List books in category Home & Garden / Fruit

  • The One-Block Feast: An Adventure in Food from Yard to Table

    The One-Block Feast: An Adventure in Food from Yard to Table
    Margo True

    Based on the James Beard Award–winning blog The One-Block Diet, this all-in-one home gardening, do-it-yourself guide and cookbook shows you how to transform a backyard or garden into a self-sufficient locavore’s paradise. When Margo True and her fellow staffers at Northern California–based Sunset magazine walked around the grounds of their Menlo Park office, they saw more than just a lawn and some gardens. Instead, they saw a fresh, bountiful food source, the makings for intrepid edible projects, and a series of seasonal feasts—all just waiting to happen. The One-Block Feast is the story of how True and her team took an inspired idea and transformed it into an ambitious commitment: to create four feasts over the course of a year, using only what could be grown or raised in their backyard-sized plot. She candidly shares the group’s many successes and often humorous setbacks as they try their hands at chicken farming, cheese making, olive pressing, home brewing, bee keeping, winemaking, and more. Grouped into gardening, project, and recipe guides for each season, The One-Block Feast is a complete resource for planning an eco-friendly kitchen garden; making your own pantry staples for year-round cooking and gifts; raising bees, chickens, and even a cow; and creating made-from-scratch meals from ingredients you’ve grown yourself. Chapters are organized by season, each featuring a planting plan and crop-by-crop instructions, an account of how that season’s projects played out for the Sunset team, and a multicourse dinner menu composed of imaginative, appealing, and ultra-resourceful vegetarian recipes, such as: Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Chard and Sage Brown Butter • Egg and Gouda Crepes • Whole Wheat Pizzas with Roasted Vegetables and Homemade Cheeses • Fresh Corn Soup with Zucchini Blossoms • Braised Winter Greens with Preserved Lemons and Red Chile • Summer Lemongrass Custards • Honey Ice Cream Generously illustrated and easy to follow, this ultimate resource for today’s urban homesteader will inspire you to take “eating local” to a whole new level.

  • The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture

    The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture
    Lon Rombough

    Grapes are the most popular and widely grown fruit in the world. From the tropics to Alaska, grapes will grow successfully in almost every climate. Whether you raise them for fresh eating, or for making wine, juice, or jellies and preserves, the right grapes will reward you with abundant crops for a modest investment of time and effort. Now for the first time comes a book for grape growers who wish to use organic growing methods to raise healthy, thriving vineyards in the backyard or on a small commercial scale. The Grape Grower distills the broad knowledge and long-time personal experience of Lon Rombough, one of North America's foremost authorities on viticulture. From finding and preparing the right site for your vineyard to training, trellising, and pruning vines to growing new grapes from seeds and cuttings, The Grape Grower offers thorough and accessible information on all the basics. The chapters on grape species, varieties, and hybrids are alone worth the price of a college course in viticulture. Technical information on the major (and minor) insect pests and diseases that affect grapes, as well as their organic controls, makes this book an invaluable reference that readers will turn to again and again. Rombaugh also provides a wealth of information on hardy but little-known grapes that are native to North America, and on a wide range of topics, including: pruning neglected or overgrown vines growing grapes on arbors and in greenhouses controlling animal pests in the vineyard bunch grapes and muscadine grapes for the South winter protection, and how to increase the hardiness of grapes creating your own new varieties

  • The Community Food Forest Handbook: How to Plan, Organize, and Nurture Edible Gathering Places

    The Community Food Forest Handbook: How to Plan, Organize, and Nurture Edible Gathering Places
    Catherine Bukowski

    Collaboration and leadership strategies for long-term success Fueled by the popularity of permaculture and agroecology, community food forests are capturing the imaginations of people in neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the United States. Along with community gardens and farmers markets, community food forests are an avenue toward creating access to nutritious food and promoting environmental sustainability where we live. Interest in installing them in public spaces is on the rise. People are the most vital component of community food forests, but while we know more than ever about how to design food forests, the ways in which to best organize and lead groups of people involved with these projects has received relatively little attention. In The Community Food Forest Handbook, Catherine Bukowski and John Munsell dive into the civic aspects of community food forests, drawing on observations, group meetings, and interviews at over 20 projects across the country and their own experience creating and managing a food forest. They combine the stories and strategies gathered during their research with concepts of community development and project management to outline steps for creating lasting public food forests that positively impact communities. Rather than rehash food forest design, which classic books such as Forest Gardening and Edible Forest Gardens address in great detail, The Community Food Forest Handbook uses systems thinking and draws on social change theory to focus on how to work with diverse groups of people when conceiving of, designing, and implementing a community food forest. To find practical ground, the authors use management phases to highlight the ebb and flow of community capitals from a project’s inception to its completion. They also explore examples of positive feedbacks that are often unexpected but offer avenues for enhancing the success of a community food forest. The Community Food Forest Handbook provides readers with helpful ideas for building and sustaining momentum, working with diverse public and private stakeholders, integrating assorted civic interests and visions within one project, creating safe and attractive sites, navigating community policies, positively affecting public perception, and managing site evolution and adaptation. Its concepts and examples showcase the complexities of community food forests, highlighting the human resilience of those who learn and experience what is possible when they collaborate on a shared vision for their community.

  • Pruning Made Easy - How To Prune Rose Trees, Fruit Trees And Ornamental Trees And Shrubs

    Pruning Made Easy – How To Prune Rose Trees, Fruit Trees And Ornamental Trees And Shrubs
    H. H. Thomas

    This antiquarian book contains an accessible and concise guide to pruning, with information on the correct methods for pruning rose trees, fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs, and other plants commonly found in the garden. Written in simple, clear language and profusely illustrated, this text will be of considerable utility to anyone with an interest in gardening. It would make for a great addition to any collection of gardening literature. Although an old text, the information contained within its pages is timeless, and will be of as much service to modern readers as it was when first published. We are republishing this vintage book now in an affordable, modern edition – complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.

  • The Four Season Farm Gardener s Cookbook

    The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook
    Barbara Damrosch

    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.

  • Postharvest Physiology and Hypobaric Storage of Fresh Produce

    Postharvest Physiology and Hypobaric Storage of Fresh Produce
    Stanley P. Burg

    Hypobaric (low-pressure) storage offers considerable potential as a method to prevent postharvest loss of horticultural and other perishable commodities, such as fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and meat. Yet hitherto there has been no comprehensive evaluation and documentation of this method and its scientific basis.Written by the world's leading authority on hypobaric storage Postharvest Physiology and Hypobaric Storage of Fresh Produce fills this gap in the existing literature. The first part of the book provides a detailed account of the metabolic functions of gases, and the mechanisms of postharvest gas exchange, heat transfer and water loss in fresh produce. The effect of hypobaric conditions on each process is then considered, before a critical review of all available information on hypobaric storage. This includes horticultural commodity requirements, laboratory research, and the design of hypobaric warehouses and transportation containers.

  • Homegrown Berries: Successfully Grow Your Own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and More

    Homegrown Berries: Successfully Grow Your Own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and More
    Timber Press

    Enjoy delicious, nutritious berries from your own backyard! What says summer more than a bowl full of fresh berries? How about a yard full of them? Homegrown Berries covers the information you need to know about the process from planting to picking. You’ll learn the best varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries for you, how to fit them into your landscape (including in borders and containers), and how to maintain them for peak harvest. Summer just got sweeter!

