New Arrivals · Gardening

February 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Niki Jabbour's veggie garden remix : 224 new plants to shake up your garden and add variety, flavor, and fun.

February 16, 2018
Jabbour, Niki, author.
232 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 224 plants from around the world. Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour's contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden."

Rodale's ultimate encyclopedia of organic gardening : the indispensable green resource for every gardener

February 14, 2018
xiii, 706 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Rodale classics"--Cover.
"Learn how to use natural and chemical-free methods to grow vegetables, fruit, perennials, annuals, bulbs, herbs, trees, and shrubs and maintain your landscape all year-round."--Back cover.

Flat broke with two goats : a memoir

January 31, 2018
McGaha, Jennifer, author.
356 pages ; 21 cm
A charming memoir of one woman's unexpected journey from country chic to backwoods barnyard.

Worms eat my garbage : how to set up and maintain a worm composting system

January 17, 2018
Appelhof, Mary, author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2017]
vii, 183 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
It starts with a worm -- Getting started -- Choosing the right worm bin -- Choosing the right bedding material -- Using the right kinds of worms -- Acquiring your worms -- Setting up your worm bin -- What can your worms eat? -- Taking care of your worms -- Frequently asked questions -- Other critters and pests -- How to use your vermicompost -- Treating waste as a resource.
Don't let your food waste go to waste! With a little help from a family of worms, you can turn all your kitchen scraps and leftovers into rich, valuable vermicompost for your garden and houseplants. Keeping a self-contained worm bin and harvesting the compost your worms produce is clean, easy, and productive with this classic guide, fully updated.--COVER.

Peony : the best varieties for your garden

January 16, 2018
Michener, David, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
248 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
History and origin -- Kinds of peonies -- The joy of gardening -- Planting and care -- Cut flowers -- Bush peonies -- Intersectional peonies -- Tree peonies.
In The Peony, David Michener and Carol Adelman help spread the joy of gardening with peonies. They share the history of this beloved plant, highlight the different types of peonies available, and profile the best 193 varieties of both. Growing information includes details on climate, soil, light, planting, and water needs. Helpful lists detail the best peony variety for specific needs and a resource list shares the best places to buy peonies and the best public gardens to see them in.

The lean farm guide to growing vegetables : more in-depth lean techniques for efficient organic production

January 11, 2018
Hartman, Ben, 1978- author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2017]
xxi, 244 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Planning the year with Heijunka and Kanban -- Leaning up bed preparation -- Compost making, small farm/style -- Successful seed starting -- Transplanting by hand -- Paper pot magic -- Four lean tips for direct-seeding -- Weed and pest control; without Muda -- Collecting cash: leaning up sales -- Lean applied to our best-selling crops: seven case studies -- Finding good land -- Infrastructure and farm layout -- Leaning up greenhouses.
At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, by cutting out more waste - of time, labor, space, money - every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work. In this field guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even greater detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency. From finding land and assessing infrastructure needs to selling perfect produce at the farmers' market, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables digs deeper into specific, tested methods for waste-free farming that not only help farmers become more successful but make the work more enjoyable.--COVER.

Composting for a new generation : latest techniques for the bin and beyond

January 9, 2018
Balz, Michelle, author.
192 pages : color illustrations, charts ; 26 cm
The expected and unexpected benefits of composting -- The science of composting -- Composting basics -- Maintaining your compost bin -- In-vessel composting techniques -- Integrated composting -- Vermicomposting -- Harvesting and using your finished compost -- Appendix A: Which composting style is right for you? -- Appendix B: Compost recipes.
[This book] includes tried-and-true composting methods and new, innovative techniques. You'll learn the science of composting, traditional bin composting (including how-to sections on building your own bin), vermicomposting (with worms), composting with nature, keyhole gardens, organic composting, and using your finished compost.

