Straw Bale Gardens

Straw Bale Gardens Author Joel Karsten
ISBN-10 9781610587389
Release 2013-03-15
Pages 144
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DIVYou’ll find a bumper crop of vegetable gardening books on the shelves today, but it is a very rare title that actually contains new information. Straw Bale Gardens teaches gardening in a way that isn’t only new but is thoroughly innovative and revolutionary to home gardening. It solves every impediment today’s home gardeners face: bad soil, weeds, a short growing season, watering problems, limited garden space, and even physical difficulty working at ground level. Developed and pioneered by author and garden expert Joel Karsten, straw bale gardens create their own growing medium and heat source so you can get an earlier start. It couldn’t be simpler or more effective: all you need is a few bales of straw, some fertilizer, and some seeds or plants, and you can create a weedless vegetable garden anywhere—even in your driveway./div Karsten’s step-by-step guide offers all the information you need to make your own straw bale garden today. In this lushly photographed volume, Karsten shares all of the secrets he has developed over years of teaching eager students the miracle of straw bale gardening. You’ll learn how to locate and choose straw bales, then how to condition and plant them for the earliest possible start. You’ll master Karsten’s methods for combating plant pests and maximizing space by applying the principles of vertical gardening to his straw bales. Whether it’s seedlings or seeds, veggies or flowers, there is practically no limit to the plant varieties that will prosper in a straw bale garden—and with Karsten’s breakthrough gardening guide, you can do it all yourself.



Straw Bale Gardens Complete

Straw Bale Gardens Complete Author Joel Karsten
ISBN-10 9781591869078
Release 2015-02-15
Pages 176
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Provides information about how to use straw bales as planting containers for vegetable gardening.



Straw Bale Gardens

Straw Bale Gardens Author Joel Karsten
ISBN-10 9781591865506
Release 2013-03-15
Pages 144
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Provides information about how to use straw bales as planting containers for vegetable gardening.



Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales

Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales Author Craig LeHoullier
ISBN-10 9781612126159
Release 2015-12-29
Pages 80
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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.



Building Green

Building Green Author Clarke Snell
ISBN-10 1600595340
Release 2009
Pages 615
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The bestselling reference to sustainable construction, updated with online resource tie-ins, features more than 1,200 step-by-step photographs that follow the actual erection of an alternative building from site selection to final-touch interior details.



The Complete Idiot s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers Author John L. Lipp
ISBN-10 9781101140611
Release 2009-10-06
Pages 304
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Advice on the unique challenges of managing a volunteer workforce. Volunteers provide vital services to millions of people each year. However, because of their work's special nature, they're one of the most challenging work-forces to manage and retain. Lipp has managed these workers for over 20 years and shares his experience in recruiting, balancing paid and volunteer staff, creating schedules that work, addressing the transient nature of volunteers, motivation, and retention. ? Expert Author in the field ? There is a growing need for volunteer workers as budgets are cut ? Most current book on the subject ? Clear, jargon-free text full of anecdotes and step-by-step advice



Carrots Love Tomatoes

Carrots Love Tomatoes Author Louise Riotte
ISBN-10 9781603423960
Release 1998-01-02
Pages 224
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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. Utilize the natural properties of plants to nourish the soil, repel pests, and secure a greater harvest. With plenty of insightful advice and suggestions for planting schemes, Louise Riotte will inspire you to turn your garden into a naturally nurturing ecosystem.



Small Space Vegetable Gardens

Small Space Vegetable Gardens Author Andrea Bellamy
ISBN-10 9781604697414
Release 2016-02-04
Pages 214
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“If I could recommend one book for small-space vegetable gardening, this would be it. Andrea Bellamy nailed it!” —Joe Lamp’l, Growing a Greener World Small-Space Vegetable Gardens explains the basics of growing a bounty of edibles in a minimal amount of space. Andrea Bellamy, author of the award-winning blog Heavy Petal, shares all the knowledge she’s gained from years of gardening small: how to find and assess a space, and how to plan and build a garden. Bellamy also highlights the top sixty edible plants and offers complete information on how to sow, grow, and harvest them. This hardworking and enthusiastic guide teaches gardeners how to take advantage of the space they have—whether it’s a balcony, a patio, a plot in a community garden, or even a small yard—to create the food garden of their dreams.



High Yield Vegetable Gardening

High Yield Vegetable Gardening Author Colin McCrate
ISBN-10 9781612123974
Release 2015-12-29
Pages 320
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You won’t believe your eyes when you see the size of your harvest! In High-Yield Vegetable Gardening, authors Colin McCrate and Brad Halm show how you can make your food garden much more productive, no matter how big or small it is. You’ll learn their secrets for preparing the soil, selecting and rotating your crops, and mapping out a specific customized plan to make the most of your space and your growing season. Packed with the charts, tables, schedules, and worksheets you need — as well as record-keeping pages so you can repeat your successes next year — this book is an essential tool for the serious gardener.



Epic Tomatoes

Epic Tomatoes Author Craig LeHoullier
ISBN-10 9781612122090
Release 2015-01-16
Pages 256
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Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier provides everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes, from planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to various pests and tomato diseases, explaining how best to avoid them. With beautiful photographs and intriguing tomato profiles throughout, Epic Tomatoes celebrates one of the most versatile and delicious crops in your garden.