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Fruit Trees

    A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Fruit Trees
    John Davidson

    A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Fruit TreesGardening Tips and Methods for Growing Fruit TreesFor Pleasure And Profit.Table of ContentsIntroductionWhich Fruit to Grow?Fruit Production Charts.ApplesCold Hardiness zonesCitrus fruitsStrawberriesPlanting Your StrawberriesMulching Strawberries.PropagationFeeding StrawberriesProtecting Your Strawberries.Growing Strawberries in Barrels.Buying the Right Trees and BushesSoil ConditionsNitrogen Fixing CropsPlanning your gardenNatural WeedkillersGeneral PlantingSupporting Your Fruit TreesBird ProtectionFrost ProtectionPlanting Fruit Trees Against WallsWhat Are Espaliers?Keeping Your Bushes and Trees HealthyFertilizers and pesticides – Cow Manure – the Best Organic Fertilizer/Compost BaseJohn Innes CompostBasic Healthy Compost MixturesHow to Make Leaf CompostNatural PesticidesNeem PesticidePreparing Neem seedsChilisTobaccoBougainvillea Leaves.Fungicides for SoilOnion – Garlic Antifungal Solution.Papaya CureUsing Cow Manure Ash as a PesticideNutrient Deficiency Symptoms in PlantsSprayingGarden PestsPollinationFruit Plant PropagationHarvesting your fruitAppendixConclusionAuthor BioIntroductionWhen Mother Nature blessed the new born earth with life forms milleniums ago, the diversity of one celled creatures took up different lines of evolution due to climatic changes and mutations. That is when plant life evolved along with animal life. And that is how the surface of the earth was covered with lush fruitful vegetation, which flourished and evolved in different climates.As time went by, climatic changes also changed the nature and the appearance of these plants. From multicelled algae and fungi, they became huge multicelled giant trees, like the Sequoia, which are remnants of those glorious days of giant Green trees gone by.And soon man found out that trees were very useful to give him shelter, to give him food, and to provide him with essential fruit, leaves, and seeds to supplement his diet. That was because he was imitating the animals around him.They nibbled at leaves, he did the same thing. Sometimes he ended up with a tummy ache. Sometimes the animals ended up sick while he was left hale and hearty. But down the ages, and through lots of trial and error, he found out that every single plant out there could be put into use, even those plants we consider weeds today.The mythological and historical hanging Gardens of Babylon, which were supposed to have been built by Nebuchadnezzar, but in actuality were built by Sennacherib in Nineveh, Assyria, about 300 km away from Babylon.These were lush with green trees from all over the world. And historians who are not really bothered about historic authenticity and the names of kings, did not bother much about the locality or the creator of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.First-hand accounts of that time were not available, and when Babylon conquered Assyria, they called it the new Babylon. And so centuries later historians wrote about the wonders of marvelous trees and green vegetation, growing in Babylon.So that is the reason why since ancient times, trees, especially fruit trees have been an important part of cultured and civilized landscaping. They were and are planted in gardens for the pleasure of the general public or for your own private enjoyment.You can grow one kind of fruit or another in almost any garden. Even the smallest garden can produce apples and strawberries. If you have plenty of land you are lucky because you have the space to allow your trees to spread their wings and flourish.

  • Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks

    Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks
    Tom Burford

    American Horticulture Society Award Winner The apple is one of the most iconic fruits, traditionally picked on cool fall days and used in pies, crisps, and ciders. And there is a vast world of varieties that goes beyond the common grocery store offerings of Red Delicious and Granny Smith. With names like American Beauty, Carter’s Blue, and Fallawater, and flavors ranging from sweet to tart, this treasure trove of unique apples is ripe for discovery. There is no better guide through this tasty world than Tom Burford, whose family has grown apples in the Blue Ridge Mountains since 1715. The book is brimming with beautiful portraits of heirloom and modern apples of merit, each accompanied by distinguishing characteristics and common uses. As the view broadens to the orchard, you will find information on planting, pruning, grafting, and more. The exploration of the apple culminates with an overview of the fruit’s transformative capabilities when pressed, fermented, cooked, or dried. Beyond the polished and predictable grocery store display of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, a feast of beautiful and uniquely flavored North American varieties awaits the curious.

  • Modern Mushroom Cultivation

    Modern Mushroom Cultivation
    A. A. Richards

    This comprehensive text contains a definitive guide on the cultivation of mushrooms. A fascinating and accessible treatise on the topic, this rare book constitutes a brilliant mycological handbook and contains everything one needs to know about the growing of mushrooms. Perfect for beginners and intermediate growers alike, Modern Mushroom Cultivation is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the subject. Chapters comprised herein include: Where Mushrooms can be Grown, Composts and Methods of Composting, Making the Beds, Methods of Pasteurizing the Compost, Mushrooms Spawn, Casing the Beds, Routine Management, Grading and Packing, and Diseases and Pests. This scarce book has elected for republication because of its immense educational value, and is proudly republished here with a new introduction to the topic.

  • Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees

    Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees
    Ann Ralph

    Grow your own apples, figs, plums, cherries, pears, apricots, and peaches in even the smallest backyard! Ann Ralph shows you how to cultivate small yet abundant fruit trees using a variety of specialized pruning techniques. With dozens of simple and effective strategies for keeping an ordinary fruit tree from growing too large, you’ll keep your gardening duties manageable while at the same time reaping a bountiful harvest. These little fruit trees are easy to maintain and make a lovely addition to any home landscape.

  • The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Southern California

    The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Southern California
    Geri Galian Miller

    Grow your own food in the Golden State! There is nothing more regionally specific than vegetable gardening—what to plant, when to plant it, and when to harvest are decisions based on climate, weather, and first frost. The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Southern California, by regional expert Geri Miller, focuses on the unique eccentricities of California’s gardening calendar, which include extreme temperatures and low rainfall. The month-by-month format makes it perfect for beginners and accessible to everyone—gardeners can start gardening the month they pick it up.

  • How To Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg: A Week-by-week Guide to Wild-life Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

    How To Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg: A Week-by-week Guide to Wild-life Friendly Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
    Joe Hashman

    Joe Hashman takes you outdoors and 'in amongst it' on the vegetable plot where seeds are sown, plants nurtured, fruits tended and crops harvested. The natural history of the garden is noted, too, and delicious and often unusual recipes supplied. With his guidance – and your gardening – your kitchen garden, vegetable patch or allotment will provide you with the good, fresh, honest and seasonal fruit and vegetables that Joe has a passion for. And he will also help you sustain the natural balance of your garden. Employing his own simple, tried and tested methods the author takes the reader week-by-week through the vegetable and fruit growing year.Contents: Introduction; February-January; Jobs to do each week; Veg on the menu: recipes; Glossary of terms; Index.

