The New Seed-Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel #8140
This newly revised and expanded edition is a complete, up-to-date reference for starting more than 200 vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs from seed. Guides the gardener from starting seeds indoors to planting outside to seed saving and seed storage. Detailed information on tomatoes and peppers includes when and how to plant, temperature and water requirements, protection against pests and diseases, and spacing in the garden. 400 pages. 20 photos and 80 illustrations.
PLANT BREEDING FOR THE HOME GARDENER:HOW TO CREATE UNIQUE VEGETABLES & FLOWERS by Joseph Tychonievich #8467
The author of this book is a talented young geneticist who has a passion for breeding garden plants and creating "new heirlooms." In this book he shows us how we can do the same in our own gardens, sometimes without even trying. You'll learn how to choose plants to breed, make the crosses between them, and then grow out and evaluate the descendants. If all this sounds daunting, you might want to reconsider because his explanation makes breeding seem easy, fun, and entirely like something we all can do. Part of the book tells how to create your own tomato variety by selecting for flavor, disease resistance, or earliness. What would you name your unique tomato? 216 pages, with illustrations.
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest, by Carol W. Costenbader #8248
Learn how to preserve all your homegrown produce with this classic primer that teaches how to dry, freeze, can, and pickle. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, informative charts, and delicious recipes make this book a fun and easy-to-use kitchen reference. Also in the book are recipes on jams, jellies, preserves, and marmalades, including tomato jam and five-pepper jelly. 347 pages.
Put‘em Up! By Sherri Brooks Vinton #8607
Preserving food is back in a big way, but those of us who did not grow up knowing these skills will need some help. The first part of this book gives step-by-step instructions for every kind of food preservation, including canning, freezing, drying, and pickling. Then comes the delicious part—lots of recipes featuring fruits and vegetables, some with contemporary flavor combinations as well as the tried-and-true favorites. Think Cherry and Black Pepper Preserves in addition to Granny’s Chow-Chow Relish. This book goes a long way in helping us to keep the local harvest, save money, and eat wholesomely. Full-color photography. 304 pages.
Saving Vegetable Seeds, by Fern Marshall Bradley #8159
When gardeners begin growing their own vegetables from seeds, they often want to learn how to complete the cycle and save their own seed for planting the next season. This lets them choose the individual plants and produce they like the best and preserve those genetics within the saved seed. They may also get plants especially adapted to their own garden. Helpful illustrations and tips teach seed saving for 20 of the most common garden vegetables -- tomatoes, peppers, beans, and carrots, to name a few. 96 pages.
STARTING SEEDS by Barbara Ellis #8050
There are many reasons to start plants from seed, but choosing the varieties you want to grow instead of what the big box store provides is probably the most important one. This great little book provides clear, simple to follow instructions on starting seed of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Beginners will appreciate the detailed explanations and the reassurance that comes with advice they can trust. All gardeners will enjoy saving money with the DIY directions on making their own seed tapes, growing media, and pots. If you have ever felt unsure about how to be successful with seeds, consider this book a must. 128 pages, illustrations throughout.
The Pickled Pantry, By Andrea Chesman #8643
Pickling seemed to have become a lost art lately, but renewed interest in food preservation has brought it back. This complete guide for pickling everything from apples to zucchini also has plenty of recipes for cucumber-type pickles. The almost 200
recipes include Full-Sour Kosher Dills as well as many delicious relishes, salsas, and chutneys. You don’t need a canner to make the refrigerator and freezer pickles, and there are instructions for pickling in single jars and small batches. 304 pages, full-color photography.
Serving Up the Harvest By Andrea Chesman #8769
Celebrate your just-picked produce with these wholesome, delicious recipes that help turn what you grow into wonderful meals. The author organizes the book by crop-readiness, with the progression of recipes following the growing season. The vegetables are the stars of these recipes, which are simple yet innovative enough to be really enticing. Also included are tips for growing, harvesting, and cooking, plus nutritional facts about each vegetable. This book belongs on the bookshelf of those who love to cook as well as those who love to garden. 175 recipes and 501 pages.
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward C. Smith #8312 -- SOLD OUT
The book is a comprehensive volume on every aspect of vegetable gardening- starting seeds, soil improvement, making compost, fertilizing, mulching, plus detailed sections on how to grow most of the common vegetables. This is just the sort of book that a beginner needs as a reference, but is thorough and insightful enough to appeal to the experienced gardener as well. Full color photography and illustrations. 320 pages.
The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible
By Edward C. Smith #8348
Written by the author of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, this book shares secrets for growing vegetables and herbs in self-watering containers, all from an organic gardening point of view. It discusses choosing varieties, starting from seed, providing proper soil and nutrition, dealing with pests, and harvesting the bounty. There are details how to grow the most popular vegetables too, including tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. In fact, this well-written book has so much useful information, it is a good general reference for anyone growing vegetables. 254 pages.