Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs

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Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs

Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs

The Stories of Garden Inventors and Innovators

  • Author: George M. F. Drower
  • Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 260
  • View: 1435
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This volume collects 50 stories of gardening invention, innovation and discovery. Among them is that of Thomas Hyl, who in 1577 devised the first water sprinkler; Nathaniel Ward who began a craze for indoor gardening in 1829 with his terrarium case; and Henry Telende, who in 1720 grew England's first pineapple. From the invention of the trellis, flower pots and the waterscrew in the ancient world; via secateurs, jute string and flame guns in the Victorian age; to the Gro-Bag and Flymo of modern times, the ingenious achievements make an inspiring international collection.

The Victorian Gardener

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The Victorian Gardener

The Victorian Gardener

  • Author: Anne Wilkinson
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0752495712
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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Gardening is one of the most popular leisure activities today and most people take it for granted that suitable plants, equipment and information are easily available. This was not always the case. Anne Wilkinson’s engaging book recreates the world of amateur Victorian gardeners – those who had no idea how to start gardening, and no information to help them. In the 1860s gardening was mainly the preserve of professionals who worked on large estates, but a new breed of gardeners was emerging – ordinary householders. Their gardens range from country cottage and rectory gardens to urban gardens behind terraced houses. With no help from the professionals – who refused to believe that gardens in towns were a practical possibility – those innovators laid down the foundations for modern amateur gardening as it is today. This book, richly illustrated with images from contemporary magazines and other sources, explores their journey to create their own piece of England’s ‘green and pleasant land’.

European Plant Intellectual Property

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European Plant Intellectual Property

European Plant Intellectual Property

  • Author: Margaret Llewelyn,Mike Adcock
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1847312721
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 578
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This authoritative new work analyses European plant intellectual property rights. Whilst the focus of the work is on Europe, and in particular the European Patent Convention, the Council Regulation on Community Plant Variety Rights and the EU Directive on the Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions, these provisions are discussed within the context of international legislation, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is the first book to look at the impact of plant intellectual property rights on the European plant breeding industry and assess whether recent developments, such as the Novartis decision, will assist plant breeders, from all sectors of plant breeding activities, in the production of new plant products. In addition to a thorough discussion of the legislation, the book includes unique empirical research results obtained by the authors as part of a two-year research project funded by the European Union, which surveyed attitudes towards, and use of, plant intellectual property rights within the European plant breeding community.

Garden Heroes and Villains

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Garden Heroes and Villains

Garden Heroes and Villains

  • Author: George Drower
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780750933667
  • Category: Gardeners
  • Page: 244
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A follow up to "Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs", this collection of stories looks at the heroes and villains of the gardening world. It talks about: how Heron of Alexandria surprised unwelcome visitors to his garden in the ancient times by squirting water over them from his newly invented fountain; the story of the garden gnome; and more.

Tropical Planting and Gardening with Sepcial Reference to Ceylon

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Tropical Planting and Gardening with Sepcial Reference to Ceylon

Tropical Planting and Gardening with Sepcial Reference to Ceylon

  • Author: H.F. Macmillan
  • Publisher: Asian Educational Services
  • ISBN: 9788120614154
  • Category: Agriculture
  • Page: 560
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With Special Reference To Ceylon.

Boats, Boffins and Bowlines

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Boats, Boffins and Bowlines

Boats, Boffins and Bowlines

The Stories of Sailing Inventors and Innovations

  • Author: George Drower
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0752468057
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 256
  • View: 4482
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Which woman made the first solo transatlantic crossing? Who saved thousands of lives with the invention of navigation lights? What is the story behind the invention of the compass? Who was Francis Beaufort and how did he come to devise the Beaufort wind scale, still used to this day? Why did William Petty invent the catamaran (in 1662)? Many of us know the story of modern sailing pioneers - Dame Ellen MacArthur and Francis Chichester, Claire Francis and the challengers of the Americas Cup - but what about those unsung heroes who invented the mechanisms and technology which enabled sailors to speed across the oceans and navigate more safely? This fascinating book reveals the extraordinary stories behind the apparatus which many take for granted. Learn how the Frenchman Boulanger produced the first binoculars in 1859, enabling sailors to spy landmarks more effectively; or how William Armstrong earned sailors' gratitude by devising the yacht winch. From cloud classification and screw propellers to radio telephones and the measurement of tides, from the sextant to the first fibreglass boat, this collection of stories, with a foreword by Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold medal winner, will inspire and intrigue sailors everywhere.

