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The Brother Gardeners

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446439569
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One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London's Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram in the American colonies. But it was not bales of cotton that awaited him, but plants and seeds... Over the next forty years, Bartram would send hundreds of American species to England, where Collinson was one of a handful of men who would foster a national obsession and change the gardens of Britain forever: Philip Miller, author of the bestselling Gardeners Dictionary; the Swede Carl Linnaeus, whose standardised botanical nomenclature popularised botany; the botanist-adventurer Joseph Banks and his colleague Daniel Solander who both explored the strange flora of Tahiti and Australia on Captain Cook's Endeavour. This is the story of these men - friends, rivals, enemies, united by a passion for plants. Set against the backdrop of the emerging empire and the uncharted world beyond, The Brother Gardeners tells the story how Britain became a nation of gardeners.

Maria Rodale S Organic Gardening Secrets

Author: Maria Rodale
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 162336213X
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Maria Rodale shares her organic gardening secrets in a season-by-season guide that offers straight-forward, easy-to-follow gardening basics so that anyone can enjoy a beautiful, productive, organic garden all year long. In the spring, learn how to prepare for and plan your garden in order to ensure a bountiful 4-season garden, as well as how to improve your soil health, create the best compost, and harvest early crops. In the summer, find the best chemical-free bug solutions, easy organic weeding strategies, sustainable watering techniques, and simple effective ways to boost your yield organically. In the fall, learn how to extend your growing season into winter; pick out bulbs, trees, and shrubs; add color to your garden, and preserve your garden's bounty for winter. Maria also shares her very own recipes for a Thanksgiving feast. And in winter, learn how to plan for next year's garden, order the best seeds for your needs, and start seedlings indoors. Plus, Maria shares her favorite winter comfort food recipes.

The Five Ton Life

Author: Susan Subak
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803296886
Size: 55.94 MB
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"Susan Subak explores various low-carbon locations across America, calculating and comparing emissions data to understand what unites these different types of American neighborhoods, as well as what sets them apart, and how we can use this information to work towards a lower-carbon future"--