New Arrivals · Gardening

October 17, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The living forest : a visual journey into the heart of the woods

October 16, 2017
Llewellyn, Robert J., photographer.
©2017
260 pages : color illustrations ; 29 x 29 cm
Toward the sky: the canopy and bird life -- Eyes all over: leaves -- A deep breath: lungs of the land -- World of water: cycles and creatures -- On the ground: animals of the forest floor -- The middle realm: trunks -- Shedding and resting: autumn and winter -- Budding: winter into spring -- Flowers and fruits: spring into summer -- Connections: roots and fungi -- The only-green: moss and fern -- The spirit of the forest.
The Living Forest is a journey into one of the planet's most familiar yet most mysterious habitats. Learn the science behind the wonder, as you gaze down on a pine tree canopy brimming with nesting herons, go nose-to-nose with a larval salamander, witness time-lapse imagery of emerging leaves, and marvel at the stranger-than-fiction ways plants, insects, mammals, birds, and fungi interact and cooperate. In this realm, the tiny and the grand, the living and the dead, the seen and the unseen all have essential roles to play.--INSIDE FLAP.

Whitewash : the story of a weed killer, cancer, and the corruption of science

October 12, 2017
Gillam, Carey, author.
Washington, DC : Island Press, [2017]
xiv, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : A silent stalker -- What killed Jack McCall? -- An award-winning discovery -- The "roundup ready" rollout -- Weed killer for breakfast -- Under the microscope -- Spinning the science -- A poisoned paradise -- Angst in Argentina -- Uproar in Europe -- When weeds don't die, but butterflies do -- Under the influence -- Seeking solutions.
It's the pesticide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it's in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto's Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world's most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it's been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the pesticide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception. Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It's a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.--AMAZON.

This blessed earth : a year in the life of an American family farm

September 18, 2017
Genoways, Ted, author.
©2017
226 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: Readying the bin -- Part one: Bringing in the beans -- Interlude: Working cows -- Part two: The homeplace -- Interlude: Branding calves -- Part three: Seeds of change -- Interlude: The poker run -- Part four: Irrigation nation -- Interlude: The tri-state -- Epilogue: Welcome news.
"The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their small family farm -and their entire way of life- are under siege.Beyond the threat posed by rising corporate ownership of land and livestock, the Hammonds are confronted by encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Add GMOs, pesticides, and fossil fuel pollution to their list of troubles and the question is: can the family farm survive in America?"--Jacket flap.

Letters to a young farmer : on food, farming, and our future

September 14, 2017
©2017
175 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Barbara Kingsolver -- Amigo Bob Cantisano -- Wes Jackson -- Chellie Pingree -- Verlyn Klinkenborg -- Karen Washington -- Joan Dye Gussow -- Raj Patel -- Barbara Damrosch -- Gary Paul Nabhan -- Mary Berry -- Dan Barber -- Will Harris -- Anna Lappe -- Joel Salatin -- Bill McKibben -- Ben Burkett -- Amy Halloran -- Nephi Craig -- Wendell Berry -- Alice Waters -- Eliot Coleman -- Brian Richter -- Michael Pollan -- Fred Kirschenmann -- Nancy Vail and Jered Lawson -- Temple Grandin -- Wendy Millet -- Mary-Howell Martens -- Rick Bayless -- Danielle Nierenberg -- Allan Savory -- Marion Nestle -- Richard Wiswall -- Nicolas Jammet -- Mas Masumoto.
Letters to a Young Farmer is for everyone who appreciates good food grown with respect for the earth, people, animals, and community. Three dozen writers, farmers, chefs, activists, and visionaries address the highs and lows of farming life, as well as larger questions of how our food is produced and consumed, in vivid and personal detail. Barbara Kingsolver speaks to the tribe of farmers -- some born to it, many self-selected -- with love, admiration, and regret. Dan Barber traces the rediscovery of lost grains and foodways. Michael Pollan bridges the chasm between agriculture and nature. Bill McKibben connects the early human quest for beer to the modern challenge of farming in a rapidly changing climate. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree probes the politics of being a young farmer today. Farmer Mas Masumoto passes on family secrets to his daughter -- and not-soon-forgotten stories to us all. Letters to a Young Farmer is both a history and a road map -- a reckoning of how we eat and farm; how the two can come together to build a more sustainable future; and why now, more than ever before, we need farmers.

Designing with succulents

August 30, 2017
Baldwin, Debra Lee, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
303 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
First edition published 2007.
Succulent landscape essentials: plan and design your dream garden -- Speciality gardens that showcase succulents -- Success secrets for succulents -- Succulents a to z -- A designer's palette: plant lists for succulent gardens -- Top fifty waterwise companion plants for succulents.
This new, completely revised second edition of her bestselling classic is a design compendium that is as practical as it is inspirational. Designing with Succulents shares design and cultivation basics; hundreds of succulent plant recommendations; and profiles of 50 easy-care, drought-tolerant companion plants. Lavishly illustrated with 400 photographs, you will find everything you need to visualize, create, and nurture a thriving, water-smart succulent garden.

Plants are awesome

August 25, 2017
Duke, John (Gardener)
©2016
203 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
"Plants are Awesome is written in four parts: Part I presents an introduction and historical background. Part II tells numerous stories about people and the relationship they had with their plants, from early man to the present day. Part III covers local (Cincinnati) horticultural history. Part IV covers recent developments in horticulture and takes a look at the twenty-first century for what may happen in the future. There are eleven appendices with timelines, plant origins, types of plants, and learning points for each chapter. A bibliography is also included."--Back cover.

The California garden tour : the 50 best gardens to visit in the Golden State

August 16, 2017
Olson, Donald, 1950- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
296 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.

How not to kill your houseplant : survival tips for the horticulturally challenged

August 15, 2017
Peerless, Veronica.
New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
142 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Find your plant -- The basics. Buy it ; Pot it & place it ; Water it ; Feed it & love it ; Repot it ; Plant pests ; Plant diseases -- The houseplants -- Top 5 plants for: Your desk ; Sunny spots ; Your bathroom ; Low light ; Your living room.
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant helps you create an oasis of happy, flourishing houseplants.--COVER.

Miniature bonsai : the complete guide to super-mini bonsai

July 31, 2017
Iwai, Terutoshi, author.
©2017
80 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

How to grow more vegetables* (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) *than you ever thought possible on less land with less water than you can imagine

July 26, 2017
Jeavons, John, author.
California ; New York : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
xiv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Preface: Ecology Action and the Common Ground Mini-farm / by The Ecology Action Staff -- Introduction: Building soil, building the future -- Deep soil creation and maintenance -- Sustainability -- The use of compost and soil fertility -- Fertilization -- Open-pollinated seeds, seed propagation, close spacing and seed saving -- Companion planning -- An interrelated food-raising system: creating and caring for a balanced natural backyard ecosystem and its insect life -- Master charts and planning -- Sample garden plans -- Appendix 1: supplementary tools -- Appendix 2: the efficacy of the grow biointensive method -increasing sustainable yield and building soils -- Appendix 3: ecology action publications -- Appendix 4: organizations and related information -- Appendix 5: Memberships and ordering.
Presents the basic principles of biointensive gardening with tips on what to grow, preparing growing beds, and planning and planting crops.

Glass gardens : easy terrariums, aeriums, and aquariums for your home or office

July 5, 2017
Florence, Melanie, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Plants to consider -- Tropical house plants -- Succulents -- Air plants -- Water plants -- Getting started -- Supplies -- First steps -- Watering -- Gardens -- Popular plants to try.
Simple instructions to help you build a terrarium. You'll learn to create easy-to-maintain cacti and succulent terrariums. Also covers water terrariums (aquariums) and air terrariums (aeriums).

Land on fire : the new reality of wildfire in the West

June 22, 2017
Ferguson, Gary, 1956- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, [2017]
212 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Living fire : not your grandparents' landscape -- Kindling : the era of suppression meets the age of drought -- Combustion : from spark to flame to firestorm -- Fighting fire : heroic effort and tragic loss -- Aftermath : nature in the wake of the burn -- Risk reduction : the art and science of prevention and treatment -- Future fire -- A final word.

Potted : make your own stylish garden containers

June 22, 2017
Gutierrez, Annette Goliti, author.
©2017
227 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Concrete -- Plastics -- Metals -- Terra cotta -- Organic materials.

The gardening in miniature prop shop : handmade accessories for your tiny living world

June 21, 2017
Calvo, Janit, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
247 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Getting started -- World tour -- Make it special -- Miniature imaginings -- Beyond the miniature garden.
Calvo shares step-by-step instructions for accessories to bring your mini-gardens to life. Ideal for both novices and experienced miniaturists, this book will help you appreciate all kinds of miniature and dwarf plants, and help you expand your skills in mosaics, woodworking, and other applied arts.

The coffee lover's diet : change your coffee, change your life

June 16, 2017
Arnot, Robert Burns, author.
©2017
373 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Part I: Coffee: the ultimate health food. The benefits -- Part II: Change your coffee, change your life. The beans ; The roast ; The brew -- Part III: The Coffee Lover's Diet. The Coffee Lover's Diet ; Recipes and pairings.
"For years we've been told that coffee is bad for our health. But new research reveals that, when consumed properly, coffee can be the healthiest and tastiest part of your day. It is scientifically proven to improve your mood, can sharpen your focus, jumpstart your workout, help you lose weight, and even help fend off disease--from diabetes to heart disease to Parkinson's. In his revolutionary book, containing the unprecedented results of exclusive double-blind studies of the best coffees in the world, Bob Arnot, M.D., the bestselling author of The Aztec Diet, shows you how to use the power of America's favorite drink--coffee--to achieve optimum health, longevity, mental clarity, weight loss, and renewed vigor. Years of research have shown Dr. Arnot how coffee became a staple of the human diet, and why having a cup or more is the best thing you can do each day. He teaches you how to source the best beans from around the world, how to create the perfect brew, and how to act as your own coffee sommelier. The Coffee Lover's Diet includes a full diet plan with corresponding recipes to ensure you get the full benefits of this miracle bean--in the right amounts and in a variety of ways--as well as tips for putting all of this invaluable information and advice to work to help you shed pounds, gain energy, and boost brain function."--Jacket.

Living with plants : a guide to indoor gardening

June 12, 2017
Lee, Sophie.
London : Hardie Grant Books, 2017.
158 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
Living with Plants will teach you how to create bespoke beautiful botanics for your home or even your office. Offering you over 30 innovative projects, you will be guided on the different ways you can green-up your living space: from moss wall hangings, potted plants, air plants, water plants, hanging baskets, terrariums, and more. This is your one-stop shop to creating a beautiful botanical living space on a budget.

Growing perfect vegetables : a visual guide to raising and harvesting prime garden produce

May 25, 2017
Minneapolis, MN : Cool Springs Press, 2017.
159 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
What is ripe? -- The ripeness listings -- Making the most of ripeness.
A visual guide to vegetable ripeness helps readers decide the perfect time to pick or buy produce, along with information on storage and ripening.

The electric fencing handbook

May 23, 2017
Hansen, Ann Larkin, author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, 2017.
95 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
A previous edition of this book was published under the title Electric Fencing in 2013.
How an electric fence works -- The fence energizer -- Fitting the fence to the animal -- Permanent electric fence -- Temporary electric fence -- Planning and building your fence -- Rotational grazing -- Maintenance, troubleshooting, & repairs.
"Use electric fencing to protect your livestock, poultry, beehives, and garden. Portable electric fencing is key to successful rotational grazing, while permanent electric fencing effectively protects gardens and orchards and secures large pastures. Through clear instructions accessible to everyone, you’ll learn when to use these methods or a combination of the two, plus how to plan for, build, and maintain your electric fencing. This crucial tool is cost effective and versatile, but veteran farmer and author Ann Larkin Hansen also explains what not to do with an electric fence" --Amazon.com

Urban jungle : living and styling with plants / Igor Josifovic, Judith de Graaff, with photographs by Lina Skukauske.

