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When The Biggle Garden Book was first published in 1908, most people were in the habit of raising their own food and flowers. Jacob Biggle felt that a gardener's success had to do with willpower and passion rather than acreage. "The man, woman or youngster who really wants a garden, will somehow manage to have a good one regardless of soil conditions, bad weather, measles in the family, or whether the area of ground at hand is a square acre or a square rod," he wrote encouragingly at the start of the book.That passion for gardening continues today in fields, backyards, and urban community plots across the United States. According to a poll taken in 2009 by the National Gardening Association, more than forty-three million households in the United States grow some of their own food. Learn how to do things the "old-school" way as Jacob and Harriet Biggle guide you through the fundamentals of:Soil preparation, sowing, and plantingHotbeds and cold framesFertilization, cultivation, and irrigationFlower gardening with old-fashioned favoritesGarden pests and friendsWith a resurgence in organic farming, heirloom varieties, and self-reliant living, The Biggle Garden Book is more valuable than ever because of the time-tested advice it offers.
"The first thing to do about starting an orchard is to plan for it," Jacob Biggle, the author of this handy little book, advises. "Put on your thinking-cap, study into the matter, and do not jump in the dark. A slow start is much better than a poor start. Harriet says that an orchard set in the right place, at the right time and of the right varieties, is worth just eleven times more than a hit-or-miss orchard. Where she secured the data for such exact figures, I do not know; but I am willing to admit that she is about right in this statement."Once you've followed Harriet's advice and determined the site for your orchard, the next task is to decide what kinds of trees to plant in it and learn how to care for them season after season. The Biggle Orchard Book includes everything you need to know about nearly every fruit tree under the sun, and also those that produce nuts. It includes instructions on:How to prune newly set treesWhen to pick fruitHow to pack fruit for the farmer's marketAnd much more!Written for backyard farmers, especially those interested in timeless orcharding techniques, The Biggle Orchard Book is an essential and charming addition to the home library.
Tim Beatley has long been a leader in advocating for the "greening" of cities. But too often, he notes, urban greening efforts focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, they are not enough, says Beatley. We must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world- (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms. A biophilic city is more than simply a biodiverse city, says Beatley. It is a place that learns from nature and emulates natural systems, incorporates natural forms and images into its buildings and cityscapes, and designs and plans in conjunction with nature. A biophilic city cherishes the natural features that already exist but also works to restore and repair what has been lost or degraded. In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements--from the building to the regional level--around the world.
Tim Beatley has long been a leader in advocating for the "greening" of cities. But too often, he notes, urban greening efforts focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, they are not enough, says Beatley. We must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms. A biophilic city is more than simply a biodiverse city, says Beatley. It is a place that learns from nature and emulates natural systems, incorporates natural forms and images into its buildings and cityscapes, and designs and plans in conjunction with nature. A biophilic city cherishes the natural features that already exist but also works to restore and repair what has been lost or degraded. In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements--from the building to the regional level--around the world. From urban ecological networks and connected systems of urban greenspace, to green rooftops and green walls and sidewalk gardens, Beatley reviews the emerging practice of biophilic urban design and planning, and tells many compelling stories of individuals and groups working hard to transform cities from grey and lifeless to green and biodiverse.
"When nature inspires our architecture-not just how it looks but how buildings and communities actually function-we will have made great strides as a society. Biophilic Design provides us with tremendous insight into the 'why,' then builds us a road map for what is sure to be the next great design journey of our times."-Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman, U.S. Green Building Council"Having seen firsthand in my company the power of biomimicry to stimulate a wellspring of profitable innovation, I can say unequivocably that biophilic design is the real deal. Kellert, Heerwagen, and Mador have compiled the wisdom of world-renowned experts to produce this exquisite book; it is must reading for scientists, philosophers, engineers, architects and designers, and-most especially-businesspeople. Anyone looking for the key to a new type of prosperity that respects the earth should start here."-Ray C. Anderson, founder and Chair, Interface, Inc.The groundbreaking guide to the emerging practice of biophilic designThis book offers a paradigm shift in how we design and build our buildings and our communities, one that recognizes that the positive experience of natural systems and processes in our buildings and constructed landscapes is critical to human health, performance, and well-being. Biophilic design is about humanity's place in nature and the natural world's place in human society, where mutuality, respect, and enriching relationships can and should exist at all levels and should emerge as the norm rather than the exception.Written for architects, landscape architects, planners,developers, environmental designers, as well as building owners, Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life is a guide to the theory, science, and practice of biophilic design. Twenty-three original and timely essays by world-renowned scientists, designers, and practitioners, including Edward O. Wilson, Howard Frumkin, David Orr, Grant Hildebrand, Stephen Kieran, Tim Beatley, Jonathan Rose, Janine Benyus, Roger Ulrich, Bert Gregory, Robert Berkebile, William Browning, and Vivian Loftness, among others, address:*The basic concepts of biophilia, its expression in the built environment, and how biophilic design connects to human biology, evolution, and development.*The science and benefits of biophilic design on human health, childhood development, healthcare, and more.*The practice of biophilic design-how to implement biophilic design strategies to create buildings that connect people with nature and provide comfortable and productive places for people, in which they can live, work, and study.Biophilic design at any scale-from buildings to cities-begins with a few simple questions: How does the built environment affect the natural environment? How will nature affect human experience and aspiration? Most of all, how can we achieve sustained and reciprocal benefits between the two?This prescient, groundbreaking book provides the answers.
To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. The Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden and permaculture design at Pennsylvania's Three Sisters Farm.At the heart of Three Sisters is its bioshelter - a solar greenhouse which integrates growing facilities, poultry housing, a potting room, storage, kitchen facilities, compost bins, a reference library and classroom area. The Bioshelter Market Garden examines how the bioshelter promotes greaterbiodiversity and is an energy efficient method of extending crop production through Pennsylvania's cold winter months.Both visionary and practical, this fully illustrated book contains a wealth of information on the application of permaculture principles. Some of the topics covered include: *Design and management of an intensive market garden farm *Energy systems and bio-thermal resources *Ecological soil management and pest control *Wetlands usage *Solar greenhouse design and management.Whatever your gardening experience and ambitions, this comprehensive manual is sure to inform and inspire.
Part autobiography, part natural history, Bird Cloud is the glorious story of Annie Proulx's piece of the Wyoming landscape and her home there."Bird Cloud" is the name Annie Proulx gave to 640 acres of Wyoming wetlands and prairie and four-hundred-foot cliffs plunging down to the North Platte River. On the day she first visited, a cloud in the shape of a bird hung in the evening sky. Proulx also saw pelicans, bald eagles, golden eagles, great blue herons, ravens, scores of bluebirds, harriers, kestrels, elk, deer and a dozen antelope. She fell in love with the land, then owned by the Nature Conservancy, and she knew what she wanted to build on it--a house in harmony with her work, her appetites and her character, a library surrounded by bedrooms and a kitchen. Bird Cloud is the story of designing and constructing that house--with its solar panels, Japanese soak tub, concrete floor, and elk horn handles on kitchen cabinets. It is also an enthralling natural history and archaeology of the region--inhabited for millennia by Ute, Arapaho, and Shoshone Indians--and a family history, going back to nineteenth-century Mississippi riverboat captains and Canadian settlers. Proulx, a writer with extraordinary powers of observation and compassion, here turns her lens on herself. We understand how she came to be living in a house surrounded by wilderness, with shelves for thousands of books and long worktables on which to heap manuscripts, research materials and maps, and how she came to be one of the great American writers of her time.
Building furniture just got easier!If you're like most woodworkers, you're always looking for ways to save time. One of the best tools to deliver on that promise is the biscuit joiner. You may have heard that using biscuits, those little compressed wafers of wood, is a form of cheating. But it's not. Biscuits make strong joints and get the job done fast.Try any one of the attractive projects inside and you'll be amazed at how quick, easy and effective the joint-making process becomes. These 12 projects offer something for everyone, from a build-in-a-weekend cupboard to a white oak bookcase and an elegant tapered dresser.Best of all, many of the pieces have been adapted from traditional designs so you can make your favorite style of furniture with fewer hassles.Veteran cabinetmaker Jim Stack starts with the basics, and also includes dozens of additional tips on how to assure safe and accurate cuts, modify a design to fit your taste, correct mistakes and make the most of this versatile tool.Start this weekend! The biscuit joiner will reward you with great furniture - minus all the fuss.
Building furniture just got easier! If you're like most woodworkers, you're always looking for ways to save time. One of the best tools to deliver on that promise is the biscuit joiner. You may have heard that using biscuits, those little compressed wafers of wood, is a form of cheating. But it's not. Biscuits make strong joints and get the job done fast. Try any one of the attractive projects inside and you'll be amazed at how quick, easy and effective the joint-making process becomes. These 12 projects offer something for everyone, from a build-in-a-weekend cupboard to a white oak bookcase and an elegant tapered dresser. Best of all, many of the pieces have been adapted from traditional designs so you can make your favorite style of furniture with fewer hassles. Veteran cabinetmaker Jim Stack starts with the basics, and also includes dozens of additional tips on how to assure safe and accurate cuts, modify a design to fit your taste, correct mistakes and make the most of this versatile tool. Start this weekend! The biscuit joiner will reward you with great furniture--minus all the fuss.
