naturally, and preserving the harvest. Organized in a stylish and easy-to-use format that prevents overwhelm, each page explains and illustrates an essential piece of core advice, offering plenty of eco-friendly  information to lead you to success without making you feel like you need a science degree to make it happen. The format is perfect for today’s time-starved gardeners !  Among the abundance of growing tips and solutions, you’ll find advice on:    Adding healthy biodiversity to your soil and boosting it with micronutrients Growing straighter carrots, spicier peppers, and plumper radishes Pruning tomatoes to enhance yields  Hand-pollinating cucumbers and squash for higher production Choosing which crops to grow based on your space and needs Creative ways to sow tiny seeds  Simple how-tos for preparing your harvest Storing onions, garlic, and potatoes long-term  What to do when your plants turn yellow, have holes, or look sickly  Vegetable Gardening Made Easy is smart garden know-how presented by a professional kitchen gardener who has “been there, done that” and wants nothing more than to see you succeed. Make it easy and make it fun!


The Cannabis Grow Bible - Greg Green Cover Art

The Cannabis Grow Bible

The Cannabis Grow Bible The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use by Greg Green

The definitive guide to growing marijuana just got better! Greg Green’s original Cannabis Grow Bible set a new standard for handbooks on cannabis horticulture and established Green as the leading authority in the field. Green’s comprehensive and professionally presented work on how to cultivate superior cannabis struck a chord with beginner, amateur and professional growers alike—leading to sales of over 55,000 copies of the first edition of the Cannabis Grow Bible. The second edition of the Cannabis Grow Bible delivers even more of what growers are looking for—fully updated and illustrated, with a new section on organics, all in glorious color! In the Cannabis Grow Bible, Green describes methods for growers who want to maximize yield and potency. Green’s signature style blends a solid understanding of marijuana botany with practical real-world advice to help growers cope with the day-to-day demands of maintaining a high-yield garden. The book covers everything from selecting the best plant genetics to dealing with pests and predators and protecting your crop from prying eyes. It explains the "Screen of Green" technique that gives a higher yield using fewer plants, an important development for American growers who, if caught, are penalized according to number of plants. Greg Green’s Cannabis Grow Bible remains the only definitive reference available to fully explain both the art and the science behind growing the world’s best cannabis—from indoor and outdoor techniques, soil and hydroponic grows, and now organic gardening. Beginners, amateurs, and pros alike will benefit from Green’s easy-to-follow style and instructions and the accuracy, breadth and depth of information presented. Professionals will especially benefit the chapters on advanced systems and breeding. Marijuana cultivators everywhere will enjoy the new, full-color edition of the Cannabis Grow Bible.


Cannabis Grower's Handbook - Ed Rosenthal Cover Art

Cannabis Grower's Handbook

Cannabis Grower's Handbook The Complete Guide to Marijuana and Hemp Cultivation by Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal has been teaching people how to grow marijuana for decades. Let him help you cultivate bountiful buds, and lots of them. The techniques and tools for growing cannabis have changed over the past five years. Ed shows you the most productive and easiest methods in his new, most comprehensive book. Cannabis Grower’s Handbook features the latest innovations in marijuana cultivation that will save you time, money, and energy, including:   How to set up different types of home gardens, indoors and out   The newest, most efficient LED lights including adjustable spectrum fixtures   How to use sustainable regenerative gardening techniques   Fast, reliable drying and curing methods   Comprehensive integrated pest management   Choosing what to grow—find out more about high THC, autoflowers, and CBD varieties   Many more tools, tips, and techniques!   Cannabis Grower’s Handbook is the definitive guide for all cultivators. First-time home growers will learn how to get started and enjoy a successful first harvest. Experienced growers will find new information about lighting, flowering, outdoor CO2, stimulating growth, and harvesting. This book is an essential reference for developing standard operating procedures, whether for micro-operations or large-scale commercial cannabis operations. 600 PAGES OF FULL-COLOR PHOTOS, DIAGRAMS, AND CHARTS. ED ROSENTHAL is a legend—a veteran educator and an outspoken proponent of Full Legalization and The Right to Grow. His books are beloved by growers for their accessible style, accuracy, and innovative content. Ed wrote Cannabis Grower’s Handbook with a team of botanists, industry consultants, and scientists to ensure that you have the most up-to-date, accurate information to help you grow. This is the most extensively researched book about marijuana cultivation available. It will be your handy guide, like having an expert in your garden.


Gardening Basics For Dummies, Mini Edition - Steven A. Frowine & National Gardening Association Cover Art

Gardening Basics For Dummies, Mini Edition

Gardening Basics For Dummies, Mini Edition
by Steven A. Frowine & National Gardening Association

Your green-thumb guide to planning, planting, and cultivating a garden With some basic knowledge, the right tools, and a little work, anyone can transform a boring old yard into a beautiful garden. This friendly guide tells you how. From improving your soil to selecting plants and caring for them, you get just the information you need to start playing in the dirt. Open the book and find: The differences between annuals and perennials and how to care for each How to feed, water, and mulch plants The best ways to plant and maintain healthy vegetables Successful ways to start a garden from seeds


Hydroponic Basics - George F. Van Patten Cover Art

Hydroponic Basics

Hydroponic Basics The Basics of Soilless Gardening Indoors by George F. Van Patten

This simple, little book is packed with information on hydroponic gardening. The graphic color, layout, and design helps guide a hydroponic gardener through basic plant science and environment to purchasing a garden and appropriate supplies. Plans for making your own hydroponic garden, nutrient deficiencies, plant problems, and growing a garden, beginning to end, are all included in this invaluable guide. 


Marijuana Garden Saver - Ed Rosenthal Cover Art

Marijuana Garden Saver

Marijuana Garden Saver A Field Guide to Identifying and Correcting Cannabis Problems by Ed Rosenthal

Marijuana Garden Saver is the go-to field guide designed for growers who need to quickly identify and fix problems and restore plant health. It covers the pests, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, and environmental stresses that impact a cannabis garden, threatening a successful harvest. This revised and updated edition of Marijuana Garden Saver is the resource for all types of gardens, greenhouses, and farms: Clear photographs help you quickly identify problems indoors and outProvides clear instructions and suggests a variety of products and techniques to keep your garden healthyFeatures organic and safe IPM solutions The most trusted name in marijuana cultivation is here to save your garden.


