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Gardening: The Bountiful Garden

Adams, Denise Wiles & Burchfield, Laura L. S. American Home Landscapes: A DESIGN GUIDE TO CREATING PERIOD GARDEN STYLES (2013)

Learn how to research design elements for a particular property followed by chapters focusing on the design characteristics of six well-defined historical periods, from Colonial times through the last decades of the 20th  century. Each section discusses the most prominent landscape features of each era, such as paths, driveways, fences, hedges, seating, and accessories. Extensive bibliographic resources and historically accurate plant lists round out the text. (NON FICTION SB 473 .A247)

Asbell, Steve. Plant by Numbers (2014)

With 50 tantalizing houseplant combinations, author Steve Asbell makes decorating with plants as easy as painting by numbers. With his book as your guide, you can design the interior of your home to achieve a level of uniqueness and beauty that usually requires a professional decorator. After all, houseplants offer all the elements that are beloved and relied upon by the best designers: a huge color palette of flowers and foliage, a variety of forms, and a wealth of sizes and textures. (NON FICTION SB 419 .A695)

Bennett, Leslie. The Beautiful Edible Garden (2013)

The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to grow organic fruits and vegetables while also making your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it's possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces--from large yards to tiny patios -- this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden. (NON FICTION SB 472.45 .B465)

Best, Billy F. Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste (2013)

Readers are introduced to the cultural traditions associated with seed saving, as well as the remarkable people who have used grafting practices and hand-by-hand trading to keep alive varieties that would otherwise have been lost. As local efforts to preserve heirloom seeds have become part of a growing national food movement, Appalachian seed savers play a crucial role in providing alternatives to large-scale agriculture and corporate food culture. Part flavor guide, part people’s history, this will introduce you to a world you’ve never known -- or perhaps remind you of one you remember well from your childhood. (NON FICTION SB 118.38 .B47)

Clarke, Ethne. An Infinity of Graces (2013)

An excellent read for anyone interested in the history of gardens and Anglo-American society in Florence during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author outlines the training and life of Cecil Ross Pinsent, an English architect in the Italian landscape, and explains the related trends in architecture and garden design at the time. Numerous pictures, many from Pinsent's own photo albums, illustrate the text. (NON FICTION SB 469.386 .I8 C57)

D’Amato, Peter. The Savage Garden: cultivating carnivorous plants (2013)

You may be familiar with the Venus flytrap, but did you know that some pitcher plants can -- and do -- digest an entire rat? Or that there are several hundred species of carnivorous plants on our planet? Beautiful, unusual, and surprisingly easy to grow, flesh-eating plants thrive everywhere from windowsills to outdoor container gardens, in a wide variety of climates. This comprehensive guide to these fascinating oddities is gloriously illustrated with more than 200 color photos. (NON FICTION SB 432.7 .D35)

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Dunn Chace, Teri. How to Eradicate Invasive Plants (2013)

Invasive plants are a growing threat to our landscapes, affecting native plants and wildlife. Clearly written and easy-to-use, this book identifies 200 of the most common invasive plants including water and bog plants; annuals, biennials, and tropical perennials; herbaceous perennials; grasses and bamboos; and vines, shrubs, and trees. It also offers eradication options, from simple, organic approaches to the safest and most responsible ways to use chemicals. (NON FICTION SB 613.5 .D86)

Fowler, Alys. the Edible Garden: how to have your garden and eat it too (2013)

BBC star and Gardening World's thrifty and resourceful Alys Fowler shows that there is a way to re-fashion vegetable gardening to fit in with life in the city. Abandoning the limitations of traditional methods, she has created a beautifully productive garden where tomatoes sit happily next to roses, carrots are woven between the lavenders and potatoes grow in pots on the patio. And all of this is produced in a way that mimics natural systems, producing delicious homegrown food for her table. She shares her favorite recipes for hearty dishes, pickles and jams made from her bountiful harvest, proving that no-one need go hungry on her grow-your-own regime. (NON FICTION SB 320.9 .F69)

Green, Kristin. Plantiful: start small, grow big with 150 plants THAT SPREAD, SELF-SOW AND OVERWINTER (2014)

Get an easy, gorgeous garden packed with plants by simply making the right choices. The author highlights plants that help a garden grow quickly by self-sowing and spreading, and teaches you how to expand the garden and extend the life of a plant by overwintering. The book features plant profiles for 50 self-sowers, 50 spreaders, and 50 plants that overwinter (including lemon verbena, begonia, and Chinese hibiscus). Additional gardening tips, design ideas, and inspirational photos will motivate and inspire gardeners of all levels. (NON FICTION SB 453 .G794)

Hardy, Emma. Teeny Tiny Gardening: 35 step-by-step projects (2013)

