• Gardening

Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach

Natural Solutions for Better Gardens & Yards
Author: Elizabeth Murphy
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
ISBN: 1627886125
Category: Gardening
Page: 200
View: 1292
This is your down-to-earth, complete manual for achieving great gardening results with your own rich, organic soil! How do you recognize healthy soil? How much can your existing soil be improved? What are the best amendments to use for your soil? Let Building Soil answer your questions and be your guide on gardening from the ground up! Fertilizing, tilling, weed management, and irrigation all affect the quality of your soil. Using author Elizabeth Murphy's detailed instructions, anyone can become a successful soil-based gardener, whether you want to start a garden from scratch or improve an existing garden. If you want methods that won't break your back, are good for the environment, and create high-yielding and beautiful gardens of all shapes and sizes, this is the book for you! Create classic landscape gardens, grow a high-yielding orchard, nurture naturally beautiful lawns, raise your household veggies, or run a profitable farm. A soil-based approach allows you to see not just the plants, but the living system that grows them. Soil-building practices promote more ecologically friendly gardening by reducing fertilizer and pesticide use, sequestering greenhouse gases, and increasing overall garden productivity. Building Soil is a simple book full of practical, up-to-date information about building healthy soils. Simple methods perfect for the home gardener's use put healthy, organic soil within everyone's reach. You don't need a degree in soil management to understand this book; you only need a yard or garden and the desire to improve it at the most basic level.

    • Gardening

Square Metre Gardening High-Value Vegetables

Homegrown Produce Ranked by Value
Author: Mel Bartholomew
Publisher: ool Springs Press
ISBN: 1627889841
Category: Gardening
Page: 128
View: 1963
Which vegetables should you plant in your garden? The answer really comes down to maths. It doesn't matter where you garden - in an allotment, in containers, in raised beds or straw bales, or in a Square Metre Garden - deciding which vegetables to plant is perhaps the biggest factor in whether or not your garden succeeds. While success means many things to many gardeners, there's no avoiding the issue of cost versus payback. Does it make sense to spend £3 and use up almost a metre of garden space to grow one cabbage when you can buy a beautiful one at the farmers market for £1? Author Mel Bartholomew has been a gardener and engineer for many years and he has learned this: Even in the garden, maths is your friend. In Square Metre Gardening: High-Value Vegetables, Bartholomew describes how to apply basic maths (and a little economics) to any vegetable garden and get some objective answers about which vegetables give you the best return on investment. In this latest book in the Square Metre Gardening family, Bartholomew ranks the vegetables that are most common for home-growing and concludes which ones give you the most value for your investment. He looks at many factors and makes hundreds of calculations, and the answers all become clear. And in the process he finds some surprises (tomato lovers will be pleased, but if you grow potatoes, you're in for a shock). In the end, though, there are so many things to think about when you're choosing plants - whether or not they are edible - but the truth is, you'd be a bit foolish not to think about ROI. With Bartholomew's new book, you can do it without ever taking out a calculator. You'll find the information incredibly valuable when it's time to plan your own vegetable garden. Plus, you'll find plenty of great tips along the way for maximizing the value you get from each and every crop you plant.

    • Gardening

Square Foot Gardening High-Value Veggies

Homegrown Produce Ranked by Value
Author: Mel Bartholomew
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1591866685
Category: Gardening
Page: 128
View: 6922
Calculate the return on investment for your vegetable garden and get the most bang for your gardening bucks! Get the most return on investment from your garden by calculating which vegetables, fruits, and herbs give the highest payback. To make the selection process of what to grow easy, Mel Bartholomew--author of the best-selling Square Foot Gardening--has a new book to maximize your garden's ROI. High-Value Veggies is an easy-to-use reference book helping gardeners choose edibles that make the most financial and spatial sense. Explore the thought processes and math behind growing vegetables and herbs in order to craft the best plan for your produce. Maximizing your garden's yield is no simple task. Consider the tomato; most people think it's a safe bet for a high-yield return - but which variety? Heirloom tomatoes typically cost $5 or more a pound at farmers' markets. You can beat that price by growing Cherokee Purples from seed at a net cost of only 80 cents per pound. If you plant purchased seedlings, the cost will go up to about $1 a pound--and that's including the cost of water and fertilizer. High-Value Veggies makes this cost evaluation for each vegetable easy. Whether you're interested in growing tomatoes, pumpkins, cabbage, corn, or anything else, it's wise to consider the invisible dollar signs sown along the way. The relative ROI for each veggie in High-Value Veggies is calculated based on dollar value generated for each square foot planted. You don't need to be a math whiz to plan your next vegetable garden. Bartholomew has done the math for you, and he has cost-effective answers.

    • Technology & Engineering

Building Soils for Better Crops


Author: Fred Magdoff,Harold Van Es
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 230
View: 5264

    • House & Home

The Ultimate Guide to Soil

The Real Dirt on Cultivating Crops, Compost, and a Healthier Home
Author: Anna Hess
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781634507707
Category: House & Home
Page: 296
View: 3418
Have you noticed the extraordinary flavors and yields emanating from even a small garden when the soil is just right? If you've ever been envious of your neighbor's dirt or just curious about homesteading, then The Ultimate Guide to Soil is perfect for you. The book begins with a personality test for your soil, then uses that information to plan a course of action for revitalizing poor soil and turning good dirt into great earth. Next, you'll learn to start and maintain a no-till garden, to balance nutrients with remineralization, and to boost organic matter with easy cover crops. Don't forget the encyclopedic overview of organic soil amendments at the end.