Beginners Guide to Companion Planting: Gardening Methods using Plant Partners to Grow Organic Vegetables - Peter Shepperd Cover Art

Beginners Guide to Companion Planting: Gardening Methods using Plant Partners to Grow Organic Vegetables

Beginners Guide to Companion Planting: Gardening Methods using Plant Partners to Grow Organic Vegetables by Peter Shepperd

Companion planting is the strategic placement of plants in close proximity of each other to allow you to maximize the use of space while taking advantage of the natural abilities of each plant. Companion planting is centuries-old and can still be used to give gardeners excellent results today. When done correctly, it can reduce leaf damage caused by disease and pests by over 60%. Yes, that result can be accomplished without chemicals and poisons seeping into the soil. Growing symbiotic plants alongside each other can give your garden a ton of benefits, especially if you want to enjoy pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide-free crops. There's no need to buy expensive equipment or heavily rely on chemical products to keep garden problems in check. In fact, most of these can be reduced in severity or eliminated altogether in a completely natural way, you'll simply need to be smart about the approaches you choose and tailor them to your particular situation. You may think that a natural garden producing unparalleled yields is out of your reach. With a little bit of guidance, perseverance, and experience, however, you can discover the planting formula that will deliver wonderful results out of your space. You have to understand the dynamics in the garden. You should know the sun, water, and soil needs of different plants so that you can grow them together. Planning companion pairs in your garden should involve intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna. Luckily, this book belongs to the GREEN FINGERED GARDENER SERIES ™ that will teach you all of the essentials to make the most of every single technique. Scroll Up and click the "Add to Cart" button now if you want to discover the secrets of Companion Planting.


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A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More
by Abigail Gehring

The companion to the bestseller Back to Basics for country, urban, and suburban folks—now fully updated! Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomato sauce is a real option with your own homegrown fresh tomatoes. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more.


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The Grafter's Handbook

The Grafter's Handbook Revised & updated edition by Steve Bradley & R. J. Garner

R. J. Garner's The Grafter's Handbook is the classic reference book on plant propagation by grafting and has now been revised and updated for a new generation by respected horticulturalist, Steven Bradley. Everything the dedicated amateur, student and professional horticulturalist wants to know about grafting is here, clearly written in a concise and straightforward style. Chapters include Compatibility & Cambial Contact, Rootstocks & their Propagation, Tools & Accessories, Methods of Grafting and Grafting Established Trees.


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Paradise Gardens

Paradise Gardens the world's most beautiful Islamic gardens by Monty Don & Derry Moore

'Lavish ... a celebration of the history and enduring romance of Islamic gardens' Washington Post As seen on the highly acclaimed BBC2 series Monty Don's Paradise Gardens , a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth. In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrate heaven on earth. Paradise gardens play a central role in everyday life in the Islamic world, yet little is known about them. Monty Don and acclaimed photographer, Derry Moore, set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. Their journey covers twenty-nine gardens from the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain, and Le Jardin Majorelle in Morocco, to Highgrove and a Mughal garden in Bradford in England. There are some spectacular and rarely seen examples such as Pasargadae and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, as well as the more renowned examples such as Turkey's Topkapi Palace and the Amber Palace and Taj Mahal in India. 'A garden, green and filled with water is heaven on earth - it is paradise.' Monty Don ALSO BY MONTY DON & DERRY MOORE JAPANESE GARDENS: A JOURNEY An exploration of the exquisite beauty and fascinating history of the most beautiful and famous gardens across Japan, from Kenrok-en to the Zen gardens of Tokyo. 'A fabulous, bonsai-filled book' Daily Mail


The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food - Monte Burch Cover Art

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food Save Money, Live Better, and Enjoy Life with Food from Your Garden or Orchard by Monte Burch

Growing your own food is a hot topic today because of the high cost of transporting food long distances, the heightened problem of diseases caused by commercially grown foods, and concerns of the overuse of chemicals in mass food production. Many people—from White House executives to inner-city kids—have recently discovered the benefits of homegrown vegetables and fruits. Community gardens, and even community canning centers, are increasingly popular and have turned roof-top gardening into a great and healthy food source. And on a smaller scale, some plants can even be grown in containers for the smallest backyard or patio. The possibilities for growing your own food are endless! The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food informs you how to grow all types of vegetables, fruits, and even grains on your own land or in any small space available to you and your family. Also included is information on specific health benefits, vitamins, and minerals for each food, as well as detailed instructions for fall and winter food growing. Learn how to grow for your family, harvest and store all types of home-grown produce, and find joy in eating foods planted with your own hands.


50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants - Ruth Rogers Clausen & Alan L. Detrick Cover Art

50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants

50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat by Ruth Rogers Clausen & Alan L. Detrick

“Take Clausen's tips, and you just might convince the deer to eat at a restaurant down the street.” — Good House Keeping Are deer destroying your garden? There is a solution, and it doesn’t involve fencing, barriers, or chemicals. Keeping your garden safe from deer is as simple as choosing the right plants. In  50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants , perennial plant expert Ruth Rogers Clausen highlights the best, most versatile plants that deer simply don’t eat. The plant choices include annuals and perennials, shrubs, bulbs, grasses, and herbs. For each suggested plant, Clausen shares helpful growing and design tips. This practical, authoritative, full-color guide is a must-have solution to a common garden problem.   


How to Garden Indoors & Grow Your Own Food Year Round - Kim Roman Cover Art

How to Garden Indoors & Grow Your Own Food Year Round

How to Garden Indoors & Grow Your Own Food Year Round Ultimate Guide to Vertical, Container, and Hydroponic Gardening by Kim Roman

·         A complete guide on successful indoor food production that covers several need-to-know topics and how to maximize your indoor space for the best vegetable yields all year long ·         Details how to easily grow fresh food in your home all year round, including vegetables, microgreens, herbs, and more ·         Also includes an insightful sections on composting, container gardening, and hydroponic gardening, as well as tips on working with grow lights, choosing a growing area, and so much more ·         Author Kim Roman is the owner of Square Foot Gardening 4 U where she offers small-space vegetable gardening methods and online classes for beginners


The Backyard Homestead - Carleen Madigan Cover Art

The Backyard Homestead

The Backyard Homestead Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! by Carleen Madigan

This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long. Also available in this series: The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner, The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects, The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, and The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.  


The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies - Blossom Davis Cover Art

The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies

The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies Discover over 100 herbal Medicine for all kinds of Ailment Inspired By Barbara O'Neill by Blossom Davis

Embark on a Healing Journey with "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies" Discover the power of nature's medicine cabinet with "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies," a comprehensive guide inspired by the wisdom and teachings of Dr. Barbara O'Neill. This book is your key to unlocking the secrets of over 100 herbal remedies, each a natural solution to a range of ailments from the mundane to the chronic. What You'll Uncover Inside: A Wealth of Herbal Knowledge: Delve into an extensive collection of herbal remedies, each with its own unique healing properties, expertly compiled and explained. Dr. Barbara O'Neill's Influence: Immerse yourself in the teachings of a renowned natural health advocate, integrating her holistic approach to wellness in every remedy. User-Friendly Format: Whether you're a beginner or an experienced herbalist, you'll find the remedies easy to understand and apply, with clear instructions and insights. Natural Solutions for Everyday Ailments: From digestive issues to skin complaints, and stress relief to immune system boosts, these remedies address a wide spectrum of common health concerns. Empowerment through Education: Learn not only the 'how' but also the 'why' behind each remedy, equipping you with the knowledge to make informed health choices. Transform Your Health Naturally: "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies" isn't just a book; it's a movement towards taking control of your health using the healing power of nature. In an age where we often turn to quick pharmaceutical fixes, this guide brings us back to the enduring wisdom of herbal treatments. Begin Your Herbal Healing Journey Today: Ready to embrace a more natural approach to your health and well-being? Click “BUY NOW” and step into a world where every plant holds the potential for healing. Let "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies" be your guide on this transformative journey. Experience the profound impact of nature's healing power, all inspired by the teachings of Dr. Barbara O'Neill.