Your successful farm business : production, profit, pleasure

December 19, 2017
Salatin, Joel, author.
xx, 316 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Working landscapes -- Eclectic awareness -- Live frugally -- Can do entrepreneurial spirit -- Assemble a team -- Direct marketing : why? -- Polyface in photos -- Direct marketing : where? -- Direct marketing : how? -- Gross margin analysis -- Multi-enterprise -- Stay nimble -- Time & motion studies -- Getting started (or starting over) -- Distractions -- New opportunities.
Twenty years ago Joel Salatin wrote You Can Farm, which has launched thousands of farm entrepreneurs around the world. With another 20 years of experience under his belt, bringing him to the half-century mark as a full-time farmer, he decided to build on that foundation with a sequel, a graduate level curriculum. Everyone who reads and enjoys that previous work will benefit from this additional information. In those 20 years, Polyface Farm progressed from a small family operation to a 20-person, 6,000-customer, 50-restaurant business, all without sales targets, government grants, or an off-farm nest egg. As a germination tray for new farmers ready to take over the 50 percent of America's agricultural equity that will become available over the next two decades, Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley stands as a beacon of hope in a food and farming system floundering in dysfunction: toxicity, pathogenicity, nutrient deficiency, bankruptcy, geezers, and erosion. Speaking into that fear and confusion, Salatin offers a pathway to success, with production, profit, and pleasure thrown in for good measure.--COVER.

Garden renovation : transform your yard into the garden of your dreams

December 11, 2017
Schwartz, Bobbie, author.
259 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Choosing change -- Understanding landscape essentials -- Working with hardscape elements -- Assessing and choosing new plants -- How to put your plans into action -- Success stories.
Which changes in your garden would offer the most pay-off your time, money, and effort? Schwartz helps you assess the plants and features you have, decide the best way to tackle your project. She also provides ideas and inspirations for turning your yard into your dream garden.

The living forest : a visual journey into the heart of the woods

October 16, 2017
Llewellyn, Robert J., photographer.
260 pages : color illustrations ; 29 x 29 cm
Toward the sky: the canopy and bird life -- Eyes all over: leaves -- A deep breath: lungs of the land -- World of water: cycles and creatures -- On the ground: animals of the forest floor -- The middle realm: trunks -- Shedding and resting: autumn and winter -- Budding: winter into spring -- Flowers and fruits: spring into summer -- Connections: roots and fungi -- The only-green: moss and fern -- The spirit of the forest.
The Living Forest is a journey into one of the planet's most familiar yet most mysterious habitats. Learn the science behind the wonder, as you gaze down on a pine tree canopy brimming with nesting herons, go nose-to-nose with a larval salamander, witness time-lapse imagery of emerging leaves, and marvel at the stranger-than-fiction ways plants, insects, mammals, birds, and fungi interact and cooperate. In this realm, the tiny and the grand, the living and the dead, the seen and the unseen all have essential roles to play.--INSIDE FLAP.

Whitewash : the story of a weed killer, cancer, and the corruption of science

October 12, 2017
Gillam, Carey, author.
Washington, DC : Island Press, [2017]
xiv, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : A silent stalker -- What killed Jack McCall? -- An award-winning discovery -- The "roundup ready" rollout -- Weed killer for breakfast -- Under the microscope -- Spinning the science -- A poisoned paradise -- Angst in Argentina -- Uproar in Europe -- When weeds don't die, but butterflies do -- Under the influence -- Seeking solutions.
It's the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it's in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto's Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world's most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it's been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the pesticide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception. Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It's a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.--AMAZON.

This blessed earth : a year in the life of an American family farm

September 18, 2017
Genoways, Ted, author.
226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: Readying the bin -- Part one: Bringing in the beans -- Interlude: Working cows -- Part two: The homeplace -- Interlude: Branding calves -- Part three: Seeds of change -- Interlude: The poker run -- Part four: Irrigation nation -- Interlude: The tri-state -- Epilogue: Welcome news.
"The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm -and their entire way of life- are under siege.Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Add GMOs, pesticides, and fossil fuel pollution to their list of troubles and the question is: can the family farm survive in America?"--Jacket flap.

