All the Presidents' Gardens [EPUB]
07 November 2016, 03:42
2016 | EPUB | 45.76MB
The 18-acres surrounding the White House have been an unwitting witness to history—kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends. In All the Presidents' Gardens bestselling author Marta McDowell tells the untold history of the White House Grounds, starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's kitchen garden. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln’s goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, and Amy Carter's tree house. Gardeners will enjoy the information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. And readers everywhere will delight in the historical and contemporary photographs, vintage seeds catalogs, and rare glimpses into Presidential pastimes.
Backyard Farming: Homesteading: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency [EPUB]
01 November 2016, 07:42
2016 | EPUB | 7.58MB
Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here!
Join the Backyard Farming Movement and Turn Your Home into a Homestead!
Backyard Farming: Homesteading is your all-in-one guide to successfully turning your rural property, suburban home, or urban dwelling into a productive food oasis. Covering every topic from finding and developing the perfect property, as well as which produce and livestock combinations are easiest to start with, Homesteading takes the anxiety and guesswork out of enjoying the backyard farming revolution.
Whether you have 100 acres of open land or just a small backyard or apartment terrace, Homesteading is the comprehensive primer for anyone looking to grow their own food. Including detailed instructions and informative photographs that help ensure your backyard farm is everything you want it to be, Homesteading walks you step by step through the process of planning and implementing your sustainable lifestyle.
With Homesteading, you will:
- Learn what to look for when considering properties for backyard farming
- Learn how to develop the property you already own into a homestead, regardless of size and space
- Find out which varieties of produce and livestock are easiest for a beginner
- Learn how to preserve your harvest
- Discover a variety of delicious recipes using produce from your own farm
- ...and many more tips to help you achieve success.
More than ever, people everywhere are making a return to the farming lifestyle: Homestreading is your first big step to joining the growing movement of these homemakers looking to a healthier, happier way of life—and it starts right in your own backyard.
Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden [EPUB]
27 September 2016, 14:30
2009 | EPUB | 12.32MB
Edible heirlooms are the prized vegetable varieties from an earlier time, and author BILL THORNESS delves into their history, lore and origins, telling stories of how they became beloved members of our gardens and why they are still being grown.
- Old-world varieties carefully carried by immigrants on their passage to America
- A tomato so good it paid off a home mortgage
- A potato kept in circulation for centuries by Native Americans who were given it by Spanish explorers
- Beautiful blue-podded Capajuner peas (on the book's cover) from the Dutch, the people who popularized peas for the world by introducing the petits pois to the French
The story of heirlooms is poignant because we have lost such a high percentage of varieties that were once available. But all heirlooms are by nature "open-pollinated" varieties from which seed can be saved. Thorness urges readers to save and share heirloom seeds to perpetuate what remains, save a bit on seed cost and create truly local varieties acclimated to their gardens.
Edible Heirlooms is focused on plants that grow well in the cool maritime climate. From Russian Red Kale to Spanish Roja garlic to January King Cabbage, these are stellar producers in the region stretching from British Columbia to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Along with the stories, Thorness provides growing tips and suggested culinary uses. Chapters contain instructions on how to save your own seeds, and suggestions for starting a seed exchange among friends or a community garden in your neighborhood.