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This revised and updated edition of Jessica Wallisers award-winning Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden offers a valuable and science-backed plan for bringing balance back to the garden. With this indispensable gardening referencenow updated with new research, insights, and voiceslearn how to create a healthy, balanced, and diverse garden capable of supporting a hard-working crew of beneficial pest-eating insectsandeliminate the need for synthetic chemical pesticides. After a fascinating introduction to the predator and prey cycle and its importance to both wild ecosystems and home gardens, youll meet dozens of pest-munching beneficial insects (the predators) that feast on garden pests (their prey). From ladybugs and lacewings to parasitic wasps and syrphid flies, these good guys of the bug world keep the natural system of checks and balances in prime working order. They help limit pest damage and also serve a valuable role in the gardens food web. But, they wont call your garden home if you dont have the resources they need to survive. With a hearty population of beneficial insects present in your garden, youll say goodbye to common garden pests like aphids, cabbage worms, bean beetles, leafhoppers, and hornworms, without reaching for a spray can. To encourage these good guys to stick around and do their important work, youll learn how to create a welcoming habitat and fill your garden with the best plants to support them. Inside youll find: Bug profiles introducing dozens of beneficial insects and the down-and-dirty details on howthey catch and eat their preyPlant profiles featuring the best plants for supporting beneficialsInterviews with entomologists who focus their lifes work on understanding the value of insects, including Doug Tallamy, Paula Shrewsbury, Leslie Allee, Dan Herms, and othersAn inspiring look at how plants and insects intersect in the most incredible waysWhy gardening for bugs is just as important to the greater world as it is to your gardenTips for creating insectary plantings and borders to support a broad range of beneficials The acclaimed first edition of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden ushered in a new way to garden; one that appreciates and understands of the power of returning a natural balance to the garden. This revised and updated edition continues to herald and expands on that same important message.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Learn the tools and techniques of bonsai to get started potting, shaping, and caring for your own collection of tiny trees, all while learning it's okay to bend the rules along the way. Though bonsai is steeped in ancient traditions and techniques, it doesn't have to be intimidating and difficult. A new generation of bonsai enthusiasts are discovering the joys of growing these miniaturized works of living art, and in Freestyle Bonsai, bonsai artists and growers Jerome and Mari Kellerhals of The Bonsai Supply show you how you, too, can grow beautiful bonsai trees without judgement or the stress of perfection. The art of bonsai is personal, and learning how to train trees to please you is the only thing that matters. While the history and tradition of the art is respected and honored throughout, Freestyle Bonsaiis as much about giving you permissionto bend the rules as it is about introducing you to them. You'll learn: Which tree species are the best for beginners A breakdown of bonsai tools and how to use them How to successfully pot a bonsai tree Easy bonsai styling, including clipping, training, and wiring techniques Care and maintenance tips for your bonsai collection Step-by-step shaping instructions to create ten different bonsai styles Whether your trees are grown indoors or out, bonsai is a relaxing hobby with gorgeous results. Like every other art form out there, bonsai comes from the heart. Live a #bonsailife with guidance and inspiration from Freestyle Bonsai.
San Diego, CA
Take charge of your family's food security by learning how to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbsand right along with them, you'll nurtureyour owninner strength, too. Food insecurity affects millions of people worldwide. Without access to well-stocked stores or nutritious, fresh foods, those living in ';food deserts' face more hunger and health issues than communities where a diversity of food is plentiful. With the inspiration and knowledge found in How to Become a Gardener, self-reliance and food autonomy are within reach for anyone willing to get a little dirt under their nails and dig in. Author, health coach, and food security advocate Ashlie Thomas of The Mocha Gardener (@the.mocha.gardener) serves as an experienced and encouraging guide on your journey toward self-empowerment through the cultivation of your own homegrown harvests. With a spirit of respect for others, for nature, and for community, Ashlie walks you step by step through not only the practical ins and outs of gardeningfrom seed starting to making the harvestbut also through the personal challenges and lessons found within the act of gardening itself. Regardless of whether you only have space to grow in a few pots or you have enough room for multiple raised beds or an in-ground garden, you'll find freedom and wellnessthrough the food you grow, along with patience, compassion, and perspective.How to Become a Gardener focuses on: What makes a space a garden and how to get one started How gardens can be a symbol of resilience in challenging times Findingwhat motivates you to grow and usingit to cultivatenutrient-dense, homegrown harvests Why reclaiming your food authority is one of the most empowering things you can do for you and your family The importance of finding personal freedom by growing your owngarden-to-table food How the garden grows youjust as much as you grow the garden How to Become a Gardener is about growing food, yes. But it's also about finding your strength through gardening, reclaiming your food authority, discovering your motivation, and learning that no matter what your garden yields,it's always worth the wait.
