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.
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.
Author: Keith Reid
For many people, the word “industry” brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. “Industrial” has become synonymous with pollution, human rights abuse, and corporate greed. In Industrial Evolution, Lyle Estill seeks to reclaim the term, with its original connotations of hard work, diligence and productivity, and to show how community-scale enterprise can create a vibrant, sustainable local economy. Industrial Evolution is a story of survival. It is about how the small group of committed entrepreneurs introduced in Small is Possible managed to keep their dream alive and thriving through the economic recession, emerging with a model of what a sustainable local economy might look like in a post carbon future. Compulsively readable and seasoned with light humor, this grassroots account demonstrates that ecological stewardship and enterprise at an appropriate scale can lay the foundation for abundance.
Industrial Evolution skips the doom and gloom and is all about solutions. By showing that it is possible to take the big out of industry, this book motivates people to work together in a meaningful way. Filled with inspirational tales of success, failure, perseverance, and real world experiences that anyone can relate to, Industrial Evolution is a must-read for activists, organizers, politicians, and anyone who cares about resilient communities.
Author: Lyle Estill
Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan, in a working-class family of Christian fundamentalists. Manning's father was a jack-of-many-trades: farmer, carpenter, builder, power lineman, factory worker, small businessman. His mother concealed her own troubled childhood beneath a religious faith that explained away uncertainty, illness, and tragedy.
Manning grew up learning how to work and what to believe … but came to understand his family's seemingly normal facade as a mask for troubling secrets. It Runs in the Family is the story of Manning's journey away from his family, one that ranges from their Michigan farm to the fire-ravaged wilderness of Montana, and finally to a remote village in Panama, where he comes to pursue a past he had vowed to leave behind. Linking his own life with the larger story of his family, the land they inhabited, and the right-wing fundamentalist politics gaining ground in America, Richard Manning offers a singular memoir.
Author: Richard Manning
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Jamie Durie, international award-winning horticulturalist and landscape designer, reveals the secrets behind his incredible designs on the ever-popular HGTV series The Outdoor Room, now viewed in more than 12 countries. With dynamic photography, including Durie's personal travel photographs and a sneak peek of his private garden, this information-packed companion to his smash-hit t.v. show is as hardworking as it is stunning.
Complete with detailed site plans, zonal plant lists, and helpful eco-tips, it covers everything from the basics of landscape design to practical, hands-on information, such as how to design your own private garden using Durie's philosophy. From an exotic Balinese-inspired dining pavilion to a private English-style garden with an adjoining children's play area, Durie shows you how to incorporate his techniques and design principles to create a personal and truly unique garden, giving you and your family and friends the opportunity to reconnect with nature in the privacy of your very own outdoor room.
Author: Jamie Durie
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Jekka McVicar — whom Jamie Oliver dubbed the "queen of herbs" — has assembled a special collection of her top-50 favorite herbs. Each herb is described in detail, including its Latin and common names as well as:
Jekka's Herb Cookbook also features 250 original recipes that use her top-50 garden herbs. The recipes include:
There are international recipes, such as salsa verde, and familiar favorites, such as caraway seed cake. Extraordinary color illustrations highlight McVicar's knowledgeable and enthusiastic descriptions.
For cooks and herb gardeners, Jekka's Herb Cookbook is a fascinating guide to using herbs in practical and inspiring recipes.
About the author
Jekka McVicar has been growing organic culinary, aromatic, decorative and medicinal herbs for more than 20 years. She owns Jekka's Herb Farm, which has won 59 Royal Horticultural Society gold medals, including 12 Chelsea golds.
Author: Jekka McVicar
In Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, ice creams deliciously melt into hot brown Bettys, berry cobblers, sweet empanadas and corn fritters. Jeni Britton Bauer’s one-of-a-kind cakes and cookies are not only served with ice cream, they get crumbled on top of and incorporated into the ice cream base itself.
Sundae combinations dazzle with bold and inspired sauces, such as Whiskey Caramel and Honey Spiked with Chilies. And Bauer’s crunchy “gravels” (crumbly sundae toppings, such as Salty Graham Gravel and Everything Bagel Gravel) are unlike toppings anyone has ever seen before.
Store-bought ice cream can be used for all the desserts in the book, but it will be hard to resist Bauer’s breakthrough recipes for dairy-free ice cream, frozen custard, and soft-serve. Brand-new flavors (30 in all, including Cumin and Honey Butterscotch, and Extra-Strength Root Beer Ice Cream) attest to the magic of this unique and alluring collection.
Author: Jeni Britton Bauer
At last, here's a book that serves up addictive flavors and a breakthrough method for making creamy, scoopable ice cream at home. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, from the proprietor of the nationally acclaimed Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams artisanal scooperies, allows foodies to create perfect ice creams, yogurts and sorbets in their own kitchens.
