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Culture and Horticulture
Culture and Horticulture
Bio-Dynamic Farming

Wolf D. Storl

This book is a well written and thoroughly researched introduction to gardening. It informs in both the wider aspects -- linking horticulture to historical, philosophical, and cosmological contexts -- as well as in practical down-to-earth details. There are chapters on the pioneers of organic agriculture, basic mineral processes, plant evolution, the structure of soil, nutrients and fertilizers, cosmic influences, atmospheric factors, compost, companion planting, crop rotation, weeds, insects, teas, biotic substances, cooking, nutrition, food handling, seed selection, and care of tools.

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Four-Season Harvest
Four-Season Harvest
Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

Eliot Coleman

From first sentence to last, Coleman's (The New Organic Gardener) book is a delight--an earnest guide written with an impish sense of humor. It will refresh anyone who wants to get the most from a vegetable garden yet doesn't want to devote too much time and energy to the process. Apparently Coleman thoroughly enjoys every phase of gardening--from planting crops to weeding. Who else has ever suggested, only half in jest, dancing with a hoe? Or keeping a pair of ducks for pest patrol? This is that kind of book. It's also a book full of valuable information on how to harvest fresh vegetables and salad ingredients literally year-round--yet without an expensive greenhouse or indoor light garden set-up. Coleman combines succession planting (small sowings three or more times, rather than one big endeavor) with cold-frame growing in the winter months.

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Fresh Food From Small Spaces
Fresh Food From Small Spaces
The Square-Inch Gardener

R. J. Ruppenthal

The square inch gardener's guide to year-round growing, fermenting, and sprouting. Books on container gardening have been wildly popular with urban and suburban readers, but until now, there has been no comprehensive "how-to" guide for growing fresh food in the absence of open land.

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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate
Gardening at the Dragon's Gate
At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World

Wendy Johnson

Johnson has served as head gardener for San Francisco's Green Gulch Farm Center, a place of exceptional tranquility and vibrancy where her daily devotional meditation practices became as essential to the health and productivity of her gardens as they were to her body and soul. Espousing seven essential principles that demonstrate respect for the land through organic gardening and ecological farming, Johnson relates practical information about botanical basics, such as planting, growth, and propagation, as well as the craft of gardening, such as designing, tending, and harvesting. Viewed through the prism of an elemental understanding of the unbridled life that exists in every garden, Johnson's wisdom is conveyed with a lyrical, poetic, yet pragmatic sensibility that both calms the mind and excites the imagination.

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How To Grow Fresh Air
How To Grow Fresh Air
50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home Or Office

B. C. Wolverton

The book thoroughly discusses the problems associated with poor indoor air quality and provides a natural solution through the use of houseplants. It is gorgeously illustrated with color photographs and makes a wonderful gift.

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In Resonance with Nature
In Resonance with Nature
Holistic Healing for Plants and Land

Hans Andeweg

Around the world, as well as close to home, much of our land is in crisis. Harmful pollutants have left plants, soil, fields and forests seriously damaged, and our future on this planet is the balance. This timely book examines a number of theories of natural energy, and presents practical techniques for diagnosing and healing plants and land, including the use of vibrations. A variety of projects conducted by Hans Andeweg have proved his methods to be remarkably successful in improving the vitality of treated areas, including forests, estates and gardens. Through progressive exercises the author demonstrates how you can start your own healing projects, even on the smallest scale. He also looks at what it means to have 'green fingers', and the remarkable influence of our own attitudes towards plants and trees. This is an important book about how we, for good or ill, affect the natural world and what we can do to repair the damage that is all too evident around us.

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Invasive Plant Medicine
Invasive Plant Medicine
The Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives

Timothy Lee Scott

This is the first book to explain how plants originally considered harmful to the environment actually restore Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. It explains how invasive plants enhance biodiversity, purify ecosystems, and revitalize the land. The role of 25 invasive plants such as dandelions, kudzu, and Scotch broom is detailed for readers.

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Micro Eco-Farming
Micro Eco-Farming
Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage In Partnership with the Earth

Barbara Berst Adams

There is a quiet revolution happening in our time: the emergence of microfarms on tiny acreages that achieve astounding yields of organic produce and provide a better-tasting alternative to the products of big agri-business. Micro eco-farmers across the nation are profiting from small acreages to small-town backyards. Their livelihoods restore the planet while creating an abundance of healthy products produced in very small spaces. Micro Eco-Farming details how the new micro eco-farmers succeed on mini-farms of from one to five acres, how they start with nothing, what traits they share, and what secrets they know. In addition to presenting close-ups of those who are actually earning a full-time income for at least one adult, Micro Eco-Farming also provides a treasury of what you can grow, what farming methods you can use, and how the farmers reach their markets in surprisingly creative, new ways. The book outlines the emerging new sustainable production methods and distills the methods that have increased production on small ground from double to up to 40 times that of conventional growing.

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Seeds of Deception
Seeds of Deception
Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating

Jeffrey M. Smith

Are genetically modified foods safe? Longtime anti-GM foods campaigner Smith presents the "opposing" case. He offers cases where GM produced results that were at best unexpected (increased starch content in potatoes), at worst grotesque (pigs without genitals).

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The Edible Flower Garden
The Edible Flower Garden
Edible Garden Series

Rosalind Creasy

"The Edible Flower Garden" provides a comprehensive guide to selecting and growing flowers that can be used for cookery, both as garnishes and as ingredients. Creasy talks with Alice Waters, chef of Chez Panisse, and acknowledged inventor of California cuisine.

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Wild Flowers and Flora of the Americas:
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Wild Flowers and Flora of the Americas:
An authoritative guide to more than 750 native wild flowers of the USA, Canada

Michael Lavelle

Flowering plants provide a welcome and colourful sight, whether long-loved shrubby perennials or bright and fleeting annuals. They are vital to our ecology and a clear indication of the health of the countryside. Hard cover with dust jacket. List price $35.00.

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The Natural Habitat Garden
The Natural Habitat Garden

Ken Druse

Now in paperback, this classic book shows American gardeners how they can create beautiful native-plant gardens. Through 500 color photographs of 35 gardens across the country, Ken Druse introduces nature's original communities: grasslands, drylands, wetlands, and woodlands. Listings of plant sources, places to visit, and societies and organizations have been updated for this edition.

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