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Create a gorgeous lawn that is free of harsh chemicals. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to…grow and maintain a thriving lawn using organic gardening methods. With expert advice on planting the best grass varieties, nourishing the soil, watering, fighting weeds, and sustainable maintenance, Paul Tukey helps you create a luscious and inviting lawn that is pesticide-free and safe for your children and pets.
Whether you&’re a beginner building your first shelf or an experienced craftsman designing a new gazebo, Spike Carlson has the…answers to all of your woodworking questions. You&’ll find expert advice on setting up your work area, choosing appropriate tools, working with different types of wood, and building furniture, as well as tips on joinery techniques, custom finishes, and much more.
For more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms…to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens. Small-scale, self-contained worm bins can be kept indoors, in a basement, or even under the kitchen sink in an apartment — making vermicomposting a great option for city dwellers and anyone who doesn&’t want or can&’t have an outdoor compost pile. The fully revised 35th anniversary edition features the original&’s same friendly tone, with up-to-date information on the entire process, from building or purchasing a bin (readily available at garden supply stores) to maintaining the worms and harvesting the finished compost.
By R. Dodge Woodson. 1996
This complete handbook is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to buy or install a small-scale irrigation system for…the lawn, garden, or backyard. Covers everything from sprinklers and soaker hoses to overhead irrigation and gravity distribution systems.
By Dan Marshall. 2016
The author of Life Hacks returns with this indispensable, fully illustrated manual—featuring 112 ingenious yet simple tricks, shortcuts, and ideas—every…dad needs to solve a host of everyday annoyances and dilemmas.Packed with a wealth of advice, Dad Hacks offers invaluable solutions for more than one hundred common problems fathers face everyday. These hacks—“a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency”—use basic materials and familiar techniques in ingenious ways. Tired of replacing your razors? Blast the blade with a hairdryer. The shot of hot air will eliminate residual moisture and help prevent oxidization and dulling.Conveniently packaged in a portable flexibound format with rounded corners, Dad Hacks provides creative fixes—all fully illustrated and easy to follow—for a wide range of ordinary occurrences, including:• Household Hacks• Food and Drink Hacks• DIY Hacks• Gadget Hacks• Health and Well-being Hacks• Hacks on the Go• Car and Bike Hacks• Hacks for the Kids• Garden and Outdoor Hacks• Clothing and Grooming HacksWith advice for the car, office, house, electronics, travel, and much, much more, Dad Hacks is essential for every tool kit, glove box, and work drawer.
By Dan Marshall. 2015
Ever accidentally used your thumb as a hammer cushion while partaking in a spot of DIY?Do you become enraged at…the uncontrollable bobbing of the straw in your aluminum can?Are you yearning to find a way to make your toilet paper roll tube enhance your music listening experience?These and dozens of other everyday dilemmas are solved with Life Hacks, your handy guide to tackling little annoyances before they turn into big problems. This fully illustrated manual covers everything from nifty cable management to ingenious cooking methods, and much, much more.Remember: If life throws you a curveball—hack it!
By Dan Marshall. 2016
Available in a handy flexibind edition, a time-saving stress-busting manual featuring 100 simple, ingenious ways to clear the clutter in…your house and your life from the author of Life Hacks and Dad Hacks.We like our stuff, but sometimes things can get messy. We want a neat, inviting home, but time isn’t always on our side—and the effort can be overwhelming. Now, the master of hacks, Dan Marshall provides tricks, shortcuts, and ideas to help de-clutter and solve everyday annoyances. "Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency," he explains. "In other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious matter." In Tidy Hacks he shares inventive ways to reuse, recycle, and reclaim your tidy home. Don’t throw away those breakfast grapefruit halves—add a little salt and use them to clean your oven. Is space tight in the bathroom? Use hanging tiered fruit and vegetable baskets from the shower rod to stow shower toys and shampoo. Are your shoes looking a little dull and scuffed? Rub the pithy side of a banana skin over the scuffed leather. Instead of tossing that elastic band into a drawer, wrap it from shoulder to shoulder around a hanger to keep your clothes from slipping to the closet floor. Written with a special focus on simplifying, organizing and storing, Tidy Hacks includes dozens and dozens of inspired ideas for every area of your home (and more), including:Kitchen HacksBathroom HacksBedroom HacksLaundry HacksGarden HacksHome Office HacksMultiple Use HacksArts and Craft HacksDIY HacksAn appealing, portable flexibind paperback with rounded corners—in a handy trim size—Tidy Hacks contains simple advice for tackling life’s everyday annoyances. Each tip is fully illustrated and easy to follow, using materials and techniques that are either already on hand or easily attainable. With this invaluable little guide, tidying up is a snap!
