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Handy guide is packed with the best plant varieties you'll want for your garden: annula, perennials, trees and shrubs, vines, roses, bulbs, ornamental grasses and herbs.
A tribute to the beauty of the famed Italian gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre, two precious jewels of Italy's Lake Maggiore. This is the perfect book for garden lovers and armchair travellers alike. The islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre have belonged to the Borromeo family, members of the Italian nobility, since the sixteenth century. The gardens are now open to the public and attract admirers from all over the world.
This article contains a wealth of geographical, historical and botanical information about the papaya family fruits in the tropics. Contents Include: Papaya - Cultivation, Propagation, Yield and Picking, Pests and Diseases, Varieties; The Mountain Papaya; The Purple Granadilla; The Sweet Granadilla; The Giant Granadilla. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience.
Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the US. Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed organics, and reawakened Americans to growing their own food and eating locally consider her both teacher and muse. Joan Gussow has influenced thousands through her acclaimed book This Organic Life, her lectures, and the simple fact that she lives what she preaches. Now in her eighties, she pauses once more to pass along some wisdom - surprising, inspiring, and controversial. Gussow's memoir begins when she loses her husband of 40 years to cancer and, two weeks later finds herself skipping down the street - much to her alarm. Why wasn't she grieving in all the normal ways? With humour and wit, she explains how she stopped worrying about why she was smiling and went on worrying instead, and as she always has, about the fate of the world around her. Lacking a partner's assistance, Gussow continues the hard labour of growing her own year-round diet. She deals single-handedly with a rising tidal river that regularly drowns her garden, with muskrat interlopers, broken appliances, bodily decay, and river trash - all the while bucking popular notions of how "an elderly widowed woman" ought to behave. Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and - since there is no other choice - come to terms with the insistence of the natural world.
Matchmaking in the garden!
This collection of more than 40 articles from "GrowerTalks"
magazine offers the latest innovations in media, nutrition, and
equipment in this rapidly expanding industry. Topics include
genetic testing, plant growth regulators, germination chambers,
media testing, transplanters, and fast cropping.
The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.
Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.
In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including:
- The reproductive biology of crop plants - Annual vs. biennial seed crops - Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity - Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity - Seed crop climates - Seed-borne diseases - Seed-cleaning basics - Seed storage for farmers - and more . . .
This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer to become more knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.
With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.
A Sunday Times Gardening Book of the Year A Daily Telegraph Gardening Book of the Year This is a book of easy projects for virgin gardeners. If you've never done it before, or have been disappointed in the past, these ideas will show you how to get intimate with plants and sex up your living space - indoors or out - without the complicated jargon and off-putting diagrams. You don't have to own a garden, you don't have to get dirty and it won't take up all your time. This book will replace the fear of failure with a sense of fun, so take a deep breath and jump into the flowerbed. Learn how to: * Grow basil from a supermarket plant * Create the perfect posy from garage flowers * Decorate a dinner table * Nurture an orchid * Care for cut flowers * Grow blueberries for muffins And much, much more ...
A hundred years ago there was a pronounced change in the direction of British gardening. The garden was transformed from a plaything for the rich to a democratic exercise, a hobby for the millions. Few figures were more central to and prominent in this transition than eccentric Reginald Farrer, whose passion for alpines would put a rockery in the backyards of countless enthusiasts and whose adventures in Tibet and China collecting elusive and exotic specimens, including the wild tree peony, a new buddleaia, and even an entire new genus called Farreria, were the stuff of legends. But Farrer was a strange man, a tortured soul. Tormented by physical disabilities (he had a hare lip, a "pygmy body," and a cleft palate) he developed a personality to match: defensive, restless, yet productive and endlessly energetic. Although "born to endless night," within his realm of horticultural exploration and exploitation, he was a giant, parlaying his disadvantages into advantages, becoming one of the great plant hunters of his age, repeatedly travelling to Japan and Tibet to collect new species and, through the influence of his extraordinary series of books, changing forever the art and practice of Western gardening.
Proven Plants: Southern Gardens highlights the 10 most proven plants in the 15 most popular categories of southern plants. It is a veritable Whos Who of plants for the South, reminding the reader of the plants that over time have proven their worthiness to be in every southern garden. This is the first regional work by author after very successful state-specific works. Author host HGTV show and writes a weekly column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Author is an in-demand speaker at southern garden events.
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