New Arrivals · Gardening

April 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The plant lover's guide to primulas

April 28, 2016
Mitchell, Jodie, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
246 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why we love primulas -- Designing with primulas -- Understanding primulas -- Primulas for the garden -- Growing and propagating.
Primulas are so much more than just brightly colored bedding plants. The older varieties of phlyanthus are perfect for spring mixed borders, and the long-stemmed candelabra primulas add beauty to waterside and bog gardens. Then there are small alpine species suitable for rock gardens and the infinitely collectible auriculas. Lynne Lawson and Jodie Mitchell of the famed Barnhaven Primroses nursery share their secrets for growing this diverse group and suggest the best varieties for every garden.--COVER.

The plant lover's guide to magnolias

April 21, 2016
Bunting, Andrew, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
230 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why I love magnolias -- Designing with magnolias -- Understanding magnolias -- Magnolias for the garden -- Growing and propagating.

The plant lover's guide to hardy geraniums

April 21, 2016
Parer, Robin, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
258 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why I love hardy geraniums -- Designing with hardy geraniums -- Understanding hardy geraniums -- Hardy geraniums for the garden -- Rock gardens and containers -- Ground covers -- Shade -- Scramblers and crawlers -- Borders and bedding -- Tuberous-rooted species -- Annuals -- North American species -- South African species -- Growing and propagating.

The new homesteader : how to create a self-sufficient home farm, grown your own produce and raise livestock

April 19, 2016
Ivins, Bella, author.
London ; New York : Ryland, Peters & Small, 2016.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- The kitchen garden. Planning the kitchen garden ; Common kitchen garden pests ; Growing herbs ; Growing under cover ; The shed ; Essential kitchen garden tools ; Practical workwear -- The orchard. Planning and orchard and growing soft fruit -- The animals. Keeping livestock ; Bee farming ; Poultry: setting up a flock ; Free-ranging poultry ; Broody hens and hatching out ; Designing a henhouse ; Keeping other birds ; Keeping pigs ; Hand-raising orphan lambs ; Fattening the sheep -- The land. The wildflower meadow ; Establishing a woodland ; The nuttery ; The front garden ; The courtyard ; The brook ; Foraging -- The work areas. A hard-working barn ; The woodyard ; The porch ; The workshop ; The store -- The house. The history of our homestead ; The homestead kitchen ; The dairy ; The pantry ; The cellar ; Homestead housekeeping ; The utility room ; The boot room ; The sitting room ; The library ; The bedrooms ; The children's bedrooms ; The bathroom ; The hallway -- Sources -- Index -- Acknowledgments.
"Ten years ago, Bella and Nick Ivins left the big city behind and relocated to Walnuts Farm. Inspired by the Modern Homesteading movement, they decided to embrace a self-sufficient way of life. The New Homesteader tells the story of their family life on their home farm and provides all the knowledge necessary for anyone thinking of embracing a self-sustaining lifestyle and starting their own homestead or urban farm - or even just tending their own plot to provide a supply of fresh ingredients throughout the year. Starting with the Kitchen Garden, Nick and Bella discuss designing and planning their plot, then move on to choosing and planting fruit and vegetable crops. Next, in The Orchard, they explain how to plant and tend an orchard as well as growing different varieties of soft fruit. The section on Animals covers the topic of livestock, including keeping bees, chickens and other small poultry, and rearing lambs and pigs. And The Garden tackles a range of associated subjects such how to make any additional outside space productive by planting a wildflower meadow, a small woodland, and even a nuttery. The Outbuildings takes a closer look at the places and spaces at the heart of a successful homestead - the barn, the wood yard, the workshop, and the store, where summer produce (such as potatoes, onions and apples) is stored to keep the homestead going during the lean winter months. Finally, in The Farmhouse, Nick and Bella move on to the hub of the homestead, the backdrop for day-to-day farm life. The farmhouse kitchen is the place where produce is canned and preserved, bread is baked, and dairy products are produced. Other sections address decorating with natural finds and homestead housekeeping, including natural cleaning products. Whether you dream of starting a homestead in the city, the country, or the suburbs to become fully or partially self sufficient, 'The New Homesteader' puts the dream within reach."--provided by

The farm on the roof : what Brooklyn Grange taught us about entrepreneurship, community, and growing a sustainable business

April 7, 2016
Plakias, Anastasia Cole, author.
New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: Nowhere to go but up -- The crossroads of complicity and conviction: why we left steady jobs to take a chance on a dream -- Needle in a haystack: finding a home for our farm -- Return on ideals: creative capital and the new ROI -- Just monster it: building the farm -- A work in progress: taking stock and creating order -- We are farmily: growing our team -- Growing organically: knowing when to sign a deal -- The web we weave: fifty ways to stay afloat -- It takes a village: the partnerships that make us whole -- Epilogue: Toward a healthier business ecosystem.
In their effort to build the world's first and largest commercial green rooftop farm, the founders of Brooklyn Grange learned a lot about building and sustaining a business while never losing sight of their mission to serve their community by providing delicious organic food and changing the way people think about what they eat.

