Gardening

Mini meadows : grow a little patch of colorful flowers anywhere around your yard book cover

Mini meadows : grow a little patch of colorful flowers anywhere around your yard

Mike Lizotte

635.9 /Lizotte
Gardening

The word "meadow" conjures images of wide expanses of land, but a mini meadow -- a kind of informal flower garden started with seed sown directly into the soil -- can be any size; plus, it's fun, easy to grow, and good for the planet. From choosing the right variety of seeds, preparing the soil, sowing evenly, and watering well, author Mike Lizotte guides readers through the process of successfully creating a miniature meadow that suits their climate, soil, and growing goals, whether planting to beautify a hellstrip, halt erosion, fill a boggy spot, or establish a nesting area for bees and butterflies.

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I've always wanted to own my own meadow. Using this book as a guide I'm going to turn an abandoned raised bed into my own little flowering meadow. -Beth

Botany in a day : the patterns method of plant identification : Thomas J. Elpel's herbal field guide to plant families book cover

Botany in a day : the patterns method of plant identification : Thomas J. Elpel's herbal field guide to plant families

Thomas J Elpel

580 /Elpel
Gardening

Explains the patterns method of plant identification, describing seven key patterns for recognizing more than 45,000 species of plants, and includes an illustrated reference guide to plant families.

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Did you know that insects and flowering plants co-evolved? It seems obvious, perhaps, but until I read this book I had no idea! I have been trying to become more knowledgeable about plant identification. This was a great book to start with, and I loved the line drawings of plants. I may at one point invest in my own copy! -Heidi K

Herb gardening from the ground up : everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs book cover

Herb gardening from the ground up : everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs

Sal Gilbertie

635.7 /Gilbertie
Gardening

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This is a great resource that focuses mainly on how to garden and grow herbs, with less of an emphasis on creating herbal preparations or cooking with herbs. Recommended if you are new to gardening, but want to get started with a little herb garden of your own. -Heidi K

Rosemary Gladstar's herbs for reducing stress & anxiety. book cover

Rosemary Gladstar's herbs for reducing stress & anxiety.

Rosemary Gladstar

615.321 /Gladstar
Health, Gardening

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Move beyond lavender and learn about other herbs that can help in times of anxiety or just everyday stress and tension. -Heidi K

The herbal handbook for home & health : 501 recipes for healthy living, green cleaning & natural beauty book cover

The herbal handbook for home & health : 501 recipes for healthy living, green cleaning & natural beauty

Pip Waller

615.321 /Waller
Gardening, Health, Home

"Make your own stain removers, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, window & glass cleaner, room freshener, furniture polish, oven cleaner, throat lozenges, cough medicine, mouthwash, toothpaste, pet supplies, insect repellent, cordials, wines, syrups, teas, baked goods, soap, lip balm, mascara, shaving cream, facial masks, body sprays"--Cover.

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Peony : the best varieties for your garden book cover

Peony : the best varieties for your garden

David Michener

635.93344 /Michener
Gardening

In The Peony, David Michener and Carol Adelman help spread the joy of gardening with peonies. They share the history of this beloved plant, highlight the different types of peonies available, and profile the best 193 varieties of both. Growing information includes details on climate, soil, light, planting, and water needs. Helpful lists detail the best peony variety for specific needs and a resource listshares the best places to buy peonies and the best public gardens to see them in.

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A new book about one of my favorite flowers. Some of the varieties in my yard are over 50 years old. Can't wait to see if they're in this book. -Beth

Success with succulents : choosing, growing, and caring for cactuses and other succulents book cover

Success with succulents : choosing, growing, and caring for cactuses and other succulents

John Bagnasco

635.9525 /Bagnasco
Gardening

"Succulents and cacti are wildly popular in homes the world over, regardless of climate. Whether you're in the southwestern United States enjoying succulents on the patio, or raising a cactus garden on a windowsill in Minnesota, this book has something for you.Success with Succulents is filled with well-known and unusual species of cactuses and succulents, as well as tips and techniques for caring for these water-sipping species. Color combinations outdoors, growing indoors, ideal soil and soil mixes, watering, fertilizing, grooming, and propagation sections teach all kinds of things about caring for cactuses and succulents. The book also includes more than 100 plant profiles, with details that will help you succeed in gardening prickly and waxy varieties of all kinds."--

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Not really an introduction to growing cactus and succulents as much as a home reference guide, this wonderful book can keep you entertained for hours learning about choosing and caring for both indoor and outdoor succulents -Beth

The little book of cacti and other succulents book cover

The little book of cacti and other succulents

Emma Sibley

635.93356 /Sibley
Gardening

The perfect plant pets, cacti and succulents are easy to care for and resilient to even the laziest of gardeners. With the right information, growing these plants is virtually foolproof. This must-have practical guide will help your indoor plants to grow and thrive.

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If I had to buy only one new about Cactus this year. Comparing it to other Cactus and Succulent books in our collection, this book has more of the things I actually own in it. Nicely organized with nice compact entries that give the needs, care and quirks of each plant. Each entry has a large color photograph as well. -Beth

How not to kill your houseplant : survival tips for the horticulturally challenged book cover

How not to kill your houseplant : survival tips for the horticulturally challenged

Veronica Peerless

635.965 /Peerless
Gardening

Do you have a "black thumb? Does just looking at plants cause them to wither and die? Peerless offers advice on keeping houseplants alive, even if you're horticulturally challenged. She shows you how to create an oasis of happy flourishing houseplants, and even give suggestions for different areas of your house.

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The title is not just a hook – Peerless has written a great guide for those of us who for one reason or another have no luck with houseplants. Too much of the wrong kind of love or not enough of the right kind of light – there are many things that lead to plant demise. This book is helpful even If you’re not sure what type of plant you have. It begins with close to 200 plant thumbnails to help you figure out what plant you're dealing with. -Beth