Our Wisconsin Garden Bookshelf

GARDEN BOOKS – Wisconsin Garden features a book shelf of very helpful garden guides, ideas, projects and references sharing many  garden tips, tools & techniques.

Here’s some of our recent additions to our Wisconsin Garden book shelf.  Note: Some books are Out-Of-Print (OOP) but still available on Amazon.  Still some great bargains being sold starting at $0.01.




For A Year Of Amazing Discoveries

 222 Pages       Only $9.95 + S/H

ISBN-13: 978-1-940961-53-8     SBN-10: 1940961-53-X

My Garden Journal – For A Year Of Amazing Discoveries is a powerful tool for every gardener.  Keeping a yearly garden journal helps clarifies your goals and plan of action. It helps you remember specific species you planted, how well they grew, as well as, personal notes and suggestions for improvement and monitoring seasonal changes.

Whether you’re keeping track of weather patterns, soil conditions, crop rotation, micro climates, seeds and seed collecting, sunlight hours, watering requirements, pest damage, or other helpful details worth tracking, a daily and weekly journal plays a key role in creating and maintaining a successful garden.

This 53-week, 365-day garden journal allows you the flexibility to start at any time of the year. You’ll have plenty of space to enter your daily goals, observations, purchases, plant labels, chores, fertilizing schedules, blooming times, experiments, harvest amounts, reminders, tips, techniques and anything else you deem important.

This day-by-day and week-by-week written record in My Garden Journal will record everything you’ve accomplished over the past year, with each year adding an additional chapter to your garden legacy of amazing discoveries.


THE LOST WAY by Claude Davis

Imagine no electricity, no air-conditioning, no refrigerator, no Internet, no computer, no gas, no TV, no Walmart, no Walgreens, no, money, no food, no water? Everything is back to normal in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, right? If and when disaster does strike, will you and your family remain helpless victims or will you know valuable skills on how to survive and help your family, neighbors and community? Our ancestors did and created a treasure-trove of ideas that Claude Davis brings back to life. If you prefer to become a survivor, grab a copy for yourself and your family before disaster strikes.



WI Garden – Let’s Get Dirty! by Lynn & Richard Voigt

Promoting Delicious, Healthier Home-Grown Fresh Food, With Gardening Tips, Tools, & Techniques

Wisconsin Garden’s amazing seasonal ideas and approach to organic gardening including timely tips, to create your own prolific garden. We’ll discuss tools, plant selections, making compost, container gardening, harvesting your veggies, and many more essential lessons turning you into a passionate gardener who’ll enjoy getting dirty with Mother Nature.

Imagine the joy and pride that comes from picking your own fresh and tasty treats delivered from your garden to your kitchen table.  Talk about spending quality time with your family, friends, and neighbors!  For garden enthusiast, it doesn’t get better than this.

After a long cold winter in Wisconsin we are already anticipating the warm air of spring and looking forward to this year’s amazing harvest and access all of our new garden video blogs posted on

It’s time to eat healthier foods by planting your garden filled with delicious, herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers. “Let’s Get Dirty” and have fun growing healthy home-grown foods right now!



GARDEN CONVERSATIONS by Lynn & Richard Voigt

901 Garden Poems, Quotations And Classic Words Of Wisdom

This unique collection consists of historic proverbs, poems and contemporary thoughts and ideas from writers, artists, poets, scholars, philosophers, musicians, scientists, celebrities, religious leaders, presidents, and avid gardeners from around the world featuring 901 inspirational garden conversations.

You can open any page and find some of the most beautiful poems and thoughts on gardening, flowers, and nature that are powerful and delightful to share with family and friends.

This is one of those timeless editions that families will want to pass from generation to generation. It’s one of those special collections that helps put a smile on your face, brightens your day, and enlightens your spirit.

We’re truly confident you’ll absolutely love this delightful Garden collection of classic words of wisdom!


Books We’ve Recently Added

To Our Wisconsin Garden’s Bookshelf



A-Z Encyclopedia Of Garden Plants

American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants Publisher: DK ADULT; Revised edition (Hardcover)

The most comprehensive, detailed, and lavishly illustrated guide to garden plants ever published, first published in 1997, has now been completely revised to include nearly 250 new plants and photos. The AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is an essential reference for all gardeners, from novices to experts. Over 15,000 entries and updated from the original “A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants” which sold over 190,000 copies.


