• IMPROVING YOUR SOIL

    Intended for both small- and medium-size gardens, Improving Your Soil reveals the steps to take to achieve the perfect soil base in which to grow plants. With directions on amending poor soil, modifying mediocre earth, aerating compacted topsoil and substrates, and testing pH levels, this book enables gardeners to nurture their plants and promote more abundant growth.

    The features of good soil include proper structure and nutrients that encourage healthy plant growth. Soil in "good tilth" is loamy, nutrient-rich and friable, because it has an optimal mixture of sand, clay and organic matter that prevents severe compaction. Improving Your Soil shows gardeners how to improve the soil in their garden to encourage good seed bedding and a strong root system for proper nutrient disbursement throughout various soil depths.

    Flower gardeners and vegetable gardeners will all benefit from the tips and methods in Improving Your Soil.

    Topics include:

    • What your soil can tell you about how you need to manage it
    • Soil texture and structure: building soil tilth
    • Using amendments to correct soil problems, such as clay or sandy soil
    • Creating a good environment for plant growth in different situations
    • Providing the right amount of water for plants
    • The teeming microscopic world of soils
    • Building soil organic matter
    • Crop rotations
    • Types of compost and how to make good compost
    • Managing soils to minimize pest and disease problems
    • Feeding the plants: the nutrients they need, and how to get them there
    • Overcoming common nutrient deficiencies
    • Organic vs. mineral fertilizers.

    The detailed information is complemented with line drawings, diagrams and illustrations that demonstrate various soil issues and how to resolve common problems. With information on remedying specific problems with particular plants, Improving Your Soil will be an often-consulted resource for all gardeners.

    Item: 7246

    Author: Keith Reid

    Format: Paperback

  • LANDSCAPING

    This comprehensive reference provides practical guidance for any homeowner who wants to create a more attractive yard. Written by landscaping experts, it provides time-tested, easy-to-follow instructions for designing and shaping an effective landscape plan. Whether renovating an existing landscape or completely starting from scratch, readers will learn to make the best use of the space that they currently have, while thinking ahead about how they might improve their grounds in the future. From growing lawns and planting trees, to putting in stone walkways or water elements, readers will discover the right way to do it in straightforward steps that anyone can follow to realize their dreams. City dwellers, suburbanites and rural homesteaders alike will find a wealth of useful ideas for landscaping their properties, accompanied by clear step-by-step illustrations. This all-you-need-to-know reference will prove indispensable for both amateur and professional landscapers. Readers will get useful tips on correcting drainage and preparing soil for planting, plus great information on planting and caring for newly planted growth. A section on hardscaping shows how to build patios, fences, walls and gates, with advice on working with pavers, brick, concrete and stone. A final section covers finishing touches, including planting and caring for newly planted flowers, bulbs and trellises.

    Item: 7187

    Author: Skills Press Inst.

    Format: Paperback

  • LOCALLY GROWN

    This beautiful new book by 30-year-old writer and photographer Anna H. Blessing introduces readers to the story of the modern heartland farm. The book explores how sustainable practices--and close ties to high-profile chefs and restauranteurs--have propelled the "locally grown" culinary movement into a central feature of life in major cities like Chicago. Blessing lays out the rich histories of 25 midwestern farms through beautiful photography, fascinating anecdotes from farmers and chefs, and up-close looks at what makes each farm so unique.

    Interest in sustainable farming has been growing rapidly across the country and around the world, emphasizing locally produced and grown foods in place of the mass-marketed offerings from corporate consortia. When inhabitants of major cities choose to purchase food raised in nearby farms, they not only support vital satellite economies, but also improve the social and ecological quality of life along with the environmental sustainability of the world around them.

    Now there are also innumerable top-tier dining establishments, led by esteemed chefs like Charlie Trotter and Paul Kahan, who scour farmers markets for natural ingredients and develop personal business relationships with small-time farmers to supply their restaurants with the best and most sustainable foods. Locally Grown shows how both long-standing and newly founded farms, along with urban farms and metropolitan nonprofit organizations like Growing Power and City Provisions, are boosting the sustainable food movement throughout Chicago and its neighborhoods.

    Each chapter profiles a different farm, outlining locale, scale, production, and inner workings while also revealing the captivating backgrounds of each farmer. Blessing shows how each farm and farmer are making efforts to improve sustainability, and describes the behind-the-scenes practices that have made locally grown food an increasingly important part of America's food culture.

    Item: 6700

    Author: Anna H. Blessing

    Format: Paperback

  • MADE AT HOME: VEGETABLES

    Made at Home Vegetables is the latest volume in a series that shows you how to take top-quality produce and create a whole range of truly delicious, handcrafted foods that you will be able to enjoy throughout the year.

    Authors Dick and James Strawbridge show you how to prepare and plant your own plot - any size, in any outdoor space. With simple instructions for planning, preparing, planting, tending and harvesting at your fingertips, you will soon be exploring the dozens of fantastic recipes to savor and share. All you need to do is choose which vegetables you want to grow and you're ready to get started!

    Item: 6901

    Author: Dick and James Strawbridge

    Format: Hardcover

  • ORIGINAL LOCAL

    Local foods have garnered much attention in recent years, but the concept is hardly new: Indigenous peoples have always made the most of nature’s gifts. Their menus were truly the “original local,” celebrated here in this cookbook with 135 home-tested recipes paired with stories from tribal activists, food researchers, families and chefs.

