New Arrivals · Gardening

October 10, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Gardenlust : a botanical tour of the world's best new gardens

October 9, 2018
Woods, Christopher, 1953- author.
©2018
414 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A pictorial tour of the world's most innovative new gardens includes the Tree Museum in Rapperswill, Switzerland; the Aloe Farm in Hartbeespoort, South Africa; Ichiyaga Forest in Tokyo, Japan; and Mordecai Children's Garden in Denver, Colorado.

Dahlias

October 3, 2018
Slade, Naomi, author.
©2018
236 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
First published in the United Kingdom in 2018 by Pavilion.
The history and botany of dahlias -- Romantic -- Fabulous and funky -- Dramatic and daring --Classic and elegant -- Growing and care.
The dahlia is a fabulous cutting flower for the home garden. Cut one bloom, and ten more appear on the plant. Blooming late summer to the first frost of autumn, this native of Mexico provides explosions of color in home gardens.

The urban farmer : growing food for profit on leased and borrowed land

October 3, 2018
Stone, Curtis, 1979- author.
©2016
xxii, 265 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Foreword / Diego Footer -- A Farm in the City. Why urban farming ; Connecting the dots : an urban farmer's place in the community ; Quick breakdown of economics -- A Viable Farming Business on 1/2 Acre or Less. The zones of your farm and your life ; Crops better suited for the city ; Introduction to urban infrastructure ; Start-up farm models -- The Business of Urban Farming. Starting small ; Market streams ; Working with chefs ; Labor ; Software and organization ; Self-promotion ; Finance options -- Finding the Right Site. Scouting for land ; Urban, suburban and peri-urban land ; Multiple or single-plot farming ; Urban soil ; Land agreements and leases ; Urban pests -- Building Your Farm, One Site at a Time. Turning a lawn into a farm plot ; Choosing a site ; Garden layout ; The perimeter ; Irrigation -- Infrastructure and Equipment. Base of operations ; Tools ; Special growing areas ; Inexpensive season extension ; Transportation -- Operations. Work smarter not harder ; Harvesting ; Post-harvest processing ; Portioning and packing -- Production Systems. Beds for production ; Planting ; Microgreens ; Extending the season -- Basic Crop Planning. Determine your outcome ; The base plan -- Crops for the Urban Farmer. Parting words.
"There are 43 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost--but they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. With only a small capital investment, and without the need to own land, you can become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer will help you learn the crops, techniques, and business strategies you need to make a good living growing food intensively right in your own backyard. Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable business model, The Urban Farmer is your guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production, and making a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's)"--Back cover.

River, reaper, rail : agriculture and identity in Ohio's Mad River Valley, 1795-1885

October 1, 2018
Thoresen, Timothy H. H. (Timothy Hans Hale), 1944- author.
Akron, Ohio : The University of Akron Press, 2018.
xi, 279 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.

A song for the river

September 17, 2018
Connors, Philip, author.
©2018
227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A prayer to the raven -- A hummingbird's kiss -- Birthday for the next forest -- The navel of the world -- A song for the river -- Catechism for a fire lookout.
"From one of the last working fire lookouts comes this sequel to the award-winning Fire Season--a story of calamity and resilience in the world's first Wilderness.A dozen years into his dream job keeping watch over the Gila National Forest of New Mexico, Philip Connors bore witness to the blaze he had always feared: a megafire that forced him off his mountain by helicopter, and forever changed the forest and watershed he loved. It was one of many transformations that arrived in quick succession, not just fire and flood, but the death of a fellow lookout in a freak accident and a tragic plane crash that rocked the community he called home. Beginning as an elegy for a friend he cherished like a brother, A Song for the River opens into a chorus of voices singing in celebration of a landscape redolent with meaning--and the river that runs through it, whose waters are threatened by a potential dam. The ways of water and the ways of fire, the lines tragedy carves on a life, the persistent renewal of green shoots sprouting from ash: these are the subjects of A Song for the River. Its argument on behalf of things wild and free could not be more timely; the goal is nothing less than permanent protection for that rarest of things in the American West, a free-flowing river--the sinuous and gorgeous Gila."--Amazon

The self-sufficient life and how to live it

September 5, 2018
Seymour, John, 1914-2004, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2018.
408 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"All material in this book is taken from "The New Complete Book of Self-Suffiency" and "The New Self-Suffient Gardener"--Colophon.
Describes how to live in harmony with the planet independently, and presents information on raising crops and livestock, making homemade food staples and household items, and using natural forms of energy.

