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Gardening Books II

The Secret Teachings of Plants By Stephen Harrod Buhner
The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature

Reveals the use of direct perception in understanding Nature, medicinal plants, and the healing of human disease

• Explores the techniques used by indigenous and Western peoples to learn directly from the plants themselves, including those of Henry David Thoreau, Goethe, and Masanobu Fukuoka, author of The One Straw Revolution

• Contains leading-edge information on the heart as an organ of perception

All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings--the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart’s ability as an organ of perception is developed.

Author Stephen Harrod Buhner explores this second mode of perception in great detail through the work of numerous remarkable people, from Luther Burbank, who cultivated the majority of food plants we now take for granted, to the great German poet and scientist Goethe and his studies of the metamorphosis of plants. Buhner explores the commonalities among these individuals in their approach to learning from the plant world and outlines the specific steps involved. Readers will gain the tools necessary to gather information directly from the heart of Nature, to directly learn the medicinal uses of plants, to engage in diagnosis of disease, and to understand the soul-making process that such deep connection with the world engenders.

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The Lost Language of Plants: by Stephen Harrod Buhner
The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth

This could be the most important book you will read this year. It is referred to as the "pharmaceutical Silent Spring." Well-known author, teacher, lecturer, and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner has produced a book that is certain to generate controversy. It consists of three parts:

I. A critique of technological medicine, and especially the dangers to the environment posed by pharmaceuticals and other synthetic substances that people use in connection with health care and personal body care.
II. A new look at Gaia Theory, including an explanation that plants are the original chemistries of Gaia and those phytochemistries are the fundamental communications network for the Earth's ecosystems.
III. Extensive documentation of how plants communicate their healing qualities to humans and other animals. Western culture has obliterated most people's capacity to perceive these messages, but this book also contains valuable information on how we can restore our faculties of perception.

The book will affect readers on rational and emotional planes. While some of the author's claims may strike traditional thinkers as outlandish, Buhner presents his arguments with such authority and documentation that the scientific underpinnings, however unconventional, are completely credible.

The overall impact is a powerful, eye-opening expos' of the threat that our allopathic Western medical system, in combination with our unquestioning faith in science and technology, poses to the primary life-support systems of the planet. At a time when we are preoccupied with the terrorist attacks and the possibility of biological warfare, perhaps it is time to listen to the planet. This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the state of the environment, the state of health care, and our cultural sanity.

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Herbal Antibiotics
Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria
by Stephen Harrod Buhner
144 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim size, illustrations throughout.

More and more infections can be attributed to drug-resistant bacteria; learn how to protect your health with herbs!

The era of the penicillin miracle is over. Through our indiscriminate use of pharmaceutical antibiotics in hospitals and factory farms, humans have created “Superbugs” - - - tenacious and virulent bacteria that develop resistance to solitary antibiotic compounds at an alarming speed.

In this empowering book you will learn with conclusive evidence that plant medicines, with their complex mix of multiple antibiotic compounds, are remarkably effective against drug-resistant bacteria. You will learn how antibiotic herbs such as aloe, garlic, and grapefruit seed extract represent our best defense against bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella - - -and how their use will ensure that, in the future, antibiotic drugs will still be there when we really need them.

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Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition

Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Antibiotic-resistant infections are alarmingly on the rise, and many people are looking for
sound information on herbal alternatives to standard antibiotics. In this indispensable
reference, herbal expert Stephen Harrod Buhner explains the roots of antibiotic resistance,
explores the value of herbal treatments, and provides in-depth profiles of 30 valuable herbs,
noting for each one its antibiotic properties, methods for collection and preparation,
dosages, potential side effects, contraindications, and alternatives. As we prepare for the
end of antibiotics, this comprehensive guide is a must-have in every family's medicine

* In-depth profiles of the most effective herbs
* Comprehensive review of scientific research
* Extensive medicine-making instructions
* 200 tincture ratios

•Pages: 480
•Size: 6 x 9
•Color: Two-color; Illustrations throughout

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Stephen Harrod Buhner
is the author of nine works of nonfiction and one book of poetry, including the award-winning The Lost Language of Plants and Sacred Plant Medicine.