The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies - Blossom Davis Cover Art

The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies

The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies Discover over 100 herbal Medicine for all kinds of Ailment, Inspired By Dr. Barbara O'Neill by Blossom Davis

Embark on a Healing Journey with "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies" Discover the power of nature's medicine cabinet with "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies," a comprehensive guide inspired by the wisdom and teachings of Dr. Barbara O'Neill. This book is your key to unlocking the secrets of over 100 herbal remedies, each a natural solution to a range of ailments from the mundane to the chronic. What You'll Uncover Inside: A Wealth of Herbal Knowledge: Delve into an extensive collection of herbal remedies, each with its own unique healing properties, expertly compiled and explained. Dr. Barbara O'Neill's Influence: Immerse yourself in the teachings of a renowned natural health advocate, integrating her holistic approach to wellness in every remedy. User-Friendly Format: Whether you're a beginner or an experienced herbalist, you'll find the remedies easy to understand and apply, with clear instructions and insights. Natural Solutions for Everyday Ailments: From digestive issues to skin complaints, and stress relief to immune system boosts, these remedies address a wide spectrum of common health concerns. Empowerment through Education: Learn not only the 'how' but also the 'why' behind each remedy, equipping you with the knowledge to make informed health choices. Transform Your Health Naturally: "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies" isn't just a book; it's a movement towards taking control of your health using the healing power of nature. In an age where we often turn to quick pharmaceutical fixes, this guide brings us back to the enduring wisdom of herbal treatments. Begin Your Herbal Healing Journey Today: Ready to embrace a more natural approach to your health and well-being? Click "BUY NOW" and step into a world where every plant holds the potential for healing. Let "The Lost Book of Simple Herbal Remedies" be your guide on this transformative journey. Experience the profound impact of nature's healing power, all inspired by the teachings of Dr. Barbara O'Neill.


Practical Houseplant Book - Zia Allaway & Fran Bailey Cover Art

Practical Houseplant Book

Practical Houseplant Book by Zia Allaway & Fran Bailey

Twelve inspiring projects, plus 200 in-depth plant profiles with detailed useful information and care instructions to help you cultivate and care for your houseplants. Learn how to choose which plants to use where, care for your houseplants to keep them healthy, and use plants to best effect in your home, with trusted advice, creative inspiration, strong visual aesthetic, and practical step-by-step detail. Two hundred plant profiles provide information and care instructions for a wide variety of plants, including ferns, orchids, and succulents, while a dozen step-by-step photographic projects offer exciting ideas for using plants to decorate your home or greenhouse--from eye-catching terrariums to a living succulent wall to a floating kokedama "string garden." With information on plant care, propagation, pests and diseases, pruning, and problem-solving, The Practical Houseplant Book is the essential guide for indoor gardeners.


All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition, Fully Updated - Mel Bartholomew & Square Foot Gardening Foundation Cover Art

All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition, Fully Updated

All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition, Fully Updated MORE Projects - NEW Solutions - GROW Vegetables Anywhere by Mel Bartholomew & Square Foot Gardening Foundation

This updated third edition of the best-selling gardening book in North America continues to inspire with planting charts, growing tips, and the know-how you need to grow more veggies than ever before. Since Square Foot Gardening was first introduced by Mel Bartholomew in 1981, this revolutionary way to grow vegetables has helped millions of home gardeners enjoy their own organic, fresh produce in less space and with less work than traditional row gardens. New and experienced gardeners will love the charts , photos , illustrations , and how-to tips in All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition —including 42 veggie-specific planting, growing, and harvesting guides —that make growing your own food fun, easy, and productive. Perfect for experienced gardeners or beginners, you’ll learn the three simple steps to Square Foot Gardening: build a box ; fill it with Mel’s Mix™ ; add a grid . No digging, no tilling, no fertilizing, no guesswork—less watering, waste, and weeding! There’s so much more packed in this 272-page instructional book —boost your organic vegetable harvest with inspiring how-tos such as: Adding trellises and archways to grow up and maximize your spaceInstalling automatic watering systemsGrowing vegetables in dense urban areas with little or no yardFeeding your veggies the organic way with Mel’s Mix™Teaching STEM to kids with Square Foot Gardening—perfect for little handsProtecting your plants with shade and frost coversManaging pests in the garden with natural methods Join the millions of gardeners around the world who grow their own organic, fresh produce with Square Foot Gardening, and make next season your best veggie harvest ever.


Companion Planting for Beginners - Brian Lowell Cover Art

Companion Planting for Beginners

Companion Planting for Beginners Pair Your Plants for a Bountiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden by Brian Lowell

If you want a vibrant, chemical-free vegetable garden, companion planting is the solution. Did you know tomatoes produce a natural insecticide that can help protect carrots against pests? Or that planting mint near lettuce can repel slugs? Every gardener knows that the key to an abundant harvest in their vegetable garden is controlling pests and disease, while still maintaining a healthy growing environment. But it is possible to have a healthy, thriving vegetable garden without using dangerous chemicals? It is, as long as you know how to pair up the right plants. Organic gardeners have known for years that planting the right plants together is the key to minimizing pests, improving soil quality, and increasing the yield of their gardens, and almost any vegetable you can grow likely has a beneficial companion. Companion planting is the ideal way to avoid using chemicals, while still increasing the efficiency of your garden. Expert organic gardener Brian Lowell will teach you how to use plants to create a beautiful, vibrant vegetable garden that will be free of toxic chemicals.     Here's what you'll find inside: Handy companion planting pairings for all of the most common garden vegetables Practical, simple photography and colorful illustrations for dozens of beneficial planting configurations  Expert advice from a master gardener that is specifically designed for beginners Loads of troubleshooting tips for fixing common issues with companion-planted gardens Tips for setting up the perfect vegetable garden , including practical advice on watering, soil management, troubleshooting, and more


The Healing Garden - Juliet Blankespoor Cover Art

The Healing Garden

The Healing Garden Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies by Juliet Blankespoor

A comprehensive and lushly photographed guide to growing and using healing plants, including recipes, from the founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine This is the ultimate reference for anyone looking to bring the beauty and therapeutic properties of plants into their garden, kitchen, and home apothecary. Both informative and accessible, it covers how to plan your garden (including container gardening for small spaces); essential information on seed propagation, soil quality, and holistic gardening practices; 30 detailed profiles of must-know plants (including growing information, medicinal properties, and how to use them); foundational principles of herbalism; step-by-step photographic tutorials for preparing botanical medicine and healing foods; and 70 recipes for teas, tinctures, oils, salves, syrups, and more. Packed with sumptuous photography, this book will appeal to home gardeners who want to branch out to culinary and medicinal herbs, home cooks and those interested in natural wellness, and novice and skillful herbalists alike.