Seasons at the farm : year-round celebrations at the Elliott homestead

August 14, 2018
Elliott, Shaye, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2018]
xix, 275 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.

Backyard homesteading

August 14, 2018
Toht, David, author.
Mount Joy, PA : Creative Homeowner, [2018]
311 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Getting started -- Raising vegetables and herbs -- Growing fruits, berries, and nuts -- Raising chickens -- Raising goats -- Beekeeping -- Harvest home.
"Teaches readers how to raise and process their own homemade food and other goods, from vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees to eggs, goat milk, and soap. Includes tips for designing homesteads and building simple backyard projects"--Provided by publisher.

Hypertufa containers : creating and planting an alpine trough garden

August 7, 2018
Chips, Lori, author.
©2018
224 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Getting enchanted -- The mechanics of trough making -- The art of trough making: sand molds -- Soil for troughs -- Planting your trough -- Placing troughs in the garden -- Genuine tufa rock and how to use it -- Plants appropriate for troughs -- Planting styles -- Assorted wisdoms.

Bring the outside in : the essential guide to cacti, succulents, planters and terrariums

July 30, 2018
Bradley, Valerie, author.
London : Bantam Press, 2016.
62 pages : color illistrations ; 19 cm
With stunning photography and expert step-by-step tips, Bring The Outside In reveals everything you need to know to help your plants thrive, from dramatic statement foliage and miniature citrus trees to table-top terrariums and hanging planters. With chapters on orchids, cacti, herb gardens and chilli plants, your home will be flourishing in no time.

The book of seeds : a life-size guide to six hundred species from around the world

July 10, 2018
©2018
656 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Includes indexes.
What is a seed? -- How did seed plants evolve? -- Seeds & humans -- Seed conservation -- Plant diversity & why it matters -- Seed-bearing plants -- Cycadophyta -- Ginkophyta & gnetophyta -- Pinophyta -- Magnoliophyta.
"The Book of Seeds takes readers through six hundred of the world's seed species, revealing their extraordinary beauty and rich diversity. Each page pairs a beautifully composed photo of a seed -- life-size, and, in some cases, enlarged to display fine detail-- with a short description, a map showing distribution, and information on conservation status. The whole spectrum of seeds is covered here. There are prolific species like corn and less widely distributed species, like the brilliant blue seeds of the traveler's palm or the bird of paradise flower, aptly named for its distinctive orange coiffure. There are tiny seeds and seeds weighing up to forty pounds. And while seeds in all their shapes, sizes, and colors grant us sustenance, there are even some we would be wise to treat with caution, such as the rosary pea, whose seeds are considered more toxic than ricin."--Dust jacket.

Science and sustainable agriculture

July 10, 2018
Netzley, Patricia D., author.
©2018
80 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Science and the sustainability movement -- Promoting biodiversity -- Fighting pests -- Livestock practices -- Sustainable agriculture and climate.
Sustainable agriculture is essential to meeting the future food needs of a growing global population while also keeping the planet healthy. Toward that end, scientists are working to develop new tools and technologies for combatting pests, promoting biodiversity, and enhancing other sustainable agricultural practices.

Charleston : city of gardens

July 9, 2018
Cameron, Louisa Pringle, 1953- author.
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2018]
xiii, 162 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans ; 32 cm

The guide to humane critter control : natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard and garden

July 3, 2018
Rooney, Theresa, 1959- author.
©2017
143 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Identifying pests -- A healthy garden repels pests -- Selecting effective products and methods for pest control -- Attracting beneficial insects and animals -- Organic insect control -- Organic and humane animal control -- Organic and humane control for pets and human pests.
"It takes a lot of work and a fair amount of money to grow a garden, and a top fear of every gardener is having their investment wiped out by deer, rabbits, and insect invaders. The Guide to Humane Critter Control is filled with clever ways to be proactive and stop pests from feasting on the bounty you've been working on all season. The Guide to Humane Critter Control shows many ways to incorporate protective barriers without ruining your sight lines, outsmart the invaders using insect behavior, use scent to your advantage, and more. With methods and products that are not only kind to wildlife and insects but also healthier for children and pets, this is the blueprint for creating a safe backyard for play, beauty, and healthy fresh-grown foods."--Amazon.com.