Sproutman Sprout Chart

One Week from Seed to Salad...A field guide to growing and eating sprouts. Just turn the wheel and dial up your favorite sprout. Includes growing information, taste, usage, harvest times, recipes, plus 37 photos. Hangs on a hook.

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Secrets of Plant Propagation by Lewis Hill

Starting Your Own Flowers, Vegetables, Fruits, Berries, Shrubs, Trees, and Houseplants.

Learn the techniques of successful plant propogation and avoid mistakes and disappointments with expert advice from Lewis Hill. Grow beautiful, bountiful, healthy plants - and save money in the process!

Lewis Hill

Lewis Hill has been a nurseryman for more than 55 years. He is the author of 15 books (half written in colaboration with is wife, Nancy Hill) that total more than 600,000 copies in print. Lewis's Secrets of Plant Propagation was selected by American Horticultural Society as one of its choices for the "75 Great Garden Books". The Hills live in Vermont, where Lewis's family has been living and farming for 200 years.

176 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 trim size softback, illustrations throughout.

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Successful Small-Scale Farming

An Organic Approach

by Karl Schwenke

144 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 trim size, illustrations throughout.

This inspiring handbook introduces the small farm owner to both the harsh realities and the real potential involved in making full- or part-time living on the land.

Karl Schwenke

Husband-and-wife author team Karl and Sue Schwenke live on a farm in Vermont, where they have raised strawberries, pigs, and hay among other crops. Sue is a teacher and Karl has been a professioanl writer for more than 30 years. Together, this couple has written the book Build Your Own Stone House and Karl wrote the Storey title Successful Small-Scale Farming. His other work includes Sierra North and Sierra South from Wilderness Press, an organization in Berkeley, California, that he co-founded after graduating from college. Karl has also written In a Pig's Eye (Chelsea Green Publishing).

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Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way by Charles Dowding

Based on his experience of a system of permanent slightly-raised beds, author Charles Dowding takes you through a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases. Organic Gardening includes recipes to inspire you to culinary heights with your fresh-picked produce.

Dowding shares his philosophy, tips, and techniques that have enabled him to run a successful organic garden that has supplied local restaurants and shops for 25 years.

Encouraging readers to forget the rules, Dowding suggests gardeners will better understand what is going on in your soil, plants, garden, and climate when you develop your own methods of gardening. Most radically, Dowding illustrates a method for ensuring that you never need to till your soil again, instead relying upon the natural balance that comes with respecting life, spreading good compost, and allowing worms to play a key role in your maintenance.

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About the Author

Charles Dowding has not dug, except to clear perennial weeds and turf, for twenty-five years. He started growing organic vegetables commercially in 1982 and has farmed in Somerset and France and had a program of Gardener’s World devoted to his farm. He lives in Shepton Montague, Somerset.

Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad

Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

Ross Conrad; Illustrations by Elayne Sears
Long-term solutions for healthy beehives.

Book Description
The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management.

Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive here in one book. Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Conrad’s reservoir of knowledge comes from years of experience and a far-flung community of fellow beekeepers who are all interested in ecologically sustainable apiculture. Specific concepts and detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy to implement way.

Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations to improve the quality of hive products, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an Integrated Pest Management approach or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.

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About the Author
Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad has written numerous articles on organic farming, natural healing, and health issues. His market-garden business supplies local stores with fruits, vegetables, and honey. Gary Paul Nabhan has been the founder of the Forgotten Pollinators campaign, the Migratory Pollinators Project, and the Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) consortium. He is co-author or editor of The Forgotten Pollinators, Conserving Migratory Pollinators and Nectar Corridors in Western North America, and Coming Home to Eat.

Don’t Throw It, Grow It!