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Indoor Plants

Indoor Plants by Collins

A practical, easy-to-use, pocketable guide covering all the basics of choosing and caring for plants in your home. Indoor plants can decorate any room – transforming the space with colour and scent all year round. But few people are aware of the incredible range of weird and wonderful species it is possible to grow indoors – and it seems even fewer people know how to keep them alive! This title in the highly successful Collins Gem series will show you how. There are plants to suit every taste – and every level of commitment – which means that the absolute beginner to the green-fingered gardener can enjoy beautiful plants indoors. Contents include: Buying plants Care and maintenance Soil preparation Propagation A-Z of species including flowering plants, foliage plants, cacti and succulents Tips on how to grow food and herbs indoors


Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, 2nd Edition - Greg Grant Cover Art

Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, 2nd Edition

Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, 2nd Edition Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles for Texas Gardens by Greg Grant

In this updated 2nd edition of Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening , you'll find much-needed advice and practical tips on growing an edible garden, no matter which part of The Lone Star State you call home. Growing in Texas isn’t easy. It’s either too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. The state ranges from a cold winter climate in the north to an almost tropical one in the south. And it goes from very alkaline limestone soils in the Hill Country to extremely acidic soils in East Texas. That's why this region-specific garden guide is a must-have for every Texas gardener ! Seasoned horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh-generation Texan Greg Grant simplifies the ins and outs of Texas gardening and serves as your guide to success. Regardless of whether you're tending an in-ground plot, a small container garden, or a series of raised beds, Texas Fruits & Vegetable Gardening is an invaluable resource. From soil preparation and starting seeds to fertilizer tips and techniques for safely managing Texas's most troublesome vegetable garden pests , you'll find all the answers you're looking for . Inside, you'll find detailed profiles of over 60 edible plants that thrive in Texas's distinctive growing conditions , including favorites like cantaloupe, tomatoes, collards, summer squash, okra, and pomegranates. In addition to vegetables and fruits , also featured are popular herbs and even edible nuts. Helpful charts and planting graphs keep you on track, while the garden maintenance tips found throughout ensure a lush, productive, and high-yielding garden. Regardless of whether you're a first-time grower or an experienced Master Gardener, the modern varieties and well-researched gardening information found here will have you going from seed to harvest with confidence and know-how. Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is part of the regional Fruit & Vegetable Gardening series from Cool Springs Press. Other books in the series include California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening , Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Gardening , Carolinas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening , and many others.


The Bonsai Bible - Peter Chan Cover Art

The Bonsai Bible

The Bonsai Bible The definitive guide to choosing and growing bonsai by Peter Chan

The Japanese and Chinese have been creating bonsai trees for centuries and it is now an internationally popular pastime. This compact and stylish guide will provide everything you need to know to grow bonsai successfully, including shaping with wires, watering, seasonal maintenance, tackling common ailments, choosing the right container, feeding and repotting. A directory of over 90 of the most popular species, illustrated with beautiful photographs, will enable you to find the tree that is right for you.


The Alchemy of Herbs - A Beginner's Guide: Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use - Adidas Wilson Cover Art

The Alchemy of Herbs - A Beginner's Guide: Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

The Alchemy of Herbs - A Beginner's Guide: Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use by Adidas Wilson

Select herbs can grow extraordinary well indoors or outdoors, in containers or the ground, it all boils down to what you want to do. If the space receives less than five hours of sunlight in a day, you might be better off going indoors for easier accessibility especially for watering and cooking. Besides, this helps prevent weeds, pests or fluctuating temperatures.  Seeds are quite cheap, but take longer and require more resources to grow. While on the other hand, seedlings are faster to grow, but only available in spring and summer. Several gardening tools are essential, may be a spade, gloves, pots, containers, virtually anything you need for the job. And remember, some fertilized soil is important too, this can be naturally generated, or a general-purpose compost solution from a gardening store. For container gardening, a packaged potting soil mix can go a long way, as you will have little, to no worry about pests. Table of Contents Introduction Grow Home Vegetables in your BackyardImhotep and the Origin of Medicine St. John Wort & DepressionHerbs in Small SpacesRemedies for HPV VirusMedicine Advanced from Ancient SocietiesHistory of Ayurveda MedicineTraditional Chinese Medicine Cancer & Herbs Native American Medicine Herbs for Better Sex Eucalyptus Oils and their Benefits Remedies for Allergies Herbs to Unclog Your Arteries Native American Natural Herbs Detoxifying Herbs Sage in Herbal Medicine Hydroponic Herb Garden Boost Your Immunity and Fight Infection with Antiviral herbs Herbal and Supplement Treatments for Diabetes Herbal Remedies for Bedwetting Asthma The Lobelia Herb Herpes Simplex 2 Herbs to Use in Steam Baths Herbal Remedies for Natural Pain Relief Health Benefits of Aloe Home Remedies: Science-Backed Headache Relief Herbal Teas Olive Leaf for Better Health Papaya Leaf Extract Soursop Leaf Benefits for Your Health Dietary Treatments for Anemia Herbs to Control Cystitis Herbs for Fighting Plaque Stress Reducing Herbs Uses of Hemp Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins Herbs for Cleansing your Lungs and Respiratory System Herbs for Hormone Control Acne and Traditional Remedies Alkaline Water for Better Health Chinese Herbs in Treating Systemic Lupus Erythematosis SLE Remedies for Gout Herbs and Spices for a Healthy Heart Spices and Herbs for Weight Loss Herbs and Roots for Healthier Liver Herbs and Spices to Fight Inflammation Backyard Herbs with Medicinal Benefits Preparing a Healthy Herbal Tea Soil for Better Herbs           References


Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide - Rosemary Gladstar Cover Art

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use by Rosemary Gladstar

Craft a soothing aloe lotion after an encounter with poison ivy, make a dandelion-burdock tincture to fix sluggish digestion, and brew up some lavender-lemon balm tea to ease a stressful day. In this introductory guide, Rosemary Gladstar shows you how easy it can be to make your own herbal remedies for life’s common ailments. Gladstar profiles 33 common healing plants and includes advice on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using herbs in healing tinctures, oils, and creams. Stock your medicine cabinet full of all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations.


