The Complete Guide to Companion Planting

Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601383452
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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The idea of companion planting has gained popularity in the gardening community as a viable take on how gardeners should grow and cultivate their plants. Pairing certain plants together and making sure others are separated can create beneficial relationships for all your plants. Whether you are planting tomatoes and onions or carrots and corn, properly pairing plants can have a major impact on your harvest and the quality of your vegetables. The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful shows you everything you need to know to effectively pair your crops to ensure you get the most out of every seed. You will learn the basics of crop rotation and how the Iroquois first used companion planting to improve their harvests. You will learn how to work with natural conditions in your garden and which pairings will give you the best produce and the most vibrant flowers. You will learn about how to prepare your garden and how to create an easy-to-follow gardening schedule. This book teaches you the best — and worst — companions for annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, shrubs, and vines. We’ve interviewed several gardeners who use companion planting and have seen the difference it makes compared to standard gardening practices. This book offers you top tips and methods for this style of gardening, as well as information about which plants bring beneficial insects and which ones keep pests away. The Complete Guide to Companion Planting will give you everything you need to know to plot out and plant your perfect garden.

Great Garden Companions

A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden
Author: Sally Jean Cunningham
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9780875968476
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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Designed to help readers make organic gardening easy and productive by using plants themselves instead of chemical care, a gardener offers a system that encourages pest-free growth

Burpee The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener

A Guide To Growing Your Garden Organically
Author: Karan Davis Cutler
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780028620053
Category: Gardening
Page: 448
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A Backyard-Gardener’s Guide to Growing a Bountiful, Great-Tasting Harvest The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener features: A full-color encyclopedia of over 100 vegetables and herbs with detailed, expert advice on growing them successfully from planting to harvest Planting and growing techniques that keep maintenance to a minimum Entries on how to grow unusual edibles, such as refreshing mesclun for salads, colorful edible flowers, spicy mustards, and more Descriptions and photos of a host of succulent vegetables, both hybrids and heirlooms, from common to exotic Complete information on improving even the poorest garden soil using safe, organic techniques, plus practical advice on making compost Recommendations on garden tools you need–and those you don’t Information on controlling pests and diseases organically, without resorting to poisonous sprays Spectacular full-color photographs of vegetables and herbs, food gardens, and edible landscapes, plus 30 black-and-white line drawings

The Fruit Gardener's Bible

A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden
Author: Lewis Hill,Leonard Perry
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603427848
Category: Gardening
Page: 320
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Enjoy bushels of crispy apples and baskets of juicy blueberries from your own backyard. Authors Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry provide everything you need to know to successfully grow delicious organic fruit at home, from choosing the best varieties for your area to planting, pruning, and harvesting a bountiful crop. With tips on cultivating strawberries, raspberries, grapes, pears, peaches, and more, this essential reference guide will inspire year after year of abundantly fruitful gardening.

Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard

A Beginner's Guide to Growing Crops at Home
Author: Colin McCrate,Brad Halm
Publisher: Skipstone
ISBN: 1594856842
Category: Gardening
Page: 320
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Easy gardening instruction for saving money and eating better by growing your own food in the city

Starting Seeds

How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed. A Storey BASICS® Title
Author: Barbara W. Ellis
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 160342850X
Category: Gardening
Page: 128
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Get a jump on the gardening season! In this Storey BASICS® guide, Barbara Ellis provides the basic information that you need to start a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seed. Ellis shares simple, proven techniques for sowing seeds, managing indoor plants, and creating proper growing conditions so your seedlings can thrive. Packed with expert advice suitable for both beginners and experienced gardeners, Starting Seeds will inspire you to plant a seed and watch it grow.

How to Grow a School Garden

A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers
Author: Arden Bucklin-Sporer,Rachel Pringle
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604692553
Category: Gardening
Page: 224
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“A school garden is a tremendously valuable tool to help young people turn book knowledge into real experience. This book is a must-have resource for anyone considering embarking on a youth gardening adventure.” —Mike Metallo, President, National Gardening Association In this groundbreaking resource, two school garden pioneers offer parents, teachers, and school administrators everything they need to know to build school gardens and to develop the programs that support them. Today both schools and parents have a unique opportunity—and an increasing responsibility—to cultivate an awareness of our finite resources, to reinforce values of environmental stewardship, to help students understand concepts of nutrition and health, and to connect children to the natural world. What better way to do this than by engaging young people, their families, and teachers in the wondrous outdoor classroom that is their very own school garden? It's all here: developing the concept, planning, fund-raising, organizing, designing the space, preparing the site, working with parents and schools, teaching in the garden, planting, harvesting, and even cooking, with kid-friendly recipes and year-round activities. Packed with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8, this hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.

Back to Basics

A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1629148628
Category: House & Home
Page: 456
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The classic guide to self-sufficiency, with more than 200,000 copies sold—now fully updated! 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.