Letters to a young farmer : on food, farming, and our future

September 14, 2017
175 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Barbara Kingsolver -- Amigo Bob Cantisano -- Wes Jackson -- Chellie Pingree -- Verlyn Klinkenborg -- Karen Washington -- Joan Dye Gussow -- Raj Patel -- Barbara Damrosch -- Gary Paul Nabhan -- Mary Berry -- Dan Barber -- Will Harris -- Anna Lappe -- Joel Salatin -- Bill McKibben -- Ben Burkett -- Amy Halloran -- Nephi Craig -- Wendell Berry -- Alice Waters -- Eliot Coleman -- Brian Richter -- Michael Pollan -- Fred Kirschenmann -- Nancy Vail and Jered Lawson -- Temple Grandin -- Wendy Millet -- Mary-Howell Martens -- Rick Bayless -- Danielle Nierenberg -- Allan Savory -- Marion Nestle -- Richard Wiswall -- Nicolas Jammet -- Mas Masumoto.
Letters to a Young Farmer is for everyone who appreciates good food grown with respect for the earth, people, animals, and community. Three dozen writers, farmers, chefs, activists, and visionaries address the highs and lows of farming life, as well as larger questions of how our food is produced and consumed, in vivid and personal detail. Barbara Kingsolver speaks to the tribe of farmers -- some born to it, many self-selected -- with love, admiration, and regret. Dan Barber traces the rediscovery of lost grains and foodways. Michael Pollan bridges the chasm between agriculture and nature. Bill McKibben connects the early human quest for beer to the modern challenge of farming in a rapidly changing climate. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree probes the politics of being a young farmer today. Farmer Mas Masumoto passes on family secrets to his daughter -- and not-soon-forgotten stories to us all. Letters to a Young Farmer is both a history and a road map -- a reckoning of how we eat and farm; how the two can come together to build a more sustainable future; and why now, more than ever before, we need farmers.

Designing with succulents

August 30, 2017
Baldwin, Debra Lee, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
303 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
First edition published 2007.
Succulent landscape essentials: plan and design your dream garden -- Speciality gardens that showcase succulents -- Success secrets for succulents -- Succulents a to z -- A designer's palette: plant lists for succulent gardens -- Top fifty waterwise companion plants for succulents.
This new, completely revised second edition of her bestselling classic is a design compendium that is as practical as it is inspirational. Designing with Succulents shares design and cultivation basics; hundreds of succulent plant recommendations; and profiles of 50 easy-care, drought-tolerant companion plants. Lavishly illustrated with 400 photographs, you will find everything you need to visualize, create, and nurture a thriving, water-smart succulent garden.

Plants are awesome

August 25, 2017
Duke, John (Gardener)
203 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
"Plants are Awesome is written in four parts: Part I presents an introduction and historical background. Part II tells numerous stories about people and the relationship they had with their plants, from early man to the present day. Part III covers local (Cincinnati) horticultural history. Part IV covers recent developments in horticulture and takes a look at the twenty-first century for what may happen in the future. There are eleven appendices with timelines, plant origins, types of plants, and learning points for each chapter. A bibliography is also included."--Back cover.

The California garden tour : the 50 best gardens to visit in the Golden State

August 16, 2017
Olson, Donald, 1950- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
296 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.

How not to kill your houseplant : survival tips for the horticulturally challenged

August 15, 2017
Peerless, Veronica.
New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
142 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Find your plant -- The basics. Buy it ; Pot it & place it ; Water it ; Feed it & love it ; Repot it ; Plant pests ; Plant diseases -- The houseplants -- Top 5 plants for: Your desk ; Sunny spots ; Your bathroom ; Low light ; Your living room.
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant helps you create an oasis of happy, flourishing houseplants.--COVER.

