Eat your vegetables — and plant them too!
Plant the pits, roots, shoots, and seeds of almonds, anise, avocadoes, beans, celery, citrus, dates, fennel, figs, gingerroot, kiwi, mango, mustard, papya, peanuts, persimmon, pineapple, pomegranate, sesame, squash, turnip, tropical guava...and more!
You an also have houseplant fun with fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices. Fron the common carrot to the exotic cherimoya, dozens of foods have pits, seeds, and roots waiting to be rescued from the compost bin and brought back to life on your windowsill. Planted and nurtured, the shiny pomegranate seeds left over from breakfast, and the neglected piece of gingerroot in your refrigerator will grow into a healthy, vigorous houseplants — kitchen experiments in the wonder of botany.
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.
A beautiful, enduring stone wall — yours with a pile of rocks, a few tools, and this book full of techniques, plans, illustrations, and photographs.
Let it rot!
Stop bagging leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps. It’s easy to turn household waste into the gardener’s gold: compost.
Hundreds of time-saving tips and routines allow gardeners to produce better vegetables and herbs with less work and more pleasure.
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.
Plant parsley and asparagus together, and you’ll have more of each. But keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. This classic companion-gardening guide shows you how to use the native attributes of vegetables to create a naturally bountiful garden. Learn which plants nourish the soil, which repel pests, which encourage each other, and which just don’t get along.
Dealing with unwanted deer is frustrating and challenging for even the most patient of gardeners and homeowners. Which repellents work, and which ones don’t? How long do they last? Which plants are truly deerproof? What kinds of health risks do deer really pose? In this completely updated and revised edition of her popular book, Rhonda Massingham Hart shares the results of her research on deer behavior and food preferences, as well as her hands-on experience in successfully combatting deer, from choosing the best fence to planting the most deer-detested plants.
Deerproofing Your Yard and Garden is the best defense against unwanted deer, and an investment that is sure to pay off in protecting your landscape.
Working with nature to reduce the presence of garden pests, Barbara Pleasant shows how to produce bountiful, environmentally safe, and chemical-free gardens.
The antidote for the 50 most common plant diseases, with information on what they look like, where they occur, what they do to the plant, and how to control them organically.
This illustrated guide teaches readers how to plant, propagate, harvest, dry, freeze, store, and sell (both wholesale and retail) 64 of the most popular herbs.
Gail Damerow offers detailed instructions on how to grow and harvest more than 95 varieties of pumpkin, plus fun ideas for carving and crafts projects as well as more than 30 recipies. The big orange pumpkin is no longer just for Halloween.
“This sequel to Carrots Love Tomatoes is "an unorthodox guide, full of surprises, and fun to read as well as helpful…more interesting than many how-to's.”
— Publishers Weekly
Learn how to select, harvest, and store seeds from more that 100 vegetables and flowers commonly grown in home gardens.
Barbara Pleasant explains how you can identify, work with, and organically control 80 weeds commonly found in North America.
For all of your gardening questions, The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book has the answers, gathered together in a sturdy little volume for handy in-the-garden reference. You'll find helpful information on everything from planning and planting a vegetable garden to improving soil, caring for crops, organically controlling pests and diseases, and harvesting.
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.
When should you prune? How much should you remove? What’s the difference between pinching and heading back? How can you be sure that you’re not harming your plants? For all of your pruning questions, The Pruning Answer Book has the answers. Clear instructions, expert advice, and detailed illustrations give you everything you need to successfully prune flowering trees, fruit and nut trees, shrubs, brambles, evergreens, vines, groundcovers, and more.
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.
Discover why Roman gladiators were massaged with onion juice before battle, how celery contributed to Casanova’s conquests, how peas almost poisoned General Washington, and why some 17th-century turnips were considered degenerate. Rebecca Rupp tells the strange and fascinating behind-the-scenes tales of 23 of the world’s most popular vegetables. This delightful collection is the perfect gift for gardeners, foodies, history buffs, and anyone who wants to know the secret stories concealed in a salad.
