• BEES, WASPS, AND ANTS

    Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants. They maintain the garden’s biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. It’s no exaggeration to say that a garden can’t be understood without an understanding of its insects. Bees, Wasps, and Ants explores the importance of the Hymenoptera and explains how gardeners can encourage (or discourage) them in the garden. Part One includes a summary of their biology and a tour of what role they play in each part of the garden. Part Two takes a closer look at the individual groups within the family, including sawflies, horntails, woodwasps, parasitic wasps, predatory wasps, bees, and ants.

    Item: 6683
  • BEGINNING SEED SAVING FOR THE HOME GARDENER

    Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener explores how seed saving is not only easier than we think, but also essential for vibrant, independent, and bountiful gardens.

    Among the topics author Jim Ulager covers:

    • Why seed saving belongs in the home garden
    • Principles of vegetative and sexual reproduction
    • Easy inbreeding plants, including legumes, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers
    • Plants with a few more challenges, including squash, spinach, onions, and parsley
    • A brief discussion of more difficult crops, including corn, carrots, and cabbage

    Written by a home seed saver for the home seed saver, Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener is a comprehensive guide for those who want to reclaim our seed heritage, highlighting the importance of saving seeds for you, your neighbors, and (most importantly) subsequent generations.

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  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS, 4TH EDITION

    Mother Earth News has covered a lot of content in 2019! From homesteading and livestock to natural health and gardening, each issue published was full of information to help readers live a more sustainable and independent lifestyle. Now, in The Best of Mother Earth News, all the best articles are together in one special edition! Whether it’s learning how to organize your homestead, manipulate your microclimate, build your dream log home, or something else, the information in this issue will help you take the next step.

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  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: GARDENING A-Z CD-ROM

    Gardening A-Z brings you the best in vegetable gardening tips and instructions. With this handy, informative guide, you can choose the right varieties for your particular garden and discover new options you’ve never considered before. Our expert and time-tested advice will help you grow healthy, beautiful vegetables, which includes:

    • Seven steps to growing superior asparagus spears
    • Sweet beets, one of the sweetest and most nutritious of all vegetables
    • Beautiful and bountiful broccoli
    • Grow your own corn with the freshest flavor
    • Start a cold-hardy crop of kale now for sweet soups and salads this winter
    • Discover which types of onions are the best choices for your garden and kitchen
    • Parsnips the ivory jewel of the root vegetables
    • Fresh peas from the garden are a sweet and nutritious treat
    • Peppers are easy to raise and as versatile as they are various
    • Dozens of different varieties of potatoes you can grow in your garden

    You’ll also learn to control pests naturally, plant to improve your soil, and find out when and how to harvest for the best flavor. Also check out seed sources, preservation methods and seed saving techniques. Whether this is your first foray into gardening or you have decades of experience, you’re sure to find helpful tips and instructions in these pages. Happy gardening!

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  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: GARDENING A-Z E-BOOK

    Gardening A-Z brings you the best in vegetable gardening tips and instructions. With this handy, informative e-book, you can choose the right varieties for your particular garden and discover new options you’ve never considered before. Our expert and time-tested advice will help you grow healthy, beautiful vegetables, which includes:

    • Seven steps to growing superior asparagus spears
    • Sweet beets, one of the sweetest and most nutritious of all vegetables
    • Beautiful and bountiful broccoli
    • Grow your own corn with the freshest flavor
    • Start a cold-hardy crop of kale now for sweet soups and salads this winter
    • Discover which types of onions are the best choices for your garden and kitchen
    • Parsnips the ivory jewel of the root vegetables
    • Fresh peas from the garden are a sweet and nutritious treat
    • Peppers are easy to raise and as versatile as they are various
    • Dozens of different varieties of potatoes you can grow in your garden
    • You can grow the most delicious tomatoes

    You’ll also learn to control pests naturally, plant to improve your soil, and find out when and how to harvest for the best flavor. Also check out seed sources, preservation methods and seed saving techniques. Whether this is your first foray into gardening or you have decades of experience, you’re sure to find helpful tips and instructions in these pages. Happy gardening!

    INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

    Buy this e-book for your Kindle reader! Visit Amazon to purchase your Kindle version today!

    *E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!

    Item: 3574
  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: GARDENING MADE EASY E-BOOK

    Whether you're interested in starting a new garden or improving last year's bed, Mother Earth News' Gardening Made Easy E-Book has something for you. This new collection of articles guides you through the complete gardening process, from soil preparation to timing your harvest to get the best flavor for your efforts.

    These helpful, informative articles come directly from our pages. We've combed through the Mother Earth News archive and put together the best pieces on everything from building fertile soil and finding and growing great seeds to choosing a tiller and building versatile, inexpensive hoop houses to improve your planting options and harvest.

    Your comprehensive guide to gardening is just minutes away. You can order and download Gardening Made Easy as an E-book today. You'll find tips, detailed instructions and advice from gardeners with years of experience. With this extensive guide to gardening you can beat pesky weeds; make easy, nutrient-rich compost; extend your growing season to enjoy fresh produce year-round; and much more.

    Today's increased fuel costs continue to drive up the price of supermarket goods. News reports of the threats posed by chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to both people and the environment appear with increasing frequency. In the midst of conflicting reports and often confusing information, homegrown food is a simple, healthful alternative for you and your family. Good for your pocketbook, great for your health and easy on the environment, a backyard garden is a win-win solution to many of the obstacles faced in today's conscientious living.

    Have fun outdoors; put nutritious, great-tasting (and yummy-looking!) food on the table; and help Mother Earth, all at the same time. Download Gardening Made Easy E-book as a PDF now and get started on a beautiful, productive garden! 95 pages.

    INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

    Buy this e-book for your Kindle reader! Visit Amazon to purchase your Kindle version today!

    *E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!

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  • BEYOND THE WAR ON INVASIVE SPECIES

    Invasive species are everywhere, from forests and prairies to mountaintops and river mouths. Their rampant nature and sheer numbers appear to overtake fragile native species and forever change the ecosystems that they depend on. Concerns that invasive species represent significant threats to global biodiversity and ecological integrity permeate conversations from schoolrooms to board rooms, and concerned citizens grapple with how to rapidly and efficiently manage their populations. These worries have culminated in an ongoing “war on invasive species,” where the arsenal is stocked with bulldozers, chainsaws and herbicides put to the task of their immediate eradication. In Hawaii, mangrove trees (Avicennia spp.) are sprayed with glyphosate and left to decompose on the sandy shorelines where they grow, and in Washington, helicopters apply the herbicide Imazapyr to smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) growing in estuaries. The “war on invasive species” is in full swing, but given the scope of such potentially dangerous and ecologically degrading eradication practices, it is necessary to question the very nature of the battle.

    Beyond the War on Invasive Species offers a much-needed alternative perspective on invasive species and the best practices for their management based on a holistic, permaculture-inspired framework. Utilizing the latest research and thinking on the changing nature of ecological systems, Beyond the War on Invasive Species closely examines the factors that are largely missing from the common conceptions of invasive species, including how the colliding effects of climate change, habitat destruction, and changes in land use and management contribute to their proliferation. Beyond the War on Invasive Species demonstrates that there is more to the story of invasive species than is commonly conceived, and offers ways of understanding their presence and ecosystem effects in order to make more ecologically responsible choices in land restoration and biodiversity conservation that address the root of the invasion phenomenon. The choices we make on a daily basis—the ways we procure food, shelter, water, medicine and transportation—are the major drivers of contemporary changes in ecosystem structure and function; therefore, deep and long-lasting ecological restoration outcomes will come not just from eliminating invasive species, but through conscientious redesign of these production systems.