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Grow a Little Fruit Tree

Grow a Little Fruit Tree Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees by Ann Ralph

Grow your own apples, figs, plums, cherries, pears, apricots, and peaches in even the smallest backyard! Ann Ralph shows you how to cultivate small yet abundant fruit trees using a variety of specialized pruning techniques. With dozens of simple and effective strategies for keeping an ordinary fruit tree from growing too large, you’ll keep your gardening duties manageable while at the same time reaping a bountiful harvest. These little fruit trees are easy to maintain and make a lovely addition to any home landscape.


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The Money-Saving Gardener

The Money-Saving Gardener Create Your Dream Garden at a Fraction of the Cost: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER by Anya Lautenbach

Beat the rising cost of living and transform your garden on a budget with Anya the Garden Fairy. The Money-Saving Gardener reveals the tips and tricks to keeping costs down without compromising on style or impact. Learn how to repurpose what you have and give new life to second-hand garden furniture; discover savvy cheats to keep hard landscaping costs low; and boost your plant collection for next to nothing with seed-saving and propagation hacks.  Revealing the plants that will give you the best long-term value for money, tips for choosing the varieties that will thrive in your garden year after year, and projects for making the most of your propagated cuttings and seedlings, The Money-Saving Gardener proves that a stunning garden doesn’t need to cost the earth or break the bank.


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Wild at Home

Wild at Home How to style and care for beautiful plants by Hilton Carter

"Hilton Carter's love for plants is infectious... His lush and exuberant displays are inspiring reminders that plants can be so much more than neat little containers on a window sill."Grace Bonney, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Design*Sponge Take a tour through Hilton's own apartment and other lush spaces, filled with a huge array of thriving plants, and learn all you need to know to create your own urban jungle. As the owner of over 200 plants, Hilton feels strongly about the role of plants in one's home – not just for the beauty they add, but for health benefits as well: 'having plants in your home not only adds life, but changes the airflow throughout. It's also a key design element when styling your place. For me, it wasn't about just having greenery, but having the right variety of greenery. I like to see the different textures of foliage all grouped together. You take a fiddle leaf fig and sandwich it between a birds of paradise and a monstera and…. yes!' You will be armed with the know-how you need to care for your plants, where to place them, how to propagate, how to find the right pot, and much more, and most importantly, how to arrange them so that they look their best. Combine sizes and leaf shapes to stunning effect, grow your own succulents from leaf cuttings, create your own air plant display, and more.




HYDROPONICS FOR BEGINNERS A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Plants Without Soil (2024) by MICHELLE OLIVER

"Hydroponics for Beginners" is your comprehensive introduction to the world of soil-less gardening, providing aspiring hydroponic enthusiasts with the knowledge and skills to cultivate thriving plants using nutrient-rich water solutions. Whether you have limited space, seek faster plant growth, or simply want to explore a sustainable and efficient gardening method, this guide offers step-by-step instructions and essential insights for successful hydroponic gardening. Understanding Hydroponics: Grasp the principles behind hydroponic gardening and how it revolutionizes traditional plant cultivation.Choosing the Right System: Explore different hydroponic systems, from simple Kratky to advanced NFT, and determine the best fit for your needs.Nutrient Solutions and pH Control: Learn to formulate nutrient solutions and maintain optimal pH levels for robust plant growth.Selecting Suitable Crops: Discover the wide range of plants that thrive in hydroponic systems, from leafy greens to fruiting crops.Troubleshooting and Maintenance: Navigate common challenges and master the art of maintaining a healthy and productive hydroponic garden.Maximizing Space and Efficiency: Implement space-saving techniques and design strategies for an efficient and productive hydroponic setup. ���� Ready to embark on a soil-less gardening adventure? Dive into "Hydroponics for Beginners" and unlock the secrets to cultivating a vibrant, nutrient-rich garden. Whether you're a gardening novice or an experienced enthusiast, this guide empowers you to grow fresh produce efficiently and sustainably. Elevate your gardening experience-start your hydroponic journey today! ����


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Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard

Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard 101 Ways to Make Your Property Home for Creatures Great and Small by Josh VanBrakle

Many people think of wildlife as something distant, creatures living in natural forests and remote public preserves. But most wildlife in the United States isn?t found in the distant wild. It lives on our private lands, in our very backyards. Because of this, America?s ten million woodland owners are in fact at the forefront in protecting US wildlife for generations to come. But while most landowners want to help preserve the beauty of the natural environment, most are unsure where to begin. In Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard, author and landowner Josh VanBrakle provides readers with 101 easy-to-follow activities and practical approaches to help do just that. Some projects include: • Installing a bat box • Making a food plot • Identifying trees that attract wildlife • Forming a brush pile • Assessing a stream's health • Building a pond • Learning bird calls • Planning a backyard scavenger hunt Complete with stunning wildlife photographs and an appendix of practical resources, Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard is an essential read for anyone who cares about the environment.


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The Cut Flower Handbook

The Cut Flower Handbook Select, Plant, Grow, and Harvest Gorgeous Blooms by Lisa Mason Ziegler

The bouquet-growing bible gardeners have been waiting for! Learn the ins and outs of growing gorgeous blooms at home with professional flower farmer Lisa Mason Ziegler of @gardenersworkshopfarm. Whether you’re cultivating fresh-cut bouquets for yourself, family, and friends or for others on a small commercial scale, you’ll go from sowing seeds to cutting armloads of colorful, long-lasting blooms with ease. Lisa’s unique approach and easy-to-follow advice on multi-season planting and harvesting uses the natural warm and cool weather cycles present in almost all growing regions to maximize cut flower production. This logical and nature-driven method is also a signature hallmark of her super-successful online flower-farming courses, and it’s one that translates equally well to both small urban backyards and large rural flower farms . Growing your own cut flowers means you can avoid bouquets laden with pesticides (who wants that on their wedding day?) and you can skip the trips to your local flower shop or grocery store to pay big bucks for a bouquet that has racked up more airline miles than you could ever hope to.  Included in this essential cut flower growing handbook are:   50 extensive flower profiles divided into their preferred season of growth. Cool-weather favorites include poppies, snapdragons, and bells of Ireland. Warm-season beauties include zinnias, sunflowers, and celosia.  Planting tips for a succession of blooms that carry over from one growing season to the next without any additional work from you. Illustrations showing how to pinch plants for more blooms, how to make your cuts, how to erect support netting to keep your flowers straight and upright, how to dig a planting bed, and more. Over 200 photographs of the best cut flowers for home gardeners to grow, the most effective methods for their care, and the most productive ways to organize them in the garden. Advice on caring for a cutting garden , locating the best planting site, starting plants from seed, making the harvest, prolonging the life of your cut flowers, and so much more! The Cut Flower Handbook is the perfect balance of inspiration and education for anyone interested in bringing more beauty into their lives by growing cut flowers at home.