By Dan Marshall. 2017
More than one hundred simple yet ingenious tricks, shortcuts, and ideas to help parents solve everyday occurrences and annoyances in…one convenient, illustrated, flexibound pocket-sized guide.As the father of two children, Dan Marshall knows that just one time-saving tip can save the day for busy parents—whether they’re up to their elbows in dirty diapers with a newborn, chasing a high-energy toddler, or organizing their young scholars’ school projects. In Parent Hacks, he provides simple, easy-to-follow advice for tackling life’s everyday annoyances using materials and techniques that are either already on hand or easily attainable. Every tip is fully illustrated, making each easy to follow and master.Packaged in an appealing and portable size and designed with an easy-to-open spine and rounded-corners perfect for a back pocket, diaper bag, backpack, or purse, this indispensable guide offers dozens of inspired yet practical techniques for tackling the entire house, from kitchen to playroom to bedroom to bathroom, including:Cleaning HacksTidying HacksOut and About HacksFirst Aid HacksSafety HacksFood and Drink HacksArts and Crafts HacksEarly Days HacksFrom converting an egg carton into a DIY paint palette to washing germs and goo off of plastic toys in the dishwasher to freezing a bag of marshmallows to make a soft and soothing ice pack that isn’t too cold for little ones, Parent Hacks offers handy, proven solutions for every mom and dad!
By Jamie Durie. 2014
Colorful and practical, an edible garden can radically transform an outdoor space and is an affordable, sustainable source of fresh…fruit, vegetables, and herbs. In this hands-on guidebook, internationally renowned home and garden design expert Jamie Durie reveals how to plant, arrange, and maintain an edible garden that works in all climates and in spaces of all shapes and sizes.
Naturally Bug-Free: 75 Nontoxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths & Other Pesky Insects
By Stephanie L. Tourles. 2016
Protect yourself, your children, your pets, and your home from bugs — without using harsh or toxic chemicals! Herbalist Stephanie…Tourles offers 75 simple recipes for safe, effective bug repellents you can make at home from all-natural ingredients. For protection from mosquitos, ticks, and other biting insects, there are sprays, balms, body oils, and tinctures, with scents ranging from eucalyptus to floral, lemon, vanilla, and woodsy spice. There are also recipes for pets, such as herbal shampoo, bedding formulas, and flea-and-tick collars and powders. And Tourles includes repellents for the home, such as sachets that repel moths, carpet powders that repel fleas and ants, and essential oil repellents to keep your pantry pest-free. A detailed ingredient dictionary explains the properties of all the herbs, essential oils, and other key ingredients.
2019 American Horticultural Society Book Award Winner 2019 GardenComm Media Awards Gold Medal Winner Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you…to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of 224 plants from around the world. With her lively &“Like this? Then try this!&” approach, Jabbour encourages you to start with what you know and expand your repertoire to try related plants, many of which are delicacies in other cultures. Jabbour presents detailed growing information for each plant, along with fun facts and plant history. Be prepared to have your mind expanded and catch Jabbour&’s contagious enthusiasm for experimentation and fun in the garden.
Now that you&’ve mastered gardening basics, you want to enjoy your bounty year-round, right? Homegrown Pantry picks up where beginning…gardening books leave off, with in-depth profiles of the 55 most popular crops — including beans, beets, squash, tomatoes, and much more — to keep your pantry stocked throughout the year. Each vegetable profile highlights how many plants to grow for a year&’s worth of eating, and which storage methods work best for specific varieties. Author Barbara Pleasant culls tips from decades of her own gardening experience and from growers across North America to offer planting, care, and harvesting refreshers for every region and each vegetable. Foreword INDIES Silver Award Winner GWA Media Awards Silver Award Winner
By Anne-Marie Faiola. 2016
The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of…life&’s little pleasures. And with the help of Anne-Marie Faiola, author of Soap Crafting and Milk Soaps, it&’s easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing oils and then add blueberry puree, dandelion-infused water, almond milk, coffee grounds, mango and avocado butters, black tea, or other delicious ingredients — and then scent your soap with pure essential oils. Step-by-step photography guides you through every stage of cold-process soapmaking.
