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Teaming With Microbes

Author : Wayne Lewis
ISBN : 1604692545
Genre : Gardening
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Healthy soil teems with life—not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. Chemical fertilizers injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and the soil becomes increasingly dependent on artificial, often toxic, substances. But there is an alternative: by strengthening the soil food web—the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms—gardeners can create a nurturing environment for plants. Teaming with Microbes extols the benefits of cultivating the soil food web. It clearly explains the activities and organisms that make up the web, and explains how gardeners can cultivate the life of the soil through the use of compost, mulches, and compost tea. With Jeff Lowenfels’ help, everyone—from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants—can create rich, nurturing, living soil.

Teaming With Nutrients

Author : Jeff Lowenfels
ISBN : 9781604695175
Genre : Gardening
File Size : 88. 76 MB
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A 2014 Garden Writers Association Media Award Winner Just as he demystified the soil food web in his ground-breaking book Teaming with Microbes, in this new work Jeff Lowenfels explains the basics of plant nutrition from an organic gardener’s perspective. Most gardeners realize that plants need to be fed but know little or nothing about the nature of the nutrients and the mechanisms involved. In his trademark down-to-earth, style, Lowenfels explains the role of both macronutrients and micronutrients and shows gardeners how to provide these essentials through organic, easy-to-follow techniques. Along the way, Lowenfels gives the reader easy-to-grasp lessons in the biology, chemistry, and botany needed to understand how nutrients get into the plant and what they do once they’re inside.

The Holistic Homestead

Author : Julia Hubler
ISBN : 9781548405069
Genre : House & Home
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The Holistic Homestead: How to Start an Interconnected Homestead, is here to give you more than the often-repeated, simple information you find in any homesteading book. The goal of this book is to show you how to think holistically (meaning with a consideration for your entire homestead). First by giving you lots of practical examples so you can see how to make the connections, then by showing you how to make your own. Grow your own sustainable, permaculture type of homestead that considers every aspect, with a plan and goal for the future! Soli Deo Gloria! (Glory be to God alone!) Table of Contents... Introduction Chapter 1: Holistic, Permaculture & Homesteading Chapter 2: Holistic Guidelines Chapter 3: Six Pivotal Points to Starting a Successful Homestead Chapter 4: Grass Is Key! Chapter 5: The Microbial Conscious Gardener Chapter 6: Compost—A Homesteader’s Best Friend Chapter 7: The Orchard & Fruit Tree Guilds Chapter 8: Holistic Vegetable Gardening Chapter 9: Multi-Purpose Herbs Chapter 10: Weeds—A Problem or Temporary Solution? Chapter 11: Beneficial Insects & Holistic Pest Control Chapter 12: Rainwater & Greywater on the Homestead Chapter 13: Holistic Chickens Chapter 14: Beyond Chickens—Guineas, Ducks & More Chapter 15: Milk Cows & Goats, Part 1: Which Is Best for You? Chapter 16: Milk Cows & Goats, Part 2: Two Important Considerations Chapter 17: Milking Sanitation Chapter 18: Keeping Roosters, Bucks, Rams & Bulls Chapter 19: Natural Remedies & Animal Health on the Homestead Chapter 20: Fly Control & Prevention Chapter 21: Holistic Points Applied Chapter 22: Make the Connections Part 3: Indoor Homesteading Chapter 23: Connections in the Home Chapter 24: The Holistic Household, Part 1: Eight Ways to Reduce Waste Chapter 25: The Holistic Household, Part 2: System Efficiency Chapter 26: The Holistic Household, Part 3: Preserving & a Few Projects Chapter 27: The Holistic Household, Part 4: Family Health Part 4: Put the Pieces Together! Chapter 28: The Holistic Homestead Resources & Notes—How & Where to Learn More Appendix Index About

Groundbreaking Food Gardens

Author : Niki Jabbour
ISBN : 9781603428446
Genre : Gardening
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Follow your zany muse and get creative with your vegetable garden. Niki Jabbour brings you 73 novel and inspiring food garden designs that include a cocktail garden featuring all the ingredients for your favorite drinks, a spicy retreat comprising 24 varieties of chile peppers, and a garden that’s devoted to supplying year-round salad greens. Created by celebrated gardeners, each unique design is accompanied by both plant lists and charming anecdotes. This fully illustrated collection glitters with off-beat personality and quirkiness.