    Item: 7750
  • BLUE RIBBON VEGETABLE GARDENING

    Win the blue ribbon every time! Master Gardener Jodi Torpey offers all the information you need to grow champion vegetables: beans, beets, cabbages, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, peppers, pumpkins, squash, and tomatoes. She covers everything from choosing the right varieties and scheduling planting dates to harvesting, preparing, and transporting your produce. She also walks you through every aspect of competitive showing, with useful tips for thinking like a judge. This book will delight you with lively photos of mammoth pumpkins, truly gigantic onions, perfectly pear-shaped eggplants, and the farmers and gardeners who grow them. Filled with the excitement of a county fair, it’s a fun read as well as a solid guide to growing the biggest, tastiest, best-looking vegetables for miles around.

    Item: 7976
  • BUILD IT YOURSELF: WEEKEND PROJECTS FOR THE GARDEN

    Build It Yourself: Weekend Projects for the Garden is a fun and user-friendly manual for constructing practical pieces for your garden and home. Whether you’re looking to attract a bit of nature with a birdfeeder or to keep it out with a fence, get into organic living with a cold frame or compost bin, engage your green thumb with a plant stand or potting table, or add some tasteful furniture to your patio or sunroom, this book will help you to do all that and more.

    Master woodworker Frank Perrone outlines the essential tools, techniques, and tips needed for basic woodworking. The 12 projects are designed for simple, straightforward building. Each includes a materials list, a cut sheet that makes getting lumber a snap, layout diagrams, and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Designed to minimize waste, every piece can be flexibly rescaled or customized for a more personal touch.

    Item: 9857
  • BUILDING PROJECTS FOR BACKYARD FARMERS AND HOME GARDENERS

    This is a practical and engaging guide to transforming an ordinary backyard into a productive farm.

    Homesteading is experiencing a revival among both rural and urban residents who want to get back to basics and live closer to the land. With this book, homeowners will obtain both inspiration and instruction for transforming their grassy yard into a lush farm that can produce all the food they need.

    The author is an experienced woodworker and homesteader who shows how to plan and design a backyard farm. He offers expert advice for making all of the essential hard-working structures that are needed to sustain small-scale agriculture.

    Step-by-step instructions are provided for 10 projects including green houses, beehives, rabbit hutches, raised beds, potting sheds, trellises, fences, and more. Readers learn how to create an irrigation system, harvest rainwater, and keep their farms environmentally sound. Each detailed plan is accompanied by the author's clear, instructive drawings.

    More than just a manual, the book also offers entertaining and enlightening interviews with both experts and “average Joe” farmers. We learn what motivates them to become backyard farmers, the lessons that they have to share, and maybe even a couple of funny stories along the way.

    Item: 5936
  • BUILDING SOILS NATURALLY

    In an organic garden, plants in optimum health thrive abundantly, produce harvests with amazing taste, and possess the ability to fight off plant predators. When they don't, there's often something lacking in their proper nutrition. Maybe they are missing beneficial microorganism companions, or perhaps they are short of the energy needed to reach their full nutrient-dense potential. The solution is to "start with the soil," but healthy soil doesn't happen just by composting, fertilizing or companion planting alone. The solution can be found in Building Soils Naturally, which gives gardeners a hands-on plan for creating productive, living soil by using a practical, holistic approach - crafted right in your garden.

    Item: 6387
  • CATTAIL MOONSHINE & MILKWEED MEDICINE

    History, literature, and botany meet in this charming tour of how humans have relied on plants to nourish, shelter, heal, clothe, and even entertain us. Did you know that during World War II, the U.S. Navy paid children to collect milkweed’s fluffy white floss, which was then used as filling for life preservers? And Native Americans in the deserts of the Southwest traditionally crafted tattoo needles from prickly pear cactus spines. These are just two of the dozens of tidbits that Tammi Hartung highlights in the tales of 45 native North American flowers, herbs, and trees that have rescued and delighted us for centuries.

    Item: 8068

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