With Rosemary Gladstar's expert advice, you can easily make your own herbal remedies for common ailments, such as fire cider for preventing colds and flu, aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. Gladstar profiles 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants and then shows you how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use them. Stock your home medicine chest with safe, all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations, and enjoy better health!
For the gardener plagued by early and late frosts, arctic winds, and inhospitable terrain, here is invaluable advice on landscaping, growing food, and warming up the soil in the icebox regions of North America.
Packed with practical advice on budgets, locations, business plans, bookkeeping, staffing, inventory, and pricing, this is the book that will transform your herb hobby into an herb business.
Enhance your health naturally with more than 20 versatile medicinal herbs from your own garden. Included are 38 illustrated plans for easy-to-maintain backyard and container gardens.
This tea lover's gardening bible contains full instructions for growing herbs for tea, plus more than 100 recipes for blending and brewing the herbs in healthful combinations.
Learn to create unique scarecrows — from the traditional to the surprising — with 20 projects and inspiring color photos of scarecrow art from around the world. The lost art of scarecrow building is the perfect fall family activity.
Window box gardens are beautiful on a windowsill, but displayed in unexpected places they add four-season style and color all around the home. Authors Cramer and Johnson offer dozens of inventive ideas for container gardens to enjoy every month of the year. More than 200 exquisite color photographs highlight the range of seasonal plants and innovative containers. Project instructions, care tips, and source listings round out the how-to pages.
Tabletop Gardens is a uniquely imaginative approach to indoor gardening. The 40 garden designs offer many ideas for choosing a personal style and getting started — plants under glass, in bowls and trays, and even in water environments. Each project includes complete advice on the materials needed and step-by-step information on how to create the garden. Popular, easy-to-grow herbs, grasses, bulbs, water plants, vines, and miniature trees are naturals for tabletop gardening, and many “hot plants” like bamboo and orchids are featured.
Tomatoes and zucchini, move over and make room for an exciting new trend in vegetable gardening! Chinese vegetables and herbs — including watercress, ginger, pak choy, fava beans, snow peas, sesame, mung beans, and much more — will delight gardeners looking for new challenges and cooks eager for fresh flavors from the backyard. You’ll even find a chapter on starting and maintaining a Chinese water garden. Complete growing instructions and exciting culinary options for 40 vegetables and herbs guarantee variety in your garden and exotic tastes on your dinner table.
Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that is exactly what you want. Combining entertaining illustrations with laugh-out-loud text, Amanda Thomsen lays out the many options for home landscaping and invites you to make the choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a food garden, a kids’ play space, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore. Forget about doing it the “right” way: Do it your way!
You don't need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You'll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles! Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.
Grow your own apples, figs, plums, cherries, pears, apricots, and peaches in even the smallest backyard! Expert pruner Ann Ralph reveals a simple yet revolutionary secret that keeps an ordinary fruit tree much smaller than normal. These great little trees take up less space, require less care, offer an easy harvest, and make a fruitful addition to any home landscape.
This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment – instead of continually fighting it – you’ll reap a larger harvest with less stress and effort. Best-selling author Tammi Hartung explains how to start with a hardy and healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through smart planting, attract helpful insects and pollinators, intentionally create habitats for wildlife, and much more.
This complete primer on working with stone covers material selection, tools, safety, and cutting and fitting techniques.
Bring life and movement into your yard and garden with the sparkle and cool serenity of water!
Ponds, pools, cascades, fountains, waterspouts, and even a container bog garden — whatever the size or style of your outdoor living space, Outdoor Water Features offers attractive plans and step-by-step instructions for introducing water into your yard. Much more than simply a book on water gardens, this is the book for do-it-yourselfers who want to make beautiful outdoor water projects.
An Put plants together in your own backyard using the best combination ideas from design professionals across the United States. More than 100 stunning gardens inspire you to mix and match your favorite plants with confidence. Spark your garden-design creativity with proven groupings, test-planted and enjoyed by the experts. It’s easy when every combination uses no more than six different plants!
