Straw bale gardening is an inexpensive, low-maintenance way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All you need is a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and your favorite vegetable seeds! Craig LeHoullier’s step-by-step instructions show you how to do everything from sourcing the straw and setting up your bale to planting, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.
Author: Craig LeHoullier
Treat ailments the natural way with organic health remedies made from herbs found in your own garden, yard, or neighborhood, without resorting to risky medications or prescriptions. These herbal infusions are incredibly easy to make. All you have to do is infuse fresh or dried herbs in a liquid to draw out the healing properties, and you get an amazing homemade remedy that will truly work for you and your family.
Make your own herbal treatments for common cold and flu symptoms, such as Fever-Reducing Tea, Pine Needle Cough Syrup, and Sage, Marshmallow & Ginger Sore Throat Tea. Ease muscle and body aches with Arnica Salve for Sprains & Bruises and Basil, Thyme, & Oregano Tea for Chronic Pain, and soothe digestion with Prebiotic Honey Electuary and Herbal Vinegar Infusion for Heartburn. Nourish your skin, lips, hair and, most importantly, your inner well-being with infusions such as Healing Flower-Whipped Body Butter, Relaxing Herbal Face Steam, and De-Stress Tea.
Save money and avoid harsh chemicals by infusing your own cures for burns, cuts, scrapes, dry skin, flaky scalp, and even a baby’s diaper rash, plus so much more! Each recipe features helpful info, safety tips, and dosage recommendations for adults and children. With 75 homemade treatments, this book is the go-to modern resource to support your entire family’s wellness the all-natural way.
Author: Colleen Codekas
At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste—of time, labor, space, money, and more—every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work. In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency. From finding land and assessing infrastructure needs to selling perfect produce at the farmers market, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables digs deeper into specific, tested methods for waste-free farming that not only help farmers become more successful but make the work more enjoyable. These methods include: •Using Japanese paper pot transplanters •Building your own germinating chambers •Leaning up your greenhouse •Making and applying simple composts •Using lean techniques for pest and weed control •Creating Heijunka, or load-leveling calendars for efficient planning Farming is not static, and improvement requires constant change. The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables offers strategies for farmers to stay flexible and profitable even in the face of changing weather and markets. Much more than a simple exercise in cost-cutting, lean farming is about growing better, not cheaper, food—the food your customers want.
Author: Ben Hartman
In Compost Teas for the Organic Grower, you’ll find everything you need to know about feeding your garden, orchard, or smallholding with homemade and chemical-free “teas.” It’s packed with recipes for creating nutrient-rich, healthy soil, to give you healthy plants and ecosystems.
In the book’s pages, permaculture orchardist Eric Fisher provides an in-depth history of organic agriculture and the rise in chemical inputs. He then goes on to explore the importance of nutrients, their cycles, and the structure of soil. This enables readers to truly understand their soil and ecosystems, so they can manage them properly.
Author: Eric Fisher
Get an up-close look at the buzzing, fluttering, and squirming life teeming in your garden. Bees, Bugs & Butterflies explores the world of pollinators: the bugs that help plants thrive. Discover ways to attract the fascinating creatures that pollinate your fruits and vegetables, control pests and diseases, and even get rid of your organic trash. Learn how to create an environment friendly to butterflies, bees, ants, and bats; build habitats for garden allies like ladybugs and lacewings; and gain an appreciation for the complex food web right outside your door.
For ages 4-8.
Author: Ben Raskin
Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser 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 helpful tomato profiles throughout.
Author: Craig LeHoullier
The international bee crisis is threatening our global food supply, but this user-friendly field guide shows what you can do to help protect our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers browsable profiles of 100 common flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees that attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The recommendations are simple: sow seeds for some plants — such as basil, rhododendron, and blueberries — and simply don’t mow down abundant native species, including aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 Plants to Feed the Bees will empower homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers — anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box — to protect our pollinators.
