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July Belongs To Berries

Tiny, colorful explosions of summer flavor, berries have captivated the imaginations of hungry mammals like us for millennia. Nowadays it’s easy to grab a pint of strawberries from the produce section any time of year, but why not try growing your own? Even shady corners of your yard can support some types of berries, you’ll avoid nasty pesticides, and get the experience of popping a sun-warmed berry into your mouth right off the vine or bush!

July is a perfect month to celebrate these petite, luscious fruits, so we’re putting a few of our berry best books on sale for 25% off. Enjoy!

The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips Extensive profiles of how to grow raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries will have you savoring the prospects of your very own berry patch.
The Backyard Berry Book: A Hands-on Guide to Gardening Berries, Brambles, & Vine Fruit in the Home Garden by Stella Otto Includes all the information that backyard gardeners need to grow strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, lingonberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, and kiwi fruit.
The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture by Lon Rombough 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.
Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles by Eric Toensmeier Berries are perennial crops you plant once and reap the benefits of year after year. This book introduces these and other crops that just keep giving.
Selected books on sale until July 31.


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Tips on Perennial Crops with Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Perennial Vegetables, Paradise Lot, and most recently The Carbon Farming Solution—a groundbreaking new book that treats agriculture as an important part of the climate change solution, rather than a global contributor to the problem. As part of our “Ask the Expert” series going on throughout the month of May to celebrate […] Read More

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