Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach

Natural Solutions for Better Gardens & Yards

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Author: Elizabeth Murphy

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 1627886125

Category: Gardening

Page: 200

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This is your down-to-earth, complete manual for achieving great gardening results with your own rich, organic soil! How do you recognize healthy soil? How much can your existing soil be improved? What are the best amendments to use for your soil? Let Building Soil answer your questions and be your guide on gardening from the ground up! Fertilizing, tilling, weed management, and irrigation all affect the quality of your soil. Using author Elizabeth Murphy's detailed instructions, anyone can become a successful soil-based gardener, whether you want to start a garden from scratch or improve an existing garden. If you want methods that won't break your back, are good for the environment, and create high-yielding and beautiful gardens of all shapes and sizes, this is the book for you! Create classic landscape gardens, grow a high-yielding orchard, nurture naturally beautiful lawns, raise your household veggies, or run a profitable farm. A soil-based approach allows you to see not just the plants, but the living system that grows them. Soil-building practices promote more ecologically friendly gardening by reducing fertilizer and pesticide use, sequestering greenhouse gases, and increasing overall garden productivity. Building Soil is a simple book full of practical, up-to-date information about building healthy soils. Simple methods perfect for the home gardener's use put healthy, organic soil within everyone's reach. You don't need a degree in soil management to understand this book; you only need a yard or garden and the desire to improve it at the most basic level.

Square Foot Gardening High-Value Veggies

Homegrown Produce Ranked by Value

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Author: Mel Bartholomew

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1591866685

Category: Gardening

Page: 128

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Calculate the return on investment for your vegetable garden and get the most bang for your gardening bucks! Get the most return on investment from your garden by calculating which vegetables, fruits, and herbs give the highest payback. To make the selection process of what to grow easy, Mel Bartholomew--author of the best-selling Square Foot Gardening--has a new book to maximize your garden's ROI. High-Value Veggies is an easy-to-use reference book helping gardeners choose edibles that make the most financial and spatial sense. Explore the thought processes and math behind growing vegetables and herbs in order to craft the best plan for your produce. Maximizing your garden's yield is no simple task. Consider the tomato; most people think it's a safe bet for a high-yield return - but which variety? Heirloom tomatoes typically cost $5 or more a pound at farmers' markets. You can beat that price by growing Cherokee Purples from seed at a net cost of only 80 cents per pound. If you plant purchased seedlings, the cost will go up to about $1 a pound--and that's including the cost of water and fertilizer. High-Value Veggies makes this cost evaluation for each vegetable easy. Whether you're interested in growing tomatoes, pumpkins, cabbage, corn, or anything else, it's wise to consider the invisible dollar signs sown along the way. The relative ROI for each veggie in High-Value Veggies is calculated based on dollar value generated for each square foot planted. You don't need to be a math whiz to plan your next vegetable garden. Bartholomew has done the math for you, and he has cost-effective answers.

Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year

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Author: Christina Pfeiffer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1591866669

Category: Gardening

Page: 208

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Get ready for verdant greens and explosive color - it's all possible when you're a gardener living in the Pacific Northwest! Do you live in the Pacific Northwest? Do you care about landscaping and gardening? Say no more - we've got the perfect book for you. Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening takes the guesswork out of gardening for anyone residing in the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia). With this book, you'll know what to do each month to enjoy a thriving gardening all year, from January to December. Chronologically organized, this guide is full of critical gardening when-to and how-to advice, along with illustrated step-by-step instructions. The book's authors are Pacific Northwest gardening experts Christina Pfeiffer and Mary Robson. They both know this cool, wet, vivacious region inside and out and have written extensively on the subject. Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening combines the shared knowledge of Pfeiffer and Robson in one easy-to-read guide. Inside the book, readers find brilliant Pacific Northwest garden photography and the most current information available. Complete with specific advice on growing gorgeous flowers (both annuals and perennials), strong trees, flowing groundcover, flowering shrubs, verdant lawns, and more, you won't find a better reference book. From planting to watering and fertilizing, from maintenance to problem solving, Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening shows all levels of gardeners the best practices for gardening in climates and weather conditions of all kinds. If you're a gardener living in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia, make sure this essential guide has a home on your bookshelf.

Building an Affordable House

Trade Secrets to High-value, Low-cost Construction

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Author: Fernando Pages Ruiz

Publisher: Taunton Press

ISBN: 9781561585960

Category: House & Home

Page: 202

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A comprehensive guide to quality but low-cost building techniques and materials outlines an economical approach for building a new structure or adding on to an existing one, and includes floor plans, resource listings, and project management tools. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Down to Earth

Nature's Role in American History

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Author: Ted Steinberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199315019

Category: History

Page: 368

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In this ambitious and provocative text, environmental historian Ted Steinberg offers a sweeping history of our nation--a history that, for the first time, places the environment at the very center of our story. Written with exceptional clarity, Down to Earth re-envisions the story of America "from the ground up." It reveals how focusing on plants, animals, climate, and other ecological factors can radically change the way that we think about the past. Examining such familiar topics as colonization, the industrial revolution, slavery, the Civil War, and the emergence of modern-day consumer culture, Steinberg recounts how the natural world influenced the course of human history. From the colonists' attempts to impose order on the land to modern efforts to sell the wilderness as a consumer good, the author reminds readers that many critical episodes in our history were, in fact, environmental events. He highlights the ways in which we have attempted to reshape and control nature, from Thomas Jefferson's surveying plan, which divided the national landscape into a grid, to the transformation of animals, crops, and even water into commodities. The text is ideal for courses in environmental history, environmental studies, urban studies, economic history, and American history. Passionately argued and thought-provoking, Down to Earth retells our nation's history with nature in the foreground--a perspective that will challenge our view of everything from Jamestown to Disney World.

Talking Dirt

The Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening

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Author: Annie Spiegelman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101185457

Category: Gardening

Page: 304

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A lively and practical guide to organic gardening from a renowned garden expert. Annie Spiegelman's down-to-earth wit and wisdom create the perfect primer for anyone with a passion for home-grown veggies or fresh-cut flowers, no matter what their skill level, location, or resources. Includes advice on: •Learning to worship the worm and build a compost pile •Landscape designs-start small in order to create a basic plan for a plot •The secret to healthy soil (the only way to have a healthy garden) •Irrigation systems and strategies to conserve water •Proper pruning-from roses to trees •How to combine vegetables to make them thrive •How to let your garden go native and become drought tolerant •Edible landscaping and gardening in small spaces Talking Dirt is a one-stop handbook that features resources for shopping, learning, and promoting environmentally sound garden practices within local communities.

How to Build Your Own Spaceship

The Science of Personal Space Travel

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Author: Piers Bizony

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101082267

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 240

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your spaceships! Personal space travel is no longer the stuff of science fiction. The future is here: Civilians are launching into orbit. As early as 2010 paying customers will have the opportunity to experience weightlessness, courtesy of Virgin Galactic's inaugural launch. How to Build Your Own Spaceship takes readers on a fun and quirky trip to the forefront of commercial space travel-the latest technology, the major business players, and the personal and financial benefits that are ripe for the picking. Science-writer Piers Bizony's breadth of knowledge, quick wit, and no-nonsense explanations of the hard science in this emerging arena will satisfy even the most dedicated space fanatics. With practical advice (from picking the best jet fuel to funding your own fleet of space crafts), unbelievable space facts, and fascinating photos, Bizony's user-friendly guide to blasting off is a must-have ticket to the final frontier.

Building Drawing

With an Integrated Approach to Built Environment

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Author: M. G. Shah,C. M. Kale,S. Y. Patki

Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780074638767

Category: Architectural drawing

Page: 404

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Salmela Architect

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Author: N.A

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816642564

Category: Architecture

Page: 184

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