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Books on Backyard Farming: Grow Highly Nutritious Crops

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

The state of our industrialized food system is reaching a tension. More people than ever before are becoming ill and dying from poorly maintained mass produced food sources. The chemicals that are used in planting, maintaining, and fertilizing mass produced food crops deplete the nutrition level of the final produce. Americans today are the first society ever in history to be both overweight, yet malnourished.

The only solution for this predicament is to establish your own supply of highly nutritious and pesticide-free food, if you can. Organic produce not only dense in nutrients but also tastes far superior, having better flavor — ask any chef or food/nutrition expert.

So, put your backyard to work and enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! is a book that shows you how it’s done. With this volume, grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. And, when the harvest is in, this book also help you learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less with the book Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre, and provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income. This book describes a holistic approach to backyard farming that will show you how to produce most of the food of an average family 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. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more.

There is a quiet revolution happening in our time: the emergence of micro farms on tiny acreages that achieve astounding yields of organic produce and provide a better-tasting alternative to the products of big agri-business. Micro eco-farmers across the nation are profiting from small acreages to small-town backyards. So, there is no harm in becoming a micro farmer. Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage In Partnership with the Earth is a book that details how the new micro eco-farmers succeed on mini-farms of from one to five acres, how they start with nothing, what traits they share, and what secrets they know. This volume also provides a treasury of what you can grow, what farming methods you can use, and how the farmers reach their markets in surprisingly creative, new ways.

If the breakfast of your family is fruit-based or else fruit is the part of every meal of your family, it is better for you to grow on your own your favorite fruits carrying their original nutrition level. Add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to your landscape with the book The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden. Carrying solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower, Stella Otto, this book offers help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will also learn from this book about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.

There is available another book, Backyard Harvest: A year-round guide to growing fruit and vegetables, which we find very useful for growing highly productive organic crops in backyard space.  From sowing and planting to growing and harvesting, this book covers storing, freezing, and preserving tips so that you can enjoy your garden’s bounty into the winter months and throughout the early-spring gap when little is ready to harvest. You can use this beautifully illustrated month-by-month guide by a gardener and gardening writer, Jo Whittingham, to find out when crops ripen, what to plant, what to do to keep crops healthy, what to harvest.

Hope, the above mentioned resources will help you erect a highly productive farm in your backyard. Browse through a vast inventory of Gardening Books; just click here.

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Horticulture Special: Books for Gardeners and Farmers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Horticulture is the science, art, technology and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human food and non-food uses and for personal or social needs.

Being practiced from the individual level in a garden up to the activities of a multinational corporation, this discipline of agriculture is very diverse in its activities, incorporating plant farming for food (fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, culinary herbs) and non-food crops (flowers, trees and shrubs, turf-grass, hops, grapes, medicinal herbs). It further includes many other cultivation related services like plant conservation, landscape restoration, landscape and garden design/construction/maintenance, horticultural therapy, and much more.

Farming expert George Acquaah in his book Horticulture: Principles and Practices explores horticulture as a science, an art, and a business, meeting the practical information needs of everyone involved in the discipline – from the small urban gardener/hobbyist to the large-scale producers. One who wants to reach at the heart of this stream of plant production, must go through this book from cover to cover.

Directed towards developing and maintaining human health and well-being, all the food, medicinal, environmental, and social products and services falls within the boundary of horticulture jointly make such a broad horizon that it is difficult to cover them all in detail in a single volume. Therefore, our editorial team has shortlisted for your comfort some popular books that deals with the separate aspects of horticulture, detailing each and every specified farming conditions and techniques involved. These book are written by experienced horticulturalists.

Books on the cultivation of Food Crops:

The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden – For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape, here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower, Stella Otto. This book offers help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.

Grow Fruit by Alan Buckingham – Covering tree fruit, from apples to figs and nuts; soft fruit, from strawberries to goose berries; grape vines; and tender fruit, from citrus to avocados, this practical and inspirational guide shows everyone how to grow their own fruit, no matter how much time or space they have. With a fruit grower’s year planner; a foolproof, easy-to-follow advice, ideas and techniques for more experienced gardeners; and a troubleshooting section for common problems of fruit pests and diseases, this ultimate book is the one-stop reference for growing your own delicious fruits.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible – This is the 10th anniversary edition of the Edward C. Smith’s popular “The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible” that has helped a number of gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs in their limited premise. New to this edition is coverage of 15 additional vegetables, including an expanded section on salad greens and more European and Asian vegetables.

The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener – This book was first published in 1988, and gained vast popularity as an ultimate guide for vegetable farmers. 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. Here, 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.

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms - After years of living in awe of the mysterious fungi known as mushrooms, chefs, health enthusiasts, and home cooks alike can’t get enough of these rich, delicate morsels. With updated production techniques for home and commercial cultivation, detailed growth parameters for 31 mushroom species, a trouble-shooting guide, and plenty of handy gardening tips, this revised and updated handbook will make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.

Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener’s Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More – Everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs using safe, natural, all-organic methods! Practical tips and advice on all aspects of successful herb growing. A wealth of great ideas and helpful how-to on using herbs in cooking, crafts, cosmetics, health care, insect repellents, and more. Illustrated herb directory featuring all the most popular herbs– from aloe to yarrow– each with complete information on growing, care, harvesting, and uses.

Books for those who are involved in growing Non-food Crops

The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers, Revised and Expanded – Acre-for-acre, flowers are the most profitable–as well as the most beautiful–crop on the farm. In The Flower Farmer expert flower grower Lynn Byczynski provides a complete introduction to raising a cornucopia of cut flowers for home use and for sale to retail customers, florists, and other markets. The book offers detailed, manageable plans for flower growing on a scale ranging from a backyard border to a half-acre commercial garden, appealing to a broad spectrum of readers. This book also provides a clear, realistic look at both the benefits and the challenges of growing flowers organically for local markets.

The Cutting Garden: Growing and Arranging Garden Flowers – This practical guide shows how to grow decorative flowers and foliage and use them to create floral arrangements plans, plant and maintain a well-stocked cutting garden, and demonstrates how to create arrangements ranging from simple bunches to romantic hanging globes, swags and medallions.

The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook: The Essential Guide to Choosing, Planting, and Maintaining Perfect Landscape Plants – Trees and shrubs bring permanence and structure to home landscapes, adding character and beauty to the entire property. They are essential to every beautiful yard, however, many homeowners do not give them the attention that flowers and lawns traditionally receive. Penny O’Sullivan gives trees and shrubs the respect they deserve in this lively, comprehensive book. The heart of the book is the extensive encyclopedia of hundreds of tree and shrub portraits. The final section covers care and maintenance, with thorough advice on buying and planting; siting; pruning; fertilizing; and coping with diseases, pests, and environmental problems.

Jerry Baker’s Green Grass Magic: Tips, Tricks, and Tonics for Growing the Toe-Ticklinest Turf in Town! – Anyone can have a lawn even greener than their neighbors’ with this definitive guide to improving the attractiveness of grass from seed to sod, in all seasons. Jerry Baker’s proven tips, tricks, and tonics cover problems from mowing and mole damage to drought or downpour. Regular cabinet items are advised to use –Epsom salts to cure yellow grass and mouthwash to banish bugs. In this book, homeowners learn what they can do to conserve water, avoid sun damage, and boost the green of their turf using sensible techniques and natural products. Further, this green book includes a calendar with a season-by-season to-do list, taking the guesswork out of lawn maintenance for gardeners.

Books for Garden Design/Construction/Maintenance

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques – With more than 130,000 copies sold since its original publication, this advanced gardening book by Tracy DiSabato-Aust has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, this expanded edition offers detail of essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and dead leafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated.

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The Best Gardening Books to Make Your Garden Better

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Gardening is a truly rewarding, productive, and usually a very economical hobby to follow in our day-to-day life. If you’ve ever thought of getting into gardening, or if you already a veteran gardener but looking for a new gardening skills to master, just pick any book from our suggested list of the Gardening Books that, we believe, would be the best for you to get started with. Each book in this list is rendered with new and highly productive gardening skills that help you improve the scenic beauty and productivity of your garden.

Check out this list of Gardening Books that includes only the best pick titles of our Online Bookstore:

All New Square Foot Gardening“Grow More in Less Space!” This is what you will learn while reading this amazing book by Mel Bartholomew who uses his engineering expertise whilst working on his passion for gardening that results in an absolutely perfect garden. With added ten new improvements, this refined version of Mel’s popular “Square Foot Gardening becomes highly productive and rewarding resource for any gardener.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible – This is the 10th anniversary edition of the Edward C. Smith’s popular “The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible” that has helped a number of gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs in their limited premise. New to this edition is coverage of 15 additional vegetables, including an expanded section on salad greens and more European and Asian vegetables.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Container BibleEdward C. Smith in this new book teaches home food gardeners How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs and Other Containers. By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in restricted spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony, it’s easy now with this incredible book.

You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening – This is not your grandmother’s gardening book, in fact, is a trendy and humorous how-to guide by Gayla Trail fitting for crafty and artful girls around the world who are passionate for gardening but lack the know-how to turn their dreams of having homegrown tomatoes and fresh-cut flowers into a reality.

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques – With more than 130,000 copies sold since its original publication, this advanced gardening book by Tracy DiSabato-Aust has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools a gardener can have. Now, this expanded edition offers detail of essential practices of perennial care such as deadheading, pinching, cutting back, thinning, disbudding, and dead leafing, all of which are thoroughly explained and illustrated.

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening – This gardening classic by Louise Riotte was first published in 1975, and since then it has been teaching 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. This is a complete guide to use companion planting for growing an improved garden.

We make clear to our readers that this is a mere list of some highly-demanded Books on Gardening. Gardeners or readers will find a lot more titles when they browse through our special category of Gardening Books. They can go more specific with the sub-categories like Flowers, Fruit, Garden Design, Garden Furnishings, Greenhouses, Herbs and Lawns.

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