The Homebrewer's Garden, 2nd Edition: How to Grow, Prepare & Use Your Own Hops, Malts & Brewing Herbs
By Joe Fisher, Dennis Fisher. 2016
If you have a backyard, or even a sunny porch or balcony, you can grow your own hops, brewing herbs,…and malt grains to enhance the flavor, aroma, and uniqueness of your home-brewed beer — and ensure that you have the freshest, purest, best ingredients possible. Simple instructions from experts Joe and Dennis Fisher guide you through every step of the process, from setting up your first hop trellis to planting and caring for your herbs, harvesting and drying them, malting grain, and brewing more than 25 recipes specifically designed for homegrown ingredients. This fully updated second edition includes a new section featuring color photography of the plants, expanded information on growing hops in small spaces, innovative trellising ideas, an expanded section on malting, new profiles of prominent grower/brewers, and up-to-date information on grain-growing best practices.
By Jessica Walliser. 2020
Companion planting has a long history of use by gardeners, but the explanation of why it works has been filled…with folklore and conjecture. Plant Partners delivers a research-based rationale for this ever-popular growing technique, offering dozens of ways you can use scientifically tested plant partnerships to benefit your whole garden. Through an enhanced understanding of how plants interact with and influence each other, this guide suggests specific plant combinations that improve soil health and weed control, decrease pest damage, and increase biodiversity, resulting in real and measurable impacts in the garden. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
By Marc Rogers. 1990
Enjoy a delicious bounty of heirloom vegetables every year. Marc Rogers guides you through the time-honored and cost-effective tradition of…collecting seeds from this year&’s harvest to grow next year&’s crop. Learn how to select and store seeds from proven varieties of more than 100 common vegetables and flowers. Through saving seeds and growing heirloom plants you&’ll not only have a thriving garden every summer, you&’ll be saving money and preserving local flavors at the same time.
By Andrea Chesman. 2012
Blending your grandmother&’s pickling know-how with today&’s Internet resources, Andrea Chesman shows you how easy it is to fill your…pantry with tasty homemade sauerkraut, Salt-Cured Dilly Beans, and Rosemary Onion Confit. Explaining classic techniques in simple language, guiding you to helpful websites, and making you laugh with humorous stories, Chesman provides inspiration and encouragement for both first-time picklers and dedicated home canners. With tips on pickling everything from apples to zucchini, you&’ll enjoy exploring the stunning variety of flavors that can fill a Mason jar.
No-till — a method of growing crops and providing pasture without disturbing the soil — has become an important alternative…to standard farming practices. In this comprehensive guide to successful no-till vegetable farming for aspiring and beginning farmers, author Daniel Mays, owner and manager of an organic no-till farm in Maine, outlines the environmental, social, and economic benefits of this system. The methods described are designed for implementation at the human scale, relying primarily on human power, with minimal use of machinery. The book presents streamlined planning and record-keeping tools as well as marketing strategies, and outlines community engagement programs like CSA, food justice initiatives, and on-farm education.
By Robert E. Gough, Cheryl Moore-Gough. 2011
Enjoy your favorite varieties of garden plants year after year with this comprehensive guide to gathering, preparing, and planting seeds. Authors Robert…Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough provide simple instructions that clearly explain the whole process, from basic plant biology to proper seed storage and successful propagation. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to preserve genetic diversity, cut costs, and extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.
By Susan Miller Cavitch. 1997
In this comprehensive guide, Susan Miller Cavitch covers everything you need to know to make your own soaps. Learn the…basic techniques for crafting oil-, cream-, and vegetable-based soaps, and then start experimenting with your own personalized scents and effects. Cavitch provides tips for making more than 40 different specialty soaps, showing you how to design colorful marbled bars and expertly blend ingredients to create custom fragrances. You&’ll soon be making luxurious soaps at a fraction of the cost of boutique products.Important Notice Early printings of this book contain a recipe variation in a sidebar note on page 36. As a result of further testing, author Susan Miller Cavitch and Storey Publishing strongly recommend that you do not try this variation. Adding honey when you are combining the sodium hydroxide and water may result in a stronger reaction with more intense heat. The mixture may bubble up quickly and come out of the pot, posing a potential hazard.