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"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." -Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading by
Call Number: 363.583 K855c / ACES
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
How to save money, time, and the environment-on the urban frontier. With The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly-and save money and time-in any urban environment. Expert urban homesteader Sundari Elizabeth Kraft shares her hands-on knowledge of- growing organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. This book has all the information required to become a successful urban homesteader in any city. Practical advice on everything from composting to clean energy. Sundari Elizabeth Kraft is an expert in urban homesteading.
Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community by
Call Number: 631.58 F663f / ACES
Publication Date: 2006-10-15
Gardening can be a political act. Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution-it all begins when we get our hands in the dirt. Food Not Lawns combines practical wisdom on ecological design and community-building with a fresh, green perspective on an age-old subject. Activist and urban gardener Heather Flores shares her nine-step permaculture design to help farmsteaders and city dwellers alike build fertile soil, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat in their own "paradise gardens." But Food Not Lawns doesn't begin and end in the seed bed. This joyful permaculture lifestyle manual inspires readers to apply the principles of the paradise garden-simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, mindfulness, and community-to all aspects of life. Plant "guerilla gardens" in barren intersections and medians; organize community meals; start a street theater troupe or host a local art swap; free your kitchen from refrigeration and enjoy truly fresh, nourishing foods from your own plot of land; work with children to create garden play spaces. Flores cares passionately about the damaged state of our environment and the ills of our throwaway society. In Food Not Lawns, she shows us how to reclaim the earth one garden at a time.
Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting by
Call Number: 635 R878f / ACES
Publication Date: 2008-11-05
Books on container gardening have been wildly popular with urban and suburban readers, but until now, there has been no comprehensive "how-to" guide for growing fresh food in the absence of open land. Fresh Food from Small Spaces fills the gap as a practical, comprehensive, and downright fun guide to growing food in small spaces. It provides readers with the knowledge and skills necessary to produce their own fresh vegetables, mushrooms, sprouts, and fermented foods as well as to raise bees and chickens-all without reliance on energy-intensive systems like indoor lighting and hydroponics. Readers will learn how to transform their balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, their countertops and storage lockers into commercial-quality sprout and mushroom farms, and their outside nooks and crannies into whatever they can imagine, including sustainable nurseries for honeybees and chickens. Free space for the city gardener might be no more than a cramped patio, balcony, rooftop, windowsill, hanging rafter, dark cabinet, garage, or storage area, but no space is too small or too dark to raise food. With this book as a guide, people living in apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and single-family homes will be able to grow up to 20 percent of their own fresh food using a combination of traditional gardening methods and space-saving techniques such as reflected lighting and container "terracing." Those with access to yards can produce even more. Author R. J. Ruppenthal worked on an organic vegetable farm in his youth, but his expertise in urban and indoor gardening has been hard-won through years of trial-and-error experience. In the small city homes where he has lived, often with no more than a balcony, windowsill, and countertop for gardening, Ruppenthal and his family have been able to eat at least some homegrown food 365 days per year. In an era of declining resources and environmental disruption, Ruppenthal shows that even urban dwellers can contribute to a rebirth of local, fresh foods.
The Front Yard Forager: Identifying, Collecting, and Cooking the 30 Most Common Urban Weeds in Urban North America by
Call Number: 632.50973 H433f / ACES
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
From the yard to the parking strip, in city parks or along municipal thoroughfares, food is abundant and free for the taking! - It doesn't get any more local than your own front yard! - Delicious and nutritious original recipes featuring horsetail, wild fennel, chickweed, and more - Many weeds pack a greater nutritional punch than store-bought vegetablesThe Front Yard Forager invites all of us to take control of our food by entering into the fun and delicious world of foraging.A concise field guide and recipe book, it showcases the 30 most readily found edible urban weeds. From dandelion to day lily, nipplewort to nettle, and pineapple weed to purslane there's a salad bowl full of fresh edibles just waiting to be collected and put to good use. Each plant profile features an easy-to-use field identification guide, including photographs, as well as where to find the plant and what to do with it in the kitchen. Recipes range from simple and classic to practically gourmet, while introductory chapters and sidebars cover the hows and whys of foraging: ethics, nutritional information, harvesting, precautions, and more. Written by Seattle's Melany Vorass, a longtime instructor of urban foraging, The Front Yard Forager brings DIY harvesting right to your door, making foraging easy, accessible, and fun for everyone - even in the middle of the city - or suburbia.
