New Arrivals · Gardening

August 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The magical world of moss gardening

August 28, 2015
Martin, Annie, 1953- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015.
238 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Green grandeur: a tour of moss gardens -- Bryophyte basics: botany and natural history of mosses -- Mosses for gardeners: 25 bryophytes to know and grow -- From concept to garden plan: designing with mosses -- Planting and propagation: establishing your moss garden -- Your thriving moss garden: maintenance and troubleshooting.
"Mosses are a gardener's dream. These emerald beauties thrive where nothing else grows, and they provide year-round interest in all climates. Deer-resistant and immune to typical garden insects and diseases, mosses offer erosion control and help prevent water run-off. Try placing these magical plants between rocks, along pathways, or even as lawn for a velvety green backdrop. The variations in color, texture, shape, and even size will amaze you. In this inspiring guide, Annie Martin--Mossin' Annie to her fans--covers the essentials for creating an extraordinary moss garden. With profiles of the best mosses to grow and expert tips on planting and care, you can create fascinating combinations and establish a verdant oasis to enjoy for years to come,"--page [4] of cover.

Literati style penjing : Chinese bonsai masterworks

August 11, 2015
Zhao, Qingquan, 1949- author.
160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Translated from the Chinese.
Includes index.
Aesthetics -- Cultural origins -- Basic techniques -- Projects -- Display techniques -- Care and maintenance.
"Learn how to create simple and elegant bonsai works from an acclaimed Chinese master."--Jacket flap.

Hidden natural histories. Herbs : the secret properties of 150 plants

July 24, 2015
Hurst, Kim, 1956- author.
224 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Behind the pungent aroma of garlic and the cook, palate-cleansing taste of mint in our toothpaste are untold stories of human interactions with the natural world. In Herbs, Kim Hurst concocts a delightful tale of the leafs, seeds, and flowers that for millennia have grown in our gardens, provided savor to our stews, and been used to treat our ailments. Many of herbs' uses will surprise: rosemary, renowned for it's piney flavor, has also been used to protect homes from thieves, aid memory, preserve youth, cure depression, and attract helpful garden elves. Packed with informative and beautiful illustrations, both new and from historical archives, Herbs will charm every chef, gourmand, kitchen gardener or purveyor of garden elves.

The reason for flowers : their history, culture, biology, and how they change our lives

July 16, 2015
Buchmann, Stephen L., author.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
x, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Attracting attention -- Flowers and their ancestors -- The pollinators -- Pleasure gardens ancient and modern -- Flowers for eternity -- Best of show -- Arriving by jumbo jet -- Eating flowers -- A little dab behind the ear -- The secret language of flowers -- Flowers on the page -- Flower power: the meaning of flowers in art -- The flower and the scientist -- Good for what ails us: healing our bodies and minds.
An exploration of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, and perfumes reveals their origins, myriad shapes, colors, textures and scents, bizarre sex lives, and how humans--and the natural world--relate and depend upon them.

Tomatomania! : a fresh approach to celebrating tomatoes in the garden and in the kitchen

July 16, 2015
Daigre, Scott.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
All systems go? : Considering your options and finding the perfect spot for your garden -- Stripes, lobes, curves & trusses : So many tomatoes, what's the perfect strategy for you and your garden? -- Let's go shopping : Tomato lingo and deciphering a tomato label -- Plant me already! : Plant, water, and feed your seedlings correctly to get a solid start -- Support your local tomato : Staking, tying, and the "Do I pinch?" question -- The garden doctor is out : Dealing with critters and other challenges in the tomato garden -- You didn't just pick that tomato...did you? : Waiting for the right moment to harvest your crop -- Let's eat! : Recipes and kitchen tips.
In this practical and fun guide, Tomatomania! owner Scott Daigre provides a peek into his Ojai, California, tomato patch and details a "reality gardening" approach to growing the world's favorite summer treat. Tomatomania! walks readers through every step of the tomato gardening process, from the earliest planning stages to those final satisfying kitchen table moments of the season.

The indestructible houseplant : 200 beautiful plants that everyone can grow

July 15, 2015
Martin, Tovah, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Photographs by Kindra Clineff"--Cover.
Growing houseplants in an imperfect, time-challenged world. Where I'm coming from ; You and your home ; Meet the indestructibles ; Tried and failed ; Indestructibles in your decor ; Work it ; Combining unkillables -- Gallery of indestructibles -- The details. Making it happen ; Mixing and matching ; Indestructible basics ; Houseplant calendar.

The woodland homestead : how to make your land more productive and live more self-sufficiently in the woods

July 15, 2015
McLeod, Brett, author.
x, 229 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Seeing the forest through the trees: how to unlock your woodlot's potential -- Tools and techniques for the homestead woodlot -- From stumps to greener pastures -- The coppice forest: one-stop shopping for fauna, fodder, fuel, and furniture -- From living fence to living barn -- Giving trees: fruit, honey, and syrup -- Understory crops: making the most of the forest floor.