The foodscape revolution : finding a better way to make space for food and beauty in your garden

June 28, 2018
Arthur, Brie, author.
Pittsburgh, PA : St. Lynns Press, 2017.
189 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
The model. Anatomy of a foodscape ; Creating a foodscape framework : the ornamentals ; Just add edibles ; What to plant : veggies & herbs ; What to plant : fruits, nuts, berries & grains ; Foodscape basic care & maintenance -- Foodscaping projects. Foodie fire pit ; Property screen meadow ; Edible neighborhood entryway ; Patio pots ; Alternative growing systems -- Yard to table. Harvesting, preserving & processing ; Recipes ; a few last words.
"Once upon a time, veggie gardens lived in the backyard, isolated from the rest of the landscape. that's so yesterday! Welcome to a whole new world of food gardening--right up front, sharing space with your ornamental plants for year-round, knockout beauty and function ... in a way that even homeowners associations (HOAs) would approve."--Back cover.

Harvest your own lumber : how to fell, saw, dry and mill wood

June 28, 2018
English, John, 1959-
Fresno, CA : Linden Publishing, [2015]
viii, 131 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Tasting the past : the science of flavor and the search for the original wine grapes

June 18, 2018
Begos, Kevin (Kevin Paul), author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A mysterious wine -- Archaeobiology and ancient wine -- Cremisan -- Israel's forgotten grapes -- The wine scientist -- Flavor, taste, and money -- The Caucasus -- Yeast, co-evolution, and wasps -- Aphrodite, women, and wine -- Goliath, foraging, and an answer -- Italy, Leonardo, and natural wine -- Wine and foie gras -- The science of terroir -- Coming home, and Israel's wine -- American wine grapes -- The dark side of wine science -- Grapetionary -- The first grapes, and tasting the past.
"When journalist Kevin Begos sets out to discover the origins of wine, he finds a whole world of forgotten grapes and meets the archaeologists, chemists, and botanists who are deciphering wine down to molecules of flavor"-- Provided by publisher.

Walled gardens

June 5, 2018
Hudson, Jules, 1970- author.
©2018
239 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm.
"For centuries, walled gardens have provided a wealth of food, fruit and flowers for our great houses. Beginning as simple medieval enclosures, they evolved into powerful status symbols and centres of world-class horticultural expertise. Discover the features that define great walled kitchen gardens, and which also provide an invaluable template for those that await restoration. From fairytale enclosure of Knightshayes in Devon to the garden that Churchill built by hand at Chartwell in Kent, from the recently revived garden at Blickling in Norfolk to the atmospheric ruins at Plas Newydd in North Wales, this book is the perfect guide for anyone who shares a fascination for these unique and enchanting spaces"--from Back cover.

The ever curious gardener : using a little natural science for a much better garden

June 4, 2018
Reich, Lee, author.
Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2018]
xv, 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Propagation and planting -- Soil -- Flowering and fruiting -- Stems and leaves -- Organizations -- Stress -- Senses -- Epilogue : The scientific method.
"The Ever Curious Gardener is an irreverent romp through the natural science of plants and soil, ideal for gardeners moving beyond back-of-the-seed-pack planting to those whose curiosity about the science "behind the scenes" grows deeper and stronger with each season. Acclaimed gardener, scientist, and author Lee Reich offers both eye-opening insight and practical guidance on growing a much better garden."--Provided by publisher.

Organic gardening : the natural no-dig way

June 1, 2018
Dowding, Charles.
Totnes, Devon : Green, 2013.
239 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Previous edition: 2010.
In Organic Gardening Charles Dowding shares the philosophy, tips and techniques that have enabled him to run a successful organic garden supplying local restaurants and shops for over 25 years. Forget the 'received wisdom' about gardening. Observe what is going on in the soil and with your plants, in your own garden and climate.

