Gardening Books We Wear Out

Seeds of Change is a company that works to "help preserve biodiversity and promote sustainable, organic agriculture." One thing for certain is that they love their gardens and love to cook what they grow. Their e-newsletter shared a list of Books We Wear Out, many of which are owned by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

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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The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

By Eliot Coleman

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"In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as: *Farm-Generated Fertility-how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available. *The Moveable Feast-how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up. *The Winter Garden-how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses. *Pests-how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants. *The Information Resource-how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live."
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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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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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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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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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