May 18, 2017
Josifovic, Igor, author.
Munich : Callwey, 2016
176 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"From the founders of Urban jungle bloggers."--Title page and cover.
Marij and Evert -- Plant portraits : Cactus plants ; Succulents ; Aloe vera -- Styling tips -- Jeska and Dean -- Plant portraits : Monstera deliciosa ; Oxalis triangularis -- Styling tips -- Pepper, Michael and Nahele -- Plant portraits : Ficus elastica ; Calathea -- Styling tips -- Morgane and Armand -- Plant portraits : Tradescantia ; Pilea peperomioides -- Styling tips -- Fem, San and Sezer -- Plant portraits : Palms ; Sansevieria -- Styling tips -- Plants at home : Your own urban jungle -- Urban jungle bloggers in the book -- Our favorite shops for plant lovers.
Urban Jungle is a book packed with green inspiration, plant styling ideas and handy plant information for anyone who wants to bring more greens into their homes and daily lives. This book will take you on an inspirational voyage through green homes across Europe showcasing how beautiful, individual, creative and sometimes even arty green living can be. Moreover, this book offers a plethora of easy-to-copy plant styling ideas for your home presented by a fine selection of international Urban Jungle Bloggers. Additional plant profiles and simple plant care tips will further strengthen your desire to add a new green friend into your home immediately.

Homegrown pantry : a gardener's guide to selecting the best varieties & planting the perfect amounts for what you want to eat year-round

May 12, 2017
Pleasant, Barbara, author.
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, 2017.
319 pages : color illustratons ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Why grow your own food? -- Basic food preservation methods -- Vegetables for the homegrown pantry -- Herbs for the homegrown pantry -- Fruits for the homegrown pantry.
Growing your own food means you know there are no chemical or genetic secrets, that it is pure and good. But you have questions about what and how much to plant, how to store, how to preserve. Pleasant provides a guidebook for people who want to control their food, from garden to pantry to table.

Miniature moss gardens : create your own Japanese container gardens

May 2, 2017
Oshima, Megumi, author.
©2017
128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Translation of: Koke no aru seikatsu.
"Bonsai, kokedama, terrariums, dish gardens"--Cover.
Foreword : a peek into the secret world of moss -- An introduction to moss -- Observation, discovery and gathering -- Care and maintenance -- Making and displaying moss creations -- Finding moss in cities and mountains -- Moss identification guide -- Glossary of moss terms.

Food truths from farm to table : 25 surprising ways to shop & eat without guilt

May 1, 2017
Payn, Michele, author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
xvi, 210 pages ; 24 cm

Glorious shade : dazzling plants, design ideas, and proven techniques for your shady garden

May 1, 2017
Carey, Jenny Rose, author.
©2017
323 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Shades of shade: how to interpret light levels -- The shade gardener's calendar: seasonal changes -- Down and dirty: the intertwined, underground world of soil and roots -- Planting for success: planting techniques and maintenance -- Designing in the shadows: bright ideas for shady spaces -- The plant palette: choosing plants for your shade garden.

Sowing beauty : designing flowering meadows from seed

April 27, 2017
Hitchmough, James, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
364 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Looking to nature for inspiration and design wisdom -- Designing naturalistic herbaceous plant communities -- Seed mix design, implementation, and initial establishment -- Establishment and management -- Case studies of sown prairies, meadows, and steppe. The Eden Project ; RHS Garden Harlow Carr Primula Meadows ; Sheffield Botanical Gardens Prairie ; RHS Garden Wisley Steppe-Prairie ; Fidelity International ; Tom Stuart-Smith's home prairie garden -- The Merton Borders at University of Oxford Botanic Garden ; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park U.K. Native Wildflower Meadows ; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stitches ; RHS Garden Wisley South African Meadow ; Kaixian Eclectic Prairie-Meadow.

The new vegetables, herbs & fruit : an illustrated encyclopedia

April 20, 2017
Biggs, Matthew, author.
Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, 2016.
704 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Introduction -- Vegetables A to Z -- Herbs A to Z -- Fruits -- Orchard fruits -- Soft, bush- and cane fruits -- Tender fruits -- Tropical and subtropical fruits -- Shrub and flower garden fruits -- Nuts -- Practical gardening.
"This new edition of the classic reference, Vegetable, Herbs and Fruit is updated in design and expanded by 60 pages, covering a total of over 70 vegetables, 100 herbs and 100 popular fruits. The most current information on plant varieties and cultivation techniques make it the essential sourcebook for all food gardeners, especially for anyone who would like to start growing their own produce, who feels they could use some expert advice."-- Page [4] of cover.

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