Environmentally Friendly Gardening

Your Guide to a Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Garden

"Environmentally Friendly Gardening" is a guide to how the home gardener can become more environmentally friendly. Whether it is attracting insects, sequestering carbon or reducing your carbon impact, this book will tell you how to be eco-friendly and help the environment.

It is surprising how much of an impact gardens have on the environment, particularly this modern need for sterile environments full of artificial grass, wooden decking or carefully laid out flowers. If you think about how gardens were ten or twenty years ago, there is a singificant difference now that is not so good for insects or wildlife.

This book has been written based on the need for us all to make changes in the way we life so we are living in a more ecologically sound way. Whether this is reducing our use of plastic, using sustainable materials, or planting for insects is entirely up to you, but the more each of us can do, the more chance we have of averting an environmental crisis.

As you read this book, you will learn about all aspects of environmentally friendly gardening from creating an eco-friendly soil to planting for insects and much more. You will understand the environmental impact of a garden and what you can do to garden in a way that causes less pollution and creates a better environment in your garden.

As you read "Environmentally Friendly Gardening", you will discover:

  • What an eco-friendly garden is and why you need one
  • How to plant for insects and save declining populations of vital pollinators
  • Which insects are beneficial and how to attract them into your garden
  • Using companion planting to reduce your need for chemicals
  • Why a healthy soil ecosystem is important and how to make your soil healthy
  • Ways to reduce your carbon footprint, including making your own compost
  • That weeds can be your friends and beneficial in an eco-garden
  • How to make 'reduce, reuse, recycle' your new gardening mantra
  • Methods to reduce your use of plastics in your garden

There is a lot we can all do to make our gardens more environmentally friendly and reduce our negative impact on the environment. This book covers many different subjects and gives you a lot of ideas about what you can do in your garden.

Start gardening in a way that benefits the environment and enjoy a garden thriving with life and beauty. Environmentally friendly gardening doesn't mean a boring garden, but you can create an incredibly interesting, good looking garden that is a pleasure to sit in. Start creating your eco-garden today with "Environmentally Friendly Gardening".


Growing Brassicas

Your Guide to Growing Cruciferous Vegetables from Cabbage to Kale and Everything In Between

"Growing Brassicas" is an in-depth guide showing you exactly how to grow a wide variety of brassica or cruciferous vegetables at home. Whether you want to grow the common broccoli or cauliflower or the more unusual romanesco or the superfood maca.

There are a lot of vegetables in the brassica family and they have some surprising health benefits for you, plus they are really tasty! The real benefit of these vegetables for the home gardener, is that many of these are cool season plants, ideal for temperate climates and for growing over winter. They make an excellent crop to plant after the summer harvest.

This book introduces you to some of the most popular and some of the more unusual members of the brassica family. You will learn exactly how to grow each one from the ideal soil conditions through to the pests and problems facing each plant. You may be familiar with some of the vegetables in this book, but you are going to discover a few that are well worth growing ... ever grown purple or orange cauliflower?

As you read this book, you will learn everything you need to know about growing brassicas, from choosing the best varieties to grow in your area to the conditions your plants need to produce a bountiful harvest. You learn how to look after each plant, their food and watering needs plus where to position them for best results in your garden. This is an in-depth guide teaches you everything you need to know about this incredible family of vegetables.
As you read "Growing Brassicas", you will discover:

  • What are the members of the brassica family
  • What types of plant will grow where you live
  • The soil, food and water requirements for the brassicas
  • Common pests and diseases that affect brassicas and how to prevent them, including club root and wind rock
  • The health benefits of brassica vegetables, including broccoli, which deserves a special mention
  • Cooking with brassicas - lots of recipes for all the different vegetables
  • Detailed growing guides for 24 different types of brassica

And, of course, much, much more.

This book is designed to give you all the information you need to start growing brassicas at home. It is something anyone can do, whether you have a full sized garden or a balcony with space for a few pots. You will be surprised on what you can grow in limited space.

You can start growing delicious brassicas at home now. These are wonderful vegetables that have plenty of health benefits and taste delicious. This step-by-step guide teaches you everything you need. Whether you want to grow turnips, mizuna or the fiery hot wasabi, you will find the information you need in this book.