Growing vegetables, herbs & fruit : a step-by-step guide to kitchen and allotment gardening with 1400 photographs

April 6, 2016
Bird, Richard, 1942- author.
512 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
The authors show you how to design a kitchen garden, with plans for a range of gardens of all shapes and sizes, including potagers and large-scale vegetable plots. It includes directories of all the main vegetables, herbs and fruits, with expert advice on cultivation, crop rotation and the best varieties to use. It features step-by-step practical advice on the best tools to use, preparing the soil, sowing, transplanting, propagation, training, harvesting and storage, as well as on all aspects of cultivating vegetables and herbs, and planting, pruning and propagating fruit trees.

How to prune trees, shrubs & climbers : a gardener's guide to cutting, trimming and training, with over 650 photographs and illustrations, and practical, easy-to-follow advice

April 6, 2016
Bird, Richard, 1942- author.
London : Lorenz Books, [2015]
160 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Ornamental trees -- Ornamental shrubs -- Topiary -- Hedges -- Ornamental climbers and wall shrubs -- Roses -- Perennials and annuals -- Directory of ornamental plants.
A guide to cutting, trimming and training, with over 650 photographs and illustrations, and easy-to-follow advice. It aims to take the mystery out of pruning, showing that the correct training and pruning of ornamental garden plants has many rewards, including better flower production, healthier plants, improved plant shape and a tidier garden

Home gardener's no-dig raised bed gardens specialist guide : growing vegetables, salads and soft fruit in raised no-dig beds

March 31, 2016
Bridgewater, Alan.
East Petersburg, PA : Creative Homeowner, [2016]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Cover title.

Horticulture : for a greener world

March 29, 2016
Hubbard, L. Ron (La Fayette Ron), 1911-1986.
Commerce, Calif. : Bridge Publications, ©2012.
165 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 31 cm.
Includes index.
"Glossary": pages 121-150.
An introduction to L. Ron Hubbard -- Experimental background. Duties of a grounds manager ; Experimental procedure ; Grow lights ; The magic of seed irradiation ; Light and your plants ; Automating your greenhouse ; Sowing and soil ; On germination rates ; The first crop of 1960 ; Advice and diagnosis ; Methods of transplanting -- Advanced experimentation. The inner life of plants revealed ; Revolution rocks the plant kingdom! ; An insider's view ; Corollary discoveries -- Cultural outgrowth.
"In this very special story of transcendent revelations and global repercussions, track the course of L. Ron Hubbard's horticultural discoveries. Told through articles and personal notes--here is a journey of discovery bearing upon all living things and the very essence of life itself."--Publisher description.

The plant lover's guide to clematis

March 24, 2016
Beutler, Linda, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
254 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why I love clematis -- Designing with the queen of vines -- Understanding the genus -- Clematis for the garden -- Large-flowered hybrids -- Small-flowered hybrids, selections, and species -- Growing and propagating.

Mechanical cost data.

March 23, 2016
Kingston, MA : R.S. Means Co.,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Title from cover.
At head of title: RS Means.

The bio-integrated farm : a revolutionary permaculture-based system using greenhouses, ponds, compost piles, aquaponics, chickens, and more

March 21, 2016
Jadrnicek, Shawn, 1976- author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016.
371 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm

How to prune trees & shrubs : easy techniques for timely trimming

March 21, 2016
Ellis, Barbara W., author.
North Adams, Massachusetts : Storey Publishing, [2016]
123 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Pruning and plant growth -- Pruning cuts -- Prune with a purpose -- Tools of the trade -- Pruning trees -- Pruning fruit trees -- Pruning shrubs -- Pruning roses -- Pruning vines.

A history of the garden in fifty tools

March 15, 2016
Laws, Bill, author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2014]
224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In this work, the history of fifty individual tools presents an innovative and fertile history of the garden over human time. The work is organized into five thematic chapters relating to different types of gardens: the flower garden, the kitchen garden, the orchard, the lawn, and ornament"--Publisher's info.

Gardens of awe and folly : a traveler's journal of the meaning of life and gardening

March 10, 2016
Swift, Vivian, 1956- author.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
166 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
An illustrated, round-the-world tour of idiosyncratic gardens from beloved traveler/writer/watercolorist Vivian Swift.

Naturally bug-free : 75 nontoxic recipes for repelling mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants, moths & other pesky insects

March 7, 2016
Tourles, Stephanie L., 1962- author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2016]
175 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Synthetic insecticides and repellents -- The basic ingredients and equipment -- The ingredient dictionary -- Mixing it up : essential equipment -- Insect repellents for a more comfortable you -- Keep bugs off your pets mugs -- Protect your home.

Carnivorous plants : gardening with extraordinary botanicals

February 25, 2016
Hewitt-Cooper, Nigel, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
231 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Carnivorous plant basics -- Cultivation in the home & garden -- Where to grow plants of prey -- Year-round care & maintenance -- Common carnivores for easy growing -- Taking things to the next level -- Children, beginners & education.