The exciting ensembles include a variety of textures, colors, and seasonal displays. You will find chapters devoted to Perennial Partners, Masses of Grasses, Annual Acquaintances, and Ground Cover Groupies. There are plants for every preference and colors for every season, with alternatives for various climates. Choose your favorite and plant it as a gorgeous focal point in your garden or as a splash of fresh color in a small space.
“Scott Calhoun is the ideal garden friend — an opinionated observer, a collector of cool plants and esoteric information, and a writer at the top of his game. A browse through Designer Plant Combinations is like spending an afternoon with a civilized gardening companion who has chosen to share his secrets gleaned from a lifetime obsession with plants.”
— James A. Baggett, Editor of Perennials and Nature’s Garden
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.
Selecting perennial plants can be overwhelming – there are hundreds of choices, and it’s difficult to know when your plants will bloom, whether they’ll thrive in sunny or shady spots, and which ones will look well together. In Five-Plant Gardens, Nancy Ondra eliminates the guesswork and the stress, offering 52 garden plans that each use only five plants! These plans are simple, inexpensive, and sure to look beautiful all season long. They’re grouped according to whether they grow best in sun, partial shade, or full shade, and each one includes an illustrated planting plan, a shopping list with brief plant descriptions, information on what to expect as the planting matures, and tips on customizing the plan for different sites and climates.
From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine is covered in this classic guide. Fully illustrated instructions clearly show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build effective trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, age, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. This revised and updated second edition features all-new information on creating your own sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and dessert wines.
The beauty of seaside gardens and pleasant reveries of summers by the ocean are irresistible incentives for many gardeners. However, the reality of spraying salt and sand, high winds, fierce sun, and periods of drought seriously challenge both the toughest plants and the most determined green thumbs. With her hardworking advice and personally tested solutions, author Anne Halpin helps coastal gardeners from New England to the Carolinas choose plants and landscape designs that work with the elements rather than against them.
With Macunovich's techniques for prioritizing, planning, and record keeping, you'll be able to grow a world-class perennial garden with an average of one hour of maintenance per 100 square feet per month.
Here is an invaluable resource for any gardener facing the challenge of growing plants where space is limited, whether in the courtyard of a suburban townhouse or on a mid-city rooftop.
Use your deck more in every season. Barbara W. Ellis uses photos, drawings, and text as she sets out to improve the appearance and comfort of any needy deck. She suggests surfaces, lighting, plantings, and furniture — from simple to elaborate — and provides tips on maintenance.
Design the perfect landscape for your home with this specific, easy-to-understand, 12-step method. Professional advice and helpful tips assist homeowners in saving money and time on landscaping.
Here is a complete introduction to using ornamental grasses in combination with perennials, annuals, shrubs, and other garden plants. Beautiful full-color photos illuminate complete plans for 24 gardens featuring grasses.
Transform your pool and the surrounding area into the welcoming and appealing focal point of your home's outdoor living space. Gardener and landscape designer Catriona Tudor Erler takes readers step-by-step through the poolscaping process — siting the pool; designing the surrounding edging; choosing lighting and fencing; and finally picking the best poolside plants, with a focus on varieties that are low maintenance, look attractive throughout the pool season, and won't drop leaves into the water. Erler also includes ideas for planters and containers to bring greenery and color right up to the water's edge.
Along with comprehensive information on what types of containers work best for what plants, step-by-step planting techniques, and care and maintenance, this book includes a fully- illustrated A-Z directory of more than 100 plant species.
More than 300 step-by-step illustrations demonstrate the proper times, equipment, and techniques for safely pruning trees, shrubs, hedges, vines, and flowers.
Learn the techniques of successful plant propogation and avoid mistakes and disappointments with expert advice from Lewis Hill. Grow beautiful, bountiful, healthy plants — and save money in the process!
Great soil grows a great garden! More than 300 detailed illustrations and dozens of charts show gardeners how to solve all of their soil problems.
