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Fresh, local, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables are hard to find in winter in cold climates. Growing warm-weather crops such as tomatoes, bananas, avocados, and other perennials is nearly impossible using conventional structures. The solution for millions of backyard and small-scale commercial growers is self-heating solar greenhouses.
The Year-round Solar Greenhouse is the one-stop guide to designing and building greenhouses that harness and store energy from the sun to create naturally heated, lush growing environments even in the depths of winter. This book covers principles of solar greenhouse design and siting, glazing material properties and selection, controlling heat loss, ventilation, and construction methods. Additionally, an in-depth section covers sustainable ways of heating the greenhouse without fossil fuels (including using thermal mass and storing heat underground with a ground to air heat exchanger).
Variations include attached solar greenhouses, earth-sheltered greenhouses, plus integrating hydroponics and aquaponics. More than a dozen case studies from across North America provide inspiration and demonstrate specific challenges and solutions for growing year-round in any climate.
Grow your own food, anytime, anywhere using the power of the sun!
Herbs are hot! And in Making Love Potions, best-selling author Stephanie L. Tourles shows you how to bring that heat into your bedroom. Tourles playfully presents 64 easy recipes for natural body oils, balms, tonics, bath blends, and sweet treats to share with your special someone. This celebration of life and pleasure arouses the senses with such irresistible recipes as “Come Hither” Body Powder, Cocoa-Chai “Kiss ‘n’ Make Up” Lip Butter, and Vanilla Intrigue Massage Oil. Most recipes use simple, common ingredients, making them both easy and quick to prepare. With beautiful illustrations and engaging explanations of the power that herbs, flowers, and natural oils have over our physical bodies, Making Love Potions is the perfect gift for herb lovers — and all lovers — everywhere.
In 101 One-Dish Dinners, Andrea Chesman shows off the versatility of Dutch ovens, skillets, and casserole pans. Classic baked dishes like ham and potato gratin, chicken potpie, and vegetable lasagne go head-to-head with diverse stovetop suppers like jambalaya, seafood paella, and pad Thai. For those looking for something a little lighter but still filling, there are plenty of meal-in-a-bowl salads and timeless soups. Serve up a nourishing meal tonight with little fuss and fewer dishes!
Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment and our communities. Heal Local argues that "100-mile health care" can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness.
This innovative guide demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally produced herbs, rather than importing exotics and non-natives. Based on the small apothecary model, author Dawn Combs explains how to:
Many herbals overwhelm their readers, presenting a list of hundreds of herbs, each with a different purpose. Heal Local empowers readers by showing that you don't need to know everything about every herb on the planet to create a complete home apothecary.
Anyone can be self-sufficient with their wellness, regardless of their previous knowledge, experience or available space.
Absolutely nothing compares to growing and cooking with your own homegrown ingredients. Whether you’re making a healthy salad or a hearty winter stew, this wonderful set from Mother Earth News and Grit will be your guide to growing, cooking, and eating from your own backyard. With nearly 400 pages of expertly written articles, do-it-yourself garden projects, helpful gardening advice, tried-and-true recipes, this set is a must-have for anyone’s library!
Grit Guide to Homemade Bread, 7th Edition
This guide provides more than 107 keys to successfully making bread, from sourdough bread to gluten-fee, from bagels to tortillas and more. With 76 recipes inside this 100-page guide, you and your whole family can enjoy the benefits of homemade bread.
Cappers’ Farmer Guide to Slow Cooking
Having your home fill with the aroma of soups, stews, roasts, or vegetables that have been cooking slowly for hours is a thing of comfort, especially when the weather outside is not so warm and comforting. Cappers’ Farmer put together a special guide dedicated to cooking with your slow cooker or pressure cooker. There are 79 delicious recipes to try in this 100-page guide, plus you can learn more about your pressure cooker, read how to try new and exciting recipes, and much more.
Mother Earth News Guide to Fall Gardening
Gardeners are learning that the end of summer doesn’t have to be the end of their gardening season. With the help of this new guide, you can continue your garden well into autumn. With nearly 100 pages of articles, this guide covers how to stash produce for winter, plant the best crops for the season, protect crops with hoops and greenhouse, and more.
Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs
Mother Earth News has put together a beautiful guide to help you boost your health with hundreds of tips for growing and harvesting herbs and spices and then cooking with them. There are more than 99 tips for culinary greatness inside this 100-page guide, which features articles and recipes such as Chocolate Dessert Ravioli, herbal sodas, Botanical Breads, and much more.
Published in the year 2000, Making Plant Medicine has become a preferred herbal reference for learning to make standard herbal tinctures, teas, syrups, oils, salves, and poultices. The fourth edition includes 28 new herbs, including aloe vera, andrographis, Ashitaba, brahmi, Chameleon plant, hops, osha, and rhodiola. May your personalized copy soon be anointed with the happy splatter of homemade herbal remedies!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT have pulled together four guides that are packed full of articles that include tips, DIY projects, recipes, advice, and much more, all in this one Country Resource set. There are more than 150 keys and tips on using cast iron for cooking, earning a living on a farm, raising healthy rabbits, and producing a healthy and productive chicken flock.
Want to learn six different ways to make compost? Discover how to cut your food bills in half? Follow 13 fail-proof, no-knead homemade bread recipes? Make money raising rabbits? Build your own poultry plucker? Read how to get started on keeping bees? Look no further than the MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT Self-Sufficient Resource Set. Six-hundred pages of articles with expert advice, recipes, do-it-yourself projects and more, this set covers everything from organic gardening to bees and honey, from backyard rabbits to self-reliance and country skills.
Want the best-looking yard in your neighborhood? Or a sprawling green lawn that welcomes visitors as they make their way up your driveway? With the help of the GRIT Guide to Field and Lawn Care you'll discover how to grow and maintain the sharpest lawn, as well as tips for safe mowing, advice for rejuvenating your lawn, and so much more.
This first Best of Grit edition covers a wide range of topics, including the best articles on gardening, comfort food recipes, livestock, tools and equipment, do-it-yourself projects, wildlife and country life. Nearly 30 articles make up this 113-page guide. Read how to earn a living on a farm by growing vegetables and raising animals for market. Discover an easy, no-knead artisan bread recipe guaranteed to make everyone a baker. Learn how to hatch a flock with insider tips on incubating eggs and more. Enjoy your best hunting season yet by following our guide to hunting deer, turkeys, dove, pheasant and more.
More and more households are using herbs and herbal remedies for growing, cooking and healing. The fifth edition of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Healing Herbs is filled with articles to help guide you through growing and using herbs. Learn the household uses for tea tree oil, witch hazel, turmeric, cinnamon and more. Read what herbs you should have on hand in your medicine chest and what herbs help with what ailment. Delicious recipes and helpful gardening tips are also included.