Heligoland

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Heligoland

Heligoland

The True Story of German Bight and the Island that Britain Forgot

  • Author: George Drower
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • ISBN: 0752472801
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
  • View: 9356
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In 1956 sea area Heligoland became German Bight. But why did the North Sea island, which for nearly a century had demonstrated its loyalty to Britain, lose its identity? How had this once peaceful haven become, as Admiral Jacky Fisher exclaimed 'a dagger pointed at England's heart'? Behind the renaming of Heliogland lies a catalogue of deceit, political ambition, blunder and daring. Heligoland came under British rule in the nineteenth century, a 'Gibraltar' of the North Sea. Then, in 1890, despite the islanders' wishes, Lord Salisbury announced his intention to swap it for Germany's presence in Zanzibar. The Prime Minister's decision unleashed a storm of controversy. Queen Victoria telegrammed from Balmoral to register her fury. During both world wars, it was used by Germany to control the North Sea, and RAF planes bombed the once-British territory. The story of Heligoland is more than an obscure footnote to the British Empire - it shows the significance of territory throughout history.

The Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette

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The Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette

The Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Agriculture
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 6804
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Culture and Horticulture

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Culture and Horticulture

Culture and Horticulture

The Classic Guide to Biodynamic and Organic Gardening

  • Author: Wolf D. Storl
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 1583945687
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 416
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Various studies have shown time and again that small organic farms and home gardens are capable of producing more food per acre with less fossil energy than large-scale commercial agricultural installations dependent on machines and toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This classic book by Wolf D. Storl, a respected elder in the practice of permaculture, details how food is grown holistically and beautifully by traditional communities around the world, and shows how to apply their ancient wisdom to our own gardens. With interest in natural, sustainable, organic and local food at an all-time high, people are looking beyond their farmers markets and CSA cooperatives to hyperlocal ways of growing healthy, delicious produce in urban gardens and their own backyards. Culture and Horticulture details time-tested methods that are as effective today as they were hundreds of years ago. On the practical front, the book works as a manual for creating and maintaining a bountiful harvest. It explains how to build the soil to maintain fertility; how to produce compost; how to plant, sow, and tend the various fruit and vegetable plants; how to rotate crops and practice companion planting; how to set up a favorable microclimate; how to deal with so-called weeds and pests; how to harvest at the right time; and finally how to store vegetables and herbs. Special emphasis is given to the art and science of composting, the compost being the "heart" of any self-sufficient garden and a model for the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. At the same time the reader is introduced to the wider aspects of horticulture, to its historical, philosophical, and cosmological contexts and social relevance. Gardening is a cultural activity, shaped by peoples' thoughts, wishes, and needs as well as by their cultural traditions. The author, an anthropologist by profession who has investigated the gardening practices of indigenous people throughout the world and worked for many years on biodynamic farms and in his own food garden, will introduce the reader to Rudolf Steiner's vision of the garden as an organic unit, embedded in the context of terrestrial and cosmic forces. Storl explains the importance of cosmic rhythms (solar, lunar, and planetary), the role of biodynamic herbal preparations as "medicines" for the garden organism, and the so-called "etheric" and "astral" forces. The book presents a vision of the garden as seen through the eyes of "Goethean science," a magical place where alchemical transformations of material substances take place.

Royal Dictionary, English and French and French and English

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Royal Dictionary, English and French and French and English

Royal Dictionary, English and French and French and English

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: English language
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 8820
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