Home and Garden
Stephen Forrest will talk about his experiences with his "off-the-grid" house in Vermont. Forrest is Vice President of Research at the University of Michigan as well as a Professor of Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics.
Dr. Forrest will speak at the Hatcher Library Gallery at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 26, from 5:30-7:00PM.
The nonstop garden : a step-by-step guide to smart plant choices and four-season landscapes by Stephanie Cohen & Jennifer Benner — We would all love for our gardens to be bursting with color and interest all year long, but it takes a little planning to achieve. Cohen and Benner offer a number of strategies for designing a year-round garden and have included ten design plans for those just starting as well as loads of suggestions for trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and more.
Guide to Michigan vegetable gardening by James A. Fizzell
This is the ultimate guide to veg gardening in Michigan and includes just about everything you could ever want to know about growing your own food here in MI. In addition to full sections on virtually all the vegetables you might want to grow, this book also includes up-to-date county extension information, a hardiness zone (we're 6a here in Canton) map, and freeze. frost and precipitation details. Definitely recommended for local gardeners at all levels of experience.
Incredible edibles : 43 fun things to grow in the city by Sonia Day ; photography Barrie Murdock
If you're looking for a few good edibles to grow, this book is a great place to start. Even if you only have a patio, balcony, or other limited area, almost all of these 43 plants are doable. These edibles are also versatile ingredients for a home cook, and are for the most part quite easy to grow. Large, crisp photographs make this book a winner.
Starter vegetable gardens : 24 no-fail plans for small organic gardens by Barbara Pleasant ; photography by John Gruen
For experienced or beginner gardeners, this book has a wealth of resources for planning your veggie patch. As advertised in the title, there are 24 garden plans, but there is also a ton of really useful information about many of the plants you may want to grow. For instance, did you know that mulching your potato plants with straw can help deter Colorado Potato Beetles? See page 116 for more on that, and don't miss all the other great info included in this book.
Marley and me : life and love with the world's worst dog by John Grogan
Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron ; with Bret Witter
My name is Anne Heidemann. I am an amateur gardener who has been growing vegetables, herbs, and perennials for about 3 years. I don't have any formal training but have gained most of my knowledge from gardening books found at the Canton Public Library — along with advice given to me by fellow enthusiasts. There are also many green thumbs in my family who have shared their experiences with me.
Meet Anne and ask her your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.
Herb gardening for the Midwest by Debra Knapke, Laura Peters — Interested in growing herbs? This guide includes all you need to know about the herbs that thrive in this region and includes herbs of ornamental interest and of practical use. Details for each herb or plant include features, growing instructions, tips for best results, recommended varieties, harvesting and processing instructions, and uses. Everything is easy to understand and the color photographs are extremely helpful, especially for gardeners who have aesthetics in mind.
The Gossler guide to the best hardy shrubs : more than 350 expert choices for your garden by Roger, Eric, and Marjory Gossler ; foreword by John E. Elsley
Shrubs are one of the easiest additions you can make to your landscape and this guide offers a wealth of choices to fit just about any environment. Many shrubs require little to no maintenance and for those whose thumbs are less than green, this book even includes a chapter entitled, "How Not to Kill Your Plants." Filled with beautiful, full-color photographs, you can see the look of these shrubs and in many cases, how they can be used for lovely effect within a landscape.
This guide will be useful for both beginning and experienced gardeners. It has an introductory section on starting your garden, and then concise, detailed information about the most commonly grown vegetables, herbs, fruits, and seeds found in Midwestern gardens. You should also check out Vanderlinden's blog In the Garden Online, or any of her extremely useful articles at organicgardening.about.com. She's a Michigan gardener with lots of great insights and a terrific sense of humor.
Planting: the planting design book for the twenty-first century by Diarmuid Gavin & Terence Conran
This stunning oversize book is full of both great ideas for gardeners and gorgeous photographs of plants, flowers, and gardens. Looking to create a particular type of garden? You'll find philosophical and practical information, design layouts, and specific plant suggestions for each of several different types. Gardeners will also find inspiration in the lavishly photographed gardens and estates pictured.
The consumer's guide to effective environmental choices : practical advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Michael Brower and Warren Leon
The virtuous consumer : your essential shopping guide for a better, kinder, healthier world by Leslie Garrett ; foreword by Peter Greenberg
Clean : the humble art of Zen-cleansing by Michael De Jong
- The blueberry muffin is the most popular muffin in the United States
- The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey
- A single bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries a year
- There are only three commercial fruits native to North America: blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes
The rock garden plant primer : easy, small plants for containers, patios, and the open garden by Christopher Grey-Wilson
If you have a rock garden and are looking for plants, this book is for you. If you don't have a rock garden but are looking for groundcovers or low-growing flowering plants, this book is for you, too. Inside you'll find detailed descriptions of hundreds of plants, as well as lists of which ones grow best in particular conditions, and general information about how to create your own rock garden. Many of these plants work well in weather like we're having right now (hot!).
The green home by Bridget Biscotti Bradley and the editors of Sunset Books
How green is your home? What impact on your health and well-being do the materials and items in your house have? It could be a lot, and if you're planning a renovation or even just redecorating, this book has a lot of great information about how to make environmentally responsible choices that are also aesthetically pleasing and useful in everyday real life.
The bizarre and incredible world of plants by Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler, Madeline Harley
Ever wondered what happens inside a seed? Or why some flowers are pollinated by bees, others by birds, and still others by bats? Curious what pollen looks like at a microscopic level? This book shows all of these and more, offering stunning color photographs of flowers and other plants. Gorgeous to look at and filled with scientific facts about the plants pictured, this book is enjoyable on several levels.