New Arrivals · Gardening

April 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Private gardens of South Florida

April 10, 2017
Staub, Jack, 1951- author.
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, [2016]
252 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Divine revelation: Hobe Sound -- A jewel in the crown: Palm Beach -- Plant and they will come: Naples -- Safe harbor: Islamorada -- In a lady's garden: Palm Beach -- Field of dreams: Wellington -- Towering presence: Naples -- Marrakesh expressed: Palm Beach -- Key to happiness: Key West -- Uncharted territory: Northwood -- Dream team: Coral Gables -- Small wonder: Palm Beach -- His own drum: Naples -- A rare breed: Coconut grove -- Unexpected legacy: Palm beach -- All god's children: Wellington -- Continental transplant: Palm beach -- Nature's gallery: Key west -- A new chapter: Palm beach -- Floating your boat: Manalapan -- Sea voyage: Palm beach.
Escape to 22 lush garden retreats through exquisite photography and delightful stories. This privileged tour guides the reader through the colorful flora of Florida's best-kept grounds, while homeowners share the history of their uniquely landscaped abodes. Meet the painter-turned-horticulturist who transformed her garden into a mysterious, forest-like escape; the couple who drew inspiration from their travels to the Near East to create an award-winning oasis worthy of Persian royalty; and many more. Take respite in shaded pathways, secluded pools, and enviable ocean views, and take inspiration for a tropical garden of your very own.

Big ideas for small spaces : cutting-edge ideas and 30 projects for balconies, roof gardens, windowsills, and terraces

April 6, 2017
Maguire, Kay, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2017.
176 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Instructions and photographs show to make 30 easy projects for the garden using inexpensive or found materials. Provides practical solutions to greening a small and otherwise barren area including outer walls, tiny patios, balconies, courtyards, terraces, windowsills and rooftops. Also includes instructions on the basics of gardening."-- Provided by publisher.

The suburban micro-farm : modern solutions for busy people

April 6, 2017
Stross, Amy, author.
Milford, OH : Twisted Creek Press, 2017.
345 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Pt. 1. Getting to know the micro-farm -- Chapter 1. Suburbia : Civilization's opportunity -- The suburban problem -- Suburban micro-farming myths -- The suburban micro-farm solution -- Chapter 2. Managing expectations -- Prevent garden overwhelm syndrome -- Life hacks for the busy micro-farmer -- When it's not enough -- Overcoming brown thumbs -- Setting up your neighborhood for success -- Chapter 3. Developing healthy soil -- Building soil health and fertility -- Guide to organic soil amendments -- No-till micro-farming -- Constructing a simple compost system -- How to compost -- Cultivate worm castings with vermicomposting -- Chapter 4. Vegetables on the farm -- The efficient micro-farm -- Guide to planting and growing vegetables -- Choosing crops to meet your needs -- How to place vegetables -- Extending the season with cold frames -- Chapter 5. Micro-farming fruit -- Growing fruit trees -- Growing berries for beginners -- Choosing fruit for your circumstances -- Chapter 6. Growing herbs on the micro-farm -- Kitchen garden herbs -- Herbs in a pollinator garden -- Create an herb spiral -- Pt. 2. Becoming a micro-farmer -- Chapter 7. Organizing your micro-farm -- Make a garden sketch -- Make seed and supply purchases -- Month-by-month micro-farming -- Checklists and monthly calendars -- Chapter 8. Seed starting and planting -- Starting seeds indoors : a step-by-step guide -- How to sow seeds directly outdoors -- How to transplant seedlings outdoors -- Chapter 9. Maintaining the garden and harvesting the produce -- Daily garden visits -- Mulching the garden -- Watering -- Pest management -- Guide to harvesting vegetables -- Cleaning up the garden for fall -- Easy seeds to save -- Storing seeds -- Pt. 3. Advanced micro-farming techniques -- Chapter 10. Edible landscaping -- Why landscape with edibles? -- Things to consider before breaking ground -- Landscape design principles for visual appeal -- Planning techniques for the edible landscape -- Choosing what to plant -- Utilizing the parking strip -- Chapter 11. Digging deeper : Permaculture and micro-farming -- Using water wisely -- Building plant guilds -- Farming the contour -- Terracing with check logs -- Managing the edges -- Permaculture plants -- Chapter 12. Making money on the suburban micro-farm -- Perennial crops -- Annual crops with a long season -- Shade crops -- The edible plant nursery -- Cut flowers -- Maple syrup -- Cottage food products -- Homemade soap -- Teaching and writing -- Tips for success.
Author Amy Stross talks straight about why the suburbs might be the ideal place for a homesteading lifestyle. In these pages you'll learn how to: stop letting your garden overwhelm you; develop and nurture healthy soil; and use easy permaculture techniques for stress-free, abundant harvests.--COVER.

Floret Farm's cut flower garden : grow, harvest & arrange stunning seasonal blooms

April 5, 2017
Benzakein, Erin, author.
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2017]
308 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Basics -- Planning and getting started -- Digging in -- Essential techniques -- Tools of the trade -- Spring -- Spring tasks -- Spring projects -- Summer -- Summer tasks -- Summer blooms, edibles and foliage -- Summer projects -- Autumn -- Autumn tasks -- Autumn blooms, edibles and textural stems -- Autumn projects -- Winter -- Winter tasks -- Winter berries, blooms and foliage -- Winter projects.
Welcome to the world of Floret Farm, where hundreds of flower varieties grow and thrive to produce show-stopping arrangements. Here, star flower farmer Erin Benzakein shares her insights on planting a cutting garden of your own - wherever you live. Learn the secrets to her airy and lush arrangements, including how-tos for spectacular bouquets, garlands, and wreaths to showcase your gorgeous flowers. Featuring planting, cultivating, and harvesting advice for more than 175 flower varieties along with tops to preserve their freshness from field to centerpiece, this book has everything you need to start planning your garden and the stunning arrangements that will keep your home bright and blooming year after year.--COVER.

Restoration agriculture : real-world permaculture for farmers

April 5, 2017
Shepard, Mark, 1962-
Austin, Tex. : Acres U.S.A., ©2013.
xxii, 329 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
The perennial agriculture vision -- Our present reality -- Standing on the backs of giants -- Challenges facing agriculture -- Turning things around -- Farming in Nature's image -- The steps toward restoration agriculture -- Other biomes -- Livestock & restoration agriculture -- Including bees -- About nutrition -- Nutrition & perennial agriculture -- Getting started -- The transitional strategy -- Managing a healthy farm ecosystem -- Plant & animal breeding -- Making a profit -- Creating permanent agriculture : a call for new pioneers.
"Around the globe most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future."--Publisher's description.

Essential pruning techniques : trees, shrubs, and conifers

April 3, 2017
Brown, George E. (George Ernest), 1917-1980., author.
©2017
404 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"This work incorporates portions of The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers, first published in 1972 by Faber and Faber Limited ... by the estate of George E. Brown."

The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are

March 30, 2017
Bogard, Paul, 1966- author.
©2017
ix, 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Paved and hallowed. Manhattan ; Mexico City ; London ; Northern Virginia ; Gettysburg -- Farmed and wild. Bishopstone ; Soil ; Ames ; Grass ; The sandhills -- Hell and sacred. Appalachia ; Treblinka ; Alaska ; The Sierra Nevada ; Home.
"When a teaspoon of soil contains millions of species, and when we pave over the earth on a daily basis, what does that mean for our future? What is the risk to our food supply, the planet's wildlife, the soil on which every life-form depends? Who much undeveloped, untrodden ground do we even have left? Paul Bogard set out to answer these questions in The Ground Beneath Us, and what he discovered is astounding. From New York (where more than 118,000,000 tons of human development rest on to of Manhattan Island) to Mexico City (which sinks inches each year into the Aztec ruins beneath it), Bogard shows us the weight of our cities' footprints. And as we see hallowed ground coughing up bullets at a Civil War battlefield; long-hidden remains emerging from below the sites of concentration camps; the dangerous, alluring power of fracking; the fragility of the giant redwoods, our planet's oldest living things; the surprises hidden under a Major League ballpark's grass; and the sublime beauty of our few remaining wildest places, one truth becomes blazingly clear: The ground is the easiest resource to forget, and the last we should. Bogard's The Ground Beneath Us is deeply transporting reading that introduces farmers, geologists, ecologists, cartographers, and others in a quest to understand the importance of something too many of us take for granted: dirt. From growth and to death and loss, and from the subsurface technologies that run our cities to the dwindling number of idyllic Edens that remain, this is the fascinating story of the ground beneath our feet" --Inside jacket.