    A chapter devoted to wild rice makes clear the crucial role manoomin plays in Native cultures. Similar attention is lavished on the tallest of the Three Sisters: mandamin, or corn. The bounty of the region’s lakes and streams (walleye, whitefish and more) inspire flavorful combinations and fierce protection of resources. Health concerns have encouraged Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota cooks to return to, and revise, recipes for bison, venison and wild game. Sections on vegetables and beans, herbs and tea, and maple and berries offer insight from a broad representation of regional tribes, including Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Potawatomi and Mandan gardeners and harvesters.

    The innovative recipes collected here (from Maple Baked Cranberry Beans to Three Sisters Salsa, from Manoomin Lasagna to Black and Blue Bison Stew) will inspire home cooks not only to make better use of the foods all around them but also to honor the storied heritage they represent.

    Item: 7367

    Author: Heid E. Erdrich

    Format: Paperback

  • PERENNIAL VEGETABLES

    In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food.

    Item: 5866

    Author: Eric Toensmeier

    Format: Paperback

  • PLANT BREEDING FOR THE HOME GARDENER

    It's the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You're not likely to find it at your local garden center. You're going to have to create it yourself.

    But don't worry - it isn't hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seeds of the varieties that tasted or performed best. But you'll get even better results by following the advice in Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener. You'll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program, the ins and outs of genetics, how to pick the best parent plants, how to cross-pollinate, the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers, and how to harvest and store seeds.

    In no time at all, you'll be producing a tomato perfect for your palate, a more fragrant rose or a pepper with just the right amount of heat!

    Item: 6681

    Author: Joseph Tychonievich

    Format: Paperback

  • PLANTING A FUTURE

    If you care about food, you care about farmers. But the farmers profiled in this book are not the corporate agribusiness people who put money and politics above health. These folks are working to heal our earth, strengthen and free our seeds, provide humane care to our animals, and raise wholesome, organic food to nourish our families. This group of Oregon farmers and farm supporters reflects the diversity of people, both young and old, who are reshaping our food system and reclaiming our right to eat well. In their stories you will hear how they came to be where they are, learn something about the challenges they face, and share their happiness at the successes they’ve enjoyed thus far. America’s new farm movement is driven by a desire to do good, and somehow make a living at the same time. As you will learn, it’s not an easy path, but what worthwhile path is? As a reader, you will learn about the world these farmers live in. As an eater, you can choose to help them, and those like them, continue their work. And as a gardener or future farmer, you can join them in making our world a better place to live.

    Item: 7513

    Author: John Vincent

    Format: Paperback

  • PLANTS WITH BENEFITS

    Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 of these plants got their "hot" reputation - and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that "something extra," and why. Plants With Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use.

    Item: 7114

    Author: Helen Yoest

    Format: Hardcover

  • PLENTY: VIBRANT VEGETABLE RECIPES FROM LONDON'S OTTOLENGHI

    Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most exciting new talents in the cooking world, with four fabulous, eponymous London restaurants and a weekly newspaper column that's read by foodies all over the world. Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London. A vibrant photo accompanies every recipe in this visually stunning book. Essential for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!

    Item: 7194

    Author: Yotam Ottolenghi

    Format: Hardcover

  • REFRESH YOUR GARDEN DESIGN WITH COLOR, TEXTURE & FORM

    Maybe your garden isn't what it once was. Or maybe it's stunning during the full bloom of summer, but falls apart the rest of the year. Maybe it's crowded, sparse or it just doesn't resonate with you, and you have no idea why or what to do about it. Don't despair! Acclaimed garden designer and best-selling author Rebecca Sweet offers simple strategies for transforming blah spaces into breathtaking places.

    Garden transformations don't always require an expensive overhaul by a team of professionals. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective, and a new way to look at your garden. You'll learn how to identify problem areas with your current plantings (such as clashing colors, lack of flow or "one-of-each-iitis") and how to inject new life using artful combinations of color, texture, shape and form.

    You'll learn how to break down traditional garden design principles into easy-to-understand and, more importantly, easy-to-implement solutions. Inspirational photographs highlight and reinforce real-life situations, helping you not only to identify what has gone wrong with your garden, but how to fix the problem … all the while transforming your garden into a rich and layered tapestry.

    Item: 7070

    Author: Rebecca Sweet

    Format: Paperback

  • RESILIENT AGRICULTURE

    Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. More variable weather, drought and flooding create the most obvious damage, but hot summer nights, warmer winters, longer growing seasons and other environmental changes have more subtle but far-reaching effects on plant and livestock growth and development.

    Resilient Agriculture recognizes the critical role that sustainable agriculture will play in the coming decades and beyond. The latest science on climate risk, resilience and climate change adaptation is blended with the personal experience of farmers and ranchers to explore:

    • The "strange changes" in weather recorded over the last decade
    • The associated shifts in crop and livestock behavior
    • The actions producers have taken to maintain productivity in a changing climate

    The climate change challenge is real, and it is here now. To enjoy the sustained production of food, fiber and fuel well into the 21st century, we must begin now to make changes that will enhance the adaptive capacity and resilience of North American agriculture. The rich knowledge base presented in Resilient Agriculture is poised to serve as the cornerstone of an evolving, climate-ready food system.

    Item: 7530

    Author: Laura Lengnick

    Format: Paperback

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