  • Kitchen Gardening for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables

    Kitchen Gardening for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables
    Simon Akeroyd

    Kitchen Gardening for Beginners has everything you need to leave the supermarket behind in favor of tastier and healthier home-grown fruit and vegetables. Avoid bland, pesticide-tainted produce flown in from the other side of the world and start growing your own produce with this reassuring guide, complete with a glossary of gardening terms and a picture gallery of common weeds. Kitchen Gardening for Beginners takes you through ten steps to preparing your plot and teaches you need-to-know techniques such as sowing, plating, feeding, mulching, watering, and weeding. Armed with the basics, you'll learn how to grow over 70 types of fruit and vegetable crops. You'll also find easy projects such as making a simple compost bin and planting a fruit tree and tips to attract wildlife along with simple, delicious ways to enjoy your produce. A handy troubleshooting section covers identifying and dealing with weeds, pests, and diseases. Whether you prefer to start small with a few herbs and vegetable staples or you are more ambitious and intend to feed your whole family all year-round, Kitchen Gardening for Beginners will show you how.

  • Northwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Oregon, Washington, northern California, British Columbia

    Northwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles – Oregon, Washington, northern California, British Columbia
    Katie Elzer-Peters

    DIVIf you €™re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you €™ve joined the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you €™ll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local microclimate. Fortunately for you, Northwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in British Columbia (Canada), Northern California, Oregon, or Washington. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the master gardener responsible for our bestselling Beginner €™s Illustrated Guide to Gardening (2012), equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and €”most importantly €”harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live on the Olympic Peninsula, in the Willamette Valley, in the Walla Walla Valley, or anywhere else in the Northwest, you €™ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they €™ll be on your table before you know it./div

  • Landscaping with Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise.

    Landscaping with Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise.
    Lee Reich

    Discover the joy of homegrown apples, fresh-picked cherries, and dozens of other fruits with this definitive guide to creating a more delicious backyard! Lee Reich shows you how to grow temperate-zone fruit at home, from site analysis and climate assessment through plant selection, pest control, pruning, and harvesting. A plant-by-plant guide recommends 39 palate-pleasing species that are especially well-suited to the home landscape. Add beauty to your outdoor space while bringing organic fruit to your table. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

  • Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit

    Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit
    Andrew Moore

    The largest edible fruit native to the United States tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango. It grows wild in twenty-six states, gracing Eastern forests each fall with sweet-smelling, tropical-flavored abundance. Historically, it fed and sustained Native Americans and European explorers, presidents, and enslaved African Americans, inspiring folk songs, poetry, and scores of place names from Georgia to Illinois. Its trees are an organic grower’s dream, requiring no pesticides or herbicides to thrive, and containing compounds that are among the most potent anticancer agents yet discovered. So why have so few people heard of the pawpaw, much less tasted one? In Pawpaw—a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the Writing & Literature category—author Andrew Moore explores the past, present, and future of this unique fruit, traveling from the Ozarks to Monticello; canoeing the lower Mississippi in search of wild fruit; drinking pawpaw beer in Durham, North Carolina; tracking down lost cultivars in Appalachian hollers; and helping out during harvest season in a Maryland orchard. Along the way, he gathers pawpaw lore and knowledge not only from the plant breeders and horticulturists working to bring pawpaws into the mainstream (including Neal Peterson, known in pawpaw circles as the fruit’s own “Johnny Pawpawseed”), but also regular folks who remember eating them in the woods as kids, but haven’t had one in over fifty years. As much as Pawpaw is a compendium of pawpaw knowledge, it also plumbs deeper questions about American foodways—how economic, biologic, and cultural forces combine, leading us to eat what we eat, and sometimes to ignore the incredible, delicious food growing all around us. If you haven’t yet eaten a pawpaw, this book won’t let you rest until you do.

  • From Vines to Wines, 5th Edition: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine, Edition 5

    From Vines to Wines, 5th Edition: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine, Edition 5
    Jeff Cox

    From planting vines to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Fully illustrated instructions show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. With information on making sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and more, this comprehensive guide is an essential resource for every winemaker.

  • Foodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create an Edible Landscape

    Foodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create an Edible Landscape
    Charlie Nardozzi

    Keep your lawn and eat it too – Foodscaping will show you how to grow food without giving up your view. Foodscaping is what it sounds like – a combination of landscaping and food. This gardening resource is chock-full of real-world examples, photos, and advice so that even an "average Joe" homeowner and gardener can grow food without sacrificing either their lawn or their home's appearance to do so. While "edible" and "ornamental" aren't always synonymous, they can be combined, with the right plants, placement, and advice from author and edible gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi. Charlie's ideas allow you to add food plants wherever you like. Incorporating food-bearing plants as hedgerows and barriers or in small spaces, containers, window boxes and many more ideas allow you to expand the types of plants you can use and even extend your growing season! For example, bluberry bushes provide not just fruit, but also wonderful fall color. Arbors and pergolas are perfect supports for edible plants and even simplify harvest. Squash and cabbage have attractive, interesting leaf textures, so they can be a part of the ornamental garden. Foodscaping also goes beyond mere plant selection. The basics of gardening, planting, pruning, dealing with pests, watering, feeding, and harvesting are all covered in detail, ensuring your success in creating a beautiful, edible landscape for your home.

  • Grow Fruit: Gardens, Yards, Balconies, Roof Terraces

    Grow Fruit: Gardens, Yards, Balconies, Roof Terraces
    Alan Buckingham

    Grow Fruit shows just how easy it is to – you guessed it! – grow your own fruit. You don't need a huge garden or a dedicated orchard. It's possible to get a perfectly good harvest from plants grown in containers on balconies or patios and from even the smallest of town gardens. Pick the right varieties for the conditions you've got, invest in a bit of planning and preparation, follow the instructions contained in these pages, and you can be harvesting and eating your own strawberries, plums, pears, apricots, blackberries, redcurrants, melons, and figs.

  • The Fruit Gardener s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden

    The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden
    Lewis Hill

    Enjoy bushels of crispy apples and baskets of juicy blueberries from your own backyard. Authors Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry provide everything you need to know to successfully grow delicious organic fruit at home, from choosing the best varieties for your area to planting, pruning, and harvesting a bountiful crop. With tips on cultivating strawberries, raspberries, grapes, pears, peaches, and more, this essential reference guide will inspire year after year of abundantly fruitful gardening.

  • The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruits and Berries: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

    The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruits and Berries: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
    Karen Szklany Gault

    There is nothing better than a freshly picked apple or raspberry from your own backyard and yet many homeowners lack the resources or the necessary gardening acumen to effectively plant and harvest their own fruit. While some fruits, like apples, grow in almost any climate (as many as 35 of 50 states providing perfect conditions), others like blackberries and blueberries are incredibly hard to grow without the right soil, weather, and care. This book will guide every man and woman out there who has ever wanted to grow their own crop of fruits and berries or who has tried and failed. From the simplest fruit tree to the most fickle berry bush, this book will be your one and only guide. You will learn how to select your fruits and berries of choice, using a combination of climate information that matches the best possible bushes, trees, and vines to your home and how these plants will grow there. You will learn how to maintain your plants in your climate with the right sunlight, location, soil, and fertilizer and what each different kind of fruit or berry needs to be most effective. You will learn the planting conditions and the maintenance that each fruit or berry needs, from pruning and picking, to maintaining a pest free environment around your plants. Starting with the most basic aspects of your planting sequence, you will learn everything possibly needed to grow and have your very own fruits and berries every year. Additionally, the top gardeners around have contributed, through interviews, their own tips and tricks to effectively growing and maintaining the lives of your new fruit and berry trees and bushes. With this book, any prospective gardener can start enjoying the sweet fruits of their labor. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

  • Tomatoland, Third Edition: From Harvest of Shame to Harvest of Hope

    Tomatoland, Third Edition: From Harvest of Shame to Harvest of Hope
    Barry Estabrook

    Four entirely new chapters take up where the current edition leaves off to tell the story behind what president Bill Clinton calls “the most astonishing thing politically in the world we’re living in today.” Estabrook reveals how a rag-tag group of migrant tomato pickers in Florida convinced the world’s largest restaurant chains and food retailers to join forces to create a model for labor justice, and then took the necessary steps to make sure that the model really works, not only in Florida, but around the world. The book includes a new foreword by journalist and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation).