House of plants : living with succulents, air plants and cacti

March 29, 2017
Langton, Caro.
London : Frances Lincoln Limited, A subsidiary of Quarto Publishing Group UK, 2016.
222 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Includes index.
The house -- Living with plants -- Knowing your plants -- Nurturing your plants -- Sharing your plants -- House of plants -- The gathering.
House of plants is a practical and beautiful guide to how to love and care for your succulents, cacti, tropical and air plants. These indoor plants are handsome, hardy and perfect for urban living and this book is a comprehensive companion, showing you how to nurture and enjoy these plants, as well as how to stylishly arrange them in your home.

The little veggie patch co, DIY garden projects : easy activities for edible gardening and backyard fun

March 29, 2017
Pember, Mat, author.
Richmond, Victoria : Hardie Grant Books, 2016.
271 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Kids' gardening -- Recycling & upcycling -- X-factor -- Vertical gardening -- Garden basics -- In the kitchen.
The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects includes thirty-eight hands-on, step-by-step activities that will help cultivate your handiness and get you out in the garden. Chapters include projects for kids, vertical gardening, garden basics, using recycled materials, and more.

Raised bed revolution : build it, fill it, plant it ... garden anywhere!

March 29, 2017
Nolan, Tara, 1977- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Cool Springs Press, 2016.
272 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Gallery of raised beds -- Raised bed basics -- Raised beds for big spaces -- Raised beds for small spaces -- Raised beds with purpose -- Not handy? No problem -- Support your plants.
This book includes complete reference information on how to get started gardening in raised beds and containers: size requirements, height suggestions, types of materials you can use, where to located the beds, and creative tips for fitting the maximum garden capacity into small spaces. Plus, Raised Bed Revolution contains an extensive gallery of clever (and beautiful) ideas, along with complete step-by-step plans for building versatile, design-driven raised beds that can be placed practically anywhere.--Back cover.

The backyard gardener : simple, easy, and beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs, and flowers

March 28, 2017
Orzel, Kelly, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2017]
245 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Gardening from the ground up -- Propagation and planting techniques -- Organic growing practices -- Sowing and growing -- Herbs and flowers -- The garden calendar.

The tree doctor : a guide to tree care and maintenance

March 24, 2017
Prendergast, Dan (Daniel), author.
©2017
160 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
The benefits of trees -- Tree selection and placement -- Planting and care -- Pruning -- Diagnosing tree problems -- Protecting your trees from damage -- Hiring and arborist -- Contact information -- Places and organizations.
"If you are fortunate enough to live on property that includes trees, The tree doctor is the ideal manual for care and maintenance. This is a comprehensive volume that includes information on tree identification, tips regarding what makes a good city tree, proper planting and pruning techniques and how to get the most value out of your trees."--Back cover.

Self-sufficiency for the 21st century

March 23, 2017
Strawbridge, Dick, author.
New York : DK, 2017.
304 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
New way to self-sufficiency -- Home. In the house; Energy and waste. Yard. Productivity; What to grow; Working large areas; Animal husbandry -- Traditional knowledge. In the kitchen; Natural remedies; Craft skills.
Take the proper steps to live more sustainably. Learn how to reduce waste, use wind and solar energy to power your home, and grow your own food. Written by BBC personalities Dick and James Strawbridge, this manual for the modern age is complete guide to a simpler, greener, and cleaner lifestyle. With step-by-step guidance and techniques, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century combines traditional skills and crafts with modern technological advances to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Perfect for both urban and rural readers, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century has detailed illustrations and authoritative advice for tried-and-tested projects, including foraging for wild plants, finding natural remedies, composting, using green cleaners, and conserving energy at home. Learn how to can vegetables, garden in urban spaces, and the basics of animal husbandry. Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century is the perfect book to show you just how easy and rewarding green living can be with simple changes that have a major impact.

Container gardens : over 200 fresh ideas for indoor and outdoor plantings

March 15, 2017
New York : Oxmoor House, 2017.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Includes index.
The basics of container gardening -- Entryways and outdoor spaces -- Vertical gardening -- Indoor containers -- Edibles -- Find your zone.
Discover the basics of container gardening, and get ideas for every area of your home. There are suggestions for colorful mixes of flowers and foliage, perfect pots of monochromatic plant combinations and small scale-edibles, and even tips for choosing the best pots and potting mixes.

The well-tended perennial garden : the essential guide to planting and pruning techniques

March 2, 2017
DiSabato-Aust, Tracy, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
416 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"Completely revised and expanded"--Cover.
Basic perennial garden planting & maintenance -- Pruning perennials -- Encyclopedia of perennials.

Indoor edible garden

February 24, 2017
Allaway, Zia, author.
New York, New York : DK, 2017.
221 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Planting an indoor edible garden -- Herbs & edible flowers -- Sprouts, leaves, & roots -- Fruiting vegetables -- Fruit -- Experts' tips.
Describes methods for growing edible plants indoors, covering how to make the most of available light, instructions for growing specific plants, and productive and pleasing projects to brighten the home.

The beginner's guide to starting a garden : 326 fast, easy, affordable ways to transform your yard one project at a time

February 20, 2017
Roth, Sally, author.
©2017
282 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A lifetime of learning -- A building block garden primer -- Easy, small gardens -- First impressions: at the lamppost -- A welcome garden: at the entrance -- A pretty frame: at the corners -- Dress up a tree: shady spots -- Between neighbors: private or pretty? -- Cheerful color: in the lawn -- An ever-expanding garden: extending the edges -- A beckoning bench: gathering places and sitting spots -- Sidewalk strip: creating curb appeal -- Lots of pots: container gardening -- Artist's canvas: gardening on slopes -- Now you see it, now you don't: dealing with eyesores -- Gardening secrets: top ten ways to save time and money.
"The Beginner's Guide to Starting a Garden simplifies the process by showing you how to spend fewer hours (and a minimal amount of money) in the garden by tackling one small area at a time. You'll find garden plans for ten unique areas--the entryway, the shady areas under trees, and more--that can be linked together over time to create a unified yard, and plants that are dependable, easy to find, and look good year after year. You'll also learn the basics of good design, which plants offer the most bloom for your buck, and how to avoid the most common planting mistakes."--Amazon.com.

Landscape of dreams : the gardens of Isabel & Julian Bannerman

February 20, 2017
Bannerman, Isabel, author.
London : Pimpernel Press, Limited, [2016]
296 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.

Gardening with foliage first : 127 dazzling combinations that pair the beauty of leaves with flowers, bark, berries, and more

February 15, 2017
Chapman, Karen (Landscape designer), author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017
340 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm

Succulents : the ultimate guide to choosing, designing, and growing 200 easy-care plants

February 3, 2017
Stockwell, Robin, author.
©2017
288 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Food fight : GMOs and the future of the American diet

February 1, 2017
Jenkins, McKay, 1963- author.
New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2017]
322 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: Square tomatoes -- Part one. Roots -- Are GMOs safe? Is that the right question? -- The long, paved road to industrial food, and the disappearance of the American farmer -- Mapping and engineering and playing Prometheus -- Part two. Seeds -- The fruit that saved an island -- Trouble in paradise -- Fighting for that which feeds us -- Part three. Fruit -- Feeding the world -- The plant that started civilization, and the plant that could save it -- Can GMOs be sustainable? -- The farm next door -- Epilogue: Getting our hands dirty.
"Are GMOs really that bad? A prominent environmental journalist takes a fresh look at what they actually mean for our food system and for us,"--Amazon.com.

Native plants of the Midwest : a comprehensive guide to the best 500 species for the garden

December 9, 2016
Branhagen, Alan, author.
©2016
440 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
The Midwest spirit of place -- Inspirations -- Selecting native plants -- Design with native plants -- Guide to the plant profiles -- Shade trees -- Evergreen trees -- Small trees and large shrubs -- Evergreen shrubs -- Small shrubs -- Vines -- Prairie perennials -- Woodland perennials -- Wetland perennials -- Groundcovers -- Bulbs -- Annuals and biennials.

Rock gardening : reimagining a classic style

December 7, 2016
Tychonievich, Joseph, author.
©2016
295 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Gardens -- Techniques -- Plants.
"In this fresh take on an iconic gardening style, Joseph Tychonievich, one of America's foremost young horticulturists, shows how stones and plants can work together in exciting new ways. Besides providing a low-maintenance solution to chronic drought and time constraints, the rock garden is also remarkably versatile. Discover the best plants for a beautiful display and visit unique rock gardens around the world. Rock Gardening is filled with inspiration for beginners and enthusiasts alike,"--page [4] of cover.

Urban gardening

November 28, 2016
Hand, Carol, 1945- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Lerner Publications, [2016]
64 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Getting into gardening -- The diversity of gardens -- Why grow a garden? -- Challenges of starting a garden -- Gardening trends.
Offers tips and techniques for urban gardening and discusses how it affects the food we eat.

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