Learn when to harvest the seeds of more than 100 vegetables, herbs, and flowers, as well as how to dry, store, and test them for viability for the next growing season.
Weather comes in two forms: the expected and the unexpected. The Weather-Resilient Garden’s three-part approach to doing battle with bad weather will prepare every gardener to expect the unexpected. Plan and grow gardens that can stand up to drought, flood, high wind, or unseasonable cold or heat, but be ready with emergency triage options when disaster does strike. The book also includes an encyclopedia of 100 weather-tough plants.
Ground covers are a beautiful way to bring variety, texture, and durability to open sweeps of lawn. A vibrant new palette of unexpected plant choices and hardworking design and planting advice give gardeners the know-how to create striking, low-maintenance alternatives to traditional lawns.
Learn how to use the limbs collected during routine pruning to make beautiful, sturdy, bentwood projects with Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences.
Gardening for the nongardener, Down & Dirty! is the perfect resource for the first homeowner wondering what to do with the yard, the small apartment dweller looking for the right greenery and the right advice, or anyone wanting to pull together kids, family, friends, or neighbors for a community activity. Fun outdoor projects cover everything from attracting birds to preparing treats with your homegrown strawberries. Each project includes Down & Dirty Basics, clear and accessible information to get you started and give you confidence, matched with Down & Dirty Adventures, step-by-step instructions for getting your hands dirty!
An exciting array of hardy succulents thrives in climates far from the arid regions of the Southwest. From agaves to ice plants, sedums to semper vivums, hardy succulents are gardening’s hippest plants. They bring color, texture, versatility, and durability to perennial beds and add a touch of the unexpected to nondesert gardens. This complete resource offers step-by-step growing instructions, practical care tips, advice on weeding and dividing, creative design ideas, and stunning photography. The first book dedicated to bringing succulents to every North American hardiness zone, Hardy Succulents opens up a whole new world of plants.
Extend an organic lifestyle beyond the front door! Get your lawn off drugs with The Organic Lawn Care Manual, Storey’s comprehensive guide for creating a lush green lawn without chemicals and pesticides. Paul Tukey takes the mystery out of making a healthy and inviting outdoor play area for kids, pets, and the whole family.
Botanical illustrations by Bobbi Angell
How-to illustrations by Elayne Sears
Turn the compost bin upside down with this natural Six-Way Compost Gardening System for keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and the plants live together from the beginning in a nourishing, organic environment. The authors’ bountiful, compost-rich gardens require less digging, weeding, mulching, and even planting. And here’s one of the best parts — no more backbreaking slogs from compost bin to garden. The authors even identify the plants that benefit most from compost and explain how the elements of a composted garden work together.
Discover the joy of homegrown apples, berries, plums, cherries, and dozens of other fruits with this definitive guide to creating a more delicious backyard! Lee Reich shows you exactly how to grow temperate-zone fruit at home, from site analysis and climate assessment through plant selection, pest control, pruning, and harvesting. A plant-by-plant encyclopedia recommends 39 eye- and palate-pleasing species that are especially well-suited to home landscapes. Bring year-round beauty to your yard and luscious, organic fruit to your table with Landscaping with Fruit.
“Lee Reich is exactly the sort of guide to gardening I wish I’d had when I started out.”
—Michael Pollan, New York Times best-selling author
“For years I have turned to Lee Reich’s books for pruning guidance and relied on his expertise on how to grow unusual and native fruits. I’m excited that now in Landscaping with Fruit, he gives all of us the wherewithal and inspiration to include these sustainable edibles in our landscapes.”
—Rosalind Creasy, author of The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping
Lee Schneller has used her fun and easy blueprint system to design hundreds of gardens that begin blooming in late spring and don’t quit until the last days of autumn. Now you can apply her no-fail formula to your own yard. In just five easy steps — measure and draw, set height proportions, calculate plant numbers, begin the blueprint, and choose your plants — you can plan a foolproof season of nonstop colorful blooms. Includes questionnaires and checklists to help you choose the best plants for your garden, a Flower Catalog listing 220 easy-care possibilities, a plant planning chart that doubles as a shopping list, and complete growing information and maintenance tips. Season-spanning spectacular color is easier to attain than ever before.