Teaming With Fungi

Author : Jeff Lowenfels
ISBN : 9781604697810
Genre : Science
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From the bestselling author of Teaming with Microbes and Teaming with Nutrients Teaming with Fungi is an important guide to mycorrhizae and the role they play in agriculture, horticulture, and hydroponics. Almost every plant in a garden forms a relationship with fungi, and many plants would not exist without their fungal partners. By better understanding this relationship, gardeners can take advantage of the benefits of fungi, which include an increased uptake in nutrients, resistance to drought, earlier fruiting, and more. Learn how the fungi interact with plants and how to best to employ them in your home garden.

Microbia

Author : Eugenia Bone
ISBN : 9781623367367
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From Eugenia Bone, the critically acclaimed author of Mycophilia, comes an approachable, highly personal look at our complex relationship with the microbial world. While researching her book about mushrooms, Eugenia Bone became fascinated with microbes—those life forms that are too small to see without a microscope. Specifically, she wanted to understand the microbes that lived inside other organisms like plants and people. But as she began reading books, scholarly articles, blogs, and even attending an online course in an attempt to grasp the microbiology, she quickly realized she couldn’t do it alone. That’s why she enrolled at Columbia University to study Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. Her stories about being a middle-aged mom embedded in undergrad college life are spot-on and hilarious. But more profoundly, when Bone went back to school she learned that biology is a vast conspiracy of microbes. Microbes invented living and as a result they are part of every aspect of every living thing. This popular science book takes the layman on a broad survey of the role of microbes in nature and illustrates their importance to the existence of everything: atmosphere, soil, plants, and us.

Green Smoothie Revolution

Author : Victoria Boutenko
ISBN : 1556438125
Genre : Cooking
File Size : 38. 14 MB
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"Thanks to the advent of processed food, people who live in industrial countries, especially those whose families have done so for several generations, often have symptoms of multiple nutrient deficiencies on a very high level. Green smoothies provide a way for us to correct these persistent imbalances and begin to discover what health actually feels like. Green Smoothie Revolution offers a wide variety of smoothie recipes as well as the nutrition and know-how behind the drinks. With 150 easy-to-make recipes offering an abundance of fruits, vegetables, and greens to choose from, Green Smoothie Revolution provides an important diversity of nutritional sources as well as enough variety to keep taste buds happy"--Provided by publisher.

Kick Ass Cannabis Veggies

Author : Kip Zonderkop
ISBN : 9781783017089
Genre : Gardening
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Learning to garden in a natural, Earth-friendly way seems accessible to only the most experienced of gardeners. But Kip Zonderkop brings organic gardening within anyone’s reach in Kick-Ass Cannabis & Veggies. Equal parts how-to and how-come, this book outlines an easy-to-follow 8-step process that anybody can use to cultivate killer cannabis and veggies, and also explains the soil science and permaculture principles behind the 8 steps. These tricks, hacks, and techniques give the home gardener the necessary foundation for a thriving indoor or outdoor garden. Jam-packed with helpful tips, links, and fantastic resources, Kick-Ass Cannabis & Veggies is the perfect launch pad for newbie organic pot gardeners who aren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty. And for those who aren’t big DIYers, Kip provides lots of short-cuts along the way too. About the Author Kip is a professional writer that loves breaking down complex concepts into simple, understandable prose. After being bit by the gardening bug and reading many gardening guides, Kip set out to write the book he wished he could have read from the start.

Mulch Total

Author : Kurt Kretschmann
ISBN : 3922201180
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The Four Season Farm Gardener S Cookbook

Author : Barbara Damrosch
ISBN : 9780761176817
Genre : Cooking
File Size : 70. 48 MB
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Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are America’s foremost organic gardeners—and authorities. Barbara is the author of The Garden Primer, and Eliot wrote the bible for organic gardening, The New Organic Grower. Today they are the face of the locavore movement, working through their extraordinary Four Season Farm in Maine. And now they’ve written the book on how to grow what you eat, and cook what you grow. The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook is two books in one. It’s a complete four-season cookbook with 120 recipes from Barbara, a master cook as well as master gardener, who shows how to maximize the fruits—and vegetables—of your labors, from Stuffed Squash Blossom Fritters to Red Thai Curry with Fall Vegetables to Hazelnut Torte with Summer Berries. And it’s a step-by-step garden guide that works no matter how big or small your plot, with easy-to-follow instructions and plans for different gardens. It covers size of the garden, nourishing the soil, planning ahead, and the importance of rotating crops—yes, even in your backyard. And, at the core, individual instructions on the crops, from the hardy and healthful cabbage family to fourteen essential culinary herbs. Eating doesn’t get any more local than your own backyard.

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