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Get Dirty Between the Covers

What's more satisfying - eating fresh food, saving dough or being outdoors in the summertime? Luckily you don't have to choose. Enjoy all three when you start your own garden.

 

Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds
SB417.B79 2011

When summer wanes, gardening doesn't have to end. Build whimsical, green, miniature environments in jars or found objects with the advice of these nursery owners.

 

Herb Gardening from the Ground Up: Everything You Need to Know About Growing Your Favorite Herbs
SB351.H5 G545 2012

Gilbertie and Sheehan introduce novices to the first steps in herb cultivation, then move on to cuttings, storage and more advanced skills. They offer an extensive list of herb garden types, from Tex-Mex or trattoria to honeybee, bread or soup.

 

Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook: Perfectly Timed Gardening for Your Most Bountiful Harvest Ever
SB321.K85 2010x

This guide is much more than just a calendar that lists when to plant what. This father-daughter team fills the book with gardening tricks to conserve effort, protect plants and enrich soil.

 

The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces
SB419.5.M58 2012

Are you an apartment dweller? Do you have a yard, but don't feel like tilling up the soil? There are still ways to create a lush garden on even the smallest spaces - a stoop, windowsill, patio or fire escape. This book walks you through the steps to creating an oasis, with clever ideas for pots and containers.

 

Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs
q SB418.R53 2012

Blogger Fern Richardson offers novel ways to cover a postage-stamp area - including railings, shipping pallets or rafters - with vegetable plants and flowers.

 

The One-Block Feast: An Adventure in Food from Yard to Table
SB321.T787 2011x

Sunset magazine staff experimented in creating seasonal feasts derived purely from the office's surrounding land. After raising bees, chickens, a cow and many fruits and vegetables, they created four meals from dozens of recipes, which they divulge in the book. Bonus sections include winemaking, beer brewing and olive pressing.

 

Gardening Vertically: 24 Ideas for Creating Your Own Green Walls
SB463.5.V5313 2012

If you can't branch out, grow up! Discover two dozen illustrated templates for vertical verdure - from aromatic herbs to vegetables to mosquito repellent walls.