  • The Vintner s Apprentice: An Insider s Guide to the Art and Craft of Wine Making, Taught by the Masters

    The Vintner’s Apprentice: An Insider’s Guide to the Art and Craft of Wine Making, Taught by the Masters
    Eric Miller

    divAn insider tour of vineyards, wineries, cellars, and more! In The Vintner’s Apprentice, you get behind-the-scenes access to the wine world’s real-life masters of the craft, as well as a guide to the techniques that made them so successful. Benefit from their experience selecting a site, planting a vineyard, harvesting and crushing the grapes, creating blends, and much more. Inside: — Insight into every step of the grape’s journey to your glass, from planting to fermenting to bottling—and beyond! — Twelve wine experts share their old-world, classic skills with you through extensive interviews./DIV

  • Small Plot, Big Harvest: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Small Spaces

    Small Plot, Big Harvest: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Small Spaces
    DK

    Small Plot, Big Harvest is a bright new gardening book for people with little space but big ambitions. Forget waiting for years for a spot in a community garden: This book celebrates what the vast majority of people have-a little bit of patio or garden that is nonetheless precious to them. Rather than bemoan this limited growing space, this book actively embraces it and explores the advantages, leaving readers in no doubt of the potential their garden has to offer.Enticing seasonal crop planners for 10×10 foot (3×3 meter) and 6.5×6.5 foot (2×2 meter) plots, and for planters and mini raised beds, demonstrate the possibilities. The artworks of each crop are drawn to scale to show the correct number of plants in three planting schemes: a standard mix, an easy-to-grow selection, or a gourmet selection of fruit and vegetables.Follow-on charts show substitutes to increase choice and variety, making this the easiest of garden design packages for new gardeners. Key topics such as soil preparation, watering, feeding, sowing, transplanting, and extending the seasons are presented in the opening chapter, ensuring the book covers every aspect of growing your own.The bulk of the book is made up of attractive profiles of 60 vegetables and 15 fruits, delivered with step-by-step photographs showing each stage of growth and clear instructions. These are followed by gallery spreads to help gardeners choose the best varieties to grow from seed or source as plants.The Problem Solver is a useful troubleshooting section to help gardeners nip problems in the bud, with a clear directory of common weeds, pests, and diseases. Useful resources and a glossary of terms complete the guide.

  • Rocky Mountain Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah & Wyoming

    Rocky Mountain Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles – Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah & Wyoming
    Diana Maranhao

    DIVMaster the art of edible gardening in one of the United States €™ most breathtaking landscapes./divDIV/divDIVIf you €™re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you €™ve joined the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you €™ll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local climate. Fortunately for you, Rocky Mountain Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, or Colorado. Co-authors Katie Elzer-Peters and Diana Mahanao rely on their extensive gardening knowledge and familiarity with the Rocky Mountain region to equip you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and €”most importantly €”harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live near the Big Horn Mountains, on the Front Range, along the Green River, or anywhere else in the Rocky Mountain region, you €™ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they €™ll be on your table before you know it./div

  • Vegan Cookbooks: 70 Of The Best Ever Delightful Vegetarian Lunch Recipes....Revealed!

    Vegan Cookbooks: 70 Of The Best Ever Delightful Vegetarian Lunch Recipes….Revealed!
    Samantha Michaels

    There are lots of great vegetarian cookbooks, but this one is a little different, dare I say better? I am Samantha Michaels and I love to cook. For years now I have experimented to create healthy vegetarian recipes. I love to try new things and have read through various vegetarian cookbooks but none did exactly what I wanted; namely to make vegetarian cooking easy and delicious. My life is incredibly hectic so it was often difficult for me to find the time to cook healthy, delicious vegetarian meals. That's why in this book I have focused on meals that are quick and easy to prepare. Some of the best vegetarian cookbooks lay out exactly what is required to cook a nice meal but many are over complicated dishes designed for large banquets, not a light lunch. My book is one of the best vegetarian cookbooks for beginners available. I have tried to focus on creating tasty, light recipes. Even if you are a tried and true Carnivore this is still one of the best vegetarian cookbooks available. With over 70 great recipes there is something for every palate in my vegetarian cookbook. For many people vegetarian food is seen as bland or tasteless, some have been put off by talk of tofu and bean curd. Good vegetarian cookbooks are able to prove that vegetarian food can be every bit as delicious as food containing meat and this is one of those. The kindle edition of "70 of the best ever delightful vegetarian lunch recipes…Revealed" is now available for an incredible low price of only $3.68 that's only 5 cents a recipe. That's very little to pay for a range of healthy lunchtime snacks most of which can be prepared in minutes. Some of my favorite recipes are included in this book. From Tabouli to Tempah Mexican pizza the range of recipes and flavors you will experience when cooking with my easy to navigate book will blow you away! There are soups ranging from potato vegetable soup to cream of broccoli soup. The salad recipes available include; Quinoa sweet potato spinach, lentil orange beat, and a simple but delicious cabbage salad. I show you how to create black bean burritos and zucchini grinders, the entire sandwich section is perfect for picnics. There are pasta dishes, tempeh dishes and even a few dips and spreads. This book has been a labor of love for me for the last few years, and I really think I have created one of the best vegetarian cookbooks available today at a price that can't be beat. Healthy vegetarian cookbooks are a great way to get your diet started, to make sure you eat well and to get some of your 5 a day. A vegetarian lunch can give you the energy and drive you need to work through a long afternoon or party long into the night. This particular book is a great vegetarian cookbook because it includes 70 of the healthiest, easiest to prepare and best of all tastiest recipes around. Why not give it a try today? You won't be disappointed. Bon appetite

  • Growing Grapes in Texas: From the Commercial Vineyard to the Backyard Vine

    Growing Grapes in Texas: From the Commercial Vineyard to the Backyard Vine
    Jim Kamas

    In this complete and approachable manual on grape growing in Texas, Jim Kamas asks the essential question all potential growers need to answer: Why do you want to plant a vineyard? Outlining the challenges and risks to all who think viticulture is a weekend hobby, Kamas then identifies the state’s current grape growing regions and covers everything the commercial or home producer needs to know in order to have a successful vineyard.Well-illustrated text offers chapters on site choice and design, rootstock and fruiting varieties, pruning and training strategies, canopy and floor management, and disease and pest control. Kamas thoroughly explores grapevine horticulture, including the systematics, morphology, nutrition, and water needs of the genus Vitus. Finally, he addresses the issues of equipment and infrastructure before closing with some advice about vineyard-winery relations.Kamas was trained as a student in the grape growing country of western New York by some of the “best viticultural minds” in the US, and grape and wine lovers from all parts of the country will find this book a valuable resource.

  • Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts, 2nd Edition, Edition 2

    Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts, 2nd Edition, Edition 2
    Creighton Lee Calhoun

    A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928. Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples, including both legendary varieties (like Nickajack and Magnum Bonum) and little-known ones (like Buff and Cullasaga). Representing our common orchard heritage, many of these apples are today at risk of disappearing from our national table. Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library’s collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference and gift book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.

  • Carolinas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles

    Carolinas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles
    Katie Elzer-Peters

    DIVIf you €™re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you €™ve joined the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you €™ll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local microclimate. Fortunately for you, Carolinas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in North or South Carolina. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the seasoned Carolinas gardener responsible for our bestselling Beginner €™s Illustrated Guide to Gardening (2012), equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and €”most importantly €”harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Research Triangle, the Sandhills, the Outer Banks, or anywhere else in the Carolinas, you €™ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they €™ll be on your table before you know it./div

  • The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

    The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
    Michael Phillips

    Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do – given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of mouth-watering fruit. The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year. The extensive profiles of pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces), stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums), and berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries) will quickly have you savoring the prospects. Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, The Apple Grower, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges. All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. This book will inspire beginners as well as provide deeper answers for experienced fruit growers looking for scientific organic approaches. Exciting times lie ahead for those who now have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!

  • The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

    The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs
    Leslie Bennett

    Learn how to artfully incorporate organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive garden design with this stylish, beautifully photographed guide.We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make 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.

  • The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family

    The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family
    Jim Minick

    "A truly inspiring story, in gorgeous prose, about one family's journey into blueberry farming. Delicious reading." —Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America The Blueberry Years is a mouth-watering and delightful memoir based on Jim Minick's trials and tribulations as an organic blueberry farmer. This story of one couple and one farm shows how our country's appetite for cheap food affects how that food is grown, who does or does not grow it, and what happens to the land. But this memoir also calls attention to the fragile nature of our global food system and our nation's ambivalence about what we eat and where it comes from. Readers of Michael Polland and Barbara Kingsolver will savor the tale of Jim's farm and the exploration of larger issues facing agriculture in the United States—like the rise of organic farming, the plight of small farmers, and the loneliness common in rural America. Ultimately, The Blueberry Years tells the story of a place shaped by a young couple's dream, and how that dream ripened into one of the mid-Atlantic's first certified-organic, pick-your-own blueberry farms.

  • Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces

    Vertical Vegetables & Fruit: Creative Gardening Techniques for Growing Up in Small Spaces
    Rhonda Massingham Hart

    For gardeners working in confined spaces, Rhonda Massingham Hart presents an ingenious solution for maximizing productivity: grow up! With tepees, trellises, hanging baskets, cages, wall pockets, and multilevel raised beds, you can reap bountiful harvests in even the tiniest growing areas. From kiwis on a clothesline to tomatoes dangling outside a window, Vertical Vegetables & Fruit shows you how to construct and maintain a thriving and abundant garden in whatever small space you have available.

  • Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles

    Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles
    Robert Bowden

    Plant, grow, and harvest the best edibles for your garden! Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is an easy-to-use guide to growing edibles in the Sunshine State. Full-color images illustrate the more than 25 fruits and berries featured, and there are also more than 35 recommendations for the best vegetables to grow in this sometimes challenging climate. Helpful growing tips, icons, charts, and maps assist gardeners in planting the right edibles for their exact Florida location. This is the perfect book for longtime Florida gardeners as well as newcomers to the state with its enviable twelve-month growing season. This updated edition of the original Guide to Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2010) includes new specimens and cultivars as well as updated information on the outbreak of citrus greening disease that has ravaged orange groves throughout the state, with recommendations on safe practices gardeners should follow. Make your garden healthy and happy with tips from expert gardener and horticulturalist Robert Bowden.

  • Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener s Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit

    Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener’s Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruit
    Matthew Benson

    With the paradigm shift toward local and homegrown food, gardeners and foodies have come to relish beautiful vegetable gardens and beautiful meals. Author Matthew Benson writes that beauty inspires behavior, and he believes that we can and will eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably when we grow food that's visually enticing.Benson restored a time-worn gentleman's farm and operates a CSA on one small acre of the land, offering vegetables, orchard fruit, cut flowers, herbs, eggs, and honey from the property. His garden-to-table operation offers an edible feast of textures, colors, and aromas and has grown into a way to feed others, while pushing back against the industrial food system in a small but meaningful way.Growing Beautiful Food is both inspiration and instruction, with detailed growing advice for 50 remarkable crops, a memorable narrative, and evocative imagery. It's a photographic journey through four seasons in the garden, fueling the dream that you can connect to the land by growing your own food. Benson encourages us to start small like he did, celebrate every harvest, and understand that heartbreaking crop losses are simply part of the process. Whether gardeners, families, farmers, or chefs, readers will come to the table motivated by the flavor of homegrown, the message of self sufficiency, and the beautiful food that's as local as their backyards.

  • Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg For Dummies

    Growing Your Own Fruit and Veg For Dummies
    Geoff Stebbings

    Save money and eat fresh with this hands-on guide to home-growing Growing you own produce is the only way to enjoy delicious, garden-fresh fruit and veg all year round. This practical manual gives you the lowdown on everything from finding the right tools and choosing which plants to grow, to nurturing your crops and bringing in your first harvest. The easy-to-follow advice will help you get started straight away and become a confident and successful kitchen gardener. • Get going with growing – discover which plants are best for you and how to make the most of your outdoor space • Prepare your plot – learn how to set up and maintain healthy beds for your fruit and vegetables • Grow tasty veg – choose your favourite veggies from asparagus and broccoli to courgettes, sweet corn and many more • Grow your own fruit salad – get quick results from fast-growing berries and learn to nurture slow-growing tree fruit and exotic greenhouse produce

  • Vegan Cookbooks:70 Of The Best Ever Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Vegetarians...Revealed!

    Vegan Cookbooks:70 Of The Best Ever Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Vegetarians…Revealed!
    Samantha Michaels

    The platitude of eating like a King for breakfast could not more pertinent especially when it comes to a vegetarian diet. This is the most important meal of the day and to achieve a balanced diet, a vegetarian will need a wide variety of food that will provide the much needed essential nutrients for a proper diet. There's of course a common perception that vegetarian diet plans are unexciting and boring, and this couldn't be more wrong. The fact that there's a wide variety needed and available for a balanced vegetarian breakfast makes recipe choices very interesting and limitless particularly in creative space. Start your day right with a healthy vegetarian diet by considering the following; Liquid Breakfast. It is imperative to have fluids in the morning so as to hydrate the body and prepare it for the day. Apart from whipping up that good old yogurt, there are a wide variety of good fluids that would be great for your diet plan and they may include whole fruit juices, soy milk, fortified orange juice, rice milk or coffee and all these are safe for a diabetic person hence making it a very versatile variety. Your choice of the liquid will depend on the general breakfast constituent. The food items given above are also safe for a diabetic. Hot & Quick Vegan Breakfast. Settle for different types of vegetables to provide good fiber that will aid in digestion and include hot plates of tomatoes, tomato soup, or yams. Vegetable can steamed or cooked prepared with lettuce, carrot shavings, tomatoes, peppers, etc. while keeping an eye on the respective calories. This is important because more calories taken this early will be used and shed within the day through various day to day activities. This is very important for those on a vegetarian weight loss diet because they get to have all this in the morning and get to cut down on them as the day progresses. There's no denial the immense health benefits of vegetarian diet and how important it is to encourage more people not to view it as a mere lifestyle choice but a key health choice too. Prevent heart disease with the many flavanoids in vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains. These foods are among those rich in folic acid, carotenoids, magnesium, phystoterols, potassium and other important compounds in the health of our cardiovascular health. Other equally fatal lifestyle diseases that could be prevented include stroke and diabetes. Fruits and vegetables have been found to be a significant shield against ischemic stroke as well as being associated with lowering rates and risks of diabetes. Through cookbooks like Samantha Micheals' 70 Of The Best Ever Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Vegetarians…Revealed, anyone looking for a delicious vegan recipe will find a whole lot of healthy varieties to choose from this diet. The book promises to be the holy grail of vegetarian diet ideas, creatively presented so people can learn to enjoy living the healthy life.

  • Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere: (like lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, sunquats, tahitian oranges, barbados cherries, figs, guavas, dragon fruit, miracle berries, olives, passion fruit, coffee, chocolate, tea, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and more)

    Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere: (like lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, sunquats, tahitian oranges, barbados cherries, figs, guavas, dragon fruit, miracle berries, olives, passion fruit, coffee, chocolate, tea, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and more)
    Byron E. Martin

    Enjoy fresh java brewed from your own coffee beans or juice from the orange tree growing in a sunny corner of your living room. Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin show you how to successfully plant, grow, and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants — in any climate! This straightforward, easy-to-use guide brings papaya, passionfruit, pepper, pineapples, and more out of the tropics and into your home. With plenty of gorgeous foliage, entrancing fragrances, and luscious fruits, local food has never been more exotic.

  • The New Cider Maker s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers

    The New Cider Maker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers
    Claude Jolicoeur

    All around the world, the public’s taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years. And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, many new cideries are springing up all over North America, often started up by passionate amateurs who want to take their cider to the next level as small-scale craft producers. To make the very best cider—whether for yourself, your family, and friends or for market—you first need a deep understanding of the processes involved, and the art and science behind them. Fortunately, The New Cider Maker’s Handbook is here to help. Author Claude Jolicoeur is an internationally known, award-winning cider maker with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge and techniques with up-to-date, scientifically based practices to provide today’s cider makers with all the tools they need to produce high-quality ciders. The New Cider Maker’s Handbook is divided into five parts containing: An accessible overview of the cider making process for beginners; Recommendations for selecting and growing cider-appropriate apples; Information on juice-extraction equipment and directions on how to build your own grater mill and cider press; A discussion of the most important components of apple juice and how these may influence the quality of the cider; An examination of the fermentation process and a description of methods used to produce either dry or naturally sweet cider, still or sparkling cider, and even ice cider. This book will appeal to both serious amateurs and professional cider makers who want to increase their knowledge, as well as to orchardists who want to grow cider apples for local or regional producers. Novices will appreciate the overview of the cider-making process, and, as they develop skills and confidence, the more in-depth technical information will serve as an invaluable reference that will be consulted again and again. This book is sure to become the definitive modern work on cider making. A mechanical engineer by profession, Claude Jolicoeur first developed his passion for apples and cider after acquiring a piece of land on which there were four rows of old abandoned apple trees. He started making cider in 1988 using a “no-compromise” approach, stubbornly searching for the highest possible quality. Since then, his ciders have earned many awards and medals at competitions, including a Best of Show at the prestigious Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). Claude actively participates in discussions on forums like the Cider Digest, and is regularly invited as a guest speaker to events such as the annual Cider Days festival in western Massachusetts. He lives in Quebec City.

  • Grow the Best Blueberries: Storey s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-89

    Grow the Best Blueberries: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-89
    Robert E. Gough

    Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

  • Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little-Known Wonders

    Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little-Known Wonders
    Rowan Jacobsen

    In his classic A Geography of Oysters, Rowan Jacobsen forever changed the way America talks about its best bivalve. Now he does the same for our favorite fruit, showing us that there is indeed life beyond Red Delicious-and even Honeycrisp. While supermarkets limit their offerings to a few waxy options, apple trees with lives spanning human generations are producing characterful varieties-and now they are in the midst of a rediscovery. From heirlooms to new designer breeds, a delicious diversity of apples is out there for the eating.Apples have strong personalities, ranging from crabby to wholesome. The Black Oxford apple is actually purple, and looks like a plum. The Knobbed Russet looks like the love child of a toad and a potato. (But don't be fooled by its looks.) The D'Arcy Spice leaves a hint of allspice on the tongue. Cut Hidden Rose open and its inner secret is revealed. With more than 150 art-quality color photographs, Apples of Uncommon Character shows us the fruit in all its glory. Jacobsen collected specimens both common and rare from all over North America, selecting 120 to feature, including the best varieties for eating, baking, and hard-cider making. Each is accompanied by a photograph, history, lore, and a list of characteristics. The book also includes 20 recipes, savory and sweet, resources for buying and growing, and a guide to the best apple festivals. It's a must-have for every foodie.

  • The Permaculture Garden

    The Permaculture Garden
    Graham Bell

    Working entirely in harmony with nature, The Permaculture Garden shows you how to turn a bare plot into a beautiful and productive garden. Learn how to plan your garden for easy access and minimum labor; save time and effort digging and weeding; recycle materials to save money; plan crop successions for year-round harvests; save energy and harvest water; and garden without chemicals by building up your soil and planting in beneficial communities. Full of practical ideas, this perennial classic, first published in 1995, is guaranteed to inspire, inform, and entertain.

  • Hydroponics: The Ultimate Hydroponics User Guide To Save Time And Money

    Hydroponics: The Ultimate Hydroponics User Guide To Save Time And Money
    Adidas Wilson

    The word hydroponics originated from Latin that merely means working water. In layman's terms, hydroponics is the art of growing crops without using soil. When we immediately think of the art of hydroponics, we imagine plants growing with the roots suspended in the water without having any medium. Well, this is true, as it is one form of hydroponics gardening which has been referred to as nutrient film technique or NFT. Just like anything you get into, the first goal to accomplish is having a plan. You will need to consider the space that you have available for gardening. If you are planning to have your gardening indoors in a tight space, ensure there is sufficient space for performing routine maintenance. Table of Contents Introduction Ch. 1 – Hydroponics or Aquaponics Ch. 2 – Hydroponic Gardening Tips Ch. 3 – Hydroponic Nutrient Solution Ch. 4 – Dutch Hydroponic System Ch. 5 – Maintain Your Hydroponic Systems Ch. 6 – Obtain Accurate PH Testing Ch. 7 – Types of Hydroponic Systems Ch. 8 – Avoid Growing These Plants Hydroponically Ch. 9 – Best Vegetable You Can Grow Ch. 10 – Hydroponic Greenhouse Ch. 11 – Hydroponic System as a Hybrid Method Ch. 12 – Common Mistakes Ch. 13 – Hydroponic Troubleshooting Ch. 14 – Pros and Cons of Hydroponic Gardening Ch. 15 – Microponics Ch. 16 – How to Boost Calcium Levels Ch. 17 – Four Types of Berries Ch. 18 – Medicinal Plants to Grow Conclusion

