As the fresh food revolution sweeps the nation, more and more people are seeking out delicious offerings from local growers. We have had our fill of tasteless, woody tomatoes from the far reaches of the globe and have begun tasting again--thanks to farmers' markets and co-ops--the real flavors we remember from childhood. Inspired by these events, people have started growing food in the most unlikely places, including rooftops, abandoned parking lots, and tiny balconies and backyards on average city streets. Individuals and families are taking up the trowel and discovering that gardening can be fun, fulfilling, and, ultimately, delicious. Far from sacrificing their ornamental flowers, creative gardeners can discover the joy of growing food in beautiful, thoughtful gardens overflowing with both color and flavor. Creating an attractive and productive garden in your small space might seem impossible, but throughout this book, you'll see examples of some wonderful things that can be done, from interesting plant combinations to unique structures and planting beds. If you can banish the thought that vegetables and fruits must be grown in rows and open up to the idea that a tomato plant can be a striking addition to your landscape plan, The Edible Landscape will help you explore some ideas for transforming your yard into a feast for both the eyes and the table.
Kale is a superstar among superfoods. It is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories; supports the cardiovascular and digestive systems; promotes healthy eyes and bones; and plays an important role in the body's detoxification processes. But not everyone has been quick to jump on the kale train. In Kale, Glorious Kale, Catherine Walthers shares recipes that explore all of the possibilities of this versatile vegetable. In addition to numerous fresh and flavorful salads, recipes include:
- Baked Eggs Over Kale
- Kale and Feta Pizza
- Penne with Kale, Sausage, and Mushrooms
- Cider-Braised Kale and Chicken
For kale lovers as well as neophytes.
- A visual guide to the world of plants--what they need to grow, how to care for them, and more
- Grow your own pizza How to plant for a recipe, with fruits and vegetables in pots or a whole vegetable garden
- Pull-out activities, including a runner-bean growth chart, a Fruit Pairs game, Rainbow Taste Wheel (turn the dial to find out which vitamins are found in each fruit and vegetable), and four sheets of stickers
From Australia to France to the UK and far beyond, Straw Bale Gardening is making an impact. The revolutionary method of growing food in bales has been on the scene for just a few years, but in that time it has spread across the world with unprecedented speed. The reason? In any climate and on any continent you can grow beautiful, fresh vegetables in environments where no food has grown before.
In Straw Bale Solutions you will find over two dozen stories of SBG gardens that inspire as much as they educate. You will recognize in them many of the challenges any gardener faces, and you will see how you can use the experiences of others to write your own SBG success story.
Since he created Straw Bale Gardening in his home in the Midwestern US, author Joel Karsten has talked to thousands of gardeners and traveled to dozens of countries to spread the SBG word. Here, in Joel's own words, is a collection of fascinating illustrated stories that you can enjoy and learn from. For example:
- Cambodian SBGs grow food during Monsoon season- for the first time
- SBGs sprout fresh veggies in the rocky Swiss Alps
- A community garden in New Jersey turns an EPA site into a food haven
- An SBG in the lowlands of the Netherlands rises above constant floods
- And many more stories of SBG success that have lessons just for you
Build an efficient and productive garden These 39 simple-to-make projects are designed to increase your harvest while simultaneously making your garden chores easier. Requiring no specialized equipment or previous woodworking experience, detailed step-by-step instructions guide you through the construction of cold frames, compost bins, raised beds, potting benches, trellises, and more. Most of the projects can be made in just a few hours, so you can spend more time enjoying your beautiful and thriving garden.
When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa--all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden--intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression--also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.
In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden, Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed.
Practical Organic Gardening sprouts homegrown, healthy edibles and other safe plants that are nourishing and tasty for your family, pets, and beneficial wildlife. Organic gardening isn't just for environmentalists anymore. Over the last several years it has been a popular gardening method. Believe it or not, it organic gardening has actually been around for most of the last century, but interest in organic gardening has soared in recent years as gardeners have become more aware of the quality of their food.
Now is your chance to learn with this comprehensive book. Written by Mark Highland, founder of The Organic Mechanic, this is far from a hippie manifesto; it is a scientifically driven, modern-day dive into the organic methods, products, and practices that will appeal to any home gardener looking to make the transition from conventional to organic.
Is it ripe? Take your gardening to the next level with this practical guide to ripeness. Whether knee deep in the garden or shopping at the market, you'll learn the best time to pick edibles and how to identify the most perfectly ripe produce. Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables includes more than seventy edibles with details on varieties, history, tips on when to pick and when to buy, what to look for when buying produce in the market, best places to grow certain produce, picking advice, what to avoid buying, storage, and ripening tips. With dozens of photographs of ripe, over ripe, and under ripe edibles, as well as details on nonvisual signs of ripeness such as taste, feel, and smell, Square Foot Gardening: Growing Perfect Vegetables will leave no doubt in your mind whether you're dealing with ripe or not ripe.
- Expert info on sunlight, soil, water and weeding, as well as the right seeds to pick, how to start them and how to care for your plants as they grow
- Step-by-step guides for 20 key veggies (including tomatoes, carrots, kale, cucumbers, potatoes, garlic, herbs and fruits)
- DIY how-tos for over 15 home garden projects (including building your own planter boxes and plant pest-protectors)
- Also included are primers on keeping your own backyard chickens and bees, plus Carson's 15 favorite recipes for using garden-fresh produce . . . and much, much more Carson Arthur is Canada's favorite gardener. Now he's sharing his experiences, no holds barred, to set you up for self-sufficient homegrown veggie success in any space. This is the only book you will need.