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December 1, 2009

Renovation Nation: Watch Your Green Grow is a dvd to inspire and inform you

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You can learn how to get the biggest environmental benefit from your own backyard. From simple water conservation techniques to plant selection and placement, it s all about keeping your landscaping in tune with nature. This dvd shows us how planting smart can reduce runoff, boost the ecosystem, clean and filter water and provide a healthy, organic food source. It also means less maintenance and long-term expense. And you don't have to turn a page!

At Renovation Nation: Gardening - Watch Your Green Grow (2009)

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November 6, 2009

Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide simplifies composting for you

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Here is a very down to earth book about the process of turning garden and yard waste into compost. The book is comprehensive and detailed but never looses its humorous and clear instructions. It explains what you need to make compost work quickly and is a good book for winter reading.

At Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-to-Earth Guides) (Paperback)

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October 15, 2009

The Sprouting Book: How to Grow and Use Sprouts to Maximize Your Health

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At last the first big rain of the winter season is here. It's a great relief that the fire danger is over and it also means it's time to bring the sprinklers and timers and tools inside. This winter I'm going to set up a sprout growing area near the sink. This book has all the information needed to get the sprouts growing and keeping a succession of sprouts coming.

At The Sprouting Book: How to Grow and Use Sprouts to Maximize Your Health and Vitality (Avery Health Guides) (Paperback)

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September 21, 2009

The Organic Gardener's Handbook: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals

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This is a really helpful book which has descriptions of diseases and insects and how to save your plants if they show signs of infestation. There are entries for common fruits, flowering plants, vegetables, and trees. Each listing has information on disease and pest problems and tips on how to solve them without chemicals. Especially useful sections feature photos of garden insects and diseases.

At The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals (Paperback)

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August 17, 2009

The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer

51JD3P5FJNL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpgHere is a book that tells you how to design and plant a perennial garden. Perennials come back year after and a good design includes a sequence of colorful flowers during the growing season. The book helps you balance sun and shade plants as well as size. It has a relaxed attitude about the process so that any gardener feels at ease with the process of building a beautiful flower garden.

At The Perennial Gardener's Design Primer (Paperback)

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August 7, 2009

Square Foot Gardening for small spaces and easy growing

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If you don't have much space, but would really like a small and easy to manage garden, this book has the solution for you. Instead of planting in rows, you build a box above the ground fill it with a fertile soil mix(he has recipe), and plant using a small grid space for each vegetable. Perfect for those who want fresh vegetables and don't have space or time for big time gardening. It's not too late in the year to make this happen!

At All New Square Foot Gardening (Paperback)

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July 30, 2009

Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

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Here is a book with some tips on growing vegetables all year. The first chapter begins with picking a salad from a cold frame while it is snowing. It includes details about how each vegetable should be grown. The book is written with a sense of humor and has instructions on how to build a cold frame and do succession planting while at the same time keeping the advice simple.

At Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

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July 28, 2009

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production

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At The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses (Paperback)

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July 13, 2009

250 North American Birds in Song A Backyard Book

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Here is a great way to enjoy the patio and garden. Put this book close at hand and try identifying the bird songs. This book has great pictures to help identification. . The profiles emphasize the birds' vocalizations--both songs and calls--which can be heard on an audio component that comes with the book. By bringing digital audio technology to the printed book, you can relate the songs and calls of those birds you see from the comfort of your backyard.

At Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song (Hardcover)

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January 30, 2009

A Day in the Garden: A Picture Book by Bettina Stietencron

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This is technically a children's book and it is only pictures - no words. However, I think it is one of the best gardening books ever "written". And the fact that you aren't bombarded with words is such a relief. It allows one to sit quietly and notice all the activities going on in these incredibly detailed pictures as if you were outside by yourself observing nature.

The pictures (paintings) are beautiful and take you through all the seasons and times of day in this yard. A Day in the Garden is available from Amazon for $10.98.

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