Epic Tomatoes

How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time
Author: Craig LeHoullier
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612122094
Category: Gardening
Page: 256
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Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier provides everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes, from planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to various pests and tomato diseases, explaining how best to avoid them. With beautiful photographs and intriguing tomato profiles throughout, Epic Tomatoes celebrates one of the most versatile and delicious crops in your garden.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organic Living


Author: Eliza Sarasohn,Sonia Weiss
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101019476
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 336
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Everyone knows that we should be doing more to be good to our body, but moving toward an organic lifestyle can be overwhelming. This guide provides step-by-step information on everything from food to cleaning products to how to detoxify our bodies. It includes choosing quality natural products, exploring holistic alternatives to conventional medicine, and determining what to eat - and what not to eat. - Global market for organic products reached $38.6 billion in 2006 - Practical, step-by-step advice for making the transition

The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food


Author: Tanya L. K. Denckla
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781580173704
Category: Gardening
Page: 485
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A single-volume reference for organic food gardening is arranged in an A-to-Z format that covers planting, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, storing, working in a greenhouse, and preventing and combating plant diseases and garden pests. Original.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Greenhouses & Garden Projects

Greenhouses, Cold Frames, Compost Bins, Trellises, Planting Beds, Potting Benches & More
Author: Philip Schmidt
Publisher: Creative Publishing international
ISBN: 1610590171
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
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DIVOne of the hottest consumer trends is the new importance on outdoor living, and nothing brings the outdoor home to life like a greenhouse and other accessories to help grow and nurture landscape greenery. This book has plans and step by step for constructing and appointing greenhouses of several varieties, from glass-wall to hoophouse; some from kits, some from scratch; also includes plans and steps for other garden structures and accessories. Includes projects suitable to homes and landscapes of all types—urban, suburban, and rural. /div

Raised Row Gardening

Incredible Organic Produce with No Tilling and Minimal Weeding
Author: Jim & Mary Competti
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
ISBN: 1624144950
Category: Gardening
Page: 192
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Easier and Cheaper to Set Up Than Raised Beds! For homeowners young and old looking for the easiest and most affordable way to grow the most vegetables, the Raised Row method shared in this breakthrough book is the new go-to choice. In the past decade, raised bed gardening has been wildly popular, but it requires buying wood or another material to build the raised beds, which quickly becomes expensive and labor intense. A raised row garden uses just soil and mulch, such as shredded leaves, to create raised growing rows and walking rows. This method is more budget-friendly, natural and just as effective to control weeds and see an impressive harvest your first year. Jim and Mary Competti, founders of the blog Old World Garden Farms, are the leaders of this gardening revolution. They’ve perfected and streamlined their method over several years. They spend only a few minutes per day maintaining a large garden that provides their family with food for the whole year. In this book, they share their secrets so anyone can do it too. Raised rows utilize straw mulch, compost and cover crops to enrich the soil you have and keep down weeds naturally. This way, no backbreaking overturning of the beds is required, as it is for traditional row gardening. Now, readers can work less and enjoy the fruits of their gardens more!

Storey's Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables & Herbs for Market

Site & Crop Selection * Planting, Care & Harvesting * Business Basics
Author: Keith Stewart
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603429077
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 560
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Keith Stewart covers everything you need to know to successfully grow and market your own organic vegetables and herbs. Offering expert tips on choosing a growing site, soil fertility, companion planting, irrigation, organic farming techniques, dealing with pests, and harvesting, Stewart also helps you design a business plan, manage employees, and find niche markets for your produce.

Gardening in the South

The Complete Homeowner's Guide
Author: Mark Weathington
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604695919
Category: Gardening
Page: 320
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Expert advice for Southern gardeners A gardener’s plant choice and garden style are inextricably linked to the place they call home. In order to grow a flourishing garden, every gardener must know the specifics of their region’s climate, soil, and geography. Gardening in the South is comprehensive, enthusiastic, and accessible to gardeners of all levels. It features information on site and plant selection, soil preparation and maintenance, and basic design principles. Plant profiles highlight the region’s best perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and bulbs. Color photographs throughout show wonderful examples of southern garden style. Gardening in the South is for home gardeners in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Container Gardening Complete

Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces
Author: Jessica Walliser
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1591866820
Category: Gardening
Page: 272
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The ideal book for urban gardeners, indoor gardeners, and vegetable gardeners, Container Gardening Complete is a thorough visual guide that will get you growing quickly! Whether you are growing vegetables, fruits, or flowers on an apartment balcony; creating a small vegetable garden for personal use; or decorating steps and walkways, Container Gardening Complete has everything you need to know to be successful. The methods described in this book are foolproof and easy to follow, with step-by-step directions and photographs, scalable projects for differing needs, and many great ideas for upscaled containers from things you have around your home. You’ll get to know the ins and outs of gardening in a small space, from the importance of drainage, irrigation, and other watering concerns to ornamental combinations of plants, and the very best vegetables, fruits, and nonedibles for container gardening. This is the best, most complete book on the market for container gardening.

Carrots Love Tomatoes

Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
Author: Louise Riotte
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603423966
Category: Gardening
Page: 224
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Plant parsley and asparagus together and you’ll have more of each, but keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. Utilize the natural properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest. With plenty of insightful advice and suggestions for planting schemes, Louise Riotte will inspire you to turn your garden into a naturally nurturing ecosystem.

Square Foot Gardening

A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work
Author: Mel Bartholomew
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9781579548568
Category: Gardening
Page: 346
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A new edition of the classic gardening handbook details a simple yet highly effective gardening system, based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares, that produces big yields with less space and with less work than with conventional row gardens. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.