Books

The Classic Zucchini Cookbook by Andrea Chesman, Marynor Jordan and Nancy C. Ralston

The Classic Zucchini Cookbook offers 225 easy recipes for all kinds of summer and winter squash. Here are finger foods: Spicy Pepitas and Curried Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Salads: Mexican Zucchini Shrimp Salad and Avocado Salad in Zucchini Boats. Entrees: Baked Penne with Summer Squash and Mushrooms and Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash. Breads: Classic Zucchini Bread and Apple-Carrot-Zucchini… more

The Good Life Lab by Wendy Jenahara Tremayne

This is the inspirational story of how one couple ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and abundance in the process. Alongside their personal story are tips and… more

The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips

Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do – given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing… more

Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which… more

The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants by Department of the Army

Anyone who has spent serious time outdoors knows that in survival situations, wild plants are often the only sustenance available. The proper identification of these plants can mean the difference between survival and death. This book describes habitat and distribution, physical characteristics, and edible parts of wild plants—the key elements of identification. Hugely important to… more

Vertical Vegetables and Fruit by Rhonda Massingham Hart

At last, an innovative solution for urbanites, apartment dwellers, and anyone who wants to grow food in small spaces — grow up! Vertical Vegetables & Fruit shows how easy and fun small-footprint food gardening can be. Low maintenance and big harvests are just two of the benefits of using teepees, trellises, cages, hanging baskets, wall pockets, stacking pots,… more

Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth

Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and… more

Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book by Barbara W. Ellis

For all of your gardening questions, The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book has the answers, gathered together in a sturdy little book for handy in-the-garden reference. You’ll find helpful information on everything from planning and planting a vegetable garden to improving soil, caring for crops, organically controlling pests and diseases, and harvesting. In this latest addition to Storey’s popular Answer… more

The Backyard Homestead

Edited by Carleen Madigan Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it’s done. And when the harvest is in,… more

Big Ideas for Northwest Small Gardens

Transform your too-small yard into a beautiful, textured, and colorful garden with this new book! Master Gardener and Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Marty Wingate details design, planning, and planting ideas that will bring a bounty of flowers, variety, and volume to small yards, tight spaces with limited sunlight, decks, and balconies. This colorful book of great… more

Crop Rotation And Cover Cropping by Seth Kroeck

Part of the NOFA guides, this volume covers: Historical roots of cover-crop techniques Thinking beyond this season’s cash crop (disease and pest reduction, weed suppression, cash vs. cover crops) What is a good rotation? (mapping the farm, grouping crops, sample groupings) The economics of rotations and cover cropping (organizing your work, reducing labor inputs, land and cover-crop… more

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System by Mary Applehoff

The definitive guide to vermicomposting – a process using red worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich food for plants. Newly revised and updated, this 162 page manual provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Topics include different bins, what kind of worms to use, sex life of a… more

Don’t Throw It, Grow It! by Deborah Peterson

Magic and wonder hide in unexpected places — a leftover piece of ginger, a wrinkled potato left too long in its bag, a humdrum kitchen spice rack. In Don’t Throw It, Grow It! Deborah Peterson reveals the hidden possibilities in everyday foods. Peterson, former president of the American Pit Gardening Society, shows how common kitchen staples —… more

The Organic Backyard Vineyard by Tom Powers

Interest in wine shows no signs of slowing down—wine tours, tastings, and vacations are now common and homeowners often have space dedicated to their collection. The logical next step? Learning to grow and make your own. In The Organic Backyard Vineyard expert Tom Powers walks the small grower through the entire process of growing grapes, with a month-by-month maintenance… more

The Self-Sufficiency Handbook by Alan Bridgewater and Gil Bridgewater

Anyone considering a shift to a greener way of living must get this inspirational and practical guide. With easy-to-read layouts and simple text, it runs the full ecological gamut, from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. The Bridgewaters, well-regarded garden writers, help readers answer questions such as how much land they really require,… more