    • Gardening

Good Soil

Manure, compost and nourishment for your garden
Author: Tina Råman
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 9780711238725
Category: Gardening
Page: 256
View: 4396
Maximise your garden, whatever you grow in it, with some Swedish expertise. Plants need nutrients to grow, flower and bear fruit, nutrients that can be found in offal, the sea, fire, rocks, rubbish and, of course, dung heaps. Tina Råman digs into every aspect of nurturing your soil, from chemistry and biology to history and philosophy, giving you practical advice, generous tips and above all masses of inspiration. She lifts the lid on old and reliable fertilisation methods and opens the doors to new resource-efficient and environmentally-smart cultivation techniques. Good Soil doesn’t look like a typical gardening book but it’s a book that everyone interested in gardening needs.

    • Gardening

Practical Organic Gardening

The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally
Author: Mark Highland
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1591866871
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
View: 3223
A guide to organic gardening offers tips on soil selection, using natural remedies for pests and diseases, and repurposing vintage containers.

    • Gardening

Gardenista

The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces
Author: Michelle Slatalla
Publisher: Artisan Books
ISBN: 1579656528
Category: Gardening
Page: 408
View: 9995
Our homes' outdoor spaces can--and should--be as welcoming and carefully considered as our living rooms; when treated as extensions of our homes, these spaces enrich our lives immeasurably. That was the guiding principle when, under the direction of editor in chief Michelle Slatalla (whose New York Times style columns were weekly must-reads for a decade), the team behind Remodelista.com launched sister site Gardenista.com. Like Remodelista, Gardenista caters to an older, more established audience (75 percent of readers are over the age of 35) and is known for its sophisticated, well-edited aesthetic. The book contains lushly photographed tours of 12 enviable gardens; planting guides for a variety of climates and color palettes; in-depth case studies on more than a dozen outdoor structures (from yoga studios to chicken coops); do-it-yourself projects; easy-to-implement design ideas; "The Gardenista 100," a guide to timeless everyday objects for the outdoors; plus advice from landscape professionals. Equal parts inspiration and expert intel, Gardenista is both a perfect starting point and an all-in-one manual when questions arise.

    • Gardening

The Rodale Book of Composting

Easy Methods for Every Gardener
Author: Deborah L. Martin,Grace Gershuny
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9780878579914
Category: Gardening
Page: 278
View: 4221
Explains what composting is and how it works, provides instructions for making and using compost, and offers ecologically sound solutions to waste disposal problems

    • House & Home

Bokashi Composting

Scraps to Soil in Weeks
Author: Adam Footer
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550925490
Category: House & Home
Page: 176
View: 8085
The safe, clean, and convenient way to compost all your food scraps.

    • Gardening

Container Garden Idea Book


Author: Editors & Contributors of Fine Gardening
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 1600853951
Category: Gardening
Page: 218
View: 9561
An illustrated guide to container gardening includes more than 300 photos, plant recipes, and practical design information on container gardens of all shapes and sizes. Original.

    • Gardening

The Magical World of Moss Gardening


Author: Annie Martin
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604697164
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
View: 6103
“This is a fascinating books for anyone wanting to truly broaden the range of plants they grow.” —Gardens Illustrated Moss is an extraordinary plant—it grows without roots, flowers, or stems. Despite being overlooked, in many ways, moss is perfect: it provides year-round color, excels in difficult climates, prevents soil erosion, and resists pests and disease. In The Magical World of Moss Gardening, bryophyte expert Annie Martin reveals how moss can be used in stunning, eco-friendly spaces. The beautifully illustrated guide includes basics on designing and planting a moss garden, as an inspiring tour of the most magical public and private moss gardens throughout the country.

    • Agriculture

Southern Cultivator


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Agriculture
Page: N.A
View: 8835

    • Gardening

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden

A Natural Approach to Pest Control
Author: Jessica Walliser
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604695749
Category: Gardening
Page: 240
View: 1903
Winner of the American Horticultural Society Book Award Insects are indeed valuable garden companions, especially the assassin bugs, damsel bugs, stink bugs, and other predatory carnivores that eat the insects that dine on your garden. Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden is a book about bugs and plants, and how to create a garden that benefits from both. In addition to information on companion planting and commercial options for purchasing bugs, there are 19 detailed bug profiles and 39 plant profiles. These profiles include a description, a photograph for identification, an explanation of what they can do to support pest control. Design plans show how to create a border specifically for the natural, sustainable inclusion of beneficial bugs in your garden.

    • Gardening

Garden and Home Builder


Author: Leonard Barron
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gardening
Page: N.A
View: 7156

    • Gardening

Gaia's Garden

A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture
Author: Toby Hemenway
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603580298
Category: Gardening
Page: 313
View: 4905
This extensively revised and expanded edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban gardeners. The text's message is that working with nature, not against it, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.

    • Gardening

The Garden Magazine


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gardening
Page: N.A
View: 7412

    • Gardening

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
View: 9782
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.

Garden Myths


Author: Robert Pavlis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781542465229
Category:
Page: 206
View: 5184
Garden Myths examines over 120 horticultural urban legends. Turning wisdom on its head, Robert Pavlis dives deep into traditional garden advice and debunks the myths and misconceptions that abound. He asks critical questions and uses science-based information to understand plants and their environment. Armed with the truth, Robert then turns this knowledge into easy-to-follow advice. - Is fall the best time to clean the garden? - Do bloom boosters work?- Will citronella plants reduce mosquitoes in the garden?- Do pine needles acidify soil?- Should tomatoes be suckered?- Should trees be staked at planting time? - Can burlap keep your trees warm in winter?- Will a pebble tray increase humidity for houseplants? "Garden Myths is a must-read for anyone who wants to use environmentally sound practices. This fascinating and informative book will help you understand plants better, reduce unnecessary work, convince you to buy fewer products and help you enjoy gardening more."