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500 Essential Garden Plants

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Each plant is accompanied by information concerning its country of origin, its habit and the conditions of light, soil and moisture in which it will thrive, as well as its vulnerability to pests and diseases.
501 great scrapbook page ideas

501 great scrapbook page ideas

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Looking for a colossal gallery of never-before-seen scrapbook page ideas on a variety of topics? You've picked up the right book! In 501 Great Scrapbook Page Ideas, your never-ending quest for more and more page ideas will be fulfilled. For quick reference, we've organized all page ideas from A to Z. From birthdays to oceans to window gazing, you'll find plenty of inspiration on reoccurring page topics as well as unique and interesting themes that you may not have thought to scrapbook before.

Find page ideas on:

  • Animals
  • Birthdays
  • Culture
  • Dreams
  • Emotions
  • Friendship
  • Horizons

    ...and many, many more topics, corresponding to each letter of the alphabet! In addition, find tips, tricks and ideas on how to get organized, sorting your photographs and crediting mini theme albums. It's a book you'll reference for ideas throughout the year!

  • Abundant Garden: A Celebration of Color, Texture, and Blooms

    Abundant Garden: A Celebration of Color, Texture, and Blooms

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    An "abundant garden" is one that is effusive, emotional, demonstrative, and unrestrained. ABUNDANT GARDEN identifies nine design aspects of an abundant garden-and shows how each one is used in a specific garden. Each garden is located on Bainbridge Island, Seattle, WA, in the heart of one of America's most highly regarded horticultural "edens." The book takes the reader on a tour with insightful and imaginative photographs and beautifully written text.

    Includes brief essays before each garden "journey" that will describe the abundancy concept that the related garden exemplifies.

    Includes specific plant recommendations and practical recommendations that will address the needs of gardeners across the country.

    Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

    Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

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    Beekeeping outside the box - getting beyond the basics with top bar hives

    Bee populations are plummeting worldwide. Colony Collapse Disorder poses a serious threat to many plants which rely on bees for pollination, including a significant proportion of our food crops. Top bar hives are based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems, enabling top bar beekeepers to produce honey and natural wax while helping bees thrive now and in the years ahead.

    Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping picks up where The Thinking Beekeeper left off, providing a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers ready to take the next step with this economical, bee-friendly approach. Author Christy Hemenway shares:

  • Guidance and techniques for the second season and beyond
  • An in-depth analysis of the dangers climate change and conventional agriculture present to pollinators
  • An inspiring vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and natural, chemical-free beekeeping.
  • While continuing to emphasize the intimate connection between our food system, bees, and the wellbeing of the planet, Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping breaks new ground in the quest to shift the dominant agricultural paradigm away from chemical-laden, industrial beekeeping monoculture and towards healthy, diverse local farming. See what all the buzz is about with this must-read guide for the new breed of thinking beekeeper.

    Christy Hemenway is the owner and founder of Gold Star Honeybees, a complete resource for all things related to beekeeping in top bar hives. A passionate bee-vangelist and advocate for natural, chemical-free beekeeping, Christy is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives .

    AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques

    AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques

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    The definitive guide to the best gardening techniques from pruning to propagation and planting to harvesting.
    This step-by-step guide to essential gardening practice is a must-have reference showing modern methods to a new generation of gardeners. Compiled by leading specialists in every area of gardening, the book contains a vast amount of expert information clearly demonstrating the tried-and-tested techniques honed by the world's leading gardening authority.
    Using more than 1,600 artworks in more than 400 step-by-step sequences, the book covers every aspect of gardening from pruning to sowing, watering to feeding, and propagating to planting. Covering all plants including trees, flowers, shrubs, climbers, lawns, vegetables, fruit and herbs, it shows how to create water features and patios, and add lighting. It also includes organic techniques, recycling and how to treat pests and diseases. The wealth of practical information makes this book an essential purchase for both professional and amateur gardeners.
    AHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

    AHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

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    AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers is an expert guide to planning your dream garden, redesigned to aid navigation and make identifying plants easier than ever.