In Bloom, The Houseplant Guru Lisa Eldred Steinkopf unleashes all the secrets on how to grow dozens of indoor plants that produce colorful, intricate, and sometimes fragrant blooms.If you've ever struggled to get an orchid or African violet to rebloom, or if you've hesitated to add plants likehoya, anthurium,Madagascar jasmine, or clivia to your windowsill for fear you may never see their gorgeous flowers, Lisa reveals the insider strategies you need to encourage these plants to strut their stuff. In her signature warm and beginner-friendly tone, she introduces simple techniques you can use to encourage bloom alongside all the ins and outs of caring for these beautiful plants. Lush, full-color photography accompanies each in-depth plant profile.Upping your houseplant game doesn't have to involve spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the next trendy leafy-green foliage plant. If you want to expand both your growing skills and the number of specimens in your houseplant family, dive into the world of flowering houseplants instead. New cultivars of old favorites are taking the houseplant world by storm, and other, more unusual, species are now making their way into the limelight, thanks to the interest of millions of new houseplant parents around the world.Inside the pages of Bloom, you'll meet: The best flowering houseplants to cascade from window ledges, hanging pots, and plant shelvesA collection of small blooming houseplants perfect for tabletops, desks, and windowsillsHouseplants with colorful blooms for the living room, dining room, and bedroom Fill your home with foliage and flowers, and enjoy all the color and calm they'll add to your living space.
Make your outdoor space as comfortable and personal as the inside of your home with design and planting guidance from Field Guide to Outside Style. Maybe you've just purchased your first home or you have an existing outdoor space that's overgrown and old-fashioned, and you want to turn it into a place that blends perfectly with your sense of style and your life.But where should you start? How can you be sure to create a space you can sustain? Field Guide to Outside Style leads the way. You'll learn to personalize your outdoor living space with the right plants, furnishings, and other design elements to create a space that reflects YOU perfectly, even if you've never sunk a shovel into the soil before. The word ';gardening' can be intimidating if you aren't used to digging in the dirt, yet you want a gorgeous outdoor living area you feel proud of. Author and outdoor living pro Ryan McEnaney helps you make it happen by meeting you where you are. He cuts out the intimidating stuff, doesn't use scary terms, and supports you through the entire process. Start with what you already love. Learn how to translate your choices in clothing, colors, furniture, and architecture into an understanding of how to design your outdoor areas. Next, set parameters and expectations. Learn how to plan smartly so you don't get in over your head. Then, select your aesthetic. Decide which of three primary outdoor design styles—the classic, the modernist, and the naturalist—suit you best and use easy-to-digest, mix-and-match design suggestions and recipes to create an outdoor living area of your dreams. Plus, see your options in action. Through case studies accompanied by before-and-after illustrations of outdoor rehab projects, you'll walk away with a clear understanding of the options for you and your space. Close the book confident in your ability to select plants and design concepts that work in your region, fit within your abilities, and ultimately match the rest of your life perfectly. And to sweeten the deal, the long-term success of your new outdoor space is supported by information on seasonality, sticking to a budget, and creating a balanced space to ensure your newly discovered outside style shines for many years to come.
Weed-Free Gardening presents a clear and easy-to-implement plan of attack to get even the most tenacious weeds under control without the need for potentially harmful synthetic herbicides. Let's face it: weeding is far from a homeowner's favorite chore. But not everyone can afford to hire a landscape crew to keep the weeds at bay, and spraying chemical herbicides isn't a smart solution for eco-conscious homeowners or pet parents. If that's the case for you, the weed control prevention and control strategies outlined here by author Tasha Greer will have you growing flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees with little to no weed competition. Tasha's organic approach hands you methods for both preventing weeds early in the growing season and managing weedy intruders year-round. By following the practical guidance found in Weed-Free Gardening, you'll: Control annual weeds by disrupting their natural lifecycleLearn the whys, hows, and whens of weed-inhibiting mulching techniquesEliminate deep-rooted perennial weeds by eradicatingthem at their sourceMeet the best and most effective weeding tools available to homeownersDiscover manyways to keep weeds out of the vegetable garden while ensuring healthy and productive soilImplement a practical plan to gain long-term control over weeds In addition, you'll find resources for weed identification, tips for getting rid of invasive plants, useful ideas for handling areas completely overtaken by weeds, and dozens of ';weed hacks' to make life in the garden so much more beautiful.Weed-Free Gardening is here with a plan to save you time, money, and energy, and help you fall in love with your garden all over again. If landscape beds overrun with weeds are making you want to give up on your garden, hope is finally here!
The Hardworking Home presents a wide range of achievable home improvements that will help you upgrade your home to better meet your needs in this shifting world. From home office to home school to home entertaining, today's households have necessarily become functional microcosms of society. Before the pandemic, less than five percent of full-time employees worked remotely from home. At the height of the outbreak, more than half did. And even when the dust has settled, it is estimated that at least a quarter of us will be performing our jobs from offices in our homes. Distance learning also will endure as an important educational tool. And while we back into less restrictive social distancing guidelines, it nevertheless makes sense to create a fun, vibrant atmosphere for entertaining ourselves and our guests within the safe confines of our homes. Some of the projects in The Hardworking Home are quite simple and others require a little more DIY experience. But the overriding commonality is that they have been curated with the forward-looking filter of making our lives better, more efficient, and more satisfying in a changing world landscape. Content includes:IntroductionHow we got hereGoals and considerationsWhere to work?Distance learningMultipurpose spacesRepurposing what you already haveAdapting SpaceLamps and lighting choicesWall color and paintingPractical home decorNoise reductionAir quality and whole-house ventilationFurnishingsSeparation tips for open spacesMaking room for recess and relaxationPrivate spaces for external communicationWork-related meeting areasTechnology issues (Wi-Fi and beyond)Ergonomic solutions for working at the dining tableProtecting furnishings and surfacesEfficient ways to stash your stuffWorking togetherConvertible work spaces and desktopsPartition wallModifying countertops and cabinetsTambour hideaway (protecting electronics and equipment)Pantry conversionIsland bumpoutSlide-out work surfaces (and keyboard trays, printer bays, etc.)Under-cabinet lightingUnder-cabinet storageCord managementAdapting dining roomsAdapting kitchensAdapting family roomsCreating activity/recess areasMovable work centersDividing spaceWorkspace under loft bedCorner workspaceCreating living/working space separationAdapting bedroomsRenovating a spare roomCreating SpaceRenovating a spare room (Features: ways to improve lighting)Creating an office in an unfinished basement (Features: furring walls, suspended ceiling, raised subfloor panels)Closet office conversionRenovating a garage (Features: garage floor refinish, new garage window, garage skylight, storage projects)Making an outbuilding habitable (Features: making a shed livable)Feature project: closet officeEasy DIY ProjectsRollingModularDrop-downKidsSpace-savingRollingHiddenFile-friendlyRoom dividersPlexiglass protectorsCarrel curtainsDesksStoragePrivacy barriers
Grow your own delicious food literally anywhere. InHome Hydroponics, hydroponic-growing pro Tyler Baras (aka Farmer Tyler) shows you how easy it is to build your own soilless growing systems to cultivate greens, veggies, herbs, and more. And, to sweeten the deal even further, Tylers designs are not just functional, they're also attractive. In fact, unlike the typical industrial designs of most DIY hydroponic systems, these projects fit beautifully into your living space, no matter its size or style. The small-space hydroponics projects found here come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step plans for making growing systems that fit right into your home. No need to have a separate grow room or to tuck your plants into a corner of the basement. Turn a coffee table, kitchen cupboard, bathroom wall, bedside table, or windowsill into a wonder of hydroponic production with Tyler's project plans and DIY tutelage. Turn a living room armoire into a food-growing machineBuild a hydroponic wall garden for the dining roomConvert a bar cart into a mobile hydroponics systemGrow scented herbs in a unique hanging unitFill a kitchen window with hydroponic suction cup plantersCultivate your own food on a compact corner shelf in your bedroom With hydroponics, you can grow productive plants anywhere, even in the total absence of natural sunlight.Home Hydroponicscovers everything from crop selection and lighting to nutrient management and site selection. Turn almost any room in your home into a mini food farm with the resources and projects found here.
In The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook, you'll find the simple, straightforward resources and tools you need to identify common pests of edible gardens and manage them without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides. Climate change and newly introduced insect pests are changing the world of gardening. Pests that once produced a single generation per year are now producing two or even three, and accidentally imported pest insects have no natural predators to keep them in check. These leaf-munching critters can cause significant damage in short order, reducing your yields and costing you time and money, especially if your garden is out of balance or your plants are stressed and vulnerable. Whether you're a new or seasoned gardener, author and garden pro Susan Mulvihill shows you how to handle pest issues by growing healthier plants, properly identifying the culprit, and nurturing the overall ecosystem of the garden. With easy-to-use charts, you'll learn how to identify common vegetable garden pests based on both the damage they cause and their physical appearance.DIY pest-control projects, coupled with up-to-date info on the best natural products, physical pest-control tricks, and tips for managing pests with the use of traps and barriers, all lead to a garden where beneficial insects and pollinators are preserved while pest populations are kept in check. Learn how to: Get rid of squash bugs with minimal effortScreen out root maggotsKeep cutworms at bayNurture the good bugs that help control tomato hornwormsTackle an infestation of mites, thrips, or whitefliesSend cucumber beetles packingLimit cabbage worms with a simple, inexpensive trickLearn about the best earth-friendly product controls for home vegetable gardenersIdentifying and controlling common vegetable garden pests has never been a favorite task of gardeners, but with Susan's help, positive results are easier than you think!
Longing to nurture your houseplant addiction without cramping your space or style? If you cant squeeze another giant leafy friend onto your plant shelf, author Leslie Halleck is here to inform you that tiny is the new BIG! In Tiny Plants, you'll discover a fascinating array of perfectly petite houseplants you can collect and growin a minimal amount of space. Yes, tiny plants are the ideal solution for plant keepers who don't have much space, but even if you've got all the room in the world, their adorableness is reason alone to grow these mini wonders. These are the eternal puppies, kittens, and babies of the plant worldthey never grow out of their cuteness because their genetics keep them itty-bitty for their entire lives. Beyond a few small succulents, most houseplant parents aren't aware of the extensive array of tiny plants they can collect and display on windowsills, on tables and desks, and in terrariums. Prepare for cuteness overload with: Profiles of dozens of miniature houseplants, including aquatic, carnivorous, flowering, succulent, and tropical varietiesDetailed growing information and tips for successA fascinating look at the botany of miniature houseplant varietiesAdvice on how to stylishly display your tiny plant collectionHow-to lessons on the basics of propagating mini houseplants to share with friendsDetails on the best tiny houseplants for terrarium growing From the sweet blooms of micro orchids and the soft, smooth texture of lithops, to the frog footshaped foliage of the creeping oak fig and the tiny orbs of the string-of-pearls, youll fall in love with these little curiosities before you can say #plantnerd.