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Rodale S Ultimate Encyclopedia Of Organic Gardening

Author: Fern Marshall Bradley
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 1635650992
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Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has been the go-to resource for gardeners for more than 50 years, and the best tool novices can buy to start applying organic methods to their fruit and vegetable crops, herbs, trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, and lawns. This thoroughly revised and updated version highlights new organic pest controls, new fertilizer products, improved gardening techniques, the latest organic soil practices, and new trends in garden design. In this indispensable work you will find: Comprehensive coverage for the entire garden and landscape along with related entries such as Community Gardening, Edible Landscaping, Horticultural Therapy, Stonescaping, and more The most in-depth information from the trusted Rodale Organic Gardening brand A completely new section on earth-friendly techniques for gardening in a changing climate, covering wise water management, creating backyard habitats, managing invasive plants and insects, reducing energy use and recycling, and understanding biotechnology Entries all written by American gardeners for American gardeners, with answers for all the challenges presented by various conditions, from the humid Deep South and the mild maritime coasts to the cold far North and the dry Southwest Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has everything you need to create gorgeous, non-toxic gardens in any part of the country.

Great Garden Companions

Author: Sally Jean Cunningham
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9780875968476
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Designed to help readers make organic gardening easy and productive by using plants themselves instead of chemical care, a gardener offers a system that encourages pest-free growth

Rodale S Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Herbs Kowalchik Hylson 1987

Author: Rodale Press,Inc
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HISTORY Greek legend tells that aconite grew on the hill of Aconitus where Hercules fought with Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades, and from this raging dog's mouths fell foam and sali\-a onto aconite, giving this plant its deadly poison. Hecate, a Greek goddess of magic arts and spells, poisoned her father with aconite, and Medea is said to have killed Theseus with it. Aconite has been called love poison. According to legend, women who were fed aconite daily from infanc\- could poison others through sexual contact. Outside of legend, men did find use for this plant as a poison. In ancient times, on the island of Ceos in the Aegean sea, poisons made from aconite were given to the old men when they became ill and were no longer useful to the state. Hunters painted arrow tips with aconite and mixed it into bait for use in hunting wolves; hence the plant's common names, wolf's bane or wolfbane. In Europe and ^^sia, soldiers dropped it into the water supplies along the route of their enemies. During the Middle Ages, witches had an interesting use for this herb. They mixed it with belladonna in ointments that they rubbed on their bodies for flying. These xwo herbs are indeed good "flying" herbs. In combination, the irregular heart action produced by aconite and the delirium produced by belladonna surely produced a sensation of flying. Of course, the witches needed to be ven- careful with such a powerful ointment, or they would have been flying forever. As e\1denced by these stories, aconite certainly produces a physiological elfect on the body. However, aconite was not only used as a poison. ,\s a medicinal herb, aconite was introduced to modern medicine in 1^63 in N'ienna. In 1^88, it was added to the Londoti Pharmacopoeia and also the first U.S. Pharmacopoeia. USES So what good is this plant if it is so poisonous? Viell, homeopaths and Chinese herbalists still use it medicinally, prescribing infinitesimal dosages. This is perilous work at best. At your home, keep this plant in the garden. Medicinal: Aconite slows the heart, decreases blood pressure, induces sweating, and reduces inflammation. Applied locally, it is absorbed into the skin and produces a warm, tingling sensation followed by numbness. Liniments containing aconite have been used to relieve rheumatic and neuralgic pains. Homeopaths use aconite in their remedies, and the Chinese make a drug from the roots of several species of this herb, but because the therapeutic dose is so close to the toxic dose, aconite was long ago deleted from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia and the British Pharmacopoeia. Toxicity: Due to the extreme toxicity of this herb, it should never be used for any r>pe of treatment. The entire plant, but especially the root, contains several toxic alkaloids. Aconitine is the most abundant alkaloid; others include picratonitine, aconine, benzoylamine, and neopelline. These alkaloids first stimulate and then depress the central and peripheral nerves. A dose of as little as 5 milliliters of a tincture of aconite may cause death. Cases of poisoning have been reported when the leaves have been mistaken for wild parsley or the roots for horseradish. Even used externally, it may be absorbed in sufficient quantities to cause poisoning. Ornamental: What gardener could resist planting this inU"iguing herb? Its curiously shaped flowers, which earned it the nickname monkshood during the Middle Ages, are quite pretty both in the garden and in cut flower arrangements. Aconite is an excellent addition to perennial flower beds. Because of its height, it can be attractively set in a large group of flowers behind lower growing plants. It blooms late in the summer and fall and can be grown in a lightly shaded area or in direct sun. If you add this plant to your garden, keep children away from it! CULTIVATION Aconite can be grown from seed sown in April Vi inch deep. It will flower in two or three years. The easiest and most practical form of propagation is root division. In the autumn of every third or fourth year, dig up the plant and separate and replant the "daughter roots" that have developed at the side of the old roots. The plants should be placed about 18 inches apart. The tops of aconite should be cut after the plants have been killed by frost. In areas where winters are harsh, cover the beds with branches of evergreens or some other loose, insulating material. Aconite does not like its roots disturbed and should not be transplanted. Pests and diseases: Aconite is susceptible to crown rot, powdery mildew, mosaic, venicillium wilt, and cyclamen mite. (See the entry Growing Herbs for information on controlling pests and diseases.) Agrimonia Eupatoria Rosaceae "Ten minutes til showtime!" The singer uncorks her green bottle and pours half a glass of agrimony water, gargles, then spits in the sink. She pats her mouth dv\ with the hand towel, paints her lips crimson, then combs her hair one last time. She is ready to sing. Singers and speakers have been known to gargle with agrimony to clear and refresh their throats before performances. You, too, can use such a gargle to relieve a sore throat from a cold or the flu. HISTORY Agrimony's throat-soothing activity is only one of its properties. This herb has been used for many other purposes, and historically, some of those uses are . . . well, a little unusual. The strangest use of agrimony was in an old remedy for internal hemorrhages. Herbalists mixed it with pounded frogs and a little human blood. This sounds more like a witch's potion than a medicinal remedy. In ancient Greece, this herb was prescribed for eye complaints. The Anglo-Saxons called agrimony garclive and used it primarily to treat wounds. In Chaucer's time herbalists still prescribed it for wounds. They also mixed it with mugwort and vinegar to treat patients with back pain. An old English medical manuscript reported: If [agrimony] be leyd under mann's heed, He shal sleepyn as he were deed; He shal never drede ne wakyn Till fro under his heed it be takyn. Currently, no sedative properties have been found in agrimony, but should you want to place a sprig of this herb on your pillow rather than swallow some sleeping pills, well, it's worth a xiy—at least it is probably safer. Unless, of course, it convinces your spouse that more is wrong with you than insomnia. At the end of the sixteenth centur>', herbalists prescribed agrimony remedies for rheumatism, gout, and fevers. In the United States and Canada, up through the late 1800s, agrimony was used to treat digestive problems, bowel complaints, asthma, coughs, and sore throats. USES The French drink agrimony tea merely for pleasure, but it also m-3.\ offer some health benefits. DESCRIPTION Agrimony is a hain', deep green perennial herb with a c\'- lindrical, slightly rough stem bearing a few branches. The whole plant is slightly aromatic, while the flowers themselves have a spicy odor. (See photo on page 169 ) Flowers: Yellow, Vb in. across; 5 egg-shaped petals slightly notched at end; 5-12 stamens, grow close and profusely on spike. Leaves: Alternate, odd pinnate, toothed, and downy; lower leaves 7-8 in. long and have more leaflets; upper leaves 3 in. long with fewer leaflets; leaflets var}' in size with small ones alternating between much larger ones; largest leaflets measure l-l'/2 in. long. Fruit: A bristly burr. Height: To 5 ft. FLOWERING July and August. RANGE Originally native to Europe, now common in the United States and in parts of Asia. In the western part of the United States, it is found in the middle mountains of southern California and in the north central sections of Arizona. HABITAT Woods, sides of fields, waste places, along roadsides and fences

Gardening With Sprouts

Author: Daniel A. Atlas
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1438930917
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Joe Cynikowski is a fifty-five-year old cynical, Republican conservative who is an investigator for the U.S. Navy. He meets thirty-year-old Frank Goodman, a liberal Jewish post graduate student in a Tempe, Arizona bar. Frank is trying to write a thesis for his doctorate degree in philosophy and has chosen "Cynicism" as his topic. Frank and Joe begin bantering about the current social climate in America and they discuss the views of conservatives, liberals, and the effects of media slants. Frank convinces a reluctant Joe to ride along with him on his business trip to continue the discussion. During the trip, they rescue a battered woman from her violent husband and with the help of the Border Patrol, they save a young Mexican illegal immigrant whose parents have been kidnapped by Mexican coyote slavers. The story contains severe criticisms by Joe about the ethical and moral decay in America, and discusses bigotry, racism, and religion. Joe explains the reasons for his cynicism and Frank counters with a liberal, more positive view. They team up together to do a few good deeds by helping those in distress and hope that their actions will make things better in some small way. It is a story with a powerful message. Certain passages might offend some readers, even though they tend toward moral conclusions.

Rodale S No Fail Flower Garden

Author: Joan Benjamin
Publisher: Rodale Press
ISBN: 9780875969541
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Discusses such topics as fertilizing, garden design, flower selection, pest control, and maintenance

Rodale S Garden Answers

Author: Fern Marshall Bradley
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A guide for backyard gardeners discusses planting, feeding, pruning, and harvesting