    Packed with 8,000 plants for every climate -- inside and out -- from trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs, water plants, and cacti, the AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers will give you all the guidance you need.

    This fully revised and updated edition features a brighter, clearer design and improved navigation -- cataloging plants by color, season, and size -- that makes the book more intuitive for the reader. Each variety is photographed and the new "how to" planting guide tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. The special plant selector helps you choose plants for every possible situation and condition, from sunless walls or sandy soil to planting up containers.

    Since its first publication in 1987, the AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers has sold nearly three million copies worldwide and is the ultimate reference for any gardener's bookshelf. The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country. Since 1922, they have provided America's gardeners with the highest quality gardening and horticultural education possible.

    AHS What Plant When

    AHS What Plant When

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    Previously published as "Plants for Every Season," this compact book from DK and the American Horticultural Society is the perfect guide to choosing beautiful plants to give seasonal interest and color to your garden all year round. From springtime bulbs, to shrubs and climbers for fall color, to evergreens for winter interest, "What Plant When" guarantees that you'll have a beautiful and inviting garden throughout the year.
    Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

    Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe

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    Alabama Studio Sewing + Design is an invaluable reference for any woman who has dreamed of creating her own gorgeous handmade wardrobe. In this follow-up to Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style, author Natalie Chanin presents all of the stenciling, hand-stitching, and bead¬ing techniques her company uses to create the award-winning Alabama Chanin line of organic cotton clothing, plus more than 50 variations that lead to infinite design possibilities. Included in this encyclopedic compilation of Alabama Chanin skill and style are patterns and instructions for dresses, skirts, tops, a wrap, a poncho, a bolero, fingerless gloves, and a hat. Each piece is featured in both its basic form and with varying embellishment combinations. By mixing, matching, and layering, a stunning, unique, and versatile wardrobe can be built.

    Praise for Alabama Studio Sewing + Design:

    "Transform organic or recycled materials into clothing or home décor items with haute homespun flair."
    --Better Homes and Gardens Quilts and More magazine

    "Natalie is beautifully simple, yet elegant, just like her clothing. Her signature look is intricate stitching, beading and applique on basic organic cotton jersey which together make a show stopping casual look. --SF Unzipped

    I'm a longtime fan of Natalie's clothing designs . . . Her sewing patterns do not disappoint. These are the same dresses, tops, skirts, and accessories that carry four-figure price tags and are coveted by ec-groovy lady rock stars. The same ones. But in her books, Natalie teaches you how to make them yourself . . . Natalie's pieces are so simple to sew together . . . They go together in a single evening, and when you pull them on they don't just make you look better than you did in whatever you were wearing before, they make you feel better. --Heather Ross, HeatherRoss.Squarespace.com

    The photographs in this volume are exceptional . . . I think if quilters get this book for both technique and inspiration, it will be more than worth the money. --Meg Cox, quilter and author of The Book of New Family Traditions

    "I just love that Natalie has the guts to share the tricks of her trade. The reason I say guts is that you would think that sharing how your garments are made might hurt your business--but in Natalie's case it's proved to be actually quite the opposite . . . The interest in her couture line grew once she started to write books. --Cathy Callahan, Cathy of California blogger and author of Vintage Craft Workshop

    Alchemy of Color Knitting: Choosing Harmonious Colors

    Alchemy of Color Knitting: Choosing Harmonious Colors

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    This work is the ultimate reference for knitters who are eager to bring richer, more complex colour to their projects. Gina Wilde begins with a concise, complete description of the fundamentals of colour theory, outlining the basics of the colour wheel and colour theory.
    All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores

    All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores

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    The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores is an updated edition of the everyone's favorite hardware shopping guide and reference book.

    There's nothing more frustrating than making multiple trips to the hardware store because you purchased the wrong item. Those double--or even triple-trips to the big box store are a thing of the past with The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores. You'll learn the difference between drywall screws and deck screws; between faucet washers and neoprene O-rings; and between red wire nuts and blue wire nuts. And that's before we even get to understanding nail gauges and drill bit sizes!

    Looking through the range of products at home stores can be downright bewildering, but with this handy guide you'll know exactly what you're looking for and why. The next time you talk to a hardware store clerk, rather than asking for "screws about 2 inches long", you'll be able to ask for a #3 gauge 2-1/4-inch-long panhead screws with SAE 5/16" flat washers.

    The All New Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores is filled with color photos that let you see in lifesize scale what different screws and nails and washers and bolts are called, accompanied by brief descriptions of their recommended uses--so you'll be able to ask for them with accuracy and use them with precision.

    All New Square Foot Gardening Second Edition

    All New Square Foot Gardening Second Edition

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    Square Foot Gardening is the most practical, foolproof way to grow a home garden, whether you're growing an urban garden, or have an entire backyard.

    That explains why author and gardening innovator Mel Bartholomew has sold more than two million books teaching how to become a successful DIY square foot gardener. Mel developed his techniques back in the early 1980s and has been teaching them around the world ever since. In the process, he has made improvements and refinements, and has continually adapted his practices to keep pace with modern times.

    In this second edition, Bartholomew furthers his discussion on one of the most popular gardening trends today: vertical gardening. He also explains how you can make gardening fun for kids by teaching them the square foot method. Rich with new, full-color images and updated tips for selecting materials, this highly produced edition will bring you up to speed with Mel's industry-changing insights.

    All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition, Fully Updated: More Projects - New Solutions - Grow Vegetables Anywhere

    All New Square Foot Gardening, 3rd Edition, Fully Updated: More Projects - New Solutions - Grow Vegetables Anywhere

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    In All New Square Food Gardening, 3rd Edition, the best-selling gardening book in North America is relaunched and updated for the next generation of gardeners and beyond.

    Since Square Foot Gardening was first introduced in 1981, the revolutionary new way to garden developed by Mel Bartholomew has helped millions of home gardeners grow more fresh produce in less space and with less work. Now, based largely on the input and experience of these millions, the system has been even further refined and improved to fully meet today's changing resources, needs, and challenges.

    With over 150 new photos and illustrations, this new edition makes it easier than ever to achieve nearly-foolproof results in virtually any situation: 100% of the produce; 20% of the water; 5% of the work.

    Perfect for experienced Square-Foot-Gardeners or beginners, the original method created by Mel has not changed in any significant way with this new 3rd edition of All New Square Foot Gardening. It remains: build a box; fill it with Mel's Mix; add a grid. But along with the classic steps, you will find some interesting and compelling new information, such as:

  • Adding trellises and archways
  • Substituting with new materials
  • Adding automatic watering systems
  • "Thinking Outside the Box" with creative configurations and shapes
  • Square Foot Gardening in dense urban areas with little or no yard
  • Square Foot Gardening with kids
  • Crop protection
  • Don't wait another season to try Mel's brilliant approach to gardening! We're sure it will work for you and you won't look back.

    All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook: Easy Organic Vegetables and More Money in Your Pocket

    All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook: Easy Organic Vegetables and More Money in Your Pocket

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    There's never been a better time to grow your own food as we face the converging challenges of the financial crisis, climate change, water shortages, peak oil, and 6.5 billion people worldwide competing for a limited amount of food.

    Many gardening books are so technical that they are intimidating to the beginning gardener. This book shows how easy gardening can be while providing tips and techniques to ensure success. Whether you live in the country, the city, or the suburbs, you'll learn:

  • How to create lots of rich compost as the basis for vigorous growth
  • Simple techniques to safely deal with pests
  • The most effective techniques for irrigation, including harvesting your rainwater
  • How to store your harvest using canning, freezing, and drying techniques
  • How to build and stock a root cellar
  • How to choose which vegetables to grow based on their nutritional value
  • This book is a step-by-step guide to turning your lawn into a great source of personal satisfaction and economic independence. Having an organic produce department in your backyard creates your own "one hundred-foot diet" to reduce your carbon footprint and keep more money in your pocket.

    Cam Mather has been gardening organically and market gardening for thirty-five years. His entertaining and informative workshops and DVD have inspired thousands of people to get out and get their hands dirty. He publishes books about renewable energy and sustainability from his off-grid solar and wind-powered home office.

