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    By Nancy J Ondra and photography by Rob Cardillo. This book makes a great reference for any gardener. It goes beyond flowers and gives you the option of creating a full season of gardening paradise with color and texture. It breaks down plants by color starting with gold then rousing red to basic black, stunning silver, grey and blue and then multi colors (variegated plants). Each color then goes on to show you a pallet of different folliage with spiky bold, medium, fine or lacy plants. It has you exploring your options and creating exciting combinations and has information on controlling foliage foes. You can let your artistic side loose in your garden with all the ideas that will come to you after looking at the different color and texture combinations in this book. Softcover 304 pp Pub at $24.95 Learn More

  2. Food Not Lawns


    by H.C. Flores. Heather Flores has a vision - of healthy, connected communities that expand to create a healthier more connected world. It's a big vision, so where to start? Flores starts with out lawns, big or small, your own or shared space. She proposes that if we use this space to grow our own food, or even better share that food, we have begun the process toward healthier community, both physically and spiritually. To get us started, she devotes a good portion of the book towards gardening. She is a certified permaculture designer, so her gardens are designed to be low maintenance, edible ecosystems that engender ecological health. Her book is bursting with concrete ideas for attaining such systems - ecological soil building, water recycling, and much more. She also believes gardening should be low cost and has great ideas for scrounging and adapting. After the garden section, Flores pushes us to go beyond the personal to reduce our collective impact on the world by re-examining life styles and consumer choices. (Flores manages to live happily on $6,000 a year.) She offers great ideas for creating stronger community through gardening and low impact living. Softcover 334pp. Learn More

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  3. For the Birds


    by Anne Halpin. A handy guide to help you transform the area around your home to a year round haven for our feathered friends. This practical guide will help you shape your environment whether it's a fire escape or backyard. It contains handy tips from an experienced gardener and the National Wildlife Federation to landscape with plants, mix your own bird feed that certain birds will like best, protect birds from predators and create a birding journal. Softcover. 96 pp Pub at $6.95. Learn More

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  4. Four Season Harvest


    by Eliot Coleman. When Eliot Coleman claimed that in mid January in Maine (where it gets down to -20 degrees F), he harvests 18-20 fresh vegetables, it seemed unbelievable. Take a closer look and you'll discover he opened up a whole new venture in gardening. Note he says 4 season harvest, not growing. His system depends on constantly clearing out spent crops, and replanting with crops appropriate to the coming season so that one always has a fresh crop to harvest. His system for extending the harvest season is based on the use of cold frames, plastic tunnels, root cellars, and hardy vegetables. Coleman does not use a greenhouse or any fancy heating systems. His aim is for utmost simplicity in achieving his goal of fresh, flavorful vegetables year round. Softcover 236 pp. Learn More

  5. Fowl Play


    Written and Illustrated by Patrick Merrill. A fun-for-all-ages book packed full of puzzles, quotes, quips, word games and fun facts that will amuse and inform you and is all about our feathered friend, the chicken. Softcover 6? X 7 ?? 144 pp pub at $10.95 Learn More

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  6. Food From Small Spaces


    by R.J. Ruppenthal. When the author says "small spaces" here, he's talking "square inch" city gardening. Ruppenthal, a longtime city gardener, claims that an urban apartment dweller can grow 10-20% of their families fresh food (more with a backyard or patio) without resorting to energy intensive hydroponics or indoor greenhouses. How? First, he discusses growing vegetables in available space and light levels. He shows how to build self-watering containers, use vertical space and reflected light, cycle crops, extend the season and grow fruits and berries in containers. Other options for producing your own food are also explored. These include sprouting seeds, making yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods (culturing foods increases their nutritional value), and cultivating mushrooms (great for dark spaces or shady yards). He even discusses raising chickens for eggs and honeybees. Many cities zoning laws do in fact allow a limited number of chickens. Another section explores composting and worm beds and a final chapter offers tips for getting along during resource shortages in the city. Softcover 240pp. Learn More

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  7. Vines to Wines


    by Jeff Cox. Jeff Cox offers a complete course in home winemaking. He takes you from planting the grapes to drinking the wine! He covers choosing a site, building trellising systems, planting, pruning and harvesting the grapes. Then he explains the fermenting process and aging and bottling the wine. Bon Appetite! Softcover 256pp Learn More

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  8. Fruit


    by Kathryn Hawkins. For fresh, juicy, bright and savory recipes-both sweet and main dishes-this is the book for you. It has tips on choosing, storing, preparing and easy to follow recipes full of new and delicious combinations with ideas that will perk up your taste buds or be the envy of any gathering – like Mango and Lamb Brochettes, Smoked Chicken and Pear Salad, Rhubarb and Raspberry Crumble or a Trio of Sorbets. It includes recipes for desserts, breads, salads, drinks, relishes, preserves, sauces and accompaniments for over 80 recipes. Spiral bound 176pp Pub at $19.95 Learn More

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  9. Garden Techniques


    By Jonathan Edwards. This gardening book is filled with all the essential tasks needed to have a great garden. It has over 950 color photographs and illustrations showing the step by step tasks. These visual aids make it easy to learn the key gardening skills and techniques from planning and designed planting, propogation, care and cultivation through each season. While basic gardening is fulfilling and fun (and enjoyed by everyone), you can also incorporate many features in your garden besides just vegetables. Each gardener looks for something different. Whether it is growing vegetable and flowers or just enjoying a relaxing patio, this book can help you design anything you want. Many of these techniques can help you avoid common mistakes and get the most out of your garden. Hardcover 258 pp Pub at $29.99 Learn More

  10. Garden Up


    Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces By Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet. This book adds a new dimension to garden design that goes beyond traditional beds and containers, even edibles! It gives you help with narrow planting beds and side yards or if you are looking for a more creative way to solve garden space problem, with vertical gardening that can maximize your outdoor living spaces. They show you how to design living walls, create focal points with arbors, trellises, plants and art, disguise landscape eyesores, and add outdoor nooks and rooms with before and after photos to demonstrate the key points of vertical gardening and simple DIY projects to get you started. Softcover 224pp Learn More

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  11. Shrubs and Climbers


    By Jonathan Edwards. This book contains over 600 color photos with an A-Z listing of popular plants and their characteristics, and a guide to growing shrubs and climbers successfully. It highlights the best shrubs and climbers for every season, showing you how to create a range of color and visual effects with expert step-by-step photographic guidance on choosing and caring for them throughout the whole year. The useful listings also identify the ideal plants for special requirements, such as blooms covering arches or providing year-round ground cover and plants that are suitable for particular soil and climate conditions. Hardcover 256pp Learn More

  12. Gardening for Wildlife


    by Bill Merilees. When this book came out over 10 years ago it helped nature enthusiasts create a garden that welcomed butterflies, birds, chipmunks and more. Now, back by popular demand, it has been revised and updates along with new photos and a color insert. Also included are black and white photos as well as interesting side bars. Not only can bird watching be an enjoyable pastime, but birds and other small wildlife can help in our gardens. This book gives advice on the best placement of plants, birdhouses and baths, recipes for birdfood mixes, tips for apartment dwellers, diagrams for simple structures, and caring for sick and injured animals. By understanding our wild neighbors we can also better plan in protecting our gardens and enjoying them more. Soft cover 182 Pub at $14.95 Learn More

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