How to start a home-based landscaping business

July 13, 2015
Dell, Owen E., author.
xi, 348 pages ; 26 cm.
So you think you want to be a landscaper? -- Getting started -- Writing a business plan -- Learning to live with record keeping -- Employees : a joy and a nuisance -- Getting work -- Bidding -- Finally you get to do some real work -- The long haul.

Smokejumper : a memoir by one of America's most select airborne firefighters

July 10, 2015
Ramos, Jason A.
New York, NY : William Morrow, 2015.
xxii, 233 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
An insider account of the high-risk world of elite wilderness firefighters who parachute into deep-wilderness fire zones reveals the unique skills that smokejumpers must employ to fight dangerous fires and stay alive.

Woman-powered farm : manual for a self-sufficient lifestyle from homestead to field

July 9, 2015
Levatino, Audrey, author.
343 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
A call to farm : a farm history of women -- Learning about farming : internships, classes, resources, neighbors, and associations -- Finding a farm : buying, leasing, and inheriting -- The healthy farmer : keeping your mind, body, and spirit safe, healthy, and happy -- Getting to know your farm from house to field -- Tools and techniques -- Growing on the farm -- Farm animals -- The farm as a business -- Farm education and farm schooling.

In & out of Paris : gardens of secret delights

June 30, 2015
Sardar, Zahid, author.
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, [2014]
261 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm

Highgrove : an English country garden

June 24, 2015
Charles, Prince of Wales, 1948-
New York : Rizzoli, 2015.
239 pages : color illustrations, map ; 30 cm.
Includes index.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson."

The plant lover's guide to ferns

June 16, 2015
Steffen, Richie.
250 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why we love ferns -- Designing with ferns -- Understanding ferns -- 140 ferns for the garden -- Growing and propagating.

The cannabis encyclopedia : the definitive guide to cultivation & consumption of medical marijuana

June 16, 2015
Cervantes, Jorge, author.
[Vancouver] : Van Patten Publishing, [2015].
594 pages : color illustrations, map ; 28 cm
Includes index.
A guide to the cultivation and consumption of medical marijuana.

The American woodland garden : capturing the spirit of the deciduous forest

June 11, 2015
Darke, Rick.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2002.
377 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm
Ch. 1. A Forest Aesthetic -- Ch. 2. Learning from a Woodland Stream -- Ch. 3. Designing the Woodland Garden -- Ch. 4. Planting and Maintaining the Woodland Garden -- Ch. 5. The Forest Palette -- USDA Hardiness Zone Map.
"The American Woodland Garden never strays from the realistic concerns of the everyday gardener. Information on planting, soils, and maintenance provides a firm foundation for horticultural accomplishment. An alphabetical listing of woodland plants offers useful advice for every garden, emphasizing native trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, sedges, and flowering perennials that fit the forest aesthetic. More than 700 of the author's stunning photographs show both the natural palette of plants in the wild and the effects that can be achieved with them in garden settings."--Jacket.

Growing the Midwest garden

June 4, 2015
Lyon, Ed, 1957- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, Inc., 2015.
315 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 297-298) index.
Acknowledging your roots: gardening in the Midwest -- Overcoming obstacles: cultural considerations -- More than prairie gardens: innovative garden design -- From abelia to yucca: a Midwest plant palette.

Grain of truth : the real case for and against wheat and gluten

June 3, 2015
Yafa, Stephen H., 1941- author.
New York, New York : Avery, [2015]
viii, 293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
What's up with wheat -- Gut issues -- The cracker man's cult -- Slick dough -- Seeds of change -- White gold -- Survival of the shortest -- The whole truth -- Flour power -- Mastering the $158 loaf -- Ancient wisdom -- Taking a stand -- Brainy pasta -- New York noodles -- Sins of omission -- The sourdough solution.
No topic in nutrition is more controversial than wheat. While some people suggest that wheat may be the new asbestos, Stephen Yafa finds that it has been wrongly demonised. His revealing book sets the record straight, breaking down the botany of the wheat plant we've hijacked for our own use, the science of nutrition and digestion, the effects of mass production on our health and questions about gluten and fibre - all to point us towards a better, richer diet.

The organic composting handbook : techniques for a healthy, abundant garden

May 26, 2015
Cummings, Dede, author.
xv, 166 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction -- What is composting? -- Why is composting important? -- Composting 101 -- Containers -- Urban composting -- What do you do with it? -- Timing is everything -- Composting is easy -- What goes in your pile, getting started, and troubleshooting -- How the science works -- Using what you make: starting a garden or donating to a community garden -- Success stories -- Don't worry! Your questions answered -- Going forward.
Great compost is one of the most important secrets of successful organic gardening. In this comprehensive guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about the various methods of composting and how to adapt them to your home and garden.

