Home and Garden
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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.
Concrete garden projects: easy & inexpensive containers, furniture, water features & more by Malin Nilsson, Camilla Arvidsson — Concrete may not be one of the first materials that comes to mind for DIY projects, but there are a lot of things you can make from it and it's not difficult to do yourself. This book includes instructions and ideas for lots of items you can use in the garden, such as stepping stones, water features, benches, accent pieces, and more.
What plant when by [writers, Martin Page, with Andrea Loom]It can be tricky to plant a garden that always has something blooming through the seasons. This book lists plants in order of season, from early spring through winter, and within each season offers plants according to their color, making it easy to find ideas that will fit in your garden. It also lists plants that are pleasing throughout all seasons, whether it be from their blooms or their foliage.
Five books to help make life a little easier as you age:
I feel great about my hands: and other unexpected joys of aging by edited by Shari Graydon
The bust DIY guide to life: making your way through every day by Laurie Henzel & Debbie Stoller — This book covers the gamut: all the things you love about BUST magazine and more. Crafting, cooking, and beauty tips are just the start. There is also info on being a landlady, polishing your resume, traveling, and much more. This is way more than a contemporary home economics book!
Have you ever made a terrarium? They're all the rage lately and they're so easy to make. Check out this tutorial for terrarium ornaments, and take a look at some of the resources we have here at the library:
Terrarium craft: create 50 magical, miniature worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant; photography by Kate Baldwin
The new terrarium: creating beautiful displays for plants and nature by Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff
Growing perennials in cold climates by Mike Heger, Debbie Lonnee, and John Whitman — There are certainly many areas with colder climates than we have here in Canton, but with our sometimes harsh winters and unpredictable seasonal changes, we definitely qualify. This book lays out details on the most popular perennials cold climate gardeners favor, and also provides basic information for growing perennial plants. It even gets into propagation techniques and troubleshooting problems with perennials.