Are you a beginning gardener wondering when to plant or how often to weed? Or an experienced grower who wants to increase flavor and yields? Take the guesswork out of gardening with Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook. Authors Ron and Jennifer Kujawski provide detailed weekly to-do lists—precisely customized to your own growing season—that break gardening down into simple and manageable tasks. Whether it’s planting strawberries, pinching off pumpkin blossoms, checking for tomato hornworm, or harvesting carrots, you’llknow exactly what to do — and exactly when and how to do it — for bountiful harvests and a stress-free gardening experience.
Harvest tropical fruits and berries from your own houseplants! Enjoy fresh coffee brewed from beans grown in the kitchen, juice from an orange picked in the living room, or pomegranate seeds from a tree in the dining room. It’s now possible in any climate. This book, from the co-owners of Logee’s Tropical Plants, gives you everything you need to successfully plant, grow, and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants — from chocolate to cherries, papaya to passion fruit, grapefruit to guava, pepper to pineapple. It’s easy, fun, and rewarding—and local food has never been more exotic.
Make your food garden more productive and more enjoyable! These 39 simple-to-make projects — including cold frames, compost bins, planters, raised beds, potting benches, gates, trellises, storage containers, outdoor furniture, and more — will increase your harvest, make your garden chores easier, and turn your garden and yard into an appealing outdoor space for relaxing and enjoying the fruits of your labors. Each project includes step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, complete materials and lumber lists, no-nonsense tips, and a four-color photograph of the finished product. Many of the projects are ideal for beginners, and most can be completed in just a few hours.
Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes, and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt will inspire you to grow, harvest, preserve, and cook with 26 of the most popular kitchen herbs, including basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and tarragon. A great gift for any herb lover.
Are you planning your very first vegetable garden? Confused about soil, garden layout, seeds, temperatures, planting schedules, fertilizers, pests, watering, harvesting? Master gardener Barbara Pleasant takes the guesswork and anxiety out of growing food, explaining in simple language exactly how to start, maintain, and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden, even in the smallest of spaces. Choose one of 24 no-fail, small-scale garden plans and find out how easy it is to enjoy your own fresh food all season long!
For more than a decade, this bestselling title has helped countless gardeners produce bountiful harvests of organic vegetables. Now, Ed Smith is back with a thoroughly revised and updated second edition, including coverage of 15 additional vegetables; an expanded section on salad greens; more attention to European and Asian vegetables; growing information on more fruits and herbs; new cultivar photographs; a much-requested section on extending the growing season into the winter months; and more. No vegetables are healthier, fresher, less expensive, or more local than the ones you grow in your own back yard. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible will show you how.
Praise for the First Edition:
“In every small town, there is a vegetable garden that people go out of the way to walk past. Smith is the guy who grew that garden.” — Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Times Book Review
“An abundance of photographs . . . visually bolster the techniques described, while frequent subheads, sidebars, and information-packed photo captions make the layout user-friendly . . . [Smith’s] book is thorough and infused with practical wisdom and a dry Vermont humor that should endear him to readers.” — Publishers Weekly
“Smith . . . clearly explains everything novice and experienced gardeners need to know to grow vegetables and herbs. . . . ”
— Library Journal
Frugal gardening, fantastic results! Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, time-tested tips that stretch your dollar even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting seeds to preserving produce, from composting to conserving water, Hart’s advice ensures that readers don’t waste time or money. The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb covers everything you want to grow, indoors and out, including vegetables, flowers, houseplants, and landscape foliage. Perfect for every frugal gardener, from beginners to experts.
Think roses are difficult to grow? Let rose expert Peter Schneider show you the secret! All you need to do is choose the right rose for the location and conditions in which you’ll plant it. Schneider describes the specific characteristics of hundreds of roses and helps you decide which ones are right for the spot you have in mind—in a flower bed, in a border, as a hedge or privacy screen, on a trellis, along a fence, in a container, and more. He even includes information on hardy shrub and heritage roses suitable for colder climates. Simple instructions make rose growing easy and enjoyable, from planning and planting to maintaining your roses at their best and protecting them from pests and disease. And more than 400 gorgeous photos make this book as irresistible as it is useful. The perfect gift for any rose lover!
“Right Rose, Right Place is not to be missed. Peter Schneider introduces the reader to hundreds of varieties that he has personally grown over the past thirty years in his Ohio garden…a complete, valuable, well-indexed, well-referenced compendium of rose information. And it is also just plain fun and pleasant reading as well.” — Dr. John Dickman, Editor, Questions & Answers column, American Rose magazine
Learn to grow, harvest, store, grind, and cook with nine of the most popular whole grains: wheat, corn, barley, millet, oats, rice, rye, spelt, and quinoa. It’s surprisingly easy, and it takes less space than you might imagine. For example, with just 1000 square feet, a backyard farmer can grow enough wheat to harvest 50 pounds in a single afternoon — enough for 50 loaves of delicious fresh bread. Complete growing instructions and recipes are included.
How do you keep your perennial beds looking their best, season after season? This comprehensive resource covers everything you need to know, from planning and planting to watering, mulching, pruning, propagating, and much more. Author Nancy Ondra also includes an in-depth, plant-by-plant guide showing you how to maintain more than 125 of the most popular perennials, giving specific information on everything from soil requirements to bloom height to preparing plants for winter. Simple, clear instructions and beautiful photography make it easy to keep your perennial garden beautiful!
“I can think of no one better equipped to teach gardeners how to maintain a perennial garden than Nancy Ondra.” –Fran Sorin, author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening