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Answers on: soils, fertilizers, landscaping, ornamental plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, tubers, corms, roses, perennials, annuals, biennials, lawns, vegetables, fruits, house plants, weeds, etc.
This information-packed volume explores the manifold ways in which architects and designers meet the various challenges of designing and decorating apartments for their clients. Featuring an extensive collection of apartments from around the world, 150 Best New Apartment Ideas provides an in-depth look at the most stunning, innovative, and practical design solutions working today. Covering a wealth of information and showcasing the latest design trends, this little book is an inspirational source of ideas, perfect for the homeowner and the professional alike.
150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Featured inside this lavish guidebook are 150 never-before-shared tips and techniques provided by internationally renowned architects and designers, along with full-color photographs and diagrams of sixty-five uniquely beautiful projects from around the world. The design ideas reveal how to create exterior spaces that are clean, modern, and comfortable, as well as how to use cutting-edge materials that are practical, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Best of all, the design ideas featured inside are easy to follow and can be tailored to the unique tastes and needs of individual homeowners.
Have the leaves dropped off your houseplants long ago? Here's the good news: you're not missing some mysterious green thumb gene. These 37 varieties of foliage, flowers and cacti will thrive even when almost totally ignored. Best of all, there's no need to sacrifice lushness, beauty or even delicacy. You'll find all the easy-to-follow basics you will ever need to show off your gardening prowess, even if you don't have any!
Like the frosting on the cupcake, or the tiara on the bride, a beautiful border is the finishing touch for a lovingly created afghan, whether knitted or crocheted. Borders can be elegant or whimsical, can match or contrast with the afghan, and can lift even the simplest afghan from ''ordinary'' into the ''very special'' category. If you usually depend upon fringe as an accent, you'll have fun experimenting with these 50 crochet borders by Jean Leinhauser. The borders can be worked with any weight of yarn that works well with the body of the afghan. For some designs, the number of colors used in a border also can be varied. General instructions are included for how to use the borders, work with stitch pattern multiples, and estimate yarn amounts.
A wide range of easy, creative and inexpensive decorating projects that will add personality and style to your rooms at very little cost.
This unusually comprehensive collection features patterns based on actual snowflake photographs. At the beginning of the book, the author gives easy-to-follow instructions for each stitch used in this book. The threads she suggests work up beautifully, though other brands will also make wonderful snowflakes. Some patterns are easy; some are intricate, but all rely on just a few basic stitches.
Tips on saving money on dining out, health care, home repair and much more.
If advancing age, illness, or accident has made gardening too difficult for you, don't become frustrated. There is an alternative. Accessible Gardening is a book of tips and techniques that will help you to overcome obstacles and return the joy of gardening to your life: recommendations for modifying an existing garden for gardening ease; advice on selecting ergonomic tools and low-maintenance plants; directions for constructing raised-bed planters; instructions for developing manageable watering and pest-control systems; specifications for paths, inclines, and railings; discussion on the psychological and physical benefits of gardening.
What should I look for in an animal shelter? What should I look for in a cat or kitten I am adopting? Should I even adopt a cat or kitten? And, when I get it home, what do I do then? In this short guide, the author answers all these questions, and more.
Adorn Yourself.... The beautiful and delicate projects in Adornments are the perfect finishing touches for creating a purely romantic look. Make floral-inspired necklaces, in-full-bloom fascinators, and earrings with wispy feathers and sparkling beads. At parties, galas, special events, or even on your wedding day, the accessories in Adornments are artful creations that are sure to turn heads and inspire romance. Flip through the pages and you'll find... 20 accessory projects, from floral fascinators and hair pieces to necklaces, earrings and belts A techniques section that shows you how to use a millinery iron, cut lace appliques and work with wire and beads to create stunning pieces that would rival the wares of any high-end boutique Materials you'll love to work with: silk, linen and cotton fabrics, antique lace, delicate crystal beads and playful feathers Using simple hand-sewing, jewelry and millinery techniques, these accessories are easy to make and even easier to wear. In fact, you may not be able to take them off!
These days, people crave gardens that fill the soul and comfort the body. Japanese gardening answers those yearnings. This book demonstrates how to: create a feeling of sanctuary; make tranquil spaces; and arrange plants and ornaments.
What are seeds? Where do they come from? What do they need to grow into plants? In this book you will learn All About Seeds by collecting, planting, and cooking them.
Describes how to grow, harvest, store, and use all the members of the onion family. Onions, garlic, shallots, leeks as well as others.
With allergy problems reaching epidemic levels, horticulturist Tom Ogren set out to investigate the role that urban landscaping plays in this health crisis. What he discovered was startling: The vastly disproportionate cultivation of all-male plant varieties produces large amounts of intensely irritating airborne pollen. This extensively researched reference helps gardeners and landscapers make landscaping choices that can drastically reduce their exposure to harmful allergens.
TFrom the book: he urge to create sacred spaces is so deep in the human psyche that we often create them unconsciously. A gathering of photos on a piano, an arrangement of personal objects on a desk or fireplace mantel, are perhaps outer manifestations of an inner desire to establish hallowed and holy spaces in our environment. Denise Linn, the internationally acclaimed author of Sacred Space, speaks directly to this primal longing for sacred places. In Altars, she demonstrates in photos and text how you can enrich your home or office by creating unique shrines for healing and contemplation. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly practical, Altars shows how to Create personal altars for devotion, transitions in life, manifestation, and love Choose the optimum place to locate your home altar, according to the points of the compass and the ancient principles of feng shui Select altar objects that are particularly suited to your special needs Purify yourself and your altars with incense, prayers, drumming, and chanting Everyone who yearns to enter into the mysterious and wondrous realms, to infuse ordinary moments with sacred meaning, will find a great abundance of beauty, inspiration, and wisdom in this unique book. Renowned lecturer, author, and visionary Denise Linn has researched spiritual practices from cultures throughout the world for more than twenty-nine years. Calling upon this wealth of knowledge, she originated the unique and groundbreaking feng shui system Interior Alignment . Her synthesis of practical information and spirituality has had a deep impact on thousands of participants worldwide. She is also the author of nine books, including Sacred Legacies, The Secret Language of Signs, Quest, and the international bestseller Sacred Space. Includes appendices which explain the meanings (traditionally) of items frequently used on altars: stones, shells, flowers, herbs and more.
What kind of animals have two more legs than insects, eat their boy friends, make beautiful traps, and have 8 eyes but can't see very well? "Spiders! This book of facts about spiders is too short and interesting to be boring. These are facts you will want to know. You will enjoy yourself as you learn about spiders, which make good pets and which can kill you. Find out how spiders catch insects to eat and how they escape birds and wasps which want to eat them. Many pictures are described.
The story of our nation and ourselves as told through our country's most significant gardens and their creators. From Frederick Law Olmsted to Richard Neutra, Michelle Obama to our neighbors, Americans throughout history have revealed something of themselves--their personalities, desires, and beliefs--in the gardens they create. Rooted in the time and place of their making, as much as in the minds and identities of their makers, gardens mirror the struggles and energies of a changing society. Melding biography, history, and cultural commentary in a one-of-a-kind narrative, American Eden presents a dynamic, sweeping look at this country's landscapes and the visionaries behind them. Monticello's gardens helped Jefferson reconcile his conflicted feelings about slavery-and take his mind off his increasing debt. Edith Wharton's gardens made her feel more European and superior to her wealthy but insufficiently sophisticated countrymen. Martha Stewart's how-to instructions helped bring Americans back into their gardens, while at the same time stoking and exploiting our anxieties about social class. Isamu Noguchi's and Robert Smithson's experiments reinvigorated the age-old exchange between art and the garden. American Eden offers an inclusive definition of the garden, considering intentional landscapes that range from domestic kitchen gardens to city parks and national parks, suburban backyards and golf courses, public plazas and Manhattan's High Line park, reclaimed from freight train tracks. And it exposes the overlap between garden-making and painting, literature, and especially architecture-the garden's inseparable sibling-to reveal the deep interconnections between the arts and their most inspired practitioners. Moving deftly through time and place across America's diverse landscapes--from Revolutionary-era Virginia to turn-of-the-century Chicago to 1960s suburban California--and featuring a diverse cast of landscape-makers--whether artists, architects, or housewives, amateurs or professionals, robber barons, politicians, reformers, or dreamers--Wade Graham vividly unfolds the larger cultural history through more personal dramas. Beautifully illustrated with color and black-and-white images, American Eden is at once a different kind of garden book and a different kind of American history, one that offers a compelling, untold story--a saga that mirrors and illuminates our nation's invention, and constant reinvention, of itself.
American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a comprehensive, detailed, and illustrated alphabetical guide to some 15,000 ornamental plants and an essential reference for all gardeners and horticulturists. Easy to Use Plants are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names for fast, straightforward access, and previous names and common names appear as cross-references throughout the main text.
"In this extraordinary cookbook, you'll find traditional American favorites with a unique twist alongside ethnic creations from around the world. Also included are helpful tips from American Profile's test kitchen as well as 30 articles on hometown festivals and fairs across the nation that give you a sneak peek into the lives of the ordinary citizens that make up hometown America. Whether it's a simple soup for the family or a full meal for visitors, the American Profile Hometown Cookbook has just the right recipe to make any gathering a special occasion."
Combining graceful writing with a scientist's clarity, Russell reveals that the science behind these intelligent plants--how they evolved, survive, heal--is even more awe-inspiring than their fleeting beauty.
Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. "As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain. "Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ." Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet. "This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air."
In this updated second edition of the popular guide, Ann Lovejoy explains how to create a gorgeous ornamental garden following the principles and techniques of organic and sustainable gardening. Emphasizing good soil prep, composting, drainage, mulching, and proper plant selection, the book covers every step from landscaping and design to soil prep to planting beds, all with the goal of creatinga lovely garden without chemical fertilizers or pest control. Janet Loughrey's color photographs show the splendid results.
From the Book Jacket: Your A to Z Guide to Marvelous Multiple Uses for Everyday Items You Have in Your House * Use a COFFEE FILTER to drain cooled cooking oil when pouring it into another container for reuse. * An old TOOTH' BRUSH is excellent for cleaning around crevices in the bathroom or kitchen. * Use a clean PAINT BRUSH to dust your house plants or to grease muffin tins. About the Author Vicki Lansky has collected and shared her practical hints and tips for years through her numerous parenting books, media appearances and feature columns. Her popular "Another Use For..." section has run in the HELP! column she writes for FAMILY CIRCLE MAGAZINE since 1988.
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