Author: The Xerces Society
The plight of the monarch butterfly has captured public attention and sparked widespread interest in helping to save their dwindling populations. In this in-depth portrait of the monarch butterfly—covering its life cycle, its remarkable relationship with milkweed, its extraordinary migration, and the threats it now faces due to habitat loss and climate change—detailed instructions on how to design and create monarch-friendly landscapes are enriched by guidance on observing and understanding butterfly behavior and habits.
Author: The Xerces Society
The 20-30 Something Garden Guide gives this busy demographic a fun, nonintimidating introduction to the basics of gardening. These are the folks who want to know where their food comes from, and they’re hip to the importance of good health and the environment.
Author: Dee Nash
A Taste for Herbs is an herb-seasoning bonanza for the home cook or gourmet foodie. Add pizzazz to your favorite foods and beverages by making your own signature blends, rubs, infusions, and more.
Let dedicated herb lover Sue Goetz guide you into this exciting, flavor-rich herbal world with more than 100 kitchen-tested recipes that will dazzle the palate!
Author: Sue Goetz
Becoming an herb expert has never been easier than with the All About Herbs set. By bringing together three of the most insightful herb journals around, Mother Earth News has created the ultimate herb guide. Learn everything there is to know about herbs, including gardening strategies, cooking and recipe tips, how to heal common ailments with herbs, and so much more!
Struggling to achieve your natural beauty just became a thing of the past with Mother Earth News’ All Natural Beauty set. Get three high-quality, natural beauty guides that go above and beyond to help you achieve your optimal look in the most natural ways. Whether it be skin-care recipes, tips to achieving natural, healthy hair, or strategies to grow your own beauty products, this set has it all!
Square foot gardening, the revolutionary method developed by Mel Bartholomew, has helped millions of home gardeners grow more fresh produce in less space with less work.
With over 150 new photos and illustrations, this updated edition makes it easier than ever for you to achieve nearly foolproof results in virtually any situation!
Author: Mel Bartholomew
In American Hemp Farmer, maverick journalist and solar-powered goat herder Doug Fine gets his hands dirty with healthy soil and sticky with terpenes growing his own crop and creating his own hemp products. Fine shares his adventures and misadventures as an independent, regenerative farmer and entrepreneur, all while laying out a vision for how hemp can help right the wrongs of twentieth-century agriculture, and how you can be a part of it.
Author: Doug Fine
The apple is one of the most iconic fruits, traditionally picked on cool fall days and used in pies, crisps, ciders, and more. And there is a vast world of varieties that goes well beyond the common grocery store offerings. With names like American Beauty, Carter’s Blue, and Fallawater, and flavors ranging from sweet to tart, this treasure trove of unique apples is ripe for discovery.
Author: Tom Burford
Hydroponic gardening is the wave of the future!
Hydroponic gardening is an alternative to conventional food production, which contributes to pollution, deforestation, and the excessive consumption of freshwater supplies.
Whether you’re a home gardener or are planning a large-scale operation, this guide will help you set up a customized system that’s precisely tailored to your needs.
Author: Cerreto Rossouw
In Beautiful Flowers, author Janice Cox continues her series of workbooks with a one-of-a-kind guide to find a healthier, happier, less-stressed you, all by simply incorporating flowers into your daily routines. Featuring three main sections, Cox walks you through the use of flowers in your natural beauty practices, how to safely make flowers a staple in your kitchen, and how to create floral crafts that will impress anyone who enters your home. With stunning images page after page and sections dedicated for your own writing, you will find yourself returning to this special guide time and time again. Join in the magic that is Beautiful Flowers, and discover new ways to enjoy and benefit from your favorite plants, adding color, fragrance, and beauty to your life!
Author: Janice Cox
Lavender is so much more than just a relaxing scent. Beyond its most well-known use as a sleep aid, lavender also helps reduce anxiety and inflammation, fights germs, treats skin issues, and relieves headaches. In Beautiful Lavender, Janice Cox walks you through many varieties of lavender, and the best practices for growing and using different types. You will soon discover just how versatile and inspiring the lovely lavender plant can be. Using its many therapeutic benefits, Cox incorporates the lavender plant into recipes for deterring fleas and ticks for pets, making play dough, dream pillows, lavender cookies, tea, lemonade, martinis, and more!
Author: Janice Cox