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The North American Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar: 2018

The North American Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar: 2018 Lowest new price: $7.62
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Author: Matthias Thun

The 2018 Maria Thun biodynamic calendar, now in its 56th year, adapted for North American (Eastern Standard Time) dates and times. This useful guide shows the optimum days for sowing, pruning, and harvesting various plant-crops, as well as working with bees. It includes Thun's unique insights, which go above and beyond the standard information presented in some other lunar calendars. It is presented in colour with clear symbols and explanations. The calendar includes a pullout wallchart that can be pinned up in a barn, shed or greenhouse as a handy quick reference.

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The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden Lowest new price: $18.90
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Author: Johanna Silver
Brand: The Ruth Bancroft Garden Johanna Silver

“For those of you—and your numbers are growing—gardening in drought-stricken parts of the country, The Bold Dry Garden will quench your thirst for inspiration.” —New York Times Book Review

Ruth Bancroft is a dry gardening pioneer. Her lifelong love of plants led to the creation of one of the most acclaimed public gardens, The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California. The Bold Dry Garden offers unparalleled access to the garden and the extraordinary woman responsible for it. In its stunningly photographed pages, you’ll discover the history of the garden and the design principles and plant palette that make it unique. Packed with growing and maintenance tips, profiles of signature plants for a dry garden, and innovative design techniques, The Bold Dry Garden has everything you need to create a garden that is lush, waterwise, and welcoming. 

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How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine

How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine Lowest new price: $14.75
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Author: John Jeavons

The world's leading resource on biointensive, sustainable, high-yield organic gardening is thoroughly updated throughout, with new sections on using 12 percent less water and increasing compost power.

Long before it was a trend, How to Grow More Vegetables brought backyard ecosystems to life for the home gardener by demonstrating sustainable growing methods for spectacular organic produce on a small but intensive scale. How to Grow More Vegetables has become the go-to reference for food growers at every level, whether home gardeners dedicated to nurturing backyard edibles with minimal water in maximum harmony with nature's cycles, or a small-scale commercial producer interested in optimizing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity. In the ninth edition, author John Jeavons has revised and updated each chapter, including new sections on using less water and increasing compost power.

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Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables

Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables Lowest new price: $7.83
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Author: Mike Bubel
Brand: Workman Publishing
Model: PA-66703

Stretch the resources of your small backyard garden further than ever before, without devoting hundreds of hours to canning! This informative and inspiring guide shows you not only how to construct your own root cellar, but how to best use the earth’s naturally cool, stable temperature as an energy-saving way to store nearly 100 varieties of perishable fruits and vegetables.

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Terrariums - Gardens Under Glass: Designing, Creating, and Planting Modern Indoor Gardens

Terrariums - Gardens Under Glass: Designing, Creating, and Planting Modern Indoor Gardens Lowest new price: $15.57
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Author: Maria Colletti
Brand: Maria Colletti

Dive into the ultimate handcrafted, fun way to bring the natural world indoors!

Terrariums are back and better than ever! If you haven't seen this virtually foolproof and no-fuss way to bring nature indoors in the last forty years, you are in for a treat. Whether you live in an apartment, are chained to an office desk, or just want to be surrounded by green, living things, creating terrariums is a delightful way to combine the worlds of home decor and gardening. Terrarium expert and teacher Maria Colletti makes designing your very own interior gardens easy with step-by-step photos of over twenty of her own designs. Get all of the information you need on the "it" plants of today--tillandsias (air plants), orchids, mosses, cacti, and succulents, along with "traditional" terrarium ferns.

Learn how to transform basic designs using moss, air plants, succulents, vertical planters, hanging glass globes, and more into an unlimited creative palette. Once you know the basics (the plants, the vessels, and a basic understanding of soil, water, and humidity), you can mix and match for an endless exploration of your own creativity!

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Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects

Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects Lowest new price: $12.75
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Author: The Xerces Society
Brand: Workman Publishing

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Welcome the world’s most exquisite visitors to your garden! Gardening for Butterflies, by the experts at the Xerces Society, introduces you to a variety of colorful garden guests who need our help, and shows you how to design a habitat where they will thrive. This optimistic call to arms is packed with everything you need to create a beautiful, beneficial, butterfly-filled garden. Gardeners will learn why butterflies matter, why they are in danger, and what simple steps we can take to make a difference. You'll learn how to choose the right plants, how to design a butterfly-friendly garden, and how to create a garden that flutters and flourishes with life.