Miniature terrariums

May 30, 2018
Fourwords (Firm), contributing body.
©2018.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
What is a terrarium? -- Making a terrarium -- Wetland plants -- Air plants -- Arid zone plants -- Mixed terrariums -- Catalog of succulents -- Catalog of air plants -- Moss and other wetland plants.
Terrarium gardening offers unlimited gardening possibilities, even when space is limited. Although terrariums have been around since Victorian times, Japanese garden design has perfected the art form with a modern and minimalist twist. The container gardening trend fits well with the small-space living concept refined in Japan and elsewhere.

The man who climbs trees

May 23, 2018
Aldred, James (Tree climber), author.
©2017
xxiii, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Goliath: England, 1859, 1991, 1994 -- Tumparak: Borneo, 1998 -- Apollo: The Congo, 1999 -- Tree of Life: Costa Rica, 2001 -- Castaña: Peru, 2003-2004 -- Roaring Meg: Australia, 2008 -- Ebana: Gabon, 2008 -- Kayu Besi: Papua, 2009 -- Fortaleza: Venezuela, 1987, 2010 -- Idyll: Morocco, 2013 -- New Forest: England, 2017.
Meet the man who climbs trees for a living. Whether he's scouting out the perfect canopy shot for the BBC, or just looking for a little fun, James Aldred has climbed scores of behemoth trees. In this adventure memoir, Aldred carries us with him across the globe and up to the top of these towering forest titans as he recalls his most memorable encounters with trees and their inhabitants.--Provided by publisher.

Happy cactus : cacti, succulents, and more

May 21, 2018
London : Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2018.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.
Myth-busting -- Choose it -- Choose a pot -- Plant & position it -- Water & feed it -- Repot it -- Share it -- Pests & diseases.
"Have you just joined the cactus craze? Do you want to know how to make your little bundle of spikes thrive, flower and breed? This quirky pocket-sized book is your essential guide to pleasing your prickly pet. Your cactus may be surviving, but is it happy? There's so much more to these little green plants than just keeping them alive. Happy Cactus gets right to the point with practical advice from potting to propagating. Unearth the secrets of different cacti and succulents, with profiles on more than 50 popular varieties - from the cute, flowering pincushion cactus to the wacky prickly pear, discover what makes your plant unique and how it might behave when treated with a little bit of love. Find out where to put it, when to water it, what to feed it, what to look out for and how to encourage its distinctive traits, from flower stalks to fast growth. Flick through inspirational features to help you create a show-stopping cactus display. Whether you're a young urbanite seeking a stylish houseplant for your flat but struggling to keep more temperamental plants alive, or a green-fingered cactus enthusiast determined to get your precious plant to grow and flower this year, Happy Cactus is here to answer all your questions." -- Provided by publisher.

The permaculture market garden : a visual guide to a profitable whole-systems farm business

May 18, 2018
Loeks, Zach, 1985- author.
©2017
xiii, 273 pages : colour illustrations, colour portrait ; 26 cm.
"Foreword by Joel Salatin"--Cover.
Farm ecosystem -- Earth systems and natural science -- Ecosystem services -- Whole farm mapping -- Why map your farm? -- Holistic planning -- Defining the whole and making a holistic goal -- Holistic budgeting for profit resilience -- Guild enterprise production -- Design management -- Why design? -- Design management -- Our permabed system -- The permabed system -- Permabed principles -- Layout and land preparation -- Organized garden patterning -- Guild crop production -- Guild crop designs -- Perma investment.
"Author Zach Loeks brings together his passion for sustainable permaculture food production systems and beautiful, vibrant illustrations to provide a highly visual guide to the smooth integration of permaculture into the market garden, without use of major equipment or operation changes. Profiling crops and ecosystem-based systems, Loeks demonstrates a profitable, sustainable and approachable model for the future of market gardening."-- Provided by publisher.

A tapestry garden : the art of weaving plants and place

May 8, 2018
O'Byrne, Marietta, author.
©2018
263 pages ; 27 cm
Beginnings -- The vegetable and fruit garden -- The shade garden -- Across the creek and into the woods -- The long shady border -- Musings from the kitchen window -- Life around the goldfish pond -- The rockeries and alpine troughs -- The perennial borders -- High summer in the perennial borders -- The chaparral garden -- The conifer and heather garden -- The glory of the autumn and winter garden -- Caring for the garden.

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