The New Shade Garden by Ken Druse

The New Shade Garden by Ken Druse – $22.00

There is a new generation of gardeners who are planting gardens not only for their visual beauty but also for their ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In The New Shade Garden, Ken Druse provides this generation with a comprehensive guide to creating a shade garden with an emphasis on the adjustments necessary for our changing climate. Druse offers advice for common problems facing today’s gardeners, from addressing the deer situation to watering plants without stressing limited resources. Detailing all aspects of the gardening process, the book covers basic topics such as designing your own garden, pruning trees, preparing soil for planting, and the vast array of flowers and greenery that grow best in the shade. Perfect for new and seasoned gardeners alike, this wide-ranging encyclopedic manual provides all the information you need to start or improve upon your own shade garden.


The Bees in Your Backyard by Joseph S. Wilson & Olivia J Messinger Carrill

The Bees In Your Backyard by Joseph S. Wilson and Olivia J. Messinger Carrril – $18.00

The Bees in Your Backyard provides an engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field.

The book features more than 900 stunning color photos of the bees living all around us–in our gardens and parks, along nature trails, and in the wild spaces between. It describes their natural history, including where they live, how they gather food, their role as pollinators, and even how to attract them to your own backyard. Ideal for amateur naturalists and experts alike, it gives detailed accounts of every bee family and genus in North America, describing key identification features, distributions, diets, nesting habits, and more.

  • Provides the most comprehensive and accessible guide to all bees in the United States and Canada
  • Features more than 900 full-color photos
  • Offers helpful identification tips and pointers for studying bees
  • Includes a full chapter on how to attract bees to your backyard


Window Farming from A-Z by Michael Hochberg

Window Farming From A-Z by Michael Hochberg – $16.50

Window Farm from A-Z is a comprehensive guide to window farming and container gardening for the urban resident and aspiring farmer.


The Vegetable Gardener's Bible By Edward C. Smith

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible 2nd Ed. by Edward C. Smith – $16.00

The invaluable resource for home food gardeners! Ed Smith’s W-O-R-D system has helped countless gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs. And those tomatoes and zucchini and basil and cucumbers have nourished countless families, neighbors, and friends with delicious, fresh produce. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is essential reading for locavores in every corner of North America! Everything you loved about the first edition of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is still here: friendly, accessible language; full-color photography; comprehensive vegetable specific information in the A-to-Z section; ahead-of-its-time commitment to organic methods; and much more.


Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe

Breed Your Own Vegetables & Seed Saving 2nd Ed by Deppe, Carol – $22.00

All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders, says author Carol Deppe. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn’t require a specialized education, a lot of land, or even a lot of time. It can be done on any scale. It’s enjoyable. It’s deeply rewarding. You can get useful new varieties much faster than you might suppose. And you can eat your mistakes.

Authoritative and easy-to-understand, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving is the only guide to plant breeding and seed saving for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower. Discover:

  • how to breed for a wide range of different traits (flavor, size, shape, or color; cold or heat tolerance; pest and disease resistance; and regional adaptation)
  • how to save seed and maintain varieties
  • how to conduct your own variety trials and other farm- or garden-based research
  • how to breed for performance under organic or sustainable growing methods


Gardening In Miniature by Janit Calvo

Gardening in Miniature – Janit Calvo – $15.00

The next garden trend combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures. Gardening in Miniature is a complete guide to creating lush, living, small-scale gardens. It has everything you need to pick up this new hobby, including scaled down garden designs, techniques for creating tiny hardscapes, miniature garden care and maintenance, tips on choosing containers, how to buy the right plants, and where to find life-like accessories. Inspiring step-by-step projects feature basic skills that can be recreated in any number of designs, like a tiny patio, a trellis, a pond, and a secret garden.

Whether you want to build a miniature empire in your garden bed or design a private garden with a pebble patio for an indoor centerpiece, Gardening in Miniature is the primer for creating your own tiny, living world


Trowel & Error - Wisconsin Garden Book Shelf

Trowel & Error – Sharon Lovejoy – $9.00

Ever since she was old enough to help her grandmother in the garden, Sharon Lovejoy has spent her life working with plants–and along the way, through “trowel and error,” she’s accumulated hundreds and hundreds of remedies, tips, short-cuts, and cure-alls. Now Ms. Lovejoy–author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots and the award-winning Sunflower Houses–does for the garden what Heloise or the Queen of Clean does for the household. Trowel and Error collects all of her homespun garden advice into an inviting, environmentally friendly, whimsically illustrated yet dead-on helpful book that will benefit every gardener, beginner or experienced. Cure plant viruses with spoiled milk. Steep a natural and effective insecticide out of fresh basil. Place flat stones under squash or melons to hasten ripening. Recycle an old apple corer as the perfect dibber for muscari and other small bulbs. Start rosemary cuttings in a green glass bottle. Sprinkle baby powder over seedlings to discourage rabbits. Crush a garlic clove and apply it to your skin as an insect repellent. From urging the reader to take an occasional shower with the houseplants to giving all-natural gardenside first aid, Trowel and Error is a direct line to the kind of practical wisdom that comes only after a lifetime of experience. The book is indexed by problem, plant, pest, and solution, and includes a list of tools and common household items–borax, cornmeal, vinegar–that completes the gardener’s arsenal.


Carrot Love Tomatoes By Louise Riotte

Carrots Love Tomatoes – Louise Riotte – $9.00

This classic has now taught generations of gardeners how to use the natural benefits of plants to protect and support each other. Here is a reader’s complete reference to which plants nourish the soil, which keep away bugs and pests, and which plants just don’t get along. Here is a complete guide to using companion planting to grow a better garden. 555,000 copies in print.


The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

The Drunken Botanist – Amy Stewart – $14.00

A New York Times Bestseller Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet?  In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries. Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs–but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.


Gardening Month by Month in Minnesota & Wisconsin by Don Engebretson

Gardening Month by Month in Minnesota and Wisconsin – Don Engebretson, Don Williamson – $15.00

A beautiful perpetual calendar and month-by-month guide to gardening in Minnesota and Wisconsin that you can use year after year to keep track of your garden’s progress. Every month has 12 pages devoted to information about annuals, perennials, vegetables, fruits, trees, shrubs or houseplants. Engebretson and Williamson also include important information on first and last frost dates and illustrated tables of climate norms and extremes across the Upper Midwest along with plenty of tips that will keep your garden looking its best. Each page is designed to inspire, offer timely ideas and help plan your garden year.


Best Garden Plants for Minnesota & Wisconsin by Don Williamson

Best Garden Plants for Minnesota and Wisconsin – Don Engebretson, Don Williamson – $16.00

A great new gardening book for Minnesota and Wisconsin! This handy guide is packed with the best plant varieties youíll want for your garden: annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, vines, roses, bulbs, ornamental grasses and herbs.Small enough to take to the garden center or nursery, yet filled with beautiful photos, it contains all the gardening information you need to decide which plants to select and how to care for them. Includes information on habitat, height and spread; plant features and flower colors; information on soil, light and water; and tips on best use of the plant in your garden.


Giant Book of Garden Solutions by Jerry Baker

Giant Book of Garden Solutions – Jerry Baker – $8.50

Whether used in backyards, acre properties, or patio container gardens, the simple and natural gardening tricks in this resource incorporate common household products and down-home ingenuity to combat common gardening problems. Recipes include homemade insect sprays and fertilizers that replace chemical, store-bought alternatives. Quick fixes are offered on fighting fungus with pantyhose, protecting pruned roses with white glue, and defeating botanical disease with peppermint. Green thumbs as well as novice gardeners can use beer, baby shampoo, ammonia, and other domestic products to produce prize flowers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs.


Gardening with Colour by Lance Hattatt

Gardening With Colour – Lance Hattatt – $11 Used – OOP 1998


Home Growing by Edwin F Steffek

Home Growing – Consultant editor Edwin F. Steffek – $9.00 Used



Botany Of Desire by Michael Pallan

Botany Of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View Of The World by Michael Pallan – $12.00

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?


Cooked by Michael Pallan

Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation by Michael Pallan – $12.00

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.

Each section of Cooked tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse–trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius “fermentos” (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside Pollan, but the lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships. Cooking, above all, connects us.

The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life.


Apple From Kazakhstan by Christopher Robbins

Apples Are From Kazakhstan: The Land That Disappeared by Christopher Robbins – $16.50 Hardcover

A funny and revealing travelogue of Kazakhstan, a country rich with wild tulips, oil, nomads who hunt with golden eagles, and a disappearing landlocked sea. Closed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world, a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe. Few would guess that Kazakhstan—a blank in Westerners’ collective geography—turns out to be diverse, tolerant, and surprisingly modern, the country that gave the world apples, trousers, and even, perhaps, King Arthur. Christopher Robbins enjoyed unprecedented access to the Kazakh president while crafting this travelogue, and he relates a story by turns hilarious and grim. He finds Eminem-worship by a shrinking Aral Sea, hears the Kazakh John Lennon play in a dusty desert town, joins nomads hunting eagles, eats boiled sheep’s head (a delicacy), and explores some of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth. Observant and culturally attuned, Robbins is a master stylist in the tradition of travel writing as literature, a companion to V. S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux.