    American Beauty

    American Beauty

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    For the wide audience who adores television, print, and product-designing media darling and star decorator Thom Filicia's new American style, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of creating her own retreat, this is both a deeply felt story of true house love and a decorating book brimming with beauty.

    Thom Filicia wasn't looking for another escape from his busy city life. But when visiting New York's Finger Lakes, a place he loved as a child, he fell madly in love with a fixer-upper. Two years and one careful, respectful, and impassioned renovation later, it has become the house of his dreams--one that profoundly speaks to his happy memories of lazy days spent on the lake or in the town of Skaneateles.

    With more than 300 stunning photographs, American Beauty is the story of this house, and an inspiration resource that imparts Thom's extensive wisdom on creating rooms that feel modern yet meaningful and classic.

    American Eden

    American Eden

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    "American Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose." --Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

    "Informative and absolutely engrossing." --Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome

    Garden designer and historian Wade Graham offers a unique vision of the story of America in this riveting exploration of the nation's gardens and the visionaries behind them, from Thomas Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to Michelle Obama's vegetable garden, Fredrick Law Olmsted's expansive Central Park to Martha Stewart's how-to landscaping guides. In the tradition of Mark Kurlansky, Simon Schama, and Michael Pollan, Graham delivers a sweeping social history that examines our nation's history from an overlooked vantage point, illuminating anew the living drama of American self-creation.

    American Eden

    American Eden

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    Americans love to garden, a passion that can be traced back to Thomas Jefferson and the ever-evolving grounds of Monticello. But a garden is much more than a creative outlet; it acts as a window both into the personality of its creator, and the culture of its time. In American Eden, Wade Graham explores the history of gardening in the United States, and how roses, marigolds and petunias can reflect the tensions and energies of a constantly changing society.

    This unique narrative melds biography, history, and cultural commentary to tell the story of America through its most significant gardens and their creators. Jefferson's Monticello, for example, reflected not only his embrace of Enlightenment philosophy, but also his inner conflict regarding his roles as statesman, slave-owner, farmer, and lover. American Eden is a compelling tale that highlights Americans' ability to continually reinvent, enhance and improve the world around them.

    Wade Graham is a Los Angeles-based garden designer, historian, and writer whose work on the environment, landscape, urbanism, and the arts has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times, OnEarth, Outside, and other publications. He received a B.A. in comparative literature from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is adjunct professor of public policy at Pepperdine University.

    "The American garden has found its destined interpreter in Wade Graham." -- Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge
    American Flower Garden Directory

    American Flower Garden Directory

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    Famed seedman, head of the Robert Buist Company, and credited with introducing the poinsettia to the United States, Buist was one of the most famous names in flowers in the 19th century. Arranged chronologically, his 1845 guide, the third edition of the work, is a vast and comprehensive reference for all aspects of flower gardening in America.
    American Grown

    American Grown

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    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The former First Lady, author of Becoming, and producer and star of Waffles + Mochi tells the inspirational story of the White House Kitchen Garden and how gardens can transform our lives and the health of our communities.

    Early in her tenure as First Lady, despite being a novice gardener, Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House's South Lawn. To her delight, she watched as fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground. Soon the White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the nutrition and well-being of our children.

    In American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden, from the first planting to the satisfaction of the seasonal harvest. She reveals her early worries and struggles--would the new plants even grow?--and her joy as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. She shares the stories of other gardens that have moved and inspired her on her journey across the nation. And she offers what she learned about planting your own backyard, school, or community garden.

    American Grown features:
    - a behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden's growth
    - unique recipes created by White House chefs
    - striking original photographs that bring the White House garden to life
    - a fascinating history of community gardens in the United States

    From a modern-day vegetable truck that brings fresh produce to underserved communities in Chicago, to Houston office workers who make the sidewalk bloom, to a New York City school that created a scented garden for the visually impaired, to a garden in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that devotes its entire harvest to those less fortunate, American Grown isn't just the story of a single garden. It's a celebration of the bounty of our nation and a reminder of what we can all grow together.