Since Jeni Britton Bauer opened her first shop in 2002, her treats have earned raves from scores of media outlets throughout the world, from Time to The Washington Post, Cooking Light to Saveur. Now, she's on a mission to help folks make their own sweet and cool creations, ones that are every bit as perfect as hers. Frustrated by icy and crumbly homemade ice cream, Bauer invested in a $50 ice cream maker and proceeded to test and retest recipes until she devised a formula to make creamy, sturdy, lickable ice cream at home. Filled with irresistible color photographs, this delightful cookbook contains 100 of her jaw-droppingly delicious signature recipes-from her Goat Cheese with Roasted Cherries to her Queen City Cayenne to her Bourbon with Toasted Buttered Pecans. Fans of easy-to-prepare desserts with star quality will scoop this book up.
Author: Jeni Britton Bauer
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Now your favorite author is available in one complete set! Jo Maseberg's fiction, portraying modern-day heroines and homesteading on the Great Plains is here.
Ellie MacCready's family was forced to sell their farm in the Nebraska Sand Hills when she was a teenager. Now Ellie has returned to the Sand Hills to teach in a one-room school, and she rents a small house on the old family farm, currently owned by Zane Redding. Money is tight, though, and Zane may have to sell the farm. Then Ellie proposes a compromise: She will become a partner, investing in the farm to keep it going, and Zane will keep a controlling interest. As they work through the seasons together, their friendship grows, and they find they share more than just the land and a dream.
Julie O'Brien closes her photography business and moves to Nebraska's Sand Hills to make a new start with her father, Gil, after her mother's death. When one of her horses is hurt, Julie turns to Peter Cook, the local veterinarian. When Peter asks Julie to photograph his parents' ranch, they find that they are becoming good friends. But outside circumstances force both Julie and Peter to make decisions about staying in the Sand Hills.
Young widow Jenny Cook is at her wits' end trying to figure out how she'll support herself and young son, Peter. Then she inherits her grandfather's ranch in Nebraska. As she takes up ranching, she makes a bargain with her neighbor, Mike Snow. He'll teach her about ranching if she'll cook dinner for him every day. Together, they face the hardships of winter and find that hard work may mend a broken heart.
Caroline McInnes is tired of being used for her money and her father’s influence, so she flees her hometown of Cleveland to claim free land in Nebraska. Her first taste of Nebraska, however, comes with consequences, when a snowstorm nearly ruins her plans. While riding out the storm, Caroline meets cattle rancher Henry Riley, and when desperate times call for desperate measures, Henry quickly proposes a solution. With no other choice, Caroline accepts, and the two agree that they can make things work. As friendship blooms between them, Caroline fears that Henry may be falling in love with her, which she claims she doesn’t want. With help from her neighbors and friends, Caroline learns what it’s like to be a frontier woman, and realizes she likes it – and that she, too, has feelings for Henry. When Henry discovers that Caroline has been lying to him, she’ll do whatever it takes to prove that she loves him.
Author: JO MASEBERG
A companion volume to recipe books, a touchstone for spotting flawed recipes and making the best of them, Keys to Good Cooking is a welcome aid for cooks of all types—translating the modern science of cooking into immediately useful information. Taking home cooks from market to table–and teaching them the best way to select, prepare and present an amazing array of food–Keys to Good Cooking is an invaluable resource for anyone who prepares food and wants to do it well.
Author: Harold McGee
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Kid Rodelo is set to do whatever it takes to find the gold he once possessed. But with four companions, 50 miles of desert ahead and a gang of Indian bounty hunters on his trail, it's not going to be easy.
Author: LOUIS LAMOUR
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Conn Dury knew the rules. Men like him were good enough to fight and die driving cattle through Kiowa and Comanche country. But he and the hard-bitten Texas men he rode with weren't welcome on the respectable side of town.
Author: LOUIS LAMOUR
With Kitchen Simple, James Peterson, one of America's most celebrated cookbook authors and renowned cooking instructors, delivers a definitive resource for the busy home cook. Elevating routine, weekday fare into exciting culinary creations, Peterson proves unequivocally that great food need not be complicated or time-consuming to prepare.
More than 200 recipes, such as Summer Steak Salad, Mexican-Style Gazpacho, White Bean Bruschetta, Red Cabbage with Bacon and Apples, and Ricotta Ravioli, are thoughtfully streamlined to require no more than 30 minutes of active prep time with delivery to the table in under an hour. For leisurely meals and celebratory occasions, there are also dozens of luxe dishes, like Red Wine Pot Roast, Eggplant Parmigiano, Duck Confit, and Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce. And, from the master of sauces, comes a paired-down primer on making foolproof Mayonnaise, Caper and Herb Sauce for vegetables and chicken, and an easy Béarnaise to dress up grilled fish.
Kitchen Simple presents creative possibilities for weeknight meals, quick-and-easy breakfasts, impromptu dinner parties, and inspired last-minute desserts. And with Peterson's invaluable variations, cooks can confidently substitute harder-to-find ingredients with items already at hand. Additional advice on how to stock a pantry with staples to make everyday cooking even easier, plus an inventory of truly indispensable kitchen tools, makes Kitchen Simple a go-to source of inspiration for cooks of all persuasions: novice or experienced, time-pressed or laid-back, casual or serious.
Author: James Peterson