The ultimate book of vegetables : gardening, health, beauty, craft, cooking.

May 26, 2015
319 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Includes index.
A-Z of vegetables -- Grow your own -- Health and beauty -- Things you can make -- Cooking with vegetables.

The organic medicinal herb farmer : the ultimate guide to producing high-quality herbs on a market scale

May 21, 2015
Carpenter, Jeff, 1969- author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015.
xv, 394 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

The allergy-fighting garden : stop asthma and allergies with smart landscaping

May 21, 2015
Ogren, Thomas Leo.
Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, [2015]
viii, 247 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 22 cm.
Portions of this book were previously published in a different form in Allergy-free gardening in 2000 and in Safe sex in the garden in 2003.
Botanical sexism and our current allergy crisis -- How to fight allergies close to home -- Understanding plant sex and its importance in allergies -- Allergy-blocking hedges -- Eliminating allergy-causing mold spores -- Fighting allergies in your neighborhood and city -- Understanding OPALS -- Using the A to Z plant listings -- A to Z plant listings with opals allergy rankings.
If you are one of the millions of people with allergies or asthma, this totally unique book shows you how to avoid plants that trigger allergies and to create a garden that will actually protect you by trapping pollen and cleaning the air around you. This revolutionary approach combines the best of horticulturist Thomas Ogren's previous books - Allergy-Free Gardening and Safe Sex in the Garden - into a full-color guide, including hundreds of new and updated plant listings and photographs. Ogren's innovative system for combating allergens is based on the crucial matter of plant sex. By replacing troublesome male plants in your yard with pollen-blocking female "pollen screens," allergy sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms. More than 3,000 plant listings are included, accompanied by an easy-to-use allergy ranking scale of 1 to 10. With many new pollen-free plants to choose from, as well as clearly marked "worst offenders" to avoid, this is the ultimate resource for home gardeners and professionals alike who want to build healthy, safe, and beautiful gardens that everyone can enjoy--COVER.

Managing manure : how to store, compost, and use organic livestock wastes

May 21, 2015
Kopecky, Mark, author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2015].
107 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Includes index.
Characteristics of manure -- Storing and handling manure -- Spreading the wealth -- Rules, regulations, and marketing.
Anyone who raises livestock or keeps horses must deal with manure, and this concise guide shows you how to make it manageable, valuable, and even profitable. Expert Mark Kopecky thoroughly discusses the characteristics and nutrient content of the manure of various species. He then explains the fundamentals of storing, composting, and spreading manure and even how to handle and market certified-organic manure for fertilizer on organic farms.

Growing Christmas trees : select the right species, raise the best trees, market for the holidays

May 21, 2015
White, Patrick, 1973- author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2015].
123 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Includes index.
Getting started -- Enter the trees -- Planting and growing -- Shearing and pruning -- When things go wrong -- Sales strategies -- Time to harvest -- Wreaths and greens.
Grow beautiful Christmas trees sustainably on your small farm or in your backyard. As income supplement or outdoor hobby, the tradition of Christmas tree farming is both satisfying and practical and can make good use of fallow land. Grower Patrick White has built on and updated these techniques, pioneered by nurseryman and author Lewis hill, to guide the modern grower every stop of the way, from site selection to planting tips to sales strategies.--COVER.

Compost city : practical composting know-how for small-space living

May 18, 2015
Louie, Rebecca.
Boston, Massachusetts : Roost Books, 2015.
x, 209 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Composting: yes, you can because you will be wowed by compost's benefits and overcome your compost fears -- What is composting? or, how intimidating sciencey things become ludicrously accessible and interesting -- The very basic concepts behind making compost: surprise, it's not that much work! -- Outdoor composting: above ground systems, holding units, single and multistage bins, and tumblers wow you -- Outdoor composting: going underground, can you dig it? Trenches, digesters, and lasagna composting -- The wormderful world of indoor vermiculture: embrace the wordplay and get yourself some worms -- Bokashi fermentation: a pickle you want to get into -- Urban farmyard: so many compostable animal poops in the concrete jungle! -- Get organized! Community composting: there's no need to go solo -- Join the green party: eco-taining!: Much less creepy than hiring a clown.

From vines to wines : the complete guide to growing grapes and making your own wine

May 18, 2015
Cox, Jeff, 1940- author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2015]
253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine is covered in this classic guide. Fully illustrated instructions clearly show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build effective trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, age, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. This revised and updated second edition features all-new information on creating your own sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and dessert wines.

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