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Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom

Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom Lowest new price: $26.11
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Author: Monty Don

NOW A UK BESTSELLERUnrivalled gardening wisdom from Monty Don, including essential tips, knowledge and musings from his 50 years of gardening experience. Written as he talks, this is Monty Don right beside you in the garden, challenging norms and sharing advice. Discover Monty's thoughts and garden ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers, and much more. Read about the month-by month jobs he does in his own garden that he hopes are relevant to you. Monty's intimate and lyrical writing is accompanied by photos of his garden, showing areas rarely seen on television. This is the perfect gift for the gardener in your life."I have written many gardening books but this is the distillation of 50 years of gardening experience. It has all the tips and essential pieces of knowledge that enable you to make your garden grow well, and it also shares my view that gardening is the secret to living well too." - Monty

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Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century, Revised & Updated

Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century, Revised & Updated Lowest new price: $15.19
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Author: Dick and James Strawbridge
Brand: DK Publishing

Take the proper steps to live more sustainably. Learn how to reduce waste, use wind and solar energy to power your home, and grow your own food. Written by BBC personalities Dick and James Strawbridge, this manual for the modern age is complete guide to a simpler, greener, and cleaner lifestyle.

With step-by-step guidance and techniques, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century combines traditional skills and crafts with modern technological advances to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Perfect for both urban and rural readers, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century has detailed illustrations and authoritative advice for tried-and-tested projects, including foraging for wild plants, finding natural remedies, composting, using green cleaners, and conserving energy at home. Learn how to can vegetables, garden in urban spaces, and the basics of animal husbandry.

Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century is the perfect book to show you just how easy and rewarding green living can be with simple changes that have a major impact.

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Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden

Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden Lowest new price: $9.50
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Author: Julie Bawden-Davis
Brand: Skyhorse Publishing

Fairy gardens are enjoying an astonishing surge in popularity and now you can begin making your own enchanting miniature landscapes, complete with pint-sized accessories, diminutive plants, and quaint fairy figures. Gardeners Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner provide you with step-by-step instructions for creating a magical garden that will attract Thumbelina herself!

Learn how to design, plant, accessorize, and care for your very own small corner of the world by following seven simple steps, including choosing the perfect container, planting luxurious pint-sized plants, decorating with properly scaled accessories, and telling a story through the delicate fairies you choose to inhabit your magical wonderland. Included are full-color photographs showcasing various types of fairy gardens and accessories, which are sure to inspire the designer in you! And best of all, these perennial gardens are perfect for the busy gardener, as they require less than ten minutes per week to maintain—this could be your new favorite hobby! For the inner child in us all, Fairy Gardening is sure to enchant both the novice and the experienced gardener who wishes to stir up Lilliputian flights of fancy.

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Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year

Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year Lowest new price: $15.84
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Author: Christina Pfeiffer
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Get ready for verdant greens and explosive color - it's all possible when you're a gardener living in the Pacific Northwest!

Do you live in the Pacific Northwest? Do you care about landscaping and gardening? Say no more - we've got the perfect book for you. Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening takes the guesswork out of gardening for anyone residing in the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia). With this book, you'll know what to do each month to enjoy a thriving gardening all year, from January to December. Chronologically organized, this guide is full of critical gardening when-to and how-to advice, along with illustrated step-by-step instructions.

The book's authors are Pacific Northwest gardening experts Christina Pfeiffer and Mary Robson. They both know this cool, wet, vivacious region inside and out and have written extensively on the subject. Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening combines the shared knowledge of Pfeiffer and Robson in one easy-to-read guide.

Inside the book, readers find brilliant Pacific Northwest garden photography and the most current information available. Complete with specific advice on growing gorgeous flowers (both annuals and perennials), strong trees, flowing groundcover, flowering shrubs, verdant lawns, and more, you won't find a better reference book. From planting to watering and fertilizing, from maintenance to problem solving, Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening shows all levels of gardeners the best practices for gardening in climates and weather conditions of all kinds. If you're a gardener living in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia, make sure this essential guide has a home on your bookshelf.

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