The water-saving garden : how to grow a gorgeous garden with a lot less water

February 23, 2016
Penick, Pam, author.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2016]
233 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"A guide to growing beautiful gardens in drought-prone area s utilizing minimal water for maximum results."--Provided by publisher.

The story of seeds : from Mendel's garden to your plate, and how there's more of less to eat around the world

February 19, 2016
Castaldo, Nancy F. (Nancy Fusco), 1962- author.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
136 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

The rooftop growing guide : how to transform your roof into a vegetable garden or farm

February 18, 2016
Novak, Annie, 1983- author, illustrator.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2016]
245 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Why rooftops? -- Assessing your rooftop -- Containers, greenhouses, green roofs, and irrigation methods -- The dirt on rooftop soil -- Rooftop seeds and starts -- Flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees -- Planning your planting -- Rooftop pests and problems -- Taking care of business.
"If you'd like to grow your own food but don't think you have the space, look up! In urban and suburban areas across the country, farms and gardens are growing atop the rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. In this accessible guide, author Annie Novak's passion shines as she draws on her experience as a pioneering sky-high farmer to teach best practices for raising vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees. The book also includes interviews, expert essays, and farm and garden profiles from across the country, so you'll find advice that works no matter where you live. Featuring the brass tacks on green roofs, container gardening, hydroponics, greenhouse growing, crop planning, pest management, harvesting tips, and more, The Rooftop Growing Guide will have you reimagining the possibilities of your own skyline,"

The gardener's year.

February 16, 2016
New York : Dorling Kindersley, 2015.
317 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
"Grow, care for, and enjoy crops and flowers season by season"--Cover.
Learn how to plan a garden that is colorful and productive throughout the entire year. The Gardener's Year is packed with timely gardening tips for a wide variety of garden projects, covering flowers and plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs, and trees and shrubs. Its vibrant galleries of what and when to plant, photo sequences of key techniques, and season-by-season approach make it accessible for even the most inexperienced of gardeners. Timing is everything, so a comprehensive garden calendar of tasks does all the organizational work, outlining each month's jobs, from sowing and planting to pruning and harvesting. Whether you want to know how to grow vegetables for your own kitchen, create a stunning floral display, or foster plants that attract butterflies, The Gardener's Year provides the knowledge you need to care for your garden in any month of the year.

Container theme gardens : 42 combinations, each using 5 perfectly matched plants

February 2, 2016
Ondra, Nancy J., author.
267 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why try containers? -- Nine reasons to try containers -- Basics of container gardening -- Playing with color. Five-part harmony of color ; Bold contrast ; Pretty in pastel ; Rich reds ; Orange all over ; Growing sunshine ; Singin' the blues ; Regal purple ; Elegant whites ; Sparkling silvers ; Back to black -- Through the seasons. Spring cheer ; All-summer color ; Autumn's brilliance ; Winter wonders ; Year-round interest -- Location, location, location. Made for shade ; Beat the heat ; Balcony beauties -- Designed to attract. Hummingbird haven ; Butterfly banquet ; Kid attraction -- Small wonders. A mini meadow ; Pond in a pot ; Magic in miniature -- Fun and colorful edibles. Salad on deck ; Herbs on the windowsill ; A pot of tea ; Bursting with berries -- Special themes. Just right for night ; Living perfume ; Asian-inspired tranquility -- All about the plants. Annual appeal ; Perennial punch for shade ; Tropical sunset ; Lovely leaves -- All about the containers. Terra-cotta charm ; The everyman's plastic pot ; Copper beauty ; Cemented in place ; Country hardwood ; Eye-catching ceramic.
Ondra shows you how to choose a container and a five-plant theme, and use them to create a beautiful combination for any season, situation, or taste. She shows you how to choose the color scheme, arrangement, and container that will fit your style.

What's wrong with my houseplant? : save your indoor plants with 100% organic solutions

February 2, 2016
Deardorff, David C, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
292 pages : color illustrations ; 24cm
Plant portraits -- Palms and palm-like plants -- Trees and shrubs -- Herbaceous perennials -- Vines and vine-like plants -- Ferns and fern-like plants -- Temporary houseplants -- Orchids and bromeliads -- Cacti and succulents -- Culinary herbs -- Organic solutions to common problems.

A wilder life : a season-by-season guide to getting in touch with nature

February 2, 2016
Maddy, Celestine, author.
New York, NY : Artisan, [2016]
271 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm

The ultimate guide to natural farming and sustainable living : permaculture for beginners

January 29, 2016
Faires, Nicole, author, artist.
xiii, 330 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Previously published as The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture in 2012.
"Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living simplifies this vast field for practical application. This is a hands-on guide, taking the beginner through each step of the design process, so that anyone can apply permaculture principles to his or her life. While the principles are simple, the in-depth topics cover every aspect of permaculture." --

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