Gardening in Illinois by
Call Number: 635.09773 F589m / ACES
Publication Date: 2001-07-03
Do I prune my hydrangea in the fall or do I wait until early spring? When is it safe to put out tomatoes? Can I divide iris now? If you have ever asked yourself questions like these, Month-by-Month Gardening in Illinois is for you. Gardening is a journey, not a destination. The day-by-day gardening experiences - planting a few onion sets in the first warm afternoon of spring... the surprises - a purple crocus before the snow has even gone ... the satisfaction - fresh green beans on the dinner table, or tomatoes, bright and red, safely in quart jars ... these are the things that keep the gardener coming back year after year. Month-by-Month Gardening in Illinois is packed with information that explains what needs to be done and when it needs to be done in the Illinois garden. Topics include: The most effective planting techniques. How and when to prune. The best season for fertilizing your lawn. The differences between bare-root, container, and balled-and-burlapped plants. Eleven plant categories, including Annuals, Bulbs, Herbs, Vegetables, Houseplants, Lawns, Perennials, Roses, Shrubs, and Trees. Twelve monthly calendars for each plant category - 132 calendars in all! - that make is easy to find the proper gardening advice. Whatever your gardening interests or the time of year, you can take the guesswork and mystery out of gardening. You will become a more satisfied gardener ... and your garden will show it!
A Garden of One's Own: Making and Keeping Your Flower Garden by
Call Number: 635.9 B17G / ACES
Publication Date: 1994-06-01
A informative guide to gardening shares the author's personal approach to horticulture, discussing the art of plant selection, garden design, and color combinations and offering practical tips on seasonal gardening techniques.
Growing Beautiful Food: A Gardener's Guide to Cultivating Extraordinary Vegetables and Fruits by
Call Number: 635 B443g / ACES
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
With the paradigm shift toward local and homegrown food, gardeners and foodies have come to relish beautiful vegetable gardens and beautiful meals. Author Matthew Benson writes that beauty inspires behavior, and he believes that wecan andwill eat better, be healthier, and live more sustainably when we grow food that's visually enticing. Benson restored a time-worn gentleman's farm and operates a CSA on one small acre of the land, offering vegetables, orchard fruit, cut flowers, herbs, eggs, and honey from the property. His garden-to-table operation offers an edible feast of textures, colors, and aromas and has grown into a way to feed others, while pushing back against the industrial food system in a small but meaningful way. Growing Beautiful Food is both inspiration and instruction, with detailed growing advice for 50 remarkable crops, a memorable narrative, and evocative imagery. It's a photographic journey through four seasons in the garden, fueling the dream that you can connect to the land by growing your own food. Benson encourages us to start small like he did, celebrate every harvest, and understand that heartbreaking crop losses are simply part of the process. Whether gardeners, families, farmers, or chefs, readers will cometo the table motivated by the flavor of homegrown, the message of self sufficiency, and the beautiful food that's as local as their backyards.
The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens,Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More by
Call Number: 640 G274h / ACES
Publication Date: 2011-05-25
With the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it’s just as important to save money as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesn’t matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook can help you: * Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden. * Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing. * Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps. * Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita. * Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden. * Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system. * Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper. Experience the satisfaction that comes with self-sufficiency, as well as the assurance that you have done your part to help keep our planet green. The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land.
Illinois Gardener's Guide: The What, Where, When, How & Why of Gardening in Illinois by
Call Number: 635.9 F589i / ACES
Publication Date: 2001-07-03
Illinois Gardener's Guide offers state-specific information on the what, when, where, why and how of Illinois gardening rather than regional or national information other publications contain.
Making Wildflower Meadows by
Call Number: 635.96760941 L585m / ACES
Publication Date: 2003-05-01
Meadow-making helps preserve our fragile environment from further decline but it requires knowledge and skill to create a successful meadow. In this timely book, Pam Lewis's passion for traditional pasture management and the preservation of our native species of plants and her extensive meadow-making experience, are translated into an easy-to-read, informative and highly practical text on creating and preserving wildflower meadows - from the smallest garden meadow to large-scale field projects.
Call Number: 635.9676 L775m / ACES
Publication Date: 2004-06-15
In Meadows, Christopher Lloyd explores the development and management of established meadow areas, ways of starting from scratch in a garden setting, and the hundreds of beautiful grasses, bulbs, and colorful perennials that thrive in different conditions. Lloyd's own experimental prairie is a springboard to discussing North American prairies and the plants that provide swathes of color in late summer and interest into winter. Filled with hundreds of specially commissioned photographs, this book provides a captivating guide for anyone wishing to preserve pasture lands, cultivate native species, and attract wildlife.
