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New to the 3d edition of this well-illustrated text are four brief essays on human's relation to food, the possible impact of global warming on food supply, genetic modification of food, and the remarkable details to be seen with a scanning electron microscope. Other new additions are inset boxes expanding on the text with interesting facts and details, and additional photos. The volume, which is based on Capon's botany course for non-science majors (he is emeritus at California State U., Los Angeles) is an outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant -- thought this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin? In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds's most basic yearnings -- and by doing so made themselves indispensable. For, just as we've benefited from these plants, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, have done well by us. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom? Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.
Bonsai-the Japanese art of training plants to form elegant sculptures-is an age-old craft that appeals to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Bountiful Bonsai presents a radical new approach that applies bonsai techniques to everyday container gardening, instantly turning houseplants and herbs into beautiful and unusual bonsai sculptures!Bonsai expert Richard Bender not only expects his plants to look good but to yield pleasant fragrances, fresh herbs and fruits for his table. He shows readers how to create "instant bonsai" by shaping a range of common house plants, including:Fragrant hibiscus and jasmineKitchen herbs such as rosemary and thyme Luscious fruits like cherries and oranges Medicinals such as tea tree and camphor laurelThis beautifully illustrated volume provides all the information you need to get started, from plant choice advice to care requirements and bonsai "carving" tips. Suitable for indoor gardening, or shaping exquisite bonsai fruit trees for outside gardens, Bender turns a finicky art into a hobby accessible to all. Bonsai have graced Japanese homes for centuries, now they can yield useful crops that will simultaneously satisfy your artistic sensibility and also provide some wonderful meals!
Bonsai-the Japanese art of training plants to form elegant sculptures-is an age-old craft that appeals to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Bountiful Bonsai presents a radical new approach that applies bonsai techniques to everyday container gardening, instantly turning houseplants and herbs into beautiful and unusual bonsai sculptures! Bonsai expert Richard Bender not only expects his plants to look good but to yield pleasant fragrances, fresh herbs and fruits for his table. He shows readers how to create "instant bonsai" by shaping a range of common house plants, including: Fragrant hibiscus and jasmine Kitchen herbs such as rosemary and thyme Luscious fruits like cherries and oranges Medicinals such as tea tree and camphor laurel This beautifully illustrated volume provides all the information you need to get started, from plant choice advice to care requirements and bonsai "carving" tips. Suitable for indoor gardening, or shaping exquisite bonsai fruit trees for outside gardens, Bender turns a finicky art into a hobby accessible to all. Bonsai have graced Japanese homes for centuries, now they can yield useful crops that will simultaneously satisfy your artistic sensibility and also provide some wonderful meals!
Hone Your Woodworking Skills One Box at a Time When it comes to great woodworking projects, it's hard to beat boxes. Using a minimal amount of materials, you can craft wonderful gifts or items for sale. And it's a great opportunity to use those pieces of special wood you've been hoarding. The real trick to successful box-making is coming up with the right designs. If you've been looking for attractive box projects that suit your particular tools and abilities, you've picked the right book. In these pages, you'll find plans for 21 delightful boxes along with step-by-step instructions for making them. They include lovely, simple creations that a novice can make with just a few hand tools, all the way through designs with drawers and dovetail joinery that will provide experienced woodworkers with an exciting challenge. Regardless of your woodworking experience, building these boxes provides a world of fun and the opportunity to develop new skills. In the process, you'll become a better woodworker#151;bit by bit, and box by box.
The Boy's sister was gong to make a quilt, and so was his mother. And so, she said, could he. Sometimes a chore, sometimes a lark, quiltmaking takes over this rollicking house and family. With tales of raiding grandmother's and aunts' rag bags, cutting cardboard pattern pieces from cereal boxes, and marking quilting lines while sprawled on the floor, this book places quiltmaking in the hands of a good-humored and resourceful mother and child, willing to tackle a fruitful project together. Illustrated with zest that equals the text, the book also includes (following the story) detailed instructions about how to make a quilt with a child. A memorable story. And a project to create with an eager child.