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!
Tired of container gardens that look great in the summer but not the rest of the year? Garden designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins offer an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with a minimum of fuss. They begin with a “main-stage” plant — a woody plant, garden ornament, or eye-catching perennial – and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. Their simple approach yields endless variations, seasonal bursts of color, and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of nature. The book features designs for twelve containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants every season, for a total of 48 exciting looks.
This is the definitive guide to planting, growing, harvesting, and using 101 popular herbs. A step-by-step primer for gardeners of every level, it includes in-depth information on seed selection; planting; maintenance and care; harvesting; drying; and uses in the kitchen, home pharmacy, crafting, and body care. Sensational four-color photographs by Saxon Holt bring the information to life. With renowned herbalist Tammi Hartung as a guide, readers will discover that growing their own herbs is one of the easiest ways possible to bring more beauty, flavor, and health to everyday life.
Fresh salads in February? Absolutely! The first frost no longer has to be the end of your growing season. Author Niki Jabbour gardens in Nova Scotia, where short summers and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge for food gardeners. Her simple techniques will have you harvesting fresh vegetables in every month of the year, no matter where you live. You’ll learn how to select the best varieties for each season, master the art of succession planting, and make inexpensive protective structures that keep vegetables viable and delicious through the colder months.
By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in very small spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony — it’s easy! Bestselling author Ed Smith shows you how to choose the right plants, select containers and tools, care for plants throughout the growing season, control pests without chemicals, and much more. He even includes plans for small-space container gardens that are perfect for urban and suburban gardeners.
Vegetable gardens can be designed for flavor AND fun! Niki Jabbour, author of the best-selling The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, has collected 73 plans for novel and inspiring food gardens from her favorite superstar gardeners, including Amy Stewart, Amanda Thomsen, Barbara Pleasant, Dave DeWitt, and Jessi Bloom. You’ll find a garden that provides salad greens 52 weeks a year, another that supplies your favorite cocktail ingredients, one that you plant on a balcony, one that encourages pollinators, one that grows 24 kinds of chile peppers, and dozens more. Each plan is fully illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the story behind the design, and a plant list.
Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato advisor for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes -- from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and intriguing tomato profiles throughout.
Here is a comprehensive program that provides all the information you will ever need to create and maintain a picture-perfect home landscape.
Buy and grow attractive bonsai and keep them thriving with this one-stop source of vital information. Fifty popular species are covered in this excellent beginner's guide.
Soak up warm October afternoons outdoors in your glorious fall garden. Practical design ideas, plant advice, and ten complete garden plans from Nancy J. Ondra and Stephanie Cohen will have you puttering in the dirt later than you ever thought possible. Here are the vines, tree shrubs, and flowers that you’ll love to tend through September and even into November — plants that thrive in early autumn’s mild temperatures and gentle rainfall, and contribute color, texture, and beauty well past summer’s peak.
Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra are both thoroughly obsessed with everything about gardens and gardening — digging, planting, designing, and creating great canvases of living color and texture. Their encouraging words, based on practical experience and the belief that there is more than one right way to create a garden, boost confidence and promote experimentation. After all, Stephanie builds her garden combinations around harmonious colors and contrasting flower forms, whereas Nan’s love for colorful foliage leads her to feature dramatically contrasting leaf colors and textures. Along with design basics, they present 20 garden plans, as well as the before-and-after stories of gardens they’ve created for themselves and their families.
It’s a whole new world of houseplants. Make yourself at home in it.
Do you love the idea of having houseplants, but find that they tend to die in your care? Have you ever received a gift of a gorgeous flowering pot that you can’t identify and have no idea how to keep it alive? Or maybe you’re already a houseplant enthusiast, ready to expand your knowledge — as well as your plant collection.
Barbara Pleasant covers these situations and more in her friendly approach to selecting and caring for indoor plants. With personality profiles, growing needs, and troubleshooting tips for 160 blooming and foliage varieties, you’ll never kill another houseplant.
Learn about indoor gardening with an inexpensive supermarket plant. Improve your office air quality with a healthy green companion. Immerse yourself in the tropical lushness of ferns and bromeliads. Whatever you’re looking for in a houseplant—a hip flamingo flower, a delicate orchid, or a sturdy Swedish ivy — you’ll find it here.
Plan a flower garden for season-round beauty and color with this indispensable reference to growing 541 annuals, perennials, and bulbs. Each plant listed features precise information on regional suitability; how to sow seeds indoors and out; how and when to transplant seedlings; general plant care; when to expect the plant to flower; and how to propagate the plant. An at-a-glance design planner lists bloom time, color, height, and site requirements for more than 1700 species. All this, plus a full-color gallery of more than 500 flowers, makes this the essential Potting Bench Reference Book for every flower gardener.
Enjoy guaranteed organic produce with this comprehensive plant-by-plant reference for how to select, grow, harvest, and store more than 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. Also included are more than 100 up-to-the-minute organic remedies for 201 diseases and pests. This is the book to demystify the complex organic systems of the garden, and make healthful vegetable gardening easier and more fun.
A delicate herb garden adds grace and style to your landscape and exciting flavor to your kitchen. Here are gardening tips on 75 herbs desireable for both cooking and crafts.
The best of Dick Raymond's vegetable gardening wisdom is illustrated with full-color photos and at-a-glance charts that make his methods accessible to any gardener.
Create beautiful landscapes that mimic the forms of nature with more than 20 designs for stone groupings appropriate for all types of sites.
Whether your goal is to stretch the growing season or create a lush space full of greenery for a year-round hot tub, a greenhouse can add to your property value as well as enjoyment. How to Build Your Own Greenhouse guides you through choosing the right type of greenhouse for your needs, selecting a site and materials, and building the structure from foundation to glazing. The final chapter includes nine building plans, from a simple season-extending cold frame and a basic freestanding greenhouse to a more elaborate greenhouse/garden shed combination.
Whether framing a beautiful garden scene or serving as the background color to make your favorite flowers pop, foliage is an important part of any well-thought-out garden. Filled with Rob Cardillo’s stunning photography, this illustrated guide will help gardeners find the right color, shape, and texture to bring drama and structure to their sanctuary.
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
From small fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to orchard fruits, such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and a variety of nuts, The Fruit Gardener’s Bible shows backyard gardeners how to successfully grow organic fruit at home. This book covers absolutely everything you need to know, from choosing the best varieties to planting, pruning, protecting from wildlife, and harvesting a bountiful crop.
Danny Barney covers everything you need to know to successfully grow and market organic orchard fruits, from selecting the right site and cultivars to meeting organic standards and acquiring certifications; designing, maintaining, pruning, and harvesting an orchard; getting fruits to market; and managing the business side of farming. This is a straightforward, easy-to-follow blueprint for a thriving orchard and a profitable business.
Keith Stewart covers everything you need to know to successfully grow and market organic vegetables and herbs, covering land, equipment, crop mix, growing techniques, irrigation, soil fertility, pests, greenhouses, harvesting, storage, labor, debt, customer management, sales, accounting, and much more. With this comprehensive guide, you can turn your dream of a thriving farm into a profitable reality.
Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs. It’s easy, and it’s fun! Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. Descriptions of seed biology; tips on how to select plants for the best seeds; and advice on harvesting and cleaning, proper storage and care, and propagating and caring for new seedlings are all presented with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Chapters dedicated to individual plants contain species-specific directions and detailed information. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.
With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, this comprehensive guide shows you how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home, producing shiitakes, oysters, lion's manes, maitakes, and portabellas for your kitchen or for a small business. Beginners will learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. Novices and the more experienced will learn how to create grain spawn or sawdust spawn and how to use liquid cultures and fruiting chambers. Advanced readers will gain a thorough knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms consistently and in greater quantity.