The Indestructible Houseplant

The Indestructible Houseplant Author Tovah Martin
ISBN-10 9781604697056
Release 2015-07-24
Pages 288
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The Indestructible Houseplant, by garden writer Tovah Martin, eliminates the guesswork by highlighting indoor plants that are tough, beautiful, reliable, and readily available. Like hoya, a low-maintenance plant whose spectacular spring and summer blossoms actually thrive on neglect. Or Ficus elastica (also known as rubber tree), whose pink and gray leaves will brighten even the most challenging windowless environment. And castiron plant, an old favorite that remains beautiful in a shady corner, even after weeks without water. In addition to plant profiles with concise information on water, light, and blooming times, this gorgeous book includes tips on care, maintenance, and ideas for combining houseplants in eye-catching indoor displays.



Serious Straw Bale

Serious Straw Bale Author Paul Lacinski
ISBN-10 9781603582087
Release 2000-12-01
Pages 384
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In 1994, when Chelsea Green published The Straw Bale House, the response from many people was a loud, "Huh?!" Those days are gone. With more than 100,000 copies sold, and straw bale projects underway in most regions of North America, we've entered a new era. Even building-code officials and insurance companies now look favorably upon straw bale buildings, with their extraordinary energy efficiency and wise use of agricultural waste for construction materials. Bergeron and Lacinski's new book Serious Straw Bale is the first to look carefully at the specific design considerations critical to success with a straw bale building in more extreme climates-where seasonal changes in temperature, precipitation, and humidity create special stresses that builders must understand and address. The authors draw upon years of experience with natural materials and experimental techniques, and present a compelling rationale for building with straw-one of nature's most resilient, available, and affordable byproducts. For skeptics and true believers, this book will prove to be the latest word. Thorough explanations of how moisture and temperature affect buildings in seasonal climates, with descriptions of the unique capacities of straw and other natural materials to provide warmth, quiet, and comfort year-round. Comprehensive comparison of the two main approaches to straw bale construction: "Nebraska-style," where bales bear the weight of the roof, and framed structures, where bales provide insulation. Detailed advice-including many well-considered cautions-for contractors, owner-builders, and designers, following each stage of a bale-building process. This is a second-generation straw bale book, for those seeking serious information to meet serious challenges while adventuring in the most fun form of construction to come along in several centuries.



Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction Author Chris Magwood
ISBN-10 9781550926149
Release 2016-06-27
Pages 160
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Prefabricated straw bale wall panels combine the performance and low environmental impact of traditional straw bale with reduced labor and more consistent results. These structural insulated panels (SIPs) are built offsite and transported to the job site, or built onsite and "tipped up" into position. Essential Prefabricated Straw Bale Construction is a fully illustrated practical guide to this affordable, scalable method. This indispensable manual includes a complete introduction to the use of prefabricated bale walls, packed with all the information you need to determine whether they are the right choice for your project. It covers: Specifications, engineering details and building code references Comprehensive step-by-step instructions and detail drawings Finishing and maintenance techniques Budgeting and labor estimates Additional resources Essential Prefabricated Straw Bale Construction is part of New Society's Sustainable Building Series. Written by the world's leading sustainable builders, designers and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project where accurate and reliable information are key to success. Get the Essentials! Chris Magwood is a sustainable builder and designer specializing in green and natural building techniques, the co-founder and co-director of the Endeavour Centre, and the author of several books on sustainable building including Making Better Buildings, More Straw Bale Building and Straw Bale Details.



Aquaponic Gardening

Aquaponic Gardening Author Sylvia Bernstein
ISBN-10 9781550924893
Release 2011-10-11
Pages 336
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Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution, and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits, and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:—System location considerations and hardware components—The living elements—fish, plants, bacteria, and worms—Putting it all together—starting and maintaining a healthy systemAquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use ninety percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting—in fact, there really is no downside! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible, and well-illustrated guide.Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. An internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia speaks, writes, and blogs extensively about this revolutionary technique.



5 Gallon Bucket Book

5 Gallon Bucket Book Author Chris Peterson
ISBN-10 9780760347898
Release 2015-09-18
Pages 144
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Why just reuse a bucket when you can reinvent it? Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers? 5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 60+ ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work. Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs! They range from simple things such as chicken feeders to much more complex projects (small room air conditioner, anyone?). For anyone who doesn't already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage, 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food.



The Field Guide to Peppers

The Field Guide to Peppers Author Dave DeWitt
ISBN-10 9781604697483
Release 2016-02-04
Pages 308
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The essential guide for pepper enthusiasts! A little spice can really take a meal to the next level—but with so many peppers to choose from, how do you pick one capsicum from another? In The Field Guide to Peppers, Dave DeWitt and Janie Lamson give expert advice on popular varieties like ancho, cayenne, jalapeño, serrano, and more. The 400 profiles in this fiery guide include all the major types of peppers, and each page features a color photograph along with all the details a pepperhead needs to know: common name, origin, source, pod length and width, plant height, color, harvest, and heat level, ranging from sweet to superhot.



Gardening in the South

Gardening in the South Author Mark Weathington
ISBN-10 9781604695915
Release 2017
Pages 320
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Gardening in the South is packed with plant picks, design advice, and growing information that make it easier than ever to grow a beautiful Southern garden.