A deck is an excellent tool for extending the living space of your home into the outdoors while offering a good return on your investment. This book begins with a gallery of beautiful decks to help get your creative juices flowing. This fully revised and updated edition of The Complete Guide to Decks offers everything you'll need to design and build your dream deck correctly and safely -- the first time.
Features all new, state-of-the-art information on decorative concrete finishes, including acid coloring, stamping, and using cementitious paints. Another new section shows easy methods for casting concrete in forms to create countertops, garden benches, and other accessories.
Everything you need to know about plumbing. More complete than ever, this edition includes new material and revised information and is completely current with the 2006 Universal Plumbing Code. From basic repairs to advanced renovations, this is the only plumbing reference book a homeowner needs. And now, for the first time, The Complete Guide to Plumbing includes a comprehensive section on working with gas pipe. No other big book of plumbing for DIYers covers this important subject. Also new to this 4th edition is expansive coverage of PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), the bendable supply tubing that's taking over a major portion of the DIY market. And with the current popularity of outdoor kitchens, we've expanded our coverage of outdoor plumbing as well. Now, we'll show you every step of the process to supply and drain an outdoor sink.
Twenty of the coolest vehicles ever dreamed up, ready to come to life brick by brick!Black Ops Bricks reconstructs the finest military and spy jets, trucks, and ships ever built. Inside you'll find step-by-step, full-color illustrations showing you how to create the best and most badass military and special operations vehicles ever made. From smaller projects to the eight-hundred-plus-piece hovercraft, the twenty projects included will keep you busy for weeks, putting your brick-building skills to the test as you race to complete and test-drive a variety of fighter jets, helicopters, and much more.These aren't wimpy diplay models that have to be handled with white gloves once assembled. These are fully usable models. All parts of the models are accessible and playable; there's never a cockpit you can't open. And the projects are constructed to be fully customizable; stopping points indicate breaks in a project where builders can choose to continue building with only their imaginations and ingenuity to guide them.As a useful tool, each building guide is fully annotated to show exactly which pieces are used in each step. Following along as these projects move their way toward the fully operational finished project is as easy as ever, and the majority of pieces needed to bring these projects to life are commonly available bricks, with piece substitutions offered to replace hard-to-find bricks.
The Foxfire Americana Library takes you back to the good ol' days with a collection of simple, classic toys that can be made at home. Complete with illustrated step-by-step instructions, "Blowguns and Bouncing Pigs" includes advice on how to make: Ball and CupsBlowgunsBouncing PigsBows and ArrowsBubble BlowersBull GrindersButtons on a StringClimbing BearsCorn GunsCornstalk AnimalsCornstalk FiddleApple-head DollsCucumber DollsFluttermillsFly GunsHoopsJumping JacksKicking MulesLimberjacksPop GunsPuzzlesRattletrapsRolling ClownsSling ShotsSmoke GrindersSquirt GunsStick HorsesStiltsGrapevine SwingsRope SwingsTops or DancersWhimmy Diddles or Jeep SticksHollow WhistlesSplit WhistlesWhittled Animals
This delightful book shows that wherever it is used, the creative juxtaposition of blue and white provides both visual nourishment and spiritual balm. From the ephemeral beauty of a wind-blown noren curtain to the powerful geometry of zabuton cushions, to the calming symmetry of a soba cup - whether new or old, homely or sophisticated - all of these objects convey a lyrical message that speaks to our senses, inspiring us to seek out new ways to collect, create, and live with Japanese blue & white
Blueprint Reading For Plumbers provides instructional material for plumbing and pipe fitting students who must develop the ability to interpret trade blueprints and to plan the installation of the required plumbing. This is accompanied by reference to the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) plumbing code for pipe size and material as well as acceptable fittings and fixtures. This revision brings the study up to date in code, pipe and fitting materials, and in fixture designs.
Bokashi composting relies on anaerobic fermentation in a closed system to recycle food waste in your kitchen, garage or apartment. Unlike conventional composting, the bokashi method can break down heavier items like meat, fish and cheese, and usually takes no more than two weeks. From scraps to soil, Bokashi Composting is a complete, step-by-step, do-it-yourself guide to this amazing process.
For everyone from beginners to masters, the one essential book to growing, grooming, and caring for your bonsai tree.Bonsai is the ancient craft of carefully regulating the growth and shape of trees in order to produce miniature versions of mature trees. Dating back over one thousand years to ancient Japan, bonsai trees are some of the most beautiful and meticulously looked-after plants in the world, and in recent years bonsai have exploded in popularity in the Western world.Bonsai, written by world-renowned bonsai expert Peter Chan, is the essential compendium for anyone interested in trying out bonsai for the first time or adding more bonsai to their existing collections, detailing everything you need to know about buying and maintaining a magnificent bonsai tree, including: How to pick the right bonsai for you Tools and supplies to ensure your bonsai prospers How to shape your bonsai into different styles How different pots affect the growth of your bonsai And much more!With hundreds of color photographs and easy-to-read directions and explanations on a variety of subjects, Bonsai is the only book you'll ever need to successfully start and maintain your own beautiful bonsai tree collection.
This book offers to the beginner the basic foundations for Bonsai, and for growing plants in pots. The book covers topics such as finding suitable trees, potting, watering, trimming, plant health, and much more. There is a separate section for discussing the shaping of different bonsais into the beautiful shapes. The book also offers a fairly good list of plants to try for planting as bonsai.
The Japanese and Chinese have been creating bonsai trees for centuries and it is now an internationally popular pastime. This compact and stylish guide will provide everything you need to know to grow bonsai successfully, including shaping with wires, watering, seasonal maintenance, tackling common ailments, choosing the right container, feeding and repotting. A directory of over 90 of the most popular species, illustrated with beautiful photographs, will enable you to find the tree that is right for you.
To evoke the spirit of nature--that is the essence of bonsai. What place in nature is special to you? A spot under a blossoming cherry tree? A moss-carpeted forest? A pine-studded mountain crag? Your own bonsai can take you to that place. The first section of this book is for inspiration, to give you a feeling of the spirit of nature reflected in the art that is bonsai. The second section gives you the hands-in-the-dirt instructions that will bring that spirit of nature alive for you.
A collection of spine-tingling Appalachian ghost stories and tall tales passed down from generation to generation. Whether they tell of faucets that drip blood, monster catfish that lurk at the bottom of quarries, or strange lights on the mountaintop, these stories will make you--like the people who are sharing them--question what you believe.
This title reveals the fascinating history of British craftsmanship in a series of interviews with leading crafters at work in Britain today. Many crafts survive in the hands of just a few individuals whose rare skills date back as far as 1,000 years. They are part of our history, part of a past of craftsmanship, skill and attention to detail that most of us probably thought had vanished forever. It features such people as the trug maker, cricket bat maker, thatcher, hurdle maker and a rope maker. It also includes the mentors from the Mastercrafts series. "The Book of Forgotten Crafts" records and celebrates the best of these ancient crafts, before they disappear and, more importantly, to record the lives of the crafters themselves.
"Over the last years the interest in traditional trades and crafts grew constantly. People are looking for sustainability and a more rewarding and fulfilling lifestyle. The Book of Forgotten Crafts matches those interests and reveals the fascinating history of British craftsmanship in a series of interviews with leading crafters at work in Britain today."
Following the success of her bestseller, The Book of Kale, Sharon Hanna is back, teaming up with gardening editor Carol Pope, for even more fun with kale in The Book of Kale and Friends. There are good reasons why the Kale Revolution is growing--this humble leafy green is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth, it thrives in winter and sweetens in the cold, it self-seeds, its flowers sustain bees, and it's so easy to grow you will feel like a master gardener with almost no effort. With the seemingly limitless ways to enjoy this superfood--kale salad, kale chips, kale pizza, kale soup, kale pesto, and even kale cookies--one book just wasn't enough.Kale, available in so many gorgeous varieties, grows well in pots, and anyone with a balcony, back porch or limited outdoor space can access fresh, tender leaves year-round. In addition to more tips on kale cultivation, Sharon and Carol invite readers to branch out with thirteen other superfood crops that are equally easy to grow, as well as nutritious and versatile in the kitchen. With advice on growing and using arugula, basil, chives, cilantro/coriander, herb fennel, garlic, kale, lovage, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme, readers can save hundreds of dollars a year on grocery bills.After the garden is planted, celebrate with over 130 recipes, including Kale Cilantro Chimichurri, Potato-Crusted Kale and Smoked Salmon Tart, and Kalelicious Chocolate Cake. With abundant vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree options, The Book of Kale and Friends has something to please everyone. Even the family pooch is invited to enjoy the healthy harvest with Kale Doggy Biscotti!
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