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
Trees and shrubs can be the heart and soul of the home landscape plane, providing spring blossoms, summer fruit, a regal silhouette, and rough and rugged bark, or seasonally changing foliage. Learn how to use them effectively with this comprehensive handbook, covering all the essentials of woody plant gardening. In addition to basic design principles and plant selection and care, the handbook features an extensive encyclopedia of hundreds of tree and shrub profiles, covering ease of cultivation, availability, history, hardiness, size and growth rate, and special characteristics.
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
Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins feature 32 pages of practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.
Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins feature 32 pages of practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.
Grapes are among the most desirable and best-known fruits, prized for their beauty, their succulence and varied flavors, their noble metamorphosis into wine, and their more utilitarian roles as sources of fresh juice and tasty jellies.
For most growers, the triumph of harvesting fragrant clusters of dusky-bloomed grapes in rose, blue-black, amber, purple, or light red bunches is its own reward — a test of gardening skill.
In Great Grapes, you’ll learn all you need to know to grow superb grapes, including how to:
■ Choose the most suitable cultivars for your area
■ Choose the right site
■ Prepare the soil
■ Build trellises
■ Plant and train the vines
■ Prune for maximum yield
■ Propagate new vines
■ Control pests
■ Harvest the grapes at the peak of ripeness
Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins feature 32 pages of practical, hands-on instructions designed to help you master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.
Growing plants from seeds isn’t difficult; it just takes a little know-how. Now, gardeners of any experience level can get a jump on the growing season with this concise, straightforward guide. Expert gardener Barbara Ellis provides the basic information that you need and teaches you foolproof starting techniques for a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows you how to save seeds from 20 of the most popular vegetable garden plants, including beans, carrots, peas, peppers, and tomatoes. You'll learn how each plant is pollinated (key to determining how the seed should be saved), how to select the seeds to collect, and how to process and store collected seeds. Grow the varieties you love, year after year!
This concise guide shows novice houseplant owners exactly how to keep indoor plants alive and healthy. Gardening expert Ellen Zachos helps you choose the right plants in the first place and then shows you how to care for them, outlining what each kind needs in terms of location, sunlight, water, and fertilizer. She also explains when plants should be repotted (and how to do that successfully), how and when to prune them, how to keep then free of dust and pets, and more. This Storey Basics® guide has all the information you need to keep any houseplant thriving and beautiful!
Mulching makes your garden and yard much easier to care for, helping to retain moisture, keep weeds in check, and protect young plants. This concise guide shows you exactly how to mulch for any situation, covering sheet mulching, feeding mulches, and living mulches for use in the yard, garden, and home landscape. It even includes a quick-reference chart of mulch types and a section on mulching for success with specific vegetables.
Enjoy your favorite container plants year after year! From geraniums to fuschia and beyond, many container plants can be overwintered and enjoyed again the next season. Alice and Brian McGowan offer simple techniques for overwintering a variety of common tender perennial plants, based on what kind of dormancy the plants go through in their native environment. You can easily overwinter most plants with few to no pest problems, simply by giving them the dormancy conditions they need. Includes a plant-by-plant guide for quick reference.
Growing Christmas trees is a great way to generate off-season farm income and make better use of your land. This Storey Basics® guide shows you exactly how to grow and sell your trees, from choosing the best site and preparing the soil to selecting the best tree species, planting seedlings, maintaining trees to market size, controlling weeds, dealing with pests and diseases, marketing your trees, and generating additional income with wreaths and greens.
Whether you need a fence to protect your garden, keep animals or children safe, or add privacy, Jeff Beneke explains exactly what you need to know to build it yourself -- even if you’ve never built anything before. He gives clear, simple, step-by-step instructions for several basic fence styles using a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, and chain link. And once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be skilled enough to build any kind of fence, even those not covered in the book.