Miniature bonsai : the complete guide to super-mini bonsai

July 31, 2017
Iwai, Terutoshi, author.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

How to grow more vegetables* (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) *than you ever thought possible on less land with less water than you can imagine

July 26, 2017
Jeavons, John, author.
California ; New York : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
xiv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Preface: Ecology Action and the Common Ground Mini-farm / by The Ecology Action Staff -- Introduction: Building soil, building the future -- Deep soil creation and maintenance -- Sustainability -- The use of compost and soil fertility -- Fertilization -- Open-pollinated seeds, seed propagation, close spacing and seed saving -- Companion planning -- An interrelated food-raising system: creating and caring for a balanced natural backyard ecosystem and its insect life -- Master charts and planning -- Sample garden plans -- Appendix 1: supplementary tools -- Appendix 2: the efficacy of the grow biointensive method -increasing sustainable yield and building soils -- Appendix 3: ecology action publications -- Appendix 4: organizations and related information -- Appendix 5: Memberships and ordering.
Presents the basic principles of biointensive gardening with tips on what to grow, preparing growing beds, and planning and planting crops.

Glass gardens : easy terrariums, aeriums, and aquariums for your home or office

July 5, 2017
Florence, Melanie, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Plants to consider -- Tropical house plants -- Succulents -- Air plants -- Water plants -- Getting started -- Supplies -- First steps -- Watering -- Gardens -- Popular plants to try.
Simple instructions to help you build a terrarium. You'll learn to create easy-to-maintain cacti and succulent terrariums. Also covers water terrariums (aquariums) and air terrariums (aeriums).

Land on fire : the new reality of wildfire in the West

June 22, 2017
Ferguson, Gary, 1956- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, [2017]
212 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Living fire : not your grandparents' landscape -- Kindling : the era of suppression meets the age of drought -- Combustion : from spark to flame to firestorm -- Fighting fire : heroic effort and tragic loss -- Aftermath : nature in the wake of the burn -- Risk reduction : the art and science of prevention and treatment -- Future fire -- A final word.

Potted : make your own stylish garden containers

June 22, 2017
Gutierrez, Annette Goliti, author.
227 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Concrete -- Plastics -- Metals -- Terra cotta -- Organic materials.

The gardening in miniature prop shop : handmade accessories for your tiny living world

June 21, 2017
Calvo, Janit, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
247 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Getting started -- World tour -- Make it special -- Miniature imaginings -- Beyond the miniature garden.
Calvo shares step-by-step instructions for accessories to bring your mini-gardens to life. Ideal for both novices and experienced miniaturists, this book will help you appreciate all kinds of miniature and dwarf plants, and help you expand your skills in mosaics, woodworking, and other applied arts.

The coffee lover's diet : change your coffee, change your life

June 16, 2017
Arnot, Robert Burns, author.
373 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Part I: Coffee: the ultimate health food. The benefits -- Part II: Change your coffee, change your life. The beans ; The roast ; The brew -- Part III: The Coffee Lover's Diet. The Coffee Lover's Diet ; Recipes and pairings.
"For years we've been told that coffee is bad for our health. But new research reveals that, when consumed properly, coffee can be the healthiest and tastiest part of your day. It is scientifically proven to improve your mood, can sharpen your focus, jumpstart your workout, help you lose weight, and even help fend off disease--from diabetes to heart disease to Parkinson's. In his revolutionary book, containing the unprecedented results of exclusive double-blind studies of the best coffees in the world, Bob Arnot, M.D., the bestselling author of The Aztec Diet, shows you how to use the power of America's favorite drink--coffee--to achieve optimum health, longevity, mental clarity, weight loss, and renewed vigor. Years of research have shown Dr. Arnot how coffee became a staple of the human diet, and why having a cup or more is the best thing you can do each day. He teaches you how to source the best beans from around the world, how to create the perfect brew, and how to act as your own coffee sommelier. The Coffee Lover's Diet includes a full diet plan with corresponding recipes to ensure you get the full benefits of this miracle bean--in the right amounts and in a variety of ways--as well as tips for putting all of this invaluable information and advice to work to help you shed pounds, gain energy, and boost brain function."--Jacket.

Living with plants : a guide to indoor gardening

June 12, 2017
Lee, Sophie.
London : Hardie Grant Books, 2017.
158 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
Living with Plants will teach you how to create bespoke beautiful botanics for your home or even your office. Offering you over 30 innovative projects, you will be guided on the different ways you can green-up your living space: from moss wall hangings, potted plants, air plants, water plants, hanging baskets, terrariums, and more. This is your one-stop shop to creating a beautiful botanical living space on a budget.

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