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NEW IN PAPERBACK In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in cider around the world, with breweries having invested millions to meet growing demand. At the same time many people now want to try to make their own cider, and the Cider Manual is here to help. After providing a general background to the world of cider, this manual, compiled by a passionate author, will take the reader step-by-step through the entire process, from growing apple trees through to cider making for pleasure and profit.
The beginners' guide to growing fruit and veg Allotment Handbook has everything you need to leave the supermarket behind in favour of tastier and healthier home-grown fruit and veg. Avoid bland, pesticide-tainted produce flown in from the other side of the world and start growing your own with this reassuring guide, complete with a glossary of gardening terms and a picture gallery of common weeds. Allotment Handbook takes you through 10 steps to preparing your plot and teaches you need to know techniques such as sowing, plating, feeding, mulching, watering and weeding. Armed with the basics, you'll learn how to grow over 70 types of fruit and vegetable crops. You'll also find easy projects such as making a simple compost bin and planting a fruit tree and tips to attract wildlife along with simple, delicious ways to enjoy your produce. A handy troubleshooting section covers identifying and dealing with weeds, pests, and diseases. Whether you prefer to start small with a few herbs and veg staples or you are more ambitious and intend to feed your whole family all year round, Allotment Handbook will show you how.
From his New Mexico mountain home, award-winning author Stanley Crawford writes about growing garlic and selling it. The book is a favourite not only for its assemblage of garlic and farming lore but for what it tells us about how to live a satisfying life. This beloved book, first published in 1992, is now available only from the University of New Mexico Press.
A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables
Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, "Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, " "2nd Edition" shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs.
You'll discover how to plot your garden and get the soil in tip-top shape; select the types of vegetables you want to grow; plant the seeds properly; and care for them as they grow. You'll also know the right time to pick your vegetables and the best ways to enjoy them. Plus, you'll get tips on preserving foods grown at home.Expert advice on planting, caring for, harvesting, and enjoying the fruits of your own vegetable gardenFeatures environmentally friendly ways to combat pests in your gardenCharlie Nardozzi is senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association; he's also been the gardening expert on such programs as HGTV's "Today at Home "and "Way to Grow "and the Discovery Channel's "Home Matters"
Whether you have a green thumb or you've never grown a plant before, "Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, " "2nd Edition "has all the information you need to create a healthy garden.
"This book is sure to be a modern classic and is one of the most important books on gardening in the current century." —Jere Gettle, founder, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening has always been a book for gardeners and cooks interested in unique flavors, colors, and history in their produce. This updated edition has been improved throughout with growing zones, advice, and new plant entries. Line art has been replaced with lush, full-color photography. Yet at the core, this book delivers on the same promise it made two decades ago: It’s a comprehensive guide based on meticulous first-person research to these 300+ plants, making it a book to come back to season after season.
