Home and Garden
Modern vintage style by Emily Chalmers ; words by Ali Hanan ; photography by Debi Treloar — Do you have an appreciation for items that have been around for awhile? For furniture that was carefully designed to fit a certain era or aesthetic? This book can help you pull it all together, including furniture, lighting, textiles, decorating, and collections, and displays. Even better, the second half of the book is dedicated to making a beautifully curated home actually livable for day-to-day use.
Landscaping for your home by Catriona Tudor Erler — Curb appeal is extremely important to many homeowners. Buyers look for good landscaping when scoping out a possible purchase, and attractive exteriors help raise property values even if you're not planning to sell anytime soon. This book is a how-to DIY guide for many projects, as well as offering inspiration and ideas that can be as easy as adding a sundial or a container garden. Whatever the scope of your landscaping project, you will likely find this book helpful.
Small green roofs : low-tech options for greener living by Nigel Dunnett ... [et al.] Just flipping through this book will excite those considering green roofs. You will find tons of pictures of green roofs on small sheds and structures making this daunting idea seem doable. There are over 40 small-scale examples of green roofs that help demystify the process of planning, designing, installing, and maintaining green roofs. The book provides you with the basics of design as well as practical considerations - with the bulk of the pages devoted to real-life examples.
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Great fruit & vegetable guide by writers, Ann Baggaley ... [et al.] — This book is fairly small, but it packs a ton of information into its pages. Many varieties of many categories of edibles are included: tree fruits, soft fruits, root vegetables, brassicas, leafy vegetables, stem vegetables, salad vegetables, fruiting vegetables, and more. Also throughout are tips and hints for growing particular types of fruit and veg.
Twilight garden : a guide to enjoying your garden in the evening hours by Lia Leendertz — Sorry, Twihards, this book isn't about Bella and Edward, though perhaps they might enjoy hanging out in a garden like this book describes: one that can be enjoyed at night as well as in the daytime. Covered here are techniques for using color, light, scent, and water to make your garden a sensory experience that is pleasing no matter what time of day. Many plants flower at night, and Leendertz focuses on those, as well as on those that stay in bloom overnight. Most of the flowers recommended are white or are especially pleasing under moonlight.
Honey bee hobbyist : the care and keeping of bees by Norman Gary — Have you ever thought about keeping your own bees? If you'd like to, this book is a terrific overview of the basics of what a home beekeeper needs to know and might wonder about. The book even starts with a section that will help you decide whether beekeeping is right for you.
Organic gardening by Geoff Hamilton — Gardening using organic principles has really gained in popularity over the past few years. Making the choice to limit the use of chemicals gives the gardener some control over what ends up in their produce. Gardening organically doesn't mean giving up on all fertilizers, though! There are a host of natural soil amendments that can help your plants flourish. This book goes over all this and much more, focusing primarily on vegetables but also covering fruits, herbs, and ornamentals.
Gardening step by step by Phil Clayton, Jenny Hendy, Colin Crosbie, Jo Whittingham — This book runs the gamut of things you might want to know how to do in your garden. From designing to planting to maintenance, it's all included here. The section on pruning is extensive and includes color photographs showing just how to go about it for various type of plants. Both beginning gardeners and those with more experience will certainly find something of interest here.
How to grow food : a step-by-step guide to growing all kinds of fruit, vegetables, salads and more by Richard Gianfrancesco — It's not too late to start growing your own food this season! Though some gardeners started earlier, you can plant seeds directly in your garden right now and be enjoying fruit and veg in a matter of weeks. This book is a terrific guide to the many edibles you can grow at home. With color photographs and detailed information, this is truly a one-stop-shop of edible gardening information.
Ultimate guide : walks, patios & walls by senior editor, Kathie Robitz — One of the things that really brings a professional look to a landscape is the use of stone and other mediums that contrast with plants. This book offers step-by-step instructions and design inspiration for a wide variety of walks, patios, and walls, with skill levels ranging from easy to challenging to difficult.
Tomorrow's garden : design and inspiration for a new age of sustainable gardening text and photographs by Stephen Orr — Many people are embracing the opportunity to DIY rather than hiring a landscaper, and lots of folks are increasing their awareness of the lasting impact that garden design choices make on the overall landscape. Maybe you choose to grow edibles to cut down on your grocery costs, or perhaps to plant an ornamental garden instead of maintaining a lawn that requires a lot of water. These and other sustainable choices are covered here by garden expert Orr.
Extraordinary gardens of the world by Monty Don — When I think about where I'd like to travel, places with beautiful gardens rank high on my list. This book is a virtual travelogue of all types of gardens located in places all around the globe. The large format suits this book well, as the photos are big and colorful, inviting the reader to get the feeling of being in each garden. Gardeners and travel buffs alike will enjoy this book.
Kitchen garden: month by month by Alan Buckingham — Month-to-month advice on growing produce in your backyard and obtaining a degree of sustainability. Useful illustrations and plant information are included. Vegetable, herb, and flower care instructions in a format that is easy to follow.
Trees and shrubs : a gardener's encyclopedia by senior consultants Geoff Bryant and Tony Rodd — A companion to Annuals and Perennials, this book provides the same kind of detailed information, but this time about trees and shrubs that a gardener might use in the garden and landscape. There are a wide variety of plants listed, including twenty species of Maples alone.