Jekka's Complete Herb Boook by Jekka McVicar

Jekka’s Complete Herb Garden: Fresh & Simple…… by Jekka McVicar – $17 Used 2009 Ed.


Jekka's Complete Herb Boook RHS by Jekka McVicar

Jekka’s Complete Herb Garden: In Association with the RHS Hardcover by Jekka McVicar – $20


Wildflowers Of Wisconsin Field Guide by Stan Takielo

Wildflowers Of Wisconsin Field Guide by Stan Tekiela – $13.00

You’ve seen Wisconsin’s beautiful wildflowers. Now learn to identify them. This is your field guide to 200 of Wisconsin’s wildflowers. Full-page photographs and an easy-to-read format present the information that’s critical to accurate identification. And the species are organized by color, so when you see a purple flower, simply turn to the purple section of the book. Wildflower identification has never been easier!


Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart

Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart

In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes―creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures


Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother)


The Whole Seed Catalog 2016 by Baker Creek

The Whole Seed Calalog 2016 by Baker Creek  $10.00



Wisconsin Garden Guide

Wisconsin Garden Guide by Jerry Minnich – $2.75 Used

For the past 35 years, thousands of Wisconsin gardeners have relied on the The Wisconsin Garden Guide. Now for the first time in full color, this revised and updated guide should be your one dependable reference to gardening the Badger State.


3 Step Gardening by Steve Mercer

3 Step Vegetable Gardening by Steve Mercer – $4,25 Used OOP

Many people would love to enjoy eating super-fresh homegrown produce but don’t know how. Starting with what varieties to plant through how to tend their garden and when and how to harvest the fruits of thei labors, this book is the complete vegetable gardening system for busy people. The book breaks things down into three simple steps: sow, grow, and harvest.

Readers will learn how to set their garden; how to install raised beds and a watering system; and why the time spent getting ready to sow will be repaid many times over during the summer. They will find out how to grow, learning all about mulches and weed covers, garden sites, and planting plans. Then day by day through the growing season, they will see how to make their garden grow. And finally they’ll learn how to tell when it’s time to harvest and how to store vegetables they can’t eat right away.

By spending growing their own vegetables, readers will enjoy crops harvested at the peak of perfection, bringing food from garden to table in minutes flat. And they’ll be eating the freshest home-grown vegetables, herbs, and fruit available instead of the under ripe or limp, sickly offerings so often found in supermarkets.


Creating A Container Garden by Your Garden

Creating A Container Garden – $0.36 USED OOP


Water Garden by BH&G

Water Gardens – Better Homes And Gardens – $4.00 Used OOP

Soothing, cooling water features are hot property with homeowners. Inspiring: a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes of fountains, pools, ponds, streams, waterfalls. Hardworking: how to create and maintain water gardens. Practical: how to choose appropriate plants, stock fish, and enjoy water gardens year-round.


Perennials by Time Life Complete Gardeners

Perennials by Time Life Complete Gardener $4.00 Used OOP


Gardening In Small Spaces by Time Life

Gardening In Small Spaces by Time Life Gardener’s Guide by Osamu Shimizu- $8.50 Used OOP


Still On Our Wish List

Backyard Winter Garden Cold Frame by Caleb Warnock

Backyard Winter Garden – Natural Way 2000 Years by Caleb Warnock – $16

Without fresh, all-natural winter gardening in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries people would have starved to death. The good news is that feeding your family fresh food from your own backyard garden all winter long is far easier and less time-consuming than you might imagine. And you won’t find better-tasting food at any price!



Seed To Seed by Suzanne Ashworth

Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.

Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden.

This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.



Saving Seeds by Robert E. Gough

Saving Seeds by Robert E. Gough Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs. It’s easy, and it’s fun! Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. Descriptions of seed biology; tips on how to select plants for the best seeds; and advice on harvesting and cleaning, proper storage and care, and propagating and caring for new seedlings are all presented with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Chapters dedicated to individual plants contain species-specific directions and detailed information. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.



What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? by David Deardorff

What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailments that don’t have an obvious cause. What’s a gardener to do?

Don’t panic — help is at hand. What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy so they’re less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur, it shows you how to recognize the problem and find the right organic solution.

Among the book’s highlights are: Clear information about how to team with nature to create the best growing conditions for your vegetables.

Detailed portraits of the most commonly grown vegetables, including growth habit; information on the plant’s season; temperature, soil, light, and water requirements; and best garden uses and planting techniques.

Illustrated problem-solving guides that enable you to identify at a glance what’s ailing your plant.