Allotment Gardening For Dummies is a lively, hands-on guide to getting the most out of your allotment. Whether you're interested in eating fresh, saving money, getting exercise or enjoying wholesome family fun, this is the guide for you. The step-by-step advice takes you through all the stages in the process, from securing an allotment and preparing your plot, to choosing what to grow and enjoying the benefits of abundant fresh food and a sociable and healthy hobby. With over 50 handy line drawings, plus information on how to grow organic and advice on storing and cooking the food you grow, this guide really does have it all! Allotment Gardening For Dummies includes: Part 1: Getting to Grips with Allotment Gardening Chapter 1: What Are Allotments All About? Chapter 2: Getting hold of an Allotment Chapter 3: Getting Started Part 2: Preparing for Allotment Success Chapter 4: Deciding What to Grow, When Chapter 5: Preparing Your Plot Chapter 6: Keeping Your Soil Healthy Chapter 7: Keeping Your Plants Healthy Chapter 8: Growing Organic Part 3: Growing a Few of Your Favourite Vegetables Chapter 9: Going Underground Chapter 10: The Staples Chapter 11: Growing Leafy Greens Chapter 12: Planting Peas, Beans and Other Pods Chapter 13: Growing More Exotic Veg Part 4: Extending Your Allotment Repetoire Chapter 14: Growing Wholesome Herbs Chapter 15: Growing Fruitful Fruit Chapter 16: Nurturing Flowers on an Allotment Part 5: Getting the Most Out of Your Allotment Chapter 17: Involving Children Around the Allotment Chapter 18: Hobnobbing with Allotment Society Chapter 19: Growing Giant Veg Part 6: The Part of Tens Chapter Chapter 20: Ten Common Accidents and How to Prevent Them Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Revive a Flagging Allotment
When you're growing veg for the first time it can be hard to know where to start and even more difficult to find inspiring advice that isn't completely incomprehensible... Enter SowHow - the innovative grow guide for the modern gardener. With its fresh, bright design and clear-cut know-how, this clever little book provides all the expert advice and encouragement you need to get growing. You'll find entries on 30 easy-grow vegetables to sow throughout the seasons, from kale to runner beans and carrots to cucamelons, plus ideas for herbs, edible flowers and advice on cultivating your own cocktail garden. SowHow breaks down the key steps of sowing, planting and harvesting each featured vegetable into understandable bite-sized chunks using straightforward language and smart infographics. Plus, the essential start-up advice covering everything from top tools and cunning crop rotations, to uncomplicated compost and the lowdown on mulches, will make you a pro in no time. Complete with simple cooking suggestions, shrewd storage info and creative gardening hacks, this unique, comprehensive companion will transform your grow space into a hot bed for leeks, beets and all your other veggie friends. So whether you are looking to fill a garden, an allotment, or a patio pot, get going and grow with SowHow.
Microgreens - the young seedlings of herbs, vegetables, beans, seeds, and grains contain four to six times the vitamins and phytochemicals found in mature leaves of the same plants. These great tasting nutritional powerhouses are cropping up in gourmet restaurants and trendy farmers markets everywhere. This comprehensive resource explains everything readers need to know to grow microgreens at home, inexpensively and easily. It provides extensive instructions for selecting seeds and soil, along with guidance on proper temperature, light, and ventilation.
Growing vegetables can be a tricky business, and even the most experienced of gardeners will occasionally need to turn to a trusted tome for some handy advice. The Veg Grower's Almanac is just such a book - a compendium of month-by-month tips, advice and items of interest. With sage advice from old Gardeners' World hands coupled with tips on the best varieties to grow and timely advice on how best to look after your plot, this attractive collection blends practical advice with evocative writing and fascinating facts. Illustrated throughout with charming drawings and sketches, The Veg Grower's Almanac is a welcome additional to any gardener's shelf - from hands-on instructions for preparing a seed bed or trying new varieties of tomato to fascinating little-known facts about our favourite crops.
Grow Harvest Cook is the essential companion for anyone wanting to grow, harvest, and cook their own produce.
Once upon a time, having pumpkins growing rampant at the back fence and hens sitting protectively on their eggs was a common experience for many people. However, today the reliance on packaged food has seen the loss of this vital link between garden and plate. Grow Harvest Cook is about rekindling the thrill of a home harvest, the fulfillment of a pantry stocked with homemade goodness, and the joy of sharing a lovingly prepared meal made with your own produce. Grow Harvest Cook is the perfect guide, whether you have a small urban garden or are looking to establish a substantial kitchen garden for your home.
Watch your peas grow through winter and in spring, and reap the rewards with a Warm Prawn, pea and avocado salad. Plant your beetroot in Autumn and warm those winter nights with a Beetroot and goats cheese tart, and celebrate summer with berries, basil, stone fruits and many more mouth-watering ingredients and recipes. Whatever the season, you'll be harvesting a bounty of goodness grown with your own two hands. This gorgeous 400-page book takes the reader through over 90 types of produce - from almonds to zucchini - providing simple information about growing conditions and harvesting tips, ideas for making the most of your produce, including preserving, drying, and freezing, and fresh and simple recipes to make all year round. Alphabetised for easy reference, each page is filled with gorgeous full-colour photographs of the produce and the recipes.
