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June is Perennial Gardening Month!

June is Perennial Gardening Month! Perennial plants don’t die completely in the winter cold. Some store energy in bulbs underground, sprouting forth again next spring. Some have woody stems that aren’t destroyed by freezing. All of them can be planted once and enjoyed again and again.

We’re celebrating with a selection of books on sale that will help you learn about the lasting wonders of these plants you don’t have to re-plant.

If you’re interested in permaculture, you’ll definitely want to learn how to work with perennials. They help you form a lasting relationship to the land, provide a unique view into the changing seasons—and many of them provide delicious foods as well!

The books listed below are on sale for 25% off until Sunday June 10.

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production by Peg Schafer The first cultivation guide of its kind, presenting invaluable information for growers interested in producing high-quality efficacious herbs in all climates of the US.
The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips 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.
Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer Covers every aspect of Hozer’s unique farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it.
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway Introduces permaculture’s central message: working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.
Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles by Eric Toensmeier Learn to grow vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as the flowers in your perennial beds and borders—no annual tilling and planting.


The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners

What agrarian future can we realistically build together? This is a question the Greenhorns hope to answer in their latest book, The New Farmers’ Almanac 2015. Greenhorns is an organization for young farmers—a non-traditional grassroots network with the mission to promote, recruit and support the entering generation of new farmers. It exists to celebrate young […] Read More..

How to Achieve Resiliency Through Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

In today’s world the marketplace distorts our values and our dependence on petroleum keeps us from creating truly sustainable agriculture. So, how can we achieve true wealth and at the same time make society around us more resilient? The answer, Will Bonsall believes, is greater self-reliance in both how we grow our own food, and […] Read More..

Bramble On: The Ins and Outs of Growing Raspberries

Fresh, ripe raspberries picked straight from the garden in the morning. What could be a better start to your day? According to Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, growing your own berries is entirely possible for anyone with a bit of space and a passion for the fruit. Brambles grow from the north to […] Read More..

Turning Meat into Money: How to Raise and Sell it Ethically

The consumer demand for grassfed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats is on the rise, putting farmers and ranchers in a unique position to make a decent living on meat that is produced ethically. But, how exactly do you turn meat into money without resorting to the large-scale industrial techniques of today’s confinement-operations? Look no further than […] Read More..

How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

It’s strawberry shortcake season, which means strawberry harvesting season. But for those of you with no outdoor space for gardens, fear not—you can plant, weed, and harvest all from the comfort of your own home! That’s right: it is possible to grow strawberries indoors, from small spaces. According to R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh […] Read More..