It takes a lot of work and a fair amount of money to grow a garden, and a top fear of every gardener is having their investment wiped out by deer, rabbits, and insect invaders. The Guide to Humane Critter Control is filled with clever ways to be proactive and stop pests from feasting on the bounty you've been working on all season.
As the movement to eat what is grown locally gains momentum, there is an increasing awareness of how best to incorporate this philosophy into our everyday lives. We can grow our own food and buy food grown locally at food cooperatives and markets, but what happens when we eat out? There are a number of chefs around the country dedicated to using only the freshest, locally grown ingredients in all the dishes they prepare and serve. This book takes the reader on a private tour of outstanding chefs of the Long Island area and their gardens. Each profile reflects the chef's personal style, cultural background, desire for healthy, just-picked ingredients, and gardening philosophy. Recipes, plant lists, garden layouts, and color photos are included.
If you have a backyard, or even a sunny porch or balcony, you can grow your own hops, brewing herbs, and malt grains to enhance the flavor, aroma, and uniqueness of your home-brewed beer … and ensure that you have the freshest, purest, best ingredients possible. Simple instructions from experts Joe and Dennis Fisher guide you through every step of the process, from setting up your first hop trellis to planting and caring for your herbs, harvesting and drying them, malting grain, and brewing more than 25 recipes specifically designed for homegrown ingredients.
The Homesteader's Herbal Companion is a beautiful guide for the modern-day homesteader. From teaching how to incorporate herbs and essential oils around your home, to showing how to enhance your family's health and well-being, this book acts as a go-to guide for those wishing to live a more natural homesteading lifestyle. The book breaks down how herbs are used in tinctures, salves, essential oils, and infused oils. Better yet, if you're a homesteader with livestock, you'll learn how to maintain their health holistically.
To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people.
This practical step-by-step guide and the accompanying customizable web-based spreadsheets go beyond organic and are essential tools for any serious gardener who cares about the quality of the produce they grow.
At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste—of time, labor, space, money, and more—every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work.
In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency.
You can keep gardening for life, you just need to make adjustments as you age. In The Lifelong Gardener, adaptive gardening expert Toni Gattone shares her proven methods for making your favorite hobby easier on your aging body. Her techniques will help you garden smarter, not harder! Eliminate the physical strain of gardening through this helpful guide’s dozens of tried-and-true methods (like buying ergonomic tools, using raised beds, and moving tools around in bins on wheels). The Lifelong Gardener celebrates the joy of gardening, and Gattone’s message of empowerment will stir you to find joy in your garden for years to come.
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in Eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Hélène Desroches feed more than 200 families through their thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and seasonal market stands, and they supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they've developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process.
The Market Gardener is a compendium of the farm's proven horticultural techniques and innovative growing methods. This complete guide is packed with practical information on:
Inspired by the French intensive tradition of maraîchage and by iconic American vegetable grower Eliot Coleman, author and farmer Jean-Martin Fortier shows by example how to start a market garden and make it both very productive and profitable. Making a living wage farming without big capital outlay or acreages may be closer than you think.
In the year 2000, Richo wrote the book Making Plant Medicine that told the story of his little family living in the coast mountains of Oregon. That book helped people learn how to access the healing power of herbs that could readily be grown in the home garden. The Medicinal Herb Grower continues this story, as it follows the family’s move to Southern Oregon where they engaged the growing of larger and more diverse gardens and fields of medicinal herbs. It is about how to make a place for these healing herbs to grow and draws from Richo’s over 25 years of experience.
The book starts with Principles of Natural Gardening Techniques, covering: observation in nature, planting with the seasons, creating plant habitat, the benefits of diversity, and rules of (green) thumb. The book then covers Practices of Natural Gardening Techniques, practical “how-to’s”, covering: preparing the ground, making diverse composts and potting soils, planting seeds and cuttings, caring for plants, and harvest and processing of medicinal herbs and seeds.
The book is full of amusing anecdotes and is delightfully illustrated by Sena Cech. This book has a great deal of information in it for the startup medicinal herb grower and also for the advanced farmer of medicinal herbs.
It will help engender success in growing common weeds and rare and unusual plants. It will help you if you are growing tulsi in a pot in New Jersey and if you are trying to grow 100 acres of Skullcap on a farm in Costa Rica. The book will inspire confidence in those that have a timorous relationship to seed planting, and will improve the technique of those whose sweat hits the earth and sprouts flowers.
The Minimalist Gardener reveals low-maintenance, year-round, no-dig gardening that provides your kitchen with delicious fresh food (while not breaking your back). Written by acknowledged expert Patrick Whitefield, this friendly guide will help you grow food in whatever space you have (large or small, rural or urban) with minimal purchased inputs and maximum satisfaction.
This book will appeal to both serious amateurs and professional cider makers who want to increase their knowledge, as well as to orchardists who want to grow cider apples for local or regional producers.