Introduction To Raised Bed Gardening: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Starting a Raised Bed Garden and Sustaining Organic Veggies and Plants - Peter Shepperd Cover Art

Introduction To Raised Bed Gardening: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Starting a Raised Bed Garden and Sustaining Organic Veggies and Plants

Introduction To Raised Bed Gardening: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Starting a Raised Bed Garden and Sustaining Organic Veggies and Plants by Peter Shepperd

End your reliance on grocery store fruits and veggies for good by starting your own garden in 5 dummy-proof steps. Imagine making a delicious salad for your family in the evening. You open the fridge just to find that you've run out of cucumbers. Closing the fridge door gently, you go out in the backyard and walk by your raised bed garden. There, fresh, delicious, and crispy homegrown cucumbers await you. All you have to do is pick them off the plant, wash them, and chop them up. Does this idyllic picture seem too out of reach? It shouldn't be! Raised bed gardening is the perfect simple approach for beginners who want to grow their own food. Raised bed gardening eliminates many of the challenges that traditional planting brings to the table. You'll be free from having to worry about weeds, pests, and extensive soil manipulations. Not only that, but raised bed gardening also offers ideal conditions for growing a wide range of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You may now be thinking: So, what does it take to get started? All you will need to do is complete 5 simple steps to put together your raised bed garden, plant your fruits and veggies, and ensure optimal yields. In an Introduction to Raised Bed Gardening , you will discover: Why a raised bed garden is the right choice for your familyThe most optimum places you can position a raised bed gardenSecrets for optimal yield that cost nothing to implementA comprehensive list of tools and supplies you'll need to get your plants to thriveInstructions for constructing your raised beds from scratch, even if DIY isn't your forte10 kinds of plants that beginners can master from their first growth seasonWhen to plant your cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, and greens if you want maximum yieldCompletely organic fertilization and pest control strategies to keep your plants healthy and increase the quality of the produceThe best soil care practices to give you amazing crops one season after the other7 raised bed gardening challenges newbies will face, and simple strategies to eliminate each one And much more! While you're probably feeling excited about the prospect of starting your own garden, there could still be some insecurities and hesitation. Maybe you haven't been capable of keeping a houseplant alive up to this point--how will you maintain an entire garden? Wouldn't it be too difficult, too expensive, and too much out of your comfort zone? Raised bed gardening is the ideal approach for getting started with gardening as many common and tiresome procedures are eliminated altogether. And once you master that, you can move on to the other 4 books in the series that will teach you everything from A to Z about gardening.


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Veg in One Bed New Edition

Veg in One Bed New Edition How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month by Huw Richards

Grow your own vegetable garden with this practical, straightforward gardening guide. There is nothing more fulfilling than growing your own home produce. You don't have to be a seasoned gardener to produce a healthy, flourishing garden - all you need is a few seeds, water, sunlight, good advice and patience! In just one raised bed, author Huw Richards, shows you exactly how to grow vegetables organically, abundantly and inexpensively so you have something to harvest every month of the year.  Here's what you'll find inside: - Month-by-month guide to what to do and how to do it, including what pests to look out for, and what can be harvested. - Covers first year in detail, with the final chapter on ‘Next Steps’ providing suggestions of what to do in years two and three. - Illustrations show you what the bed should look like month to month. - Windowsill planting ensures early success cultivating plants before they are transferred into the bed. - Maintenance sections ensure readers know how to keep their plants (and raised bed) healthy each month. - Includes instructions on assessing your site and building a 4x10ft (1.2x3m) raised bed. - Alternative vegetables are recommended, allowing readers to tailor their bed to their taste. - Plans chart growing season for different circumstances: cool climate, low rainfall, low effort, salad bed, winter bed, herbs and edible flowers. Month by month, discover what you need to do and how to do it. Try becoming more self-sufficient in your allotment, a small garden, or even on a roof terrace. Veg In One Bed shows you that you can have a small thriving garden and still be able to maintain it, yielding fresh vegetables all year round. Learn what to do each month on your windowsill, where you'll raise seedlings, and in your raised bed, where your plants will grow to maturity. Everything is explained in clear, illustrated steps: building your bed, growing from seed, planting, feeding, and harvesting. This gardening book not only guides you through the whole process of building your raised bed through to harvesting your vegetables but also provides sustainable gardening practices, which will resonate with all gardeners committed to protecting our planet. This makes for the perfect book for new gardeners who want to grow their own produce, as well as the new generation of gardeners who are seeking a gardening guru of their own age. Veg in One Bed goes beyond the inspiring demonstrations on his YouTube channel "Huw Richards - Grow Food Organically". In this book he organizes all his ideas and suggestions into a blueprint for growing your own vegetables month by month. Little growing experience? Only a small space? No matter - with Veg in One Bed , you can still eat food you have grown all through the year.


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Mini Farming

Mini Farming Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

Go back to basics—compost, raising chickens, water and irrigation, dealing with pests, and much more—with this unique, full color bestseller (over 400,000 sold). Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: • Buying and saving seeds • Starting seedlings • Establishing raised beds • Soil fertility practices • Composting • Dealing with pest and disease problems • Crop rotation • Selling your produce arm planning, and much more. Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.


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Bonsai The Beginners Guide by Bonsai Empire

How often do I need to water my Bonsai tree?  Should I prune my tree? Although caring for a Bonsai tree is not nearly as difficult as most people believe, you need to learn about some basic techniques in order to keep your tree thriving. Our beginners guide contains all the essential information you need in order to succeed. It covers the basic techniques, well illustrated with over two hundred images, and explains everything you need to know in an understandable way. The book includes: - Over 200 stunning images - Over 100 pages - Explanations of the basic techniques and tools - Care guides on the 10 most popular tree species - Background on the history, definition and styles Bonsai Empire is the world's most visited Bonsai website and has provided beginners with quality information for over a decade. We have developed this guide to help you get a taste of this fascinating and living art, and hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do! Walter Pall: "Now here is the ultimate book to lead beginners. I am happy to have been able to contribute to this"


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The Family Garden Plan

The Family Garden Plan Grow a Year's Worth of Sustainable and Healthy Food by Melissa K. Norris


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The Layered Edible Garden

The Layered Edible Garden A Beginner's Guide to Creating a Productive Food Garden Layer by Layer – From Ground Covers to Trees and Everything in Between by Christina Chung

Design, plant, and tend a self-sustaining, high-yielding food garden that saves space by growing plants the way nature intended—in layers.  Say goodbye to long, straight rows of vegetable plants lined up and waiting for attacks from pests and diseases, and say hello to an interplanted polyculture paradise , filled with layers of edible plants that outcompete weeds, share resources, and grow beautifully together . In The Layered Edible Garden , author and food gardening pro Christina Chung of introduces a modern approach to home food gardening that follows nature’s lead by growing plants in mixed communities, instead of in agriculture-centric monocultures. By intentionally including edible plants from 8 different layers (trees, sub-canopy trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, ground covers, and edible roots) in your home garden, you’ll be building a mini “food forest” that will produce food for years to come and require less work and fewer resources .  With the insight found in The Layered Edible Garden , you’ll:   Learn how to transform your home’s landscape into an edible plant community   Meet dozens of plants in each of the 8 layers Discover the many perks of growing perennial food crops that return to the garden year after year  Find design and planting advice to make your layered edible garden as attractive as it is productive Be introduced to intensive planting strategies to organize plant layers in a functional and beautiful way  Acquire info on how to establish new planting areas and how to utilize the existing garden features already present Whether you have sun or shade, a large growing space or a small one, planting many layers of food plants together results in a diverse, low-maintenance edible garden , filled with plants that help support each other. The future of growing food is multi-layered.


