Hot Beds

Author: Jack First
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780857841063
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The ancient method of growing vegetables in hot beds, used by the Victorians and by the Romans, harnesses the natural process of decay to cultivate out-of-season crops. Jack First has revived and modernized this remarkable technique, and produces healthy vegetables at least two months earlier than conventionally grown crops. This practical guide includes everything you need to know in order to use this highly productive, low-cost, year-round, eco-friendly gardening system. Straightforward explanations and diagrams show how you too can grow early vegetables without fossil-fuel energy or elaborate equipment.

The Winter Harvest Handbook

Author: Eliot Coleman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 160358210X
Format: PDF
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Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters. Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses. Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman’s own farm. His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons. A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.”

Do It Yourself Yearbook

Author: Better Homes and Gardens
Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens Books
ISBN: 9780696111358
Format: PDF, ePub
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This annual yearbook brings together hundreds of time-saving and money-saving projects for the do-it-yourselfer. Projects include carpentry, remodeling, woodworking, outdoor building, home repair, home maintenance, and more. Features step-by-step instructions, construction drawings, and photographs of each finished project for do-it-yourselfers of all skill levels. Full-color plans, photographs, and drawings.

Vegetable Production and Practices

Author: Gregory E Welbaum
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 1780645341
Format: PDF, Docs
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Successful vegetable production in a modern competitive market requires an understanding of many more factors than the biology of crops and the production techniques involved. This major new textbook brings the science and practice of vegetable production right up to date by addressing modern culture techniques and the recent challenges of consumer demand facing producers today. It introduces vegetable production from the perspective of producing high quality produce that satisfies the needs of the modern consumer. Beginning with the basics of how vegetables are grown using high and low input methods, including organic and sustainable production techniques, the book goes on to introduce and discuss many topics covered less comprehensively in older texts, including Good Agricultural Practices to improve quality, reduce biological contamination and secure food safety; water management; cropping systems; plasticulture; protected culture and mineral nutrition. Vegetable Production and Practices also introduces the use of molecular biology for genetic improvement of crops. Issues specific to individual vegetable crops are addressed by family, including their diseases, harvesting, quality attributes and other issues of increasing importance to consumers, including the role of vegetables in human health. Professor Gregory E. Welbaum has a long history of teaching successful courses in horticulture at Virginia Tech and other universities in the US and worldwide. Vegetable Production Practices has been specifically designed to accompany courses in vegetable crop production, so is ideally suited to inspire students in crop and horticultural sciences, as well as provide a useful reference for experienced practitioners.

Essential Pruning Techniques

Author: George E. Brown
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 160469288X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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“Walks any would-be arborist through a veritable dictionary of trees, from abelias to zenobias.” —The New York Times Book Review Pruning is an indispensable part of garden maintenance, but it is also one of the most difficult. Successful pruning requires a thorough knowledge of a plant’s growth and flowering habits. In Essential Pruning Techniques Tony Kirkham—the head of the arboretum and gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew—shares his decades of knowledge and expertise and expands on the groundbreaking work done by George E. Brown. Step-by-step photographs clearly show the general principles of pruning, and profiles of 379 woody plants include advice on habit, attributes, reasons for pruning, and the best time to prune. Essential Pruning Techniques is a must-have reference for home gardeners and professionals.

Glass Houses

Author: May Woods
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Traces the history of greenhouses and conservatories and shows examples from Britain, Europe, and America