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The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It

by Valerie Easton & Jacqueline Knox

Do you ever lament that you'd love to be able to garden more, but just don't have the time? The demanding pace of modern life leaves little space for the pleasures of gardening. On the other hand, gardening...


Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds

by Amy Bryant Aiello

A terrarium is nothing less than a miniature world — one that you can create yourself. It might be a tiny rainforest, with lush foliage and bright tropical flowers. Or a desert, with strange succulents planted...


Herb Gardening from the Ground Up: Everything You Need to Know about Growing Your Favorite Herbs

by Larry Sheehan, Sal Gilbertie & Lauren Jarrett

Garden-fresh herbs impart flavor and fragrance that dried, packaged products simply can’t. Now, anyone with access to a few square yards of soil (or even a sunny patio or windowsill) can enjoy the punch and...


Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces

by Rhonda Massingham Hart

At last, an innovative solution for urbanites, apartment dwellers, and anyone who wants to grow food in small spaces — grow up! 

Vertical Vegetables & Fruit shows how easy and fun small-footprint food gardening...


How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers

by Arden Bucklin-Sporer & Rachel Pringle

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....


Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden

by Graham Kerr

"Kerr's book includes plenty of gardening advice, but the overall message suggests that the benefits of growing things are as much food for the soul as for dinner."

-Los Angeles Times

With more than two dozen...


Composting Inside and Out: The comprehensive guide to reusing trash, saving money and enjoying the benefits of organic gardening

by Stephanie Davies

Rethink Your Refuse

Hundreds of millions of tons of solid waste are produced in the U.S. annually, and the landfills simply store it, not eliminate it. Recycling diverts significant amounts of waste, but the...


Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

by Nancy Ross Hugo

Have you ever seen the delicate flowers of a red maple? The emerging leaves of a tulip poplar? The twigs of a beech? When you look at a tree up close, you begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way. Seeing...


The Bumper Book of Nature: A User's Guide to the Great Outdoors

by Stephen Moss

When was the last time you climbed a tree? Picked blackberries? Held a snail race? Made maple syrup candy, an old-fashioned quill pen from a bird feather you found, or a plaster cast of an animal track?  If...


Fearless Color Gardens: The Creative Gardener's Guide to Jumping Off the Color Wheel

by Keeyla Meadows

Renowned garden artist Keeyla Meadows sees the world in strong, saturated shades. Fearless Color Gardens brings this unique vision to life by showing how to use wild, uninhibited color to connect indoor and...


Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques

by AlanL. Detrick

Gardeners and nature lovers delight in taking pictures - especially close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and insects. And though advances in digital camera technology have made taking, storing, and sharing photos...


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading

by Sundari Elizabeth Kraft

How to save money, time, and the environment-on the urban frontier.

With The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly-and save money and time-in...


RX from the Garden

by Kathleen Barnes

Your backyard becomes an all-natural pharmacy! Colds. Headaches. Upset stomach, Allergy symptoms. Depression. Circulation problems. This timely book goes beyond using herbs as medicine; it also focuses on beneficial...


The Art of Setting Stones: & Other Writings from the Japanese Garden

by Marc Keane

A garden designer in Japan looks deeply into nature and composition to discover truth and beauty.


Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee

by Hattie Ellis

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali both consumed bee pollen to boost energy, or that beekeepers in nineteenth-century Europe viewed their bees as part of the family? Or that after man, the honeybee,...


Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on thePlanet

by Susan Brackney

A guided tour inside the world of bees

Overtaxed and underrecognized-and now disappearing in alarming numbers- bees are the unsung heroes of the food chain, essential for the pollination of more than ninety...


Designing with Grasses

by Neil Lucas

Designing with Grasses shows gardeners not just what grasses are available, but how to design with grasses in different settings, including meadows, lawns, green roofs, and more. Design ideas are supported by...


The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting & Pruning Techniques

by Tracy DiSabato-Aust

With more than 180,000 copies sold since its original publication, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, in this expanded edition, there's...


Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web

by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis

Smart gardeners know that soil is anything but an inert substance. Healthy soil is teeming with life — not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms....


The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden

by Ivette Soler

People everywhere are turning patches of soil into bountiful vegetable gardens, and each spring a new crop of beginners pick up trowels and plant seeds for the first time. They're planting tomatoes in raised...


The Book of Little Hostas: 200 Small, Very Small, and Mini Varieties

by Michael Shadrack & KathyGuest Shadrack

Hostas are irresistible. Their sculptural leaves and appealing textures make it difficult to stop at one, and it is easy to fill a garden with them. Help is at hand with this attractive guide to the popular...


Armitage's Vines and Climbers: A Gardener's Guide to the Best Vertical Plants

by AllanM. Armitage

Climbing plants are a largely untapped resource for today's gardeners. Because their habit of growth is primarily vertical, they can be used to provide privacy, screen eyesores, and draw the eye upward to create...


The Essential Garden Design Workbook

by Rosemary Alexander

The Essential Garden Design Workbook guides the reader through every stage of planning a garden - how to survey a site, how to choose landscaping materials, and how to develop planting schemes. This fully revised...


So You Want to Start a Nursery

by Tony Avent

When Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit "without doing...


The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition

by Rick Darke & William Robinson

William Robinson's revolutionary book, The Wild Garden, envisioned an authentically naturalistic approach to gardening that is more vital today than ever before. First published in 1870, The Wild Garden evolved...


Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols

by RoyC. Dicks & Beverley Nichols

Beverley Nichols (1898-1983) was a prolific author, playwright, composer, and media personality.

Though much of his work has been forgotten, his garden writing has stood the test of time. His amusing anecdotes,...


Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

by Andrea Bellamy & Jackie Connelly

Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sautéing the edible stalks...


Designing with Succulents

by DebraLee Baldwin

Succulent plants offer dazzling possibilities for garden design and require only minimal maintenance to remain lush and alluring year round. Featuring the work of more than 50 professional garden designers and...


The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

by Saxon Holt & John Greenlee

If there's one lesson every homeowner must learn, it's this: The traditional lawn is a huge, time consuming, synthetic-chemical sucking mistake. The time has come to look for new ways to create friendly, livable...


The Truth about Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawnbacks, and the Bottom Line

by Jeff Gillman

Gardeners tend to assume that any organic product is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment—and in most cases this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating,...


The Complete Chile Pepper Book: A Gardener's Guide to Choosing, Growing, Preserving, and Cooking

by Dave DeWitt & PaulW. Bosland

Chile peppers are hot - in every sense of the word. They add culinary fire to thousands of dishes from a variety of cuisines and inspire near-fanatical devotion in those who have succumbed to their incendiary...


Growing Herbs in Containers: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-179

by Sal Gilbertie & Maggie Oster

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles...


10 Steps to Beautiful Roses: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-110

by Maggie Oster

    GROW BEAUTIFUL ROSES IN 10 SIMPLE STEPS!

The rose has inspired artists, writers, and composers for centuries.  Now you can join the ranks of those inspired gardeners who cultivate roses in their home...


The Organic Lawn Care Manual: A Natural, Low-Maintenance System for a Beautiful, Safe Lawn

by Paul Tukey

In the modern suburban landscape, beautiful, green lawns are perhaps the most ubiquitous feature of all. It's difficult to imagine a friendly neighborhood without broad, clean stretches of neatly shorn grass....


How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (But True) Stories of Common Vegetables

by Rebecca Rupp

How Carrots Won the Trojan War is a delightful collection of little-known stories about the origins, legends, and historical significance of 23 of the world’s most popular vegetables. Curious cooks, gardeners,...


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