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The Weekend Homesteader

The Weekend Homesteader A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency by Anna Hess

The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.    You'll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil while providing nutritious food.  Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing, or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables. As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages, and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all forty-eight projects are complete.


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Maximizing Your Mini Farm

Maximizing Your Mini Farm Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

Mini farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Now expanding exponentially on his bestselling Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre , Brett Markham gives you tips, tricks, and planning advice on how to make the most of your mini farm. New topics include:  • Soil and Fertility Tools and Techniques • Planting Guides and Seeders • Easy Trellising  • Weed Control Techniques • Greater Food Self-Sufficiency • Making Your Own Country Wines • Making Your Own Vinegars  • Making Cheese at Home • Cooking for Self-Sufficiency  Keep your costs down and production high with this complete guide to maximizing your mini farm—whether it’s a rooftop urban garden, a suburban backyard, or a more substantial plot of land. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with tables, diagrams, and 200 color illustrations and author photographs.


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Epic Homesteading

Epic Homesteading Your Guide to Self-Sufficiency on a Modern, High-Tech, Backyard Homestead by Kevin Espiritu

Followed by millions @epicgardening, Author Kevin Espiritu has built a modern, high-tech homestead on a modest urban lot. In Epic Homesteading , he teaches you how to do the same, wherever you live. As Kevin has proven—thanks to his enthusiasm and willingness to experiment—there’s no need to go “back to the land,” live off-grid, and leave behind modern conveniences to improve your self-sufficiency and autonomy . Anyone can do it. Follow in Kevin’s footsteps with this accessible, beginner-friendly guide to embracing today’s technology to grow and preserve food, raise mini livestock like bees and chickens, set up automated systems like irrigation and greywater recycling, and so much more. The high-tech homesteading concepts and projects introduced in Epic Homesteading show you that, wherever you are in the world—city, country, or suburbia—homesteading is for YOU! Learn how to:   Use solar power  Automate rainwater catchment and distribution Set up your food-growing spaces, outdoors and in  Plant and care for a small orchard, including pest management Cultivate microgreens and sprouts Keep bees, chickens, and quail  Use laundry and shower greywater in the garden Preserve food Seek out and utilize free resources  Maximize energy efficiency through a mini-split system, smart lighting, and timers Plus, you’ll find large and small step-by-step DIY projects to power-up your homestead quickly. As an added bonus, Kevin also shares advice on more complex subjects, such as investigating local zoning regulations and permitting requirements, staying organized, understanding your limitations, and designing your homestead for efficiency and beauty. Learn how to make an epic homestead of your own and, as Kevin likes to say, “Keep on Growing!”  For more small-space gardening advice from Kevin, check out his other books, Field Guide to Urban Gardening and Grow Bag Gardening . 


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Reader's Digest Essential Book of Herbs

Reader's Digest Essential Book of Herbs by Reader's Digest

A full color  illustrated guide to growing and using herbs to enhance your health and your cooking. This beautifully illustrated, complete guide to herbs unlocks the secrets of these wonder plants—from planting and harvesting to cooking and storing—including their health benefits. Now you can discover the joy and pleasure of growing your own herbs—for spicing up meals, creating crafts, treating ailments, and more. In this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated herbal guide you’ll find information on their history, cultivation, propagation, and harvesting, along with a wealth of great ideas for using herbs everyday in a variety of ways. This guide unravels the mysteries of these versatile plants, with savvy tips and simple formulas for maximizing their powers. Did you know? ·      Mint can repel ants, flies, mice, and moths ·      Garlic can seriously lower cholesterol ·      Chives, fennel, tarragon, thyme, oregano, and winter savory are perennials ·      Rosemary was used in the Middle Ages for its tranquilizing effects, and it is still a digestion aid


Native Plant Gardening for Birds, Bees & Butterflies: Southern California - George Oxford Miller Cover Art

Native Plant Gardening for Birds, Bees & Butterflies: Southern California

Native Plant Gardening for Birds, Bees & Butterflies: Southern California by George Oxford Miller

Plan Your Landscape or Garden to Help Beloved Backyard Visitors The presence of birds, bees, and butterflies suggests a healthy, earth-friendly place. These most welcome guests also bring joy to those who appreciate watching them. Now, you can turn your yard into a perfect habitat that attracts them and, more importantly, helps them thrive. Professional nature photographer and botanist George Oxford Miller provides all the information you need in this must-have guide for Southern California. Learn how to landscape and create pollinator gardens with native plants. The book begins with an in-depth introduction to native pollinators and to birds. It’s followed by a “field guide” section to more than 100 native plants that are widely available to utilize, are easy to care for, and provide great benefit to birds, bees, and butterflies. The species are organized by level of sunlight needed and then by plant types. Each species includes full-color photographs and information about hardiness zones, what they are most likely to attract, soil requirements, light levels, and George’s notes. As an added bonus, you’ll make use of blooming charts, tips on attracting specific species, and more! Plus, the invaluable garden plans and projects show you just what to do and can be customized to suit your own specific interests. Plan, plant, and grow your beautiful garden, with native plants that benefit your favorite creatures to watch and enjoy.


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The Compost Coach

The Compost Coach Make Compost, Build Soil And Grow A Regenerative Garden - Wherever You Live! by Kate Flood

Spin food waste and household carbon into garden gold, learn about how and why soil matters, and make climate activism an everyday mission, with compost coach Kate Flood. The Compost Coach is a colourful, comprehensive and accessible guide to creating the very best compost AKA garden gold. Kate is on a mission to empower readers to understand the small steps they can take every day to look after the environment and live more sustainability. The book is pitched at the home composter, including people who live in apartments and houses with or without gardens (yes, you can compost without a garden!). Kate helps the reader to rethink their waste management and teaches them how easy it is to divert food scraps and household carbon away from landfill. She unravels the technicalities of soil science, talks through the building blocks of a robust compost system and busts a few myths along the way. Charming illustrations, how-to photos, and Kate's warm, entertaining voice complete the package.


