Home and Garden
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[After our trip to the pumpkin patch by knitsteel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]
21st century houses: 150 of the world's best by [editor] Robyn Beaver
The borrower: a novel by Rebecca Makkai
The bat house builder's handbook by Merlin D. Tuttle & Donna L. Hensley
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Let's pretend this never happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Sleep is for the weak: the best of the mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more!: a blogHer book by edited by Rita Arens ; forward by Stacy Morrison
The preservation kitchen: the craft of making and cooking with pickles, preserves, and aigre-doux by Paul Virant with Kate Leahy
Can it, bottle it, smoke it: and other kitchen projects by Karen Solomon
Backyard harvest by Jo Whittingham
Emeril at the grill: a cookbook for all seasons by Emeril Lagasse ; with photography by Steven Freeman
Veggie burgers every which way by Lukas Volger ; photographs by Christina Heaston
Good times, good grilling: surefire, fun food for great grill parties by Cheryl and Bill Jamison
- Bats! Owls! Flying Foxes! — Sunday, April 22, 2:00-3:00 PM
- Living Green in Southeast Michigan — Monday, April 23, 7:00-8:30 PM
- Composting and Healthy Lawns — canceled
- Vegetarian Eating for Everyone — Wednesday, April 25, 7:00-8:30 PM
- Attracting Backyard Wildlife — Thursday, April 26, 7:00-8:00 PM
- The Lorax (original 1972 animated version) — Friday, April 27, 4:00-5:15 PM
Better homes and gardens herb gardening by [contributing writer, Karen Weir-Jimerson]Growing herbs can be one of the easiest things you ever do in the garden. They have many advantages, including attractive foliage and flowers, appealing scents, usefulness in cooking, and ease of cultivation. Many herbs also have flowers that attract beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies. This book includes lots of info that will be helpful when selecting the herbs to grow in your garden, as well as instructions for creating container gardens, using herbs in cooking and crafts, and lots more.
Handmade garden projects: step-by-step instructions for creative garden features, containers, lighting & more by Lorene Edwards Forkner — Would you like to give your garden a little something extra? By reusing materials and with a little DIY effort, you can add depth and interest to your garden. This book has it all, from pathways to structures to furniture to containers to storage and more. Check out the author's blog for lots more info and inspiration.
The heirloom life gardener: the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily and naturally by Jere & Emilee Gettle ; with Meghan SutherlandThis book contains a wealth of information, including a history of seed-saving, background on one of the most prominent heirloom seed companies in the U.S., information and instruction on how to grow your own food from heirloom seed, and a guide to some of the most commonly grown heirloom varieties. Also included are engaging color photographs of the fruits, vegetables, gardens, and people featured in the information.
Same place, more space: 50 projects to maximize every room in the house by Karl Champley, with Karen Kelly ; illustrations by Arthur MountYou may recognize author Karl Champley from DIY Network's Wasted Spaces, and fans of that show will find similar ideas in this book. In addition to ideas for taking advantage of unused storage space, this book goes further, offering how-tos for rearranging floor plans and uses of space to get the most out of your home. Included here are instructions and diagrams for multi-use furniture, use-specific remodeling, and lots more.
Seeing trees: discover the extraordinary secrets of everyday trees by Nancy Ross Hugo ; photography by Robert Llewellyn
Trees are all around us, but how often do we really look at them? This book takes a VERY close look and includes stunningly detailed photographs of trees and their constituent parts. Once you've looked through this book, every walk through your neighborhood will be an opportunity to notice these incredible details. Check out the video preview for a sneak peek.