"The key to understanding men is in understanding how they relate to their gadgets. Just because they may seem to show more interest in their computers. . . or their remote controls... or their fancy watches or their power mowers or their stereos... doesn't mean that their toys are really the most important things in their life. In Boys and Their Toys, bestselling author Bill Adler, Jr. explains how men use toys to assert their independence and freedom, relieve stress, connect to their lost childhood, and even express their nurturing side (without having to admit it). Written in Adler's fun, humorous style, the book reveals how women can: * learn how a man's interest in particular ""toys"" can be used to predict his behavior * know when a guy's passion for gadgets crosses the line into obsession and what to do about it * take advantage of the human-gadget relationship to improve the human-human relationship Smart and funny, Boys and Their Toys helps readers understand what makes their men tick. . . and grow closer with them in the process. "
From the first vague ideas to the finished structure, building a brand-new house presents you with thousands of choices -- and possible pitfalls. Yet there's no single expert you can turn to at every stage and ask, "What do I do?" Until now. This definitive reference will help you:* Figure out how much house you need, and how much you can afford* Choose among types of builders, communities, and lots* Negotiate the offer, financing, contract, and closing* Assess options and upgrades -- which are worth it and which are not* Understand windows, flooring, kitchens, landscaping, and scores of other issues* Work with real-estate agents, architects, site superintendents, home inspectors, attorneys -- your whole team, which may consist of dozens of playersThe Brand-New House Book distills the most crucial advice from hundreds of experts -- from the broad strokes such as bankers on mortgages, interior designers on colors, or arborists on trees to fine-tuning such as cleaners on carpets, movers on staircases, or landscape architects on drainage, every issue is addressed. Thorough and authoritative, yet completely accessible, this book is the most valuable investment you can make to ensure that you bypass the potential nightmares and ultimately come home to the house of your dreams.
"every journalist has a niche - it's inevitable - and I was just a few days into my career when I stumbled upon mine. It started as a running joke at the office: I was the magazine's Bad Homes Correspondent. The production department quipped about changing my title on the masthead. I laughed it off, but some of the older writers definitely thought there was something wrong with me. "Did you grow up in some sort of dysfunctional household?" a senior editor asked. No, I told him. "Well, there's got to be something in your past that makes you interested in these stories-you ought to think about it." The magazine I worked for was the New Republic, and my co-workers were a mix of policy wonks, art critics, and political junkies. I was none of these, and instead of trying to pass as one, I set out to write a different kind of story; yet every time I did, it ended up being about some outlandish and often hellish place inhabited by a handful of stalwarts who refused to leave. Iron-willed, unfearing, and utterly immovable, these characters captured my imagination. They were the nation's toughest home-keepers, and I was their aspiring chronicler." A fascinating and witty book.
People have always grown food in urban spaces--on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks--but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that transforms our national food system. To explore this agricultural renaissance, brothers David and Michael Hanson and urban farmer Edwin Marty document twelve successful urban farm programs, from an alternative school for girls in Detroit, to a backyard food swap in New Orleans, to a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Each beautifully illustrated essay offers practical advice for budding farmers, such as composting and keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, even changing zoning laws.
Bless your clutter. Yes, you heard right: Bless it. Bless everything in your life that is superfluous, broken, burdensome, and overwhelming--because it is all here to teach you an important lesson, perhaps the most important lesson there is: what really matters. Everyone's lives could use some serious decluttering. But decluttering isn't just about sorting junk into piles and tossing things in the trash. Decluttering can inform us of our burdens, help us to understand our attachments, and aid us in identifying what is truly valuable in our lives. Written by a medical doctor and a spiritual intuitive, with case studies of people just like you, Breathing Room takes you on an enlightening room-by-room tour where each room in your home corresponds to a "room" in your heart, and where decluttering will not just make space but improve the spirit. So, if it's weighing you down, if it's become an obstacle, if it's making it near impossible for you to find the things you really love--it's time for you to let it go and find a little breathing room.
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Savingby Carol Deppe
Breeding and Seed Saving offers an exciting introduction to a whole new gardening adventure. It is a thorough guide to plant breeding and seed saving for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower.
This series of books offers an in depth guide to all aspects of brickwork and bricklaying practice. Gerard Lynch, author of the guide to "Guaged Brickwork", has put together these comprehensive and instructive volumes, linking past knowledge and practices with modern skills and materials, so that both can be fully examined and understood. At a time when the conservation and restoration of old buildings demand a more sympathetic handling, such a work should be a useful addition to the existing literature, and an essential source of reference for all those involved in the construction and repair of brick buildings. The second of six volumes which offer an in-depth guide to all aspects of brickwork and bricklaying practice, this volume examines the elements of building construction in brick. The text covers both the contemporary and traditional aspects of substructure brickwork. Chapter one studies the setting out of a small building, and then progresses to foundations, examining the historical, as well as current practices, along with information on modern concrete production. The following six chapters cover both the contemporary and traditional aspects of substructure brickwork, basements, sleeper walls, damp proof courses, cavity walling, and jointing and pointing. The volume concludes with useful advice on achieving controlled and efficient bricklaying.
Nothing enlivens a room like a touch of nature. Taking the terrarium trend to the next level, this stunning guide will inspire crafters, garden lovers, and décor fans to turn flowers, leaves, and branches into striking, organic décor. Acclaimed designer and stylist Shane Powers presents 20 simple yet arresting projects for bringing natural tranquility to any space. Suited for garden enthusiasts and black thumbs alike, the projects use a range of live and dried plant materials to create colorful dried floral garlands, eye-catching willow wreaths, intriguing water gardens, and timeless succulent landscapes. With step-by-step instructions, styling and container ideas, helpful resources, and gorgeous photography, Bring the Outdoors In offers countless ways to welcome the natural world into any space.
By growing native plants, suburban gardeners can play an important role in helping create sustainable ecosystems. Believing that knowledge will generate interest in being part of the solution, Tallamy (entomology and wildlife ecology, U. of Delaware in Newark) explains why biodiversity is crucial and what to plant to encourage beneficial insects. The gently persuasive book includes color photos; a listing of landscape-worthy, wildlife-attracting native plants by U. S. region; summary table of host plants of butterflies and showy moths; and experimental evidence for the ability of native as vs. alien plants to attract beneficial insects. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
The pressures on wildlife populations today are greater than they have ever been and many gardeners assume they can remedy this situation by simply planting a variety of flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs. As Douglas Tallamy points out in this revelatory book, that assumption is largely mistaken. Wild creatures exist in a complex web of interrelationships, and often require different kinds of food at different stages of their development. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife. When native plant species disappear, the insects disappear, thus impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. Fortunately, there is still time to reverse this alarming trend, and gardeners have the power to make a significant contribution toward sustainable biodiversity. By favoring native plants, gardeners can provide a welcoming environment for wildlife of all kinds. Healthy local ecosystems are not only beautiful and fascinating, they are also essential to human well-being. By heeding Douglas Tallamy's eloquent arguments and acting upon his recommendations, gardeners everywhere can make a difference.
A creative renaissance blooms in Brooklyn. At its heart is a thriving community of artisans producing a remarkable variety of handmade goods. In Brooklyn Makers, photographer Jennifer Causey captures the spirit of this homegrown movement by documenting thirty of the borough's most celebrated craftsmen. This eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming makers includes bakers, ceramic artists, clothing designers, florists, distillers, and more. With an eye for small details, Causey's charming photographs reveal each artisan at work in their own space. Her lively interviews reveal what inspires them, keeps them motivated, and their thoughts on the city where they live and work.
One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London's Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram, his new contact in the American colonies. But it was not reels of wool or bales of cotton that awaited him, but plants and seeds... Over the next forty years, Bartram would send hundreds of American species to England, where Collinson was one of a handful of men who would foster a national obsession and change the gardens of Britain forever, introducing lustrous evergreens, fiery autumn foliage and colourful shrubs. They were men of wealth and taste but also of knowledge and experience like Philip Miller, author of the bestsellingGardeners Dictionary,and theSwede Carl Linnaeus, whose standardised botanical nomenclature popularised botany as a genteel pastime for the middle-classes; and the botanist-adventurer Joseph Banks and his colleague Daniel Solander who both explored the strange flora of Tahiti and Australia on the greatest voyage of discovery of modern times, Captain Cook'sEndeavour. Thisis the story of these men - friends, rivals, enemies, united by a passion for plants - whose correspondence, collaborations and squabbles make for a riveting human tale which is set against the backdrop of the emerging empire, the uncharted world beyond and London as the capital of science. From the scent of the exotic blooms in Tahiti and Botany Bay to the gardens at Chelsea and Kew, and from the sounds and colours of the streets of the City to the staggering vistas of the Appalachian mountains,The Brother Gardenerstells the story how Britain became a nation of gardeners.
For most, wild edibles are a passing curiosity - we gather enough summer berries for jam or maybe some stinging nettles for soup or tea. Browsing Nature's Aisles tells the story of how one suburban family committed to increasing their food security by incorporating wild foods as a dietary staple - and proves that you can flourish through foraging too.