  • The Wonderful World of Aquaponics: The Complete Guide on Aquaponics & How to Build a Home Aquaponics System in Your Backyard

    The Wonderful World of Aquaponics: The Complete Guide on Aquaponics & How to Build a Home Aquaponics System in Your Backyard
    Rowena C. Graham

    Would You Like To Learn How To Grow A Clean And Steady Source of Vitamins, Minerals And Fiber In 48 Hours?Welcome to the wonderful world of aquaponics. Aquaponics is a method of cultivating freshwater fish, organic vegetables, and even organic fruits in just one closed system. Unlike traditional aquaculture, aquaponics does not require continual drainage and water replacement because a biological filter helps maintain the clarity of the water. "The Wonderful World of Aquaponics" has been written in simple, easy-to-understand, layman's term. With this book you will learn everything there is to know about aquaponics. You will know how this amazing self-sufficient system works, how to design your own aquaponic system, what supplyies you need, what type of fish to use, how to produce organic and healthy produce with aquaponics, and step by step instructions on how to set up your aquaponic system in your backyard.Here are just some of the things covered in "The Wonderful World of Aquaponics": – How to create you very own aquaponic system at home… – 3 little known, yet simple facts about the technology of aquaponics… – Exactly how a solar pond works… – 2 simple keys (that are right in front of your eyes) to use plastic containers in an aquaponic system… – WARNING: 3 things you should never do when it creating an aquaponic system… – You'll discover in just a few short minutes the all about the various aquaponic systems… – How to choose and care for the plants in your aquaponic system… – 6 time tested and proven strategies to keeping your aquaponic system in balance… – 7 everyday but often overlooked tips and tricks for picking and caring for the fish in your aquaponic system… – A pennies on the dollar approach to creating your own aquaponic system… – How to care for your system on a daily basis… – A troubleshooting guide in case you run into trouble with your aquaponics system… – An FAQ chapter answering most common questions you may have about aquaponics… – And much more…

  • Great Fruit & Vegetable Guide: More Than 1,000 Expertly Chosen Varieties

    Great Fruit & Vegetable Guide: More Than 1,000 Expertly Chosen Varieties
    DK

    With DK's Great Fruit & Vegetable Guide, the work of choosing the best plant varieties is done for you. DK's experts have selected the cream of each crop to give you an easy choice between a tempting but manageable selection of star performers. For each of the 125 featured fruits or vegetables, there is a fully illustrated selection of recommended cultivars, combining classic heritage types with deservedly popular modern varieties.Detailed catalog entries, illustrated with enticing pictures, describe each cultivar's proven qualities. Relevant growing information is flagged with clear symbols. Points such as delicious flavor, disease-resistance, reliability of cropping, storage life, or culinary versatility, as well as season of crop, pollination data, and sowing depths are covered in full. You will find simple, step-by-step photography and friendly tips and pointers on matters such as sowing and planting, pest and disease control, supports and shelters, as well as planning, crop rotation, and making compost. Vegetable crop planners help the gardener plan which cultivar to sow when.

  • The Home Orchard: Growing Your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut Trees

    The Home Orchard: Growing Your Own Deciduous Fruit and Nut Trees
    Chuck A. Ingels

    Developed especially for use by backyard orchardists, rare fruit growers, and small-scale growers, The Home Orchard offers a comprehensive look at standard growing methods, as well as some innovative practices that enthusiasts have developed in recent years, some of which are uniquely suited to the small-scale grower. You will learn how trees grow, which species grow best in the different regions and soils, varieties from which to select, preparing the soil, planting, watering and fertilizing, pruning and grafting, thinning the fruit, diagnosing problems, controlling pests, and harvesting. You'll also find special attention given to organic and non-toxic pest management and fertilization methods. Key pests and diseases are identified and natural control methods are emphasized. Irrigation methods for the backyard grower are discussed and the difficult task of how often and how much water to apply is simplified. The focus is on giving the trees enough water but doing so in an efficient, water-saving manner. Included are hundreds of photographs and diagrams that clearly show how to produce the best crops. Photos of several practices, such as key budding and grafting methods, are depicted in step-by-step photos. No other publication provides this breadth and depth of coverage —

  • Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less than an Acre

    Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less than an Acre
    Jenni Blackmore

    Adventures on the road to real-world self-sufficiency Many of us want to increase our self-sufficiency, but few have access to the ideal 5 sunny, gently-sloping acres of rich, loamy, well-drained soil. Jenni Blackmore presents a highly entertaining, personal account of how permaculture can be practiced in adverse conditions, allowing anyone to learn to live more sustainably in a less-than-perfect world. With a rallying cry of "If we can do it, you can too," she distills the wisdom of 20 years of trial and error into a valuable teaching tool. The perfect antidote to dense, high-level technical manuals, Permaculture for the Rest of Us presents the fundamental principles of this sometimes confusing concept in a humorous, reader-friendly way. Each chapter focuses on a specific method or technique, interspersing straightforward explanations with the author's own experiences. Learn how to successfully retrofit even the smallest homestead using skills such as: No-till vs. till gardening, composting and soil-building Natural pest control and integrating small livestock Basic greenhouse construction Harvesting, preservation and more. Ideal for urban dreamers, suburbanites and country-dwellers alike, this inspirational and instructional "encouragement manual" is packed with vibrant photographs documenting the author's journey from adversity to abundance.

  • Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin

    Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin
    Katie Elzer-Peters

    DIVIf you €™re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you €™ve joined the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you €™ll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local microclimate. Fortunately for you, Midwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the master gardener responsible for our bestselling Beginner €™s Illustrated Guide to Gardening (2012), equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and €”most importantly €”harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Badlands, the Dells, the Quad Cities, or anywhere else in the Midwestern United States, you €™ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they €™ll be on your table before you know it./div

  • Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., & West Virginia

    Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., & West Virginia
    Katie Elzer-Peters

    DIVIf you €™re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you €™ve joined the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you €™ll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local microclimate. Fortunately for you, Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., or New Jersey. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the master gardener responsible for our bestselling Beginner €™s Illustrated Guide to Gardening (2012), equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and €”most importantly €”harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Delaware Valley, in the Beltway, on the Jersey Shore, or anywhere else in the Mid-Atlantic United States, you €™ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they €™ll be on your table before you know it./div

  • Simple Steps to Success: Fruit and Vegetables in Pots

    Simple Steps to Success: Fruit and Vegetables in Pots
    DK

    Using a combination of easily accessible information and inspiring photographs, the Simple Steps series promotes gardening as a real pleasure rather than a back-breaking chore.In Fruit and Vegetables in Pots, learn simple steps to growing and nurturing your own fruits and vegetables in containers.

  • The Organic Backyard Vineyard: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Own Grapes

    The Organic Backyard Vineyard: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Own Grapes
    Tom Powers

    “Wine lovers who dream of planting vines at home, whether they have room for one acre or a single row, will find valuable advice.” —Wine Spectator Interest in wine shows no signs of slowing down—wine tours, tastings, and vacations are now common and homeowners often have space dedicated to their collection. The logical next step? Learning to grow and make your own.In The Organic Backyard Vineyard, expert Tom Powers walks the small grower through the entire process of growing grapes, with a month-by-month maintenance guide covering all regions of the U.S. and Canada. He explains everything a beginning grape grower needs to know: how to design and build a vineyard, how to select grapes for each region, how to maximize yield using organic maintenance techniques, how to build a trellis, how to harvest at peak flavor, and how to store grapes for wine making.