Grow Harvest Cook will inspire you to get into the garden, don your apron, and share your own good food with friends and family.
It really is a start-to-finish coverage. It begins with early planning that, in itself, does much to smooth out problems of glut. The objective has been to plan to produce fresh food to eat and build in the correct storing for everything so that nothing goes to waste. The book points up varieties that have proved themselves to have the best qualities for storing surplus. The book explains that waste is most often caused by growing too much at the wrong time. It lays plans to resolve this issue, to co-operate with other gardeners to dovetail activities, swap produce and store for the winter. It is a complete source - vegetable by vegetable, fruit by fruit.
Fifteen people--plus a class of first graders--tell how local food,
farms, and gardens changed their lives and their community . . .
and how they can change yours, too.
All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders, says author Carol Deppe. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn't require a specialized education, a lot of land, or even a lot of time. It can be done on any scale. It's enjoyable. It's deeply rewarding. You can get useful new varieties much faster than you might suppose. And you can eat your mistakes.
Authoritative and easy-to-understand, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving is the only guide to plant breeding and seed saving for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower. Discover:
how to breed for a wide range of different traits (flavor, size, shape, or color; cold or heat tolerance; pest and disease resistance; and regional adaptation)
how to save seed and maintain varieties
how to conduct your own variety trials and other farm- or garden-based research
how to breed for performance under organic or sustainable growing methods
In this one-size-fits-all world of multinational seed companies, plant patents, and biotech monopolies, more and more gardeners and farmers are recognizing that they need to "take back their seeds." They need to save more of their own seed, grow and maintain the best traditional and regional varieties, and develop more of their own unique new varieties. Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving shows the way, and offers an exciting introduction to a whole new gardening adventure.
Save money and eat fresh with this hands-on guide to home-growing Growing you own produce is the only way to enjoy delicious, garden-fresh fruit and veg all year round. This practical manual gives you the lowdown on everything from finding the right tools and choosing which plants to grow, to nurturing your crops and bringing in your first harvest. The easy-to-follow advice will help you get started straight away and become a confident and successful kitchen gardener. * Get going with growing - discover which plants are best for you and how to make the most of your outdoor space * Prepare your plot - learn how to set up and maintain healthy beds for your fruit and vegetables * Grow tasty veg - choose your favourite veggies from asparagus and broccoli to courgettes, sweet corn and many more * Grow your own fruit salad - get quick results from fast-growing berries and learn to nurture slow-growing tree fruit and exotic greenhouse produce
A practical and beautiful guide to companion planting for organic gardening success Companion planting techniques have been used for centuries to facilitate better, more nutritious, and more abundant crops. With Companion Planting, you'll have all the information you need in clear, concise terms and with charts and garden plans you can copy or modify to suit your family's needs. Starting with the basics of organic gardening, such as how to prepare quality soil and the importance of cover crops and organic fertilizer, author Allison Greer explains the principles of companion planting, how plants interact, and how you can use that information to your garden's benefit. Fun companion planting facts include: Beets will grow better if surrounded by mint or garlic Tomatoes should not be planted near cabbage Flax helps protect some root vegetables from pests Tomatoes will thrive when planted near carrots Your celery will be happier if it's far away from corn Broccoli and dill make a terrific garden pair And much, much more! Companion Planting is a treasure for gardeners with busy lives who want an easy reference guide for planning their ideal kitchen garden.
Jean-Marie Lespinasse and Evelyne Leterme, fruit tree specialists based in France, explain the unique conditions and requirements of fifteen different types of trees almond, apple, apricot, cherry, chestnut, fig, grape, hazelnut, kiwi, olive, peach, pear, plum, quince, and walnut. From understanding climatic limitations and tree morphology to selecting rootstock varieties and mastering fertilization technique, principles of training, and proper harvesting methods, this manual provides an in-depth study of fruit tree cultivation for landscape designers, arborists, horticulturalist, and serious gardeners alike. By respecting the natural characteristics and habits of the trees, you will learn sensitive, effective interventions to ensure strong, healthy fruit tree development. Technical details are elegantly and clearly illustrated in more than 300 full-color photographs and drawings, supplemented by a comprehensive glossary and resource list."