Berry Gardening

The Complete Guide to Berry Gardening from Boysenberries to Gooseberries and More

"Berry Gardening - The Complete Guide" is your in-depth guide to growing berries at home. Whether you are growing more common berries like strawberries or raspberries, or the more unusual like honeyberries or wineberries, this book tells you everything you need to know to start successfully growing berries at home.

There are lots of different types of berries and we see just a few of them in the stores. There are many more that you could grow, many of which are delicious and beneficial to you! Expensive berries such as goji berries can easily be grown at home almost anywhere in the world. Rare to find berries such as gooseberries grow well in your garden and produce a delicious crop that everyone must try, particularly the delightfully sweet purple gooseberries.

This book introduces you to many different types of berry, some of which you may be familiar with and some which may be new to you. Best of all, you discover the many different varieties of each berry, which are often far tastier than anything you can buy in the stores.

As you read this book, you will learn everything you need to know about growing berries at home from choosing plants to what conditions they need to thrive. You learn how to look after all the different types of plants from watering to feeding to soil and sun requirements, plus how to prune them so they keep producing lots of fruit every year. This in-depth book details everything you need to know to successfully grow berries.

As you read "Berry Gardening - The Complete Guide", you will discover:

  • What berry plants require to grow and produce fruit
  • All about the soil and how to make sure it is ideal for your plants
  • How to ensure your plants are pollinated and how to encourage beneficial insects into your garden
  • Pruning requirements and methods for the various berry plants
  • Propagation techniques for each berry plant so you can get more plants for free
  • How to harvest and store each type of berry for best results
  • Detailed growing guides for 24 different types of berry
  • Step-by-step guide to making jams, jellies and preserves with your berries including diabetic friendly methods
  • Lots of delicious and unusual recipes for your berry harvest

And, of course, much, much more.

This book is designed to give you all the information you need to start growing your own berries. It is something anyone can do, whether you have a full sized garden or a balcony with space for a few pots. You will be surprised on what you can grow in limited space.

You can start growing your favorite berries and enjoying delicious berries from your garden. Home grown berries taste amazing when compared to store bought berries, and they are easier to grow than you may think! In fact, you will be surprised just how big a harvest you can get, even from a small space. From bilberries to wineberries and everything in between, there is a berry plant for everyone in this book.


Save Our Bees

Your Guide To Creating A Bee Friendly Environment

"Save Our Bees - Your Guide To Creating A Bee Friendly Environment" is a guide to show you what you can do to save our dwindling bee population. Over 70% of our food crops are pollinated by bees; a species that is dying out at a frightening rate. Scientists have expressed their concern that if something is not done soon to stop these pollinating insects disappearing, we will face serious, irreparable problems with the world's food supply.

Bees are an amazing species of insect; there are over 25,000 different types of bee on the planet, with over 4,000 in the USA and around 250 in the United Kingdom. Honey bees are probably the most important species of bee as it is estimated that 80% of the food eaten by an American has been pollinated by a honey bee! These 'busy bees' work tirelessly to pollinate our food yet they are losing their habitat and their natural environment as our monoculture farming expands.

There is a big movement across the Western world to save the bees and provide them with an environment that supports them. Everyone, no matter whether you live in the middle of a city or the country, can help the bees. This book is a complete guide to everything you can do for the bees from the best flowers to grow for them, to how to support them with our changing weather and much, much more. When you read this book you will understand how this docile, much mis-understood insect is the foundation stone of much of the life on Earth and why it is so important that something is done to help them.

As you read "Save Our Bees", you will discover:

  • Exactly how the bees are so important and why it is vital we help them
  • Why bees are generally completely harmless and misunderstood and feared by many people
  • The different types of bee, both social and solitary
  • How to provide bees with natural sources of food throughout the year
  • Why early season flowers are so vital for bees and ones you can grow to provide them with food
  • Which plants you must avoid growing as they are toxic to bees
  • The truth behind the myth of feeding bees sugar water and how it can threaten their survival
  • Why pesticides are so dangerous to bees and some natural, bee safe alternatives to use around your home and garden
  • How to reduce your need for chemicals through environmentally friendly companion planting
  • What city dwellers can do to help bees and a surprising fact about urban bees that few people know
  • Exactly what you need to keep bees at home if you want to become a beekeeper
  • Information and resources on creating a bee friendly neighborhood

This in-depth guide has been written to give you all the information you need to start saving our bees. It is something anyone can do no matter how big or small your garden is, or even if you do not have a garden! Bees are an amazing species of insect and you can help them now.

