Gardening Books We Wear Out

Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden

By Xerces Society

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"Describing how to attract butterflies and other beneficial and beautiful insects to your garden, this book covers plants that attract butterflies, butterfly food plans, seed and plant sources, gardening and conservation organizations, and a bibliogrpahy of books and periodicals about butterflies."

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Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening

By Louise Riotte

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"This gardening classic was first published in 1975, and now a second generation of gardeners who prefer pest-resistant planning to chemicals will find a place for it on the shelves. Not only does it tell what to plant with what, but also how to use herbal sprays to control insects, what wild plants to encourage in the garden, how to grow fruit and nut trees, how to start small plots or window-box gardens, and much more. It's one of the most practical books around for any gardener of edibles, no matter how serious or casual."
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Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving, and Cultural History

By William Woys Weaver

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"This book is the culmination of some thirty years of firsthand knowledge of growing, tasting, and cooking with heirloom vegetables. A staunch supporter of organic gardening techniques, Will Weaver has grown every one of the featured 280 varieties of vegetables, and he walks the novice gardener through the basics of planting, growing, and seed saving. Sprinkled throughout the gardening advice are old fashioned recipes - such as Parsnip Cake, Artichoke Pie, Pepper Wine, and Henry Ward Beecher's Favorite Turtle Bean Soup - that highlight the flavor of these vegetables. This is the first comprehensive garden book on this subject that also includes meticulous research on the origins and dates of introduction for most of the varieties discussed, as well as fascinating stories and lore about the vegetables."
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Hummingbird Gardens: Attracting Nature's Jewels to your Garden

By Nancy L. Newfield

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"...provides how-to information on feeders, plant combinations, and garden design. It showcases the continent's 20-plus hummingbird species. By breaking North America into six regions, the authors give tips that are tailored for gardeners in all parts of the United States and Canada."
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Maria Rodale's Organic Gardening: Your Seasonal Companion To Creating a Beautiful and Delicious Garden

By Maria Rodale

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From the leading name in organic gardening comes a guide to creating a garden that is organically balanced & aesthetically beautiful. Using sophisticated design techniques from authorities in every field of gardening, readers will learn the secrets of creating a landscape that's gorgeous, productive, & time- & energy-efficient.

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The Complete Medicinal Herbal

By Penelope Ody

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"Elaborating on the healing powers of herbs, this guide demonstrates the best methods to extract healing properties and includes an A-to-Z portfolio of more than 120 medicinal herbs."
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The Contrary Farmer

By Gene Logsdon

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"Once upon a time people thought gardens were flat, rectangular, and planted in rows. People grew vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes. Then Gene Logsdon, the self-proclaimed dean of American curmudgeons, came along to smash the concept of garden to smithereens. Gene Logsdon is an American original, a farmer who thinks, and a writer who gardens."
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The Edible French Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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This volume comprises vegetables that are fundamental to French cuisine, like endives, leeks, shallots, and celery root, and classic recipes for preparing them: Pistou Souffle, a Green Aioli, and, of course, Ratatouille. Includes profiles of Tom McCombie, a California-based chef, and Georgeanne Brennan, co-owner of Le Marche seed company.

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The Edible Heirloom Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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"Heirloom vegetables (historic varieties that are often not as widely available as commoner varieties) are being rediscovered and treasured. Rosalind Creasy recommends her favorite heirloom vegetable varieties and provides growing tips and tasty recipes like Squash Pie, Fricassee of Parsnips and Hot Slaw. Includes interviews with Debra Friedman, a cooking interpretor at historic Old Sturbridge Village, and Kent Whealy, director of the Seed Savers Exchange as well as a comprehensive list of suppliers."
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The Edible Herb Garden

By Rosalind Creasy

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"Explore the world of fragrant and savory herbs and get tips on how to grow them abundantly. Learn how to use herbs in cooking, as well as in blends, herbed oils and vinegars."

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