Horticulture on the smallest of scales! No matter how tiny the space --indoor or outdoor, garden, yard, balcony or even just a windowsill or tabletop -- here you will find original, fun and inspiring ideas. The 35 projects range from an elegant fern terrarium and a scented spring bulb basket to colorful woven bags and hessian sacks filled with cheerful summer blooms. Edible gardens include fruit bushes planted in kitchen pans and a vertical garden of herbs grown on a wooden stepladder. Use recycled and salvaged containers such as a metal bathtub filled with vegetable plants, metal food tins used for an indoor garden of wildflowers and a stack of wooden drawers filled with trailing plants. At the teeniest end of the scale there are miniature tabletop gardens created in eggshells and bottle tops! (NON FICTION SB 418 .H373)

Hirvela, Stacey. Edible Spots & Pots (2014)

It’s time for home gardeners to rethink the traditional garden and explore the wide variety of options for growing edibles in "anywhere" gardens --from decorative pots and raised beds to unusual growing bags, hanging pouches, and tomato rings. These contained gardens are more manageable than long rows or plots and require much less work, yet yield just as much bounty. Plot-free gardening offers practical solutions for any circumstance a gardener may encounter (challengingspaces, soils, or weather), while also taking into account budget, time, and aesthetic goals. (NON FICTION SB 321 .H55)

Howard, Doreen. Heirloom Flavor: yesterday’s best-tasting vegetables, FRUITS AND HERBS FOR TODAY’S COOK (2013)

Heirloom vegetables, herbs, and fruits are back in favor as gardeners and food lovers seek more nutritious and flavorful edibles. The unusual varieties of heirloom seeds still available today produce edibles that provide a mouthful of flavor unlike anything ever experienced from hybrid varieties. Eighteen types of heirloom edibles are featured with beautiful full-color photographs, interesting stories, and fascinating history. Recipes, how-to-grow tips, and how-to-select at  farmers’ markets are included. A "must have" for foodies. (NON FICTION SB 324.73 .H68)

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Jeffery, Josie The Mix & Match Guide to Companion planting (2014)

The age-old practice of companion planting is an effective way to create healthier, happier, more productive gardens simply by placing the right plants next to each other. It is an ingenious, all-natural method to control pests, disease and weeds without the need for chemicals. With its unique split-page mix-and-match system, this colorful visual guide makes it easy to choose which vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow best with one another, and which do not. All you have to do is select your desired crop from the extensive plant directory, flip the strips, match the dots, and get ready for your vegetable garden to flourish! (NON FICTION SB 453.6 .J44)

Moreno, Patti. Gardening by Cuisine (2013)

Even urban dwellers with little more than a balcony, tiny backyard or windowsill can grow their own food, thanks to Patti Moreno's groundbreaking gardening guide! Moreno, host of the most popular garden videos on the Web, has devised a unique plan for creating low-maintenance organic “cuisine gardens” – including the Italian Best-Ever Marinara Sauce Garden, Asian Stir Fry Garden, and Mediterranean Vegetable Garden -- that produce the vegetables, fruits, and herbs people love to eat. She supplies dozens of easy plans, plus a generous collection of simple, delicious recipes and menus that will make the most of any garden's bounty. Colorful photographs, illustrations and comprehensive instructions will encourage gardeners both new and experienced to embrace sustainable living with ease and enthusiasm. (NON FICTION SB 321 .M68)

Rubin, Greg. The California Native Landscape (2013)

In this innovative book, the author explores the myth that home landscapes composed of native plants are scruffy and difficult to manage. By focusing on horticulture that is attuned to native plants, and by emulating natural ecology, Greg Rubin shows how to create easy-maintenance native gardens that are beautiful year round. (NON FICTION SB 439.24 .C2 R83)

Stewart, Keith. Storey’s Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Herbs for Market (2013)

The author addresses everything you need to know to successfully grow and market organic vegetables and herbs, covering land, equipment, crop mix, growing techniques, irrigation, soil fertility, pests, greenhouses, harvesting, storage, labor, debt, customer management, sales, accounting, and much more. With this comprehensive guide, you can turn your dream of a thriving farm into a profitable reality. (NON FICTION SB 453.5 .S84)

Walliser, Jessica Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your garden: A NATURAL APPROACH TO PEST CONTROL (2014)

Create a garden where bugs and plants work together to create a beautiful whole. Information on companion planting and commercial options for purchasing bugs is supplemented by 19 detailed bug profiles and 39 plant profiles. The bug profiles include a description, a photograph for identification, an explanation of how they help the garden, and the methods gardeners can use to attract them. The plant profiles highlight the best plants for attracting beneficial bugs and offer detailed information on size, care, zone information, and bloom time. Design plans show gardeners how to design a border specifically for bugs. (NON FICTION SB 603.5 .W35)

Whittingham, Jo. Garden Rescue: first aid for plants and flowers (2013)

With information on both edible and ornamental gardens, Garden Rescue provides flow charts to help diagnose the problem, discover options, and then implement the best course of action. A photo gallery of the most dangerous pests and diseases will help you recognize early warning signs, then take action to keep your plants in the very best of health. (NON FICTION SB 608 .O7 W45)

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