Discussions of the most effective organic solutions, ranging from how to modify the growing conditions in your garden to how to cope with and eliminate specific pests and diseases.

If you care about raising the freshest, healthiest, most problem-free vegetables possible, then What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? will quickly become one of your most essential tools.



The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control by Fern Marshal Bradley

The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control. With growing consumer awareness about the dangers of garden chemicals, turn to The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control as the most reliable and comprehensive guide on the garden shelf. Rodale has been the category leader in organic methods for decades, and this thoroughly updated edition features the latest science-based recommendations for battling garden problems. With all-new photos of common and recently introduced pests and plant diseases, you can quickly identify whether you’ve discovered garden friend or foe and what action, if any, you should take.


No other reference includes a wider range of methods for growing and maintaining an organic garden. The plant-by-plant guide features symptoms and solutions for 200 popular plants, including flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and fruits. The insect-and-disease encyclopedia includes a photo identification guide and detailed descriptions of damage readers may see. The extensive coverage of the most up-to-date organic control techniques and products, presented in order of lowest impact to most intensive intervention, makes it easy to choose the best control.



Maximizing Your Mini Farm: by Brett L. Markham

Maximizing Your Mini Farm on 1/4 acre by Brett L. Markham. New from the bestselling author of Mini Farming! All the best techniques for maximizing your mini farm!

Mini farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.

Now expanding exponentially on his bestselling Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre, Brett Markham gives you tips, tricks, and planning advice on how to make the most of your mini farm. New topics include: 

-Soil and Fertility yy Tools and Techniques

-Planting Guides and Seeders

-Easy Trellising 

-Weed Control Techniques

-Greater Food Self-Sufficiency

-Making Your Own Country Wines

-Making Your Own Vinegars 

-Making Cheese at Home

-Cooking for Self-Sufficiency 

Keep your costs down and production high with this complete guide to maximizing your mini farm—whether it’s a rooftop urban garden, a suburban backyard, or a more substantial plot of land. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with tables, diagrams, and 200 color illustrations and author photographs.



The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour

The first frost used to be the end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore! In The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Nova Scotia–based gardener and writer Niki Jabbour shares her secrets for growing food during every month of the year. Her season-defying techniques, developed in her own home garden where short summers and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge, are doable, affordable, and rewarding for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally ended the growing season.

Jabbour explains how to make every month a vegetable-gardening month. She provides in-depth instruction for all of her time-tested techniques, including selecting the best varieties for each season, mastering the art of succession planting, and maximizing the use of space throughout the year to increase production. She also offers complete instructions for making affordable protective structures that keep vegetables viable and delicious throughout the colder months.

What could be more amazing than harvesting fresh greens in February? Jabbour’s proven, accessible methods make this dream possible for food gardeners everywhere.



The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: by Dale Mayer

The Complete Guide To Companion Planting by Dale Mayer.  The idea of companion planting has arisen in the gardening community in recent years as an extremely viable new take on how plants should situated, grown, and cultivated. Matching certain plants together and separating others, as outlined in studies such as the National Sustainable Agriculture Society s report on the subject that shows each crop with at least three companionable crops and as many as four incompatible crops.

Whether you are planting Tomatoes and Onions or Carrots and Corn, the proper pairing of your plants can have a major impact on your eventual harvest and the quality of your vegetables.

This book shows you, the avid gardener, everything you need to know to effectively pair your crops in a way that ensures there are no incompatibilities and that you get the most out of every seed. You will learn the basics of crop rotation and how it has been used since the dawn of cultivation almost 12,000 years ago to maintain the integrity of soil and harvests.

You will learn how companion planting is an extension of this basic format and how it works in tandem with natural conditions and plant minerals to create the best produce. You will learn about how to prepare your garden and how to set the right system in place. You will learn, via a chart and a great deal of detail, about each possible combination, the best possible companion plants as well as which plants are largely incompatible.


Jerry Baker Terrific Garden Tonics

Jerry Baker’s Terrific Garden Tonics!

Terrific Garden Tonics!: 345 Do-It-Yourself, Fix ’em Formulas for Maintaining a Lush Lawn & Gorgeous Garden (Good Gardening Series) Hardcover – 2004 by Jerry Baker

If you want the most gorgeous yard and garden in town, don’t depend on “what-ifs” or “maybes.” You need stuff that works-like my world-famous tonics. And now, you can get my ultimate tonics book-the only one that’s jam-packed with my world-famous mixes for growing a great lawn, trees, flowers, roses, bulbs, vines, groundcovers, vegetables, and container plants-all in one giant book!




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