  • How to Grow Fruits, Vegetables & Houseplants Without Soil: The Secrets of Hydroponic Gardening Revealed

    How to Grow Fruits, Vegetables & Houseplants Without Soil: The Secrets of Hydroponic Gardening Revealed
    Richard Helweg

    Using this heavily researched book, you will learn every detail behind why and how hydroponic gardening works, and what tools you will need to get started. Discover the long history behind this alternative method, and find out what plants and crops flourish the most without soil. You will learn how to prime your plants for growth, as well as how to deal with pests or any other garden hindrances. This book features a multitude of in-depth interviews with scientists, hobbyists, and greenhouse-savvy experts who will teach you the secrets behind starting and maintaining your new, innovative hobby. With How to Grow Fruits, Vegetables, & Houseplants Without Soil as your step-by-step guide, you can learn how to set up your own hydroponic garden right in your backyard, greenhouse, or windowsill. And with science showing that soil-less gardening results in higher yields and much less water waste, hydroponics are on their way to becoming the primary gardening method of the future, though this technique has been used for centuries. If you want to start your own low-maintenance, healthy garden, this book has everything you need to take you from seed to sprout and beyond.

  • RHS Grow for Flavour: Tips & tricks to supercharge the flavour of homegrown harvests

    RHS Grow for Flavour: Tips & tricks to supercharge the flavour of homegrown harvests
    James Wong

    This ebook edition of RHS Grow for Flavour is best enjoyed on a larger-screen, colour device.'…packed with stats and science cleverly packaged to make it engaging and accessible'.The English GardenHave you ever grown a batch of lovingly nurtured tomatoes only to be disappointed by the flavour when you harvest them? Best-selling gardening writer and botanist James Wong is convinced that the problem lies with current gardening practices which create bumper harvests at the direct expense of flavour. James's solution? Simply by growing the best-flavoured varieties and treating them just a bit meaner, you will not only get harvests with an intense flavour – but also slash the work involved. Combining cutting-edge science with overlooked traditional techniques, this ground-breaking book lays out a series of deceptively simple tips and tricks to measurably increase the flavour of grow-your-own favourites like sweetcorn, strawberries and tomatoes, while at the same time revealing exciting new foodie crops you never knew you could grow. James also provides 40 really simple recipes for delicious ways to eat what you've grown. With James Wong's RHS Grow for Flavour you can halve your labour and double your harvest – and be rewarded with flavour that simply cannot be bought. So what are you waiting for?

  • Backyard Harvest: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables

    Backyard Harvest: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables
    Jo Whittingham

    Grow Something to Eat Year-Round is a light, bright new gardening title with a big promise-it sets out to deliver home-grown food from the plot, pot, freezer, or pantry every day of the year. That's easy enough in the summer, when kitchen gardens and allotments are awash with peas, beans, leafy greens, and soft fruit, but not so straightforward in midwinter, when the ground may be frozen solid. Success lies in the planning, and this book is written as a continuum, with sowing, planting, and growing advice for each month to keep the crops coming. There are also features on harvesting, storing, freezing, and preserving crops to enjoy later in the winter months and the early-spring gap when little is ready to harvest. Advice is given on winter polytunnel and greenhouse crops, and indoor seed sprouting, citrus plants, and herbs in pots to help bring fresh tastes to the table in winter. The result is a year-round manual for productive kitchen gardeners, with plenty of growing projects for raised beds and pots to allow smaller-scale gardeners to take part.

  • Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, 3rd Edition

    Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, 3rd Edition
    Lew Nichols

    Discover the pleasures of making and drinking cider. From choosing the right apples through reaping the liquid rewards of a successful pressing, this classic guide has you covered. With detailed drawings of cider-making equipment, methods, and set-up, even a novice juicer will enjoy sweet and spicy gallons in no time. Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols provide insightful, time-tested advice enlivened by a smattering of historical anecdotes. Whether you like your cider sweet or hard, you’re sure to find a recipe that satisfies.

  • Vegan Cookbooks: 70 Of The Best Ever Scrumptious Vegan Dinner Recipes....Revealed!

    Vegan Cookbooks: 70 Of The Best Ever Scrumptious Vegan Dinner Recipes….Revealed!
    Samantha Michaels

    This fantastic book contains 70 simple vegan recipes all tried and tested on a vegan family. They have all been created by busy mum Samantha Michaels, so are not only suitable for the whole family but are quick to make at the end of a busy and stressful day. Samantha tries to keep all her meals healthy but her main focus is on delicious and tempting meals that everyone will enjoy eating. She loves to make up new recipes and tries everything out on her family and friends before publishing. These are 70 of the most popular vegan dinners that she has tried. Vegan recipes contain no meat, fish, dairy or eggs so are completely animal friendly. Therefore they are suitable for any vegetarian or vegans you might have to visit. If you are struggling to find vegan recipes, dinner maybe the most difficult meal for you, so these are ideal to help you with ideas for a large range of different types of meal. They are also useful if you are cooking for milk or egg allergy sufferers as you can be completely sure that you are giving them suitable food. These quick vegan recipes contain a large variety of ingredients and a designed for vegans and non vegans alike. They are great for when you are having visitors as well as your family meals. As there are so many different dinner recipes you are very likely to find something for everyone, even if you have family members or friends round to dinner who have very fussy tastes. This book of good vegan recipes is aimed at families and therefore contains healthy vegan recipes, as we all know how important it is to feed your children with the right foods. They contain a good mix of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients so you can be sure that you are always feeding your children a well balanced meal. If you are worried about too much saturated fat in your diet then a vegan recipe book is an ideal choice as it can show you ways of cooking without using meat and dairy products which are high in fat. Meat eaters will be very surprised at how delicious these recipes are and how little you actually miss the meat because of all the delicious flavors of each dish. To have a book of just dinner recipes is ideal if you don't like sweet things or are happy with what to prepare for other meals in the day. Dinner is often the hardest meal to make because it is when you all sit down as a family at the end of the day to share your news so you don't want everyone to be moaning about the food instead. The great thing about these recipes is that they are so delicious they can be used for dinner parties as well. So you can see for the best and easiest vegan recipes this is certainly the book for you, and it comes at a bargain price.

  • Grow your own food: Simple ideas for home-grown produce

    Grow your own food: Simple ideas for home-grown produce
    Infinite Ideas

    Can you think of anything nicer than preparing a meal from produce grown in your own garden? Whether you own a window box or a meadow, every outdoor space can yield a fine crop of fruit or vegetables. Plant some delicious cut-and-come again salads in a window box, plan a ‘square foot’ garden on a four-foot square plot, or use your flowerbed to grow decorative vegetables and flowers together. Growing your own food doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. A few packets of seeds and some basic tools – a spade, fork, hoe, rake, trowel and watering can – will provide you with all you need to fill a plot with vegetables. Whatever you choose to grow you’ll find nothing beats the satisfaction of serving up a home-cooked, home-grown meal to family or friends. Good luck and happy digging.