The Skycourt and Skygarden: Greening the Urban Habitat by
Call Number: 711.4 P771s / ACES
Publication Date: 2014-02-19
Population increases, advances in technology and the continued trend towards inner-city migration have transformed the traditional city of spaces into the modern city of objects. This has necessitated alternative spatial and technological solutions to replenish those environments that were once so intrinsic to society's day-to-day interactions and communal activities. This book considers skycourts and skygardens as 'alternative social spaces' that form part of a broader multi-level urban infrastructure - seeking to make good the loss of open space within the built environment. Jason Pomeroy begins the discussion with the decline of the public realm, and how the semi-public realm has been incorporated into a spatial hierarchy that supports the primary figurative spaces on the ground or, in their absence, creates them in the sky. He then considers skycourts and skygardens in terms of the social, cultural, economic, environmental, technological and spatial benefits that they provide to the urban habitat. Pomeroy concludes by advocating a new hybrid that can harness the social characteristics of the public domain, but be placed within buildings as an alternative communal space for the 21st century. Using graphics and full colour images throughout, the author explores 40 current and forthcoming skycourt and skygarden projects from around the world, including the Shard (London), Marina Bay Sands (Singapore), the Shanghai Tower (China) and the Lotte Tower (South Korea).
Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening: Grow Like a Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well from Your Front (Or Back Or Side) Yard 100% Organic Produce Garden by
Call Number: 635.04 G378s / ACES
Publication Date: 2010-02-09
Are you tired of throwing away time, energy, and money on a perfectly manicured, water-guzzling, weed-producing lawn? Are you longing to feed your family in more healthful and eco-friendly ways but shocked by organic produce prices at the grocery store? Do you fantasize about growing your own food but hesitate to take on more than you can manage? nbsp; If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time for you to get down and dirty--and take the plunge that will please your taste buds and your pocket-book! In Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening, Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan will help you turn your sprawling suburban acreage or postage stamp-sized plot into a low-impact, all-organic, totally sustainable produce garden. nbsp; You'll learn about the most effective natural fertilizers, drought-resistant cultivation methods, pest-repellent companion plantings, trends in heirloom herb and vegetable varieties, and raised-bed techniques for achieving maximum productivity in a limited space. You can even add a cutting garden so you'll always have fresh flowers on a kitchen table that's groaning under the weight of incomparably fresh vegetables seasoned with a variety of home-grown herbs. nbsp; Whether you're filling a 10' x 10' sandbox or digging up your 3,000-square-foot tennis court, any yard has the potential to produce a multi-crop bonanza. And anyone with a little soil and a lot of heart can do it!
Urban and Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces by
Call Number: 635.9676 Z655u / ACES
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Urban and Suburban Meadows addresses the problems caused by the extensive planting of non-native grass lawns across America. In ignoring the environmental consequences of such landscape planning, ecosystems are being destroyed and replaced with chemically maintained monocultures. Author and photographer Catherine Zimmerman combines her expertise in photography, storytelling, environmental issues, horticulture and organic practices to offer meadowscaping as a lawn alternative. Zimmerman weaves her personal journey of changing her own landscaping choices into a guide that demonstrates both the need to change current detrimental landscaping practices and the practical knowhow and resources to accomplish that change. Four experts in meadow establishment lend their knowledge for site preparation, design, native plants, planting and maintenance. Plant lists and resource sections for nine regions across the United States provide local sources to assist the meadow creator in bringing diversity back to urban and suburban landscapes.
Woman-Powered Farm: Manual for a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle from Homestead to Field by
Call Number: 630 L575w / ACES
Publication Date: 2015-05-04
Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our own food, and connect with our agricultural past is being driven by women. They raise sheep for wool, harvest honey from their beehives, grow food for their families and sell their goods at farmers' markets. What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream? First, she needs this book. It may seem strange to suggest that women farmers need a different guide than male farmers, but women often have different strengths and goals, and different ways of achieving those goals. Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm and offers invaluable advice on how to get started, whether you have hundreds of acres or a simple lot for an urban community garden. Filled with personal anecdotes and stories from other women farmers, from old hands to brand new ones, from agricultural icons like Temple Grandin, to her own sister, this book is a reassuring and inspirational guide that discusses: Should you do an internship or jump right in? How to find a farm or how to handle one that you’ve inherited Best practices for selling at the farmer’s market and how to sell your goods locally Farmhouse chores and how to get them done right How to handle large power tools, including a chainsaw Planning and growing an organic farm garden Incorporating animals as part of a farm ecosystem Where to get started if you want to farm-school your kids Tips for keeping your mind, body and spirit healthy while undertaking the demanding nature of farm work It's all here, in the same warm and friendly voice that readers embraced in The Joy of Hobby Farming. Full-color photography throughout provides step-by-step instructions for anything you’ll need to do on your farm.