El gran libro del bonsái - Giovanni Genotti Cover Art

El gran libro del bonsái

El gran libro del bonsái by Giovanni Genotti

Los bonsáis, obras maestras de la naturaleza y de la mano del hombre al mismo tiempo, han alcanzado en nuestro país un alto grado de perfección. Equilibrio de volúmenes y de líneas compositivas, armonía de formas, juegos de luces y colores… La vista se extasía al contemplar con detenimiento estos pequeños árboles: se desliza entre las hojas, por las ramas y en la corteza; indaga en las hendiduras; se detiene en las yemas. Porque, aunque miniaturizado, un bonsái es un árbol a todos los efectos, y al igual que sus semejantes sigue los ciclos estacionales y, en su momento, se cubre de verde, de flores e incluso de frutos. Arte de la jardinería, sentido estético, principios filosóficos, estilo de vida, intercambio entre culturas, pasión por la naturaleza y por la jardinería... confluyen en tantas plantas maravillosas como las que llenan estas páginas. Este libro, obra de uno de los mayores expertos y maestros italianos, le ofrece también los consejos para sentirse fascinado por la disciplina bonsái y poder emprender una aventura seleccionando y cultivando estos arbolitos.


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Rebel Gardening

Rebel Gardening A beginner’s handbook to organic urban gardening by Alessandro Vitale

This is the ultimate beginner’s guide to establishing and tending an organic kitchen garden in any urban space, no matter how small, written by the YouTuber and TikToker known as Spicy Moustache. Do you live in the city and yearn for the space and time to grow your own food and live more connected with nature and the seasons? Rebel Gardening shows that anyone can grow a garden of delicious organic fruit and vegetables, wildlife-friendly wildflowers and abundant herbs in absolutely any urban space with a bit of know-how. Organic gardening expert Alessandro Vitale wants you to embrace the living soil and establish your own city eden where creatures and plants can coexist, in harmony with our modern lives. He shares his low-cost and organic approach with all the essential guidance you will need, including his top 50 plants for beginner gardeners, with a plethora of information on how to plant and look after them and how to make the most of all your produce. Learn how to make vegan honey with dandelions, establish a micro-orchard, or brew a natural antibiotic from garlic. Alessandro shares a plan for any type of space and how to tend it through the year. Learn about companion gardening, saving seeds, DIY raised beds and everything to allow your garden to flourish. The healing and planet-protecting power of gardening is within your grasp!


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Indoor Edible Garden

Indoor Edible Garden Creative Ways to Grow Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables in Your Home by Zia Allaway

Make the most of your space, from balconies and windowsills to countertops, walls, and even ceilings, to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers in your home that look amazing and taste even better. Featuring 28 innovative step-by-step projects, Indoor Edible Garden is a highly visual guide full of practical tips and stylish ideas for how to create edible indoor gardens using whatever space you have available. Use your space and light in clever ways, brightening your home with unique living decorations. Inspiring from the start, this book shows off its lush garden projects through beautiful design and full-color photographs. Reference more than 30 profiles of the top herbs, edible flowers, fruiting plants, and vegetables. Follow DIY project templates to grow your gardens into beautiful home decor. The step-by-step instructions include how to create a hanging chili and basil ball, how to grown your own tea leaves, how to sprout microgreens in cupcake liners, and more. Plus, this guide also includes straightforward explanations of scientific methods such as artificial lighting and hydroponics and key techniques for planting, drainage, and harvesting. Indoor Edible Garden helps create stunning and edible home decor so your living space will be fruitful—and beautiful—all year round.


Sprouts, Shoots, and Microgreens - Lina Wallentinson Cover Art

Sprouts, Shoots, and Microgreens

Sprouts, Shoots, and Microgreens Tiny Plants to Grow and Eat in Your Kitchen by Lina Wallentinson

Learn how to grow (and consume) sprouts, shoots, and microgreens at home without using expensive or complicated equipment—all you need is tap water and a glass jar, and you’re ready to go! This is an easy, fast, and smart way to fit healthy greens into your diet. Following Lina Wallentinson’s instructions, in just a few days, you’ll see dry seeds transform into burgeoning green sprouts. In Sprouts, Shoots, and Microgreens , Wallentinson proves there is much more to shoots, sprouts, and microgreens than the classics cress and mung beans and that they are truly easy to grow, no matter where you try to do so. All plants in this book can be grown in jars, colanders, sieves, or bags at any height, using many different kinds of light sources, and even under pressure. In addition to showing how to grow shoots and sprouts, Wallentinson teaches how to make delicious meals with your harvest. Using step-by-step pictures and descriptive recipes, she demonstrates that shoots and sprouts are much more than just decorations on a plate. Recipes include sushi rolls with quinoa and wasabi mayonnaise, baked pumpkin with lentil sprouts and almond pesto or coffee, and coconut balls with toasted buckwheat!


Grow Potent Marijuana, Cannabis & Weed Fast: The Ultimate Guide To Growing Weed Indoors & Outdoors For Beginners - Become An Expert In Horticulture, CBD Oil, Medical Marijuana & The Cannabis Business - John Lambkin Cover Art

Grow Potent Marijuana, Cannabis & Weed Fast: The Ultimate Guide To Growing Weed Indoors & Outdoors For Beginners - Become An Expert In Horticulture, CBD Oil, Medical Marijuana & The Cannabis Business

Grow Potent Marijuana, Cannabis & Weed Fast: The Ultimate Guide To Growing Weed Indoors & Outdoors For Beginners - Become An Expert In Horticulture, CBD Oil, Medical Marijuana & The Cannabis Business by John Lambkin

Do you want to master the art of growing marijuana? Are you interested in starting a highly profitable cannabis business? Would you like to discover an easy, simple blueprint for growing weed that actually works? If you want to grow potent, high yield weed - without wasting months of frustrating trial and error, keep reading… Growing marijuana is incredibly simple if you have the right knowledge. And that's how this guide will help you. Here's what you'll learn: * How To Grow Cannabis - Even if You're A Complete Beginner
 * The Ultimate Guide To Growing Potent, High Yield Weed
 * 5 Common Mistakes Every Rookie Marijuana Gardener Makes
 * The Step-By-Step Blueprint For Growing Your Own Cannabis
 * The Insider Tips Proven To Boost Your Weed's Potency
 * How To Build A Highly Profitable Cannabis Business In 6 Months Or Less
 How Would You Like To Quickly And Efficiently Grow High Potency, High Yield Weed? Whether you're growing indoors, outdoors, or even from your own home, this step-by-step blueprint will teach you everything you need to know. So if you're ready to get started, then grab this empowering guide today and unlock the secrets of growing marijuana.


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