Interest in growing and eating chilis has increased tremendously in the past few years. Everyone wants to grow chilis. It's easy to understand why since chilis are fun and easy to grow and yield a big harvest. And best of all, there are many varieties to try-from the hottest varieties like Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and Carolina Reaper, to milder varieties like Jimmy Nardello and Padron. Included here are more than 200 different varieties with cultivation tips, images, and taste guides. Eva Robild and Kerstin Rosengren are two devoted chili lovers who show you the basics of growing chili, from planting a seed during the winter months to moving them outdoors during the summer. You will also learn how to test a chili from the weakest to the strongest heat. But chili is not just about heat. Some varieties may also have notes of lemon or pineapple. The authors also provide tips on how to take care of and store chilis and recipes for hot sauces and dishes.
Learn how to make and decorate all sorts of fun and fantastic projects with pumpkins and gourds. Pumpkins and gourds are very versatile vegetables and make great autumnal dishes, both sweet and savoury, but they also make excellent indoor and outdoor decorations. Whether you're looking for some Halloween inspiration or just want to create something lovely to display in your garden, Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell will teach you how to make all sorts of beautiful things. She will show you how to carve some striking swirls into a butternut squash to create an unusual but stunning centrepiece, and how to make a gorgeous Rose Window squash that would cast an atmospheric glow in any garden. You will learn how to cut out Maids in a Row, fashion an attractive Fall Wreath out of multiple small squashes and so much more. There are a variety of projects, both big and small, some easy and some hard, so that you will be able to make something regardless of your experience or the shape of your vegetables. With 20 fun and easy projects, Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds will inspire you to get crafty with your veg.
This book is a fully updated amalgamation of two previously published titles - Growing Vines (1972) and Wines from your Vines (1974). It is concise, yet detailed, and covers all aspects from planting the vines through cropping and vinification to enjoying the final product. The quality of English wine is constantly improving and this book will help the amateur to produce high-quality wine from home-grown grapes providing the right varieties are used and the simple rules followed.
This book will include more than 60 fruits, vegetables and herbs suitable for the diverse growing conditions of Texas gardens. "Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening" will address the climate, soil, sun, and water conditions that affect growing success. Each plant profile will highlight planting, growing, watering, and care information. Helpful charts and graphs will assist gardeners in knowing when to plant and harvest.
The Two Thirsty Gardeners show that brewing your own delicious alcoholic drinks can be surprisingly quick, easy and inexpensive
Brew It Yourself is a collection of more than 75 home brewing recipes, sure to put a fizz back into this popular pastime by adding a modern twist to some old favorites and introducing whole new range of drinks to tantalize the taste buds. Taking their two great loves alcohol and gardening Nick Hood and Richard Moyle provide home brewing recipes to inspire you to turn a surplus harvest, a visit to a fruit farm or a delivery from a supermarket into a fantastic variety of drinks.
With drinks ranging from a classic elderflower sparkle to homemade absinthe, Richard and Nick bring the art of home brewing back to earth. They'll tell you how to turn surplus fruit harvests into amazing wines and liqueurs; introduce you to the ancient arts of mead and cider making; guide you through some easy beer recipes, from hop packed IPAs to a striking Viking ale; use surprising ingredients such as lavender and nettles for some fun sparkling drink recipes; and take you on a world booze cruise that includes a Mexican pineapple tepache, Scandinavian mulled glogg and Finnish lemon sima.
Brew It Yourself also debunks the myths around home brewing, celebrates experimentation and takes the fear out of the science of fermentation. It proves that creating your own tasty alcoholic drinks doesn't need to be complicated, doesn't need to be costly and, most importantly, can be a whole lot of fun!
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