Working together, we can help the bees and prevent their decline. Once you have read, "Save Our Bees", you will know exactly what you can do to help the bees no matter where you live. Even now, there is something magical about sitting back on a hot summer's day, watching bees lazily fly from flower to flower. Whether you want to become a beekeeper or just plant a bee friendly garden, there is plenty you can do to help these vital insects survive.


Growing Lavender

The Complete Guide to Lavender

"Growing Lavender - Growing, Using, Cooking and Healing with Lavender" is your in-depth guide to the amazing lavender plant. Not only does lavender look and smell fantastic in your garden, it is an incredibly useful plant used for health, beauty and cooking.

This book gives you all the information you need to know to successfully grow lavender at home, including how to avoid the number one mistake people make that kills their new plants! You will learn all about the different varieties of lavender and find out which ones are best in the kitchen, which are best for beauty, and which are best for health and healing. There are over 450 different lavender cultivars, all of which have slightly different colored flowers, different levels of oils and more.

When you read this book, you will learn everything you need to know to grow, harvest and use lavender at home. This beautiful plant is a must have addition to every garden and is beneficial to bees and other important insects.

In "Growing Lavender", you will discover:

  • The history and origins of lavender plus the folklore associated with this plant
  • How to grow lavender at home in the ground or in containers
  • Tips and advice on caring for your lavender plants, including how to prune it for a great looking plant every year
  • The pests and diseases that can affect lavender and how to treat them
  • All about the different lavender varieties and which are best for what use
  • How to harvest and dry lavender so that it will store well
  • The many culinary uses of lavender plus some delicious recipes ... you have to try the sorbet!
  • How to use lavender as a beauty aid, including some lovely recipes to make your skin look fantastic
  • The health and healing applications of lavender, including how to safely use this plant
  • Everything you need to know about lavender oil, including some popular oil blends

Plus much, much more. This in-depth guide has been writing to tell you everything you need to know to not only grow lavender, but use it around the house. This beautiful plant has a long association with humans, and you can find out all about it and how to use.

Start growing lavender today as "Growing Lavender" explains all about this amazing plant and how it can benefit you and your home.


Growing Herbs

"Growing Herbs - A Beginners Guide To Growing, Using, Harvesting and Storing Herbs" is for everyone who wants to grow herbs at home. Whether you are growing them to attract bees, for use in the kitchen or for their health or beauty properties, this book walks you through everything you need to know to successful grow 49 different types of herb.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of species of herb and plenty of varieties within that. Some are easy to grow, some are harder, but many common herbs grow wild as weeds yet have a multitude of uses that many of us have forgotten about. "Growing Herbs" is written to provide you with everything you need to know to grow 49 different herbs, harvest and store them and use them in your home.

When you read this book, you get tips, pointers and advice from a plant expert showing you how to avoid the common mistakes people make when growing herbs plus how to deal with the most commonly found problems.

"Growing Herbs - A Beginners Guide To Growing, Using, Harvesting and Storing Herbs" is packed full of information, tips and advice, including:

