If you’re anything like us, you’re already thumbing (or clicking) through seed catalogs wondering what’s best for all this wild weather. Before you decide, consult with the one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement.
With more than thirty years worth of gardening know-how, Eliot Coleman enjoys a huge following because his methods work. This month, all of Coleman’s works are 25% off:
Bill McKibben called the second edition of Toby Hemenway’s classic Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, “absolutely necessary in the world ahead.”Create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:
- Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure
- Catching and conserving water in the landscape
- Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals
- Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods
Design Your Own Edible Landscape
The two-volume Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier is the authoritative text on edible landscaping featuring a step-by-step guide to designing your own aesthetic yet productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes.
Turn your Yard into a Garden! Food Not Lawns offers great ideas for replacing the lawn with delicious eats you can grow year-round, combining practical ecological design tips with a fresh, green perspective on community-building. Activist and urban gardener Heather Flores shares her nine-step permaculture design to help farmsteaders and city dwellers alike build fertile soil, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat in their own “paradise gardens.”
Berries in the Backyard!Now is the time to start planning your mouth-watering landscape.
The Backyard Berry Book provides all the information that backyard gardeners need to grow strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, lingonberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, and kiwi fruit. Includes details on soil nutrition and testing; disease, pest, weed, and bird control; and trellis design. A trouble-shooting section and Seasonal Activity Calendar will help ensure success.
Farming with your Family
Family Friendly Farming by Joel Salatin is aimed toward parents tired of their Dilbert cubicle at the end of the expressway who want to reconnect with their children through a pastoral lifestyle. The ten-chapter section on how to get the kids to love the farm is an invaluable addition to any collection of child-rearing manuals. It’s written for anyone who yearns to grow old working with and being adored by value-sharing grandchildren and honored by passionate, productive adult children. Family Friendly Farming can make any family business more viable and any family more functional.
Preserving our Apple HeritageAnne Raver of the New York Times recently profiled Creighton Lee Calhoun, author of the newly revised and updated Old Southern Apples. Read her article here and save 25% now on this title in our bookstore! 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.