68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson

Paperback - 160 Pages
Size: 6 1/2 x 7 1/2
Color with Illustrations throughout

Pits, seeds and roots that might be headed for the wastebasket or the compost pile can turn into potted plants, some of which eventually turn up on your plate. From carrots to cherimoya, give it a whirl, or think of this as summer fun for the kids.

The book is enhanced with beautiful illustrations, and its at-a-glance format makes it a quick and easy reference. Best of all, every featured plant can be grown in a kitchen, making this handy guide a must-have for avid gardeners and apartment-dwellers alike.

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Gardening When It Counts
Growing Food in Hard Times
By Steve Solomon

The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering.

Currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods are largely inappropriate to this new circumstance. Crowded raised beds require high inputs of water, fertility and organic matter, and demand large amounts of human time and effort. But, except for labor, these inputs depend on the price of oil. Prior to the 1970s, North American home food growing used more land with less labor, with wider plant spacing, with less or no irrigation, and all done with sharp hand tools. But these sustainable systems have been largely forgotten. Gardening When It Counts helps readers rediscover traditional low-input gardening methods to produce healthy food.

Designed for readers with no experience and applicable to most areas in the English-speaking world except the tropics and hot deserts, this book shows that any family with access to 3-5,000 sq. ft. of garden land can halve their food costs using a growing system requiring just the odd bucketful of household waste water, perhaps two hundred dollars worth of hand tools, and about the same amount spent on supplies - working an average of two hours a day during the growing season.

Paperback - 360 pages

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A Year On The Garden Path
A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide
By Carolyn Herriot

Full of seasonally-relevant, practical information, this easy-to-follow, weekly gardening guide can be picked up any day of the year to explain what's happening in the garden and your role in creating a beautiful, healthy ornamental landscape and food garden. An indispensable guide, full of helpful tips and recipes, this highly illustrated book covers everything from soil building to pruning to four-season food growing and seed saving.

About the Author:
Carolyn Herriot has operated The Garden Path Organic Nursery since 1989. She is a passionate and inspiring organic gardener, who writes for magazines and co-hosts two gardening shows on Global and CHTV.

Paperback - 176 pages

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Grow Your Own Pharmacy by Linda Gray
182 pages, paperback

How to supply all your vitamin and mineral needs from healthy fruit and vegetables.

You do not need vitamin and mineral supplements for good nutrition! By following the advice in this book the reader will learn how to grow the fruit and vegetables necessary to provide the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body, mind and spirit. Recommended daily vitamin requirements are listed, with charts showing, at a glance, which foods are required to supply the reader's daily requirements.

Included in the book are:

* Clear instructions on planning, planting, growing and harvesting the fruits, vegetables and herbs required for a healthy vitamin intake.

* Recipes and menus to help the reader incorporate the fruit and vegetables they have grown into their daily diet.

* An alphabetical listing of 13 herbs and their uses in treating common ailments.

* A list of edible flowers and their vitamin content.

Grow Your Own Pharmacy is a valuable tool to guide the reader through the mountain of available health information on their daily vitamin and mineral needs in an easy-to-read way, enabling the reader to start growing the produce they need for a healthy lifestyle.

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The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects
39 Essentials to Increase the Bounty and Beauty of Your Garden

Make your food garden more productive and more enjoyable! These 39 simple-to-make projects — including cold frames, compost bins, planters, raised beds, potting benches, gates, trellises, storage containers, outdoor furniture, and more — will increase your harvest, make your garden chores easier, and turn your garden and yard into an appealing outdoor space for relaxing and enjoying the fruits of your labors. Each project includes step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, complete materials and lumber lists, no-nonsense tips, and a four-color photograph of the finished product. Many of the projects are ideal for beginners, and most can be completed in just a few hours.

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Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists by Katherine Leiner

Foreword by Deborah Madison

Paperback 8” x 10” - 320 pages - Full-color photos throughout

Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists is about a new revolution in food that involves young people who are living sustainable lives that revolve around healthy, natural food. The book introduces us to farmers and beekeepers, fishermen and chefs, food activists and cheese mongers, and many, many more. We meet these fascinating young people from all across the nation through first-person profiles, along with brilliant photographs and delicious, simple recipes. They talk about raising grass-fed beef, lamb, and pork; growing vegetables and grains; keeping bees and making cheese; and their restaurants and their markets. Included are filmmakers, writers, and artists who change the way we look at what we eat and where our food comes from. In their profiles we learn how these young people got to where they are today, their backgrounds, their education, and their passionate relationship to food.

The author's through-line gives us a glimpse of her own journey with food, through her own childhood, raising children, and becoming an empty-nester. Growing Roots is about relationships and how food figures in those relationships. It is for everyone who is interested in learning about this new iteration of the food movement and the folks involved, whether you'd like to figure out how to do it for yourself, or just love reading about it. The photos are beautiful, the narrative lively, and the recipes simple and delicious. A must-read for all ages and a wonderful addition to the food-lover's bookshelf.

Video trailer for Growing Roots is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNlSOk8VcP8&feature=player_embedded

“Growing Roots introduces us to a few dozen young food pioneers through their words and, even more usefully, their recipes. Think of it as a community cookbook for the food movement.” —Michael Pollan

“Seeing the publication of Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists fills me with hope. It was not so long ago we feared there wouldn’t be enough individuals to fill a book like this, let alone the incredible movement of young sustainable farmers, cooks, and activists who are spreading exponentially across the nation. Katherine Leiner has compiled a wonderful anthology of revolutionary individuals who continue to push for the holistic change we need to see in the food system." —Alice Waters

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The Resilient Gardener
Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times
by Carol Deppe

In this book you’ll learn how to:

* Garden in an era of unpredictable weather and climate change
* Grow, store, and use more of your own staple crops
* Garden efficiently and comfortably (even if you have a bad back)
* Grow, store, and cook different varieties of potatoes and save your own potato seed
* Grow the right varieties of corn to make your own gourmet-quality fast-cooking polenta, cornbread, parched corn, corn cakes, pancakes and even savory corn gravy
* Make whole-grain, corn-based breads and cakes using the author’s original gluten-free recipes involving no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products
* Grow and use pop beans and other grain legumes
* Grow, store, and use summer, winter, and drying squash
* Keep a home laying flock of ducks or chickens; integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed.

The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on gardening book, and is suitable for gardeners at all levels of experience. Resilience here is broadly conceived and encompasses a full range of problems, from personal hard times such as injuries, family crises, financial problems, health problems, and special dietary needs (gluten intolerance, food allergies, carbohydrate sensitivity, and a need for weight control) to serious regional and global disasters and climate change. It is a supremely optimistic as well as realistic book about how resilient gardeners and their gardens can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive and thrive through everything that comes their way — from tomorrow through the next thousand years.

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Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten

Straw Bale Gardening is simply a different type of container gardening. The main difference is that the container is the straw bale itself and is held together with two or three strings. Once the straw inside the bale begins to decay the straw becomes "conditioned" compost that creates an extraordinary plant rooting environment. Getting the straw bales conditioned is an essential part of the process, and should be started two weeks prior to your target planting date wherever you are located. This gardening technique works well anywhere in the country or the world for that matter.

Karsten's step-by-step guide offers all the information you need to make your own straw bale garden today. In this lushly photographed volume, Karsten shares all of the secrets he has developed over years of teaching eager students the miracle of Straw Bale Gardening. You'll learn how to locate and choose straw bales, then how to condition and plant them for the earliest possible start. You'll master Karsten's methods for combating plant pests and maximizing space by applying the principles of vertical gardening to his straw bales. Whether it's seedlings or seeds, veggies or flowers, there is practically no limit to the plant varieties that will prosper in a Straw Bale Garden—and with Karsten's breakthrough gardening guide, you can do it all yourself.

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