  • Why Grow Herbs? - understand why people grow herbs at home and the many benefits not only to you, but to our declining insect population.
  • How To Grow Herbs - a guide to growing herbs indoors, outdoors, in containers, vertically and hydroponically plus the common mistakes to avoid.
  • Starting Herbs From Seed - how to successfully germinate seeds that will lead to healthy, fully grown plants.
  • Pests and Problems - some of the common pests and problems that you will encounter when growing herbs, plus how to treat them and minimize the risk. Later in the book, you learn what specific pests and problems each herb may encounter.
  • Drying and Storing Herbs - how to dry your herbs so they will store for months, if not years, including some clever freezer techniques!
  • How to Root Cuttings - a guide to rooting cuttings for free plants or to propagate your current plants.
  • Making Herbal Mixtures - how to use your herbs for healing by making infusions, decoctions, tinctures, poultices and more.
  • Growing Instructions - step by step instructions on how to grow 49 different herbs, including how to care for them and harvest the herb.
  • Culinary Uses - detailed information on how each herb can be used in the kitchen.
  • Health Uses - traditional and modern health uses for each herb and how they can benefit your health.
  • Beauty Uses - simple yet effective beauty uses for each herb to make your skin, hair and more look fantastic.
  • Recipes - multiple delicious recipes to make in your kitchen and simple beauty recipes for every one of the herbs in the Herb Directory.

And of course, much more. This detailed guide teaches you everything you need to know to successfully grow your own herbs at home. Whether you are new to herbs or have tried to grow herbs before and want to know more, this book is for you. With everything from germinating seeds to harvesting and storing the herbs plus detailed information about every single plant, this is a complete guide to growing and using herbs.

Find out today how you can successfully grow herbs at home as "Growing Herbs - A Beginners Guide To Growing, Using, Harvesting and Storing Herbs" teaches you everything you need to know to produce a bountiful harvest of 49 different herbs at home and how to use them in the kitchen and more! Whether you are growing herbs indoors or outside, this book has the information you need to grow and use these amazing plants.


Greenhouse Gardening

A Beginners Guide To Growing Fruit and Vegetables All Year Round

"Greenhouse Gardening : A Beginners Guide" is for anyone who wants to know how to get the most out of their greenhouse. Whether you want to extend your growing season, grow unusual plants, grow tomatoes or protect your valued plants from the frost, a greenhouse is an essential item for any gardener.

Greenhouses are incredibly useful but many people don't make the most of their greenhouse and it soon either gets filled with clutter or turns into a jungle of uncontrolled plants. This book provides you with a complete guide to growing any type of plant in a greenhouse and how to make the most of this precious space. With the information in this book, you will be able to avoid the many pitfalls and issues people encounter when buying, building and using their greenhouse, meaning you will save both money and time!

As you read this book you will learn everything from choosing the best type of greenhouse for your needs to building the best type of foundation and even buying used greenhouses. You will learn how a greenhouse can extend your growing season and let you grow plants that you would otherwise be unable to grow. Plus you will get detailed growing guides for the many of the most popular greenhouse crops.

In "Greenhouse Gardening : A Beginners Guide" you will learn:

  • What to look for when buying a greenhouse whether new or used
  • Choosing the best type of glass, flooring, construction material and foundation to ensure your greenhouse has a long life and stands up to the elements
  • The difference between a greenhouse and a polytunnel/hoop house, and which is best for your needs
  • How to build a solid foundation for your greenhouse that stops weeds and keeps in the warmth
  • Why air-flow and cooling are so vital and how to prevent humidity damaging your plants, avoiding some common plant diseases found in greenhouses
  • The best way to heat your greenhouse and the differences between the different heating systems
  • How to irrigate your greenhouse to automatically water your plants and protect them from heat damage
  • The difference between growing in the ground versus growing in containers, and when to use each method
  • To secure your greenhouse against the wind and protect it from damage
  • How to start seedlings successfully in your greenhouse and grow them on into healthy plants
  • Growing tomatoes, chillies, peppers, citrus plants, squashes, cucumbers, grapes, tropical plants and more in your greenhouse
  • What to do to prepare your greenhouse for the growing season
  • Overwintering your greenhouse and extending your growing season into the colder months
  • Avoiding the potential problems associated with owning a greenhouse
  • Dealing with the potential diseases and pests you will encounter in your greenhouse
  • How to ensure your plants are successfully pollinated in your greenhouse
  • Growing year round and producing great yields
  • The best way to clean your greenhouse to combat diseases and pests

A greenhouse is an essential item for any gardener, particularly those in cooler areas and can make a big difference between your tomatoes ripening and you having to make do with fried green tomatoes! When you read this book you will avoid the many frustrations a greenhouse owner can face, learning how to use your greenhouse effectively to get a fantastic harvest every year, no matter what you grow.