This all-in-one guide is the ultimate resource for stress-free, budget-friendly entertaining for every special occasion. This collection of more than 250 inspiring photos and easy-to-follow instructions shows how to have a good time without breaking the bank.
From the book: Buffalo Bird Woman, known in Hidatsa as Maxidiwiac, was born about 1839 in an earth lodge along the Knife River in present-day North Dakota. In 1845 her people moved upstream and built Like-a-fishhook village, which they shared with the Mandan and Arikara. There Buffalo Bird Woman grew up to become an expert gardener of the Hidatsa tribe. Using agricultural practices centuries old, she and the women of her family grew corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers in the fertile bottomlands of the Missouri River. In the mid-1880s, U.S. government policies forced the break up of Like-a-fishhook village and the dispersal of Indian families onto individual allotments on the Fort Berthold Reservation, but Hidatsa women continued to grow the vegetables that have provided Midwestern farmers some of their most important crops. In Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden, first published in 1917 as Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians: An Indian Interpretation, anthropologist Gilbert L. Wilson transcribed in meticulous detail the knowledge given by this consummate gardener. Following an annual round, Buffalo Bird Woman describes field care and preparation, planting, harvesting, processing, and storing of vegetables. In addition, she provides recipes for cooking traditional Hidatsa dishes and recounts songs and ceremonies that were essential to a good harvest. Her first-person narrative provides today's gardener with a guide to an agricultural method free from fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. ... Squash Dolls There is one other thing I will tell before we forsake the subject of squashes. Little girls of ten or eleven years of age used to make dolls of squashes. When the squashes were brought in from the field, the little girls would go to the pile and pick out squashes that were proper for dolls. I have done so, myself. We used to pick out the long ones that were parti-colored; squashes whose tops were white or yellow and the bottoms of some other color. We put no decorations on these squashes that we had for dolls. Each little girl carried her squash about in her arms and sang for it as for a babe. Often she carried it on her back, in her calf skin robe. ... This is a most fascinating read whether or not one likes to garden.
A CATACLYSMIC DISASTER STRIKES YOUR AREA.How will you evacuate your family to safety?Do you have a vehicle you can count on?Can it double as a mobile retreat, or do youhave a shelter prepared in advance?What's your plan for reaching the shelter?Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters gives you the vital answers and options for becoming a survivor instead of a refugee:VEHICLES Prepping fast-escape vehicles Using specially equipped vehicles for unique situations Planning for backup vehicles if your main escape option fails Utilizing bikes, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and other human-powered means of escapeSHELTERS Preparing temporary shelters Locating and stocking longterm shelters Using an RV, motorhome, camper trailer or converted utility vehicle Living aboard boats, from motorboats to houseboats to blue-water sailboatsExplaining the advantages and drawbacks of each vehicle and shelter option, this survival handbook zeroes in on the key considerations and essential equipment for planning all your bug-out needs.
Readers learn how to be their own general contractors and save money on every aspect of home-building, without compromising quality. Walk, with Woodson, step-by-step through the building process from site selection to finish trim. Includes an appendix of sample forms and contracts.
Build your own home office furniture!You want the best for your home office, from practical workstations to stylish bookcases. Danny Proulx shows you how to transform any room into the perfect workspace, offering invaluable tips and advice, plus 13 fresh, functional, fun-to-build projects packed with detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions.Designs range from simple storage modules to a computer desk/workstation, so whatever your level of skill, you'll find plenty of woodshop excitement. It's the kind of furniture that makes the office of your dreams...a reality.Projects include:File and Storage Drawer ModuleLateral File CabinetBasic WorkstationExecutive Work CenterCredenza and Bookcase HutchArmoire Work CenterOffice BookcaseDesktop OrganizerMedia Storage CenterCloset Work CenterStand-Up DeskWriting DeskLaminate Tabletop Construction
You want the best for your home office, from practical workstations to stylish bookcases. Danny Proulx shows you how to transform any room into the perfect workspace, offering invaluable tips and advice, plus 13 fresh, functional, fun-to-build projects packed with detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions. Designs range from simple storage modules to a computer desk/workstation, so whatever your level of skill, you'll find plenty of woodshop excitement. It's the kind of furniture that makes the office of your dreams...a reality. Projects include: File and Storage Drawer Module Lateral File Cabinet Basic Workstation Executive Work Center Credenza and Bookcase Hutch Armoire Work Center Office Bookcase Desktop Organizer Media Storage Center Closet Work Center Stand-Up Desk Writing Desk Laminate Tabletop Construction