Enjoy owning your greenhouse as "Greenhouse Gardening : A Beginners Guide" explains all about the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. Discover the many benefits of owning a greenhouse today and how you can grow your own vegetables, plants and flowers all year round!


Growing Garlic

A Complete Guide to Growing, Harvesting & Using Garlic

"Growing Garlic - A Complete Guide To Growing, Harvesting and Using Garlic" is for anyone who wants to learn how to grow their own delicious garlic at home. This popular plant has been worshipped as a god, used as currency and is very popular as a healing herb and culinary ingredient.

Being such a popular plant, people like to grow it at home. Despite it being relatively easy to grow, it can be difficult to get it to mature successfully. Many people lose their crop and never manage to harvest their own garlic.

I wrote this book to give you a simple to follow, step-by-step guide to successfully growing your own garlic and getting it to mature. The first time you dig up your own fresh garlic bulb will be special indeed.

When you read this book, you will get tips and advice, helping you to plant your garlic, tending it through to harvest time and then storing it, so it lasts for months.

In "Growing Garlic - A Complete Guide To Growing, Harvesting and Using Garlic" you will find out:

  • The History of Garlic - learn where garlic comes from and why it is such a popular plant
  • Types of Garlic - discover the many different types of garlic and their growing requirements plus which are the most popular types
  • How to Grow Garlic - find out exactly how to grow garlic, from ideal soil conditions to planting, feeding, watering and more
  • Harvesting and Storing - understand what you need to do to store your garlic correctly, so it lasts for 6 to 12 months
  • Diseases and Pests - find out more about the common pests and diseases that affect garlic, including how to prevent and treat them
  • Medicinal and Therapeutic Uses - learn the different conditions garlic can be used to treat and the medical research underway into the curative properties of garlic
  • Profiting from Garlic - a business outline for turning a profit from growing garlic at home
  • Cooking with Garlic - discover how the different types of garlic taste in cooking as well as some popular garlic recipes

Garlic is a very rewarding plant to grow at home and when you know the conditions it needs to thrive. Fresh garlic tastes delicious, and there are lots of benefits to be had from it Not only does it make your food taste fantastic, but it can also help protect you from colds as well as many other potential health benefits.

Discover today how you can grow your own garlic successfully at home as "Growing Garlic - A Complete Guide To Growing, Harvesting and Using Garlic" guides you through the entire process from planting to harvesting.


Raised Bed Gardening

No Dig, No Bend, Highly Productive Vegetable Gardening

"Raised Bed Gardening - A Guide To Growing Vegetables In Raised Beds" is for anyone who wants to learn more about raised bed gardening; a back and disability friendly way to increase productivity from your vegetable patch!

Raised beds are one of the best ways for you to grow vegetables at home and are low maintenance, easy to plant and highly productive. This book is a complete step-by-step guide showing you exactly how to get started with raised beds in your garden. Whether you want a one or two, or want to create an entire vegetable garden of raised beds, you will find everything you need to know in this informative book.

As you read this book you will find out how much time you can save and how much more you can grow by converting your vegetable garden to raised beds. Of course, if you prefer to grow flowers then a raised bed can be a perfect feature in any garden, built to blend into the design of your home and look fantastic.

When you read "Raised Bed Gardening - A Guide To Growing Vegetables In Raised Beds" you will discover:

  • Why Use Raised Beds In Your Garden? - find out why raised beds are so popular and how they can benefit you
  • Planning and Locating Your Raised Bed Garden - learn what you need to know to plan your raised bed garden for maximum productivity
  • Materials for Building Raised Beds - discover the different materials you can use to build your raised beds and the pros and cons of each
  • Building Your First Raised Bed - step by step plans including material and tools lists for building your first raised bed out of wood
  • The Best Soil Mix for a Raised Bed - learn how to make the best possible soil mix for your raised beds but also one that is in your budget
  • What to Grow and What Not to Grow In a Raised Bed - find out which plants thrive in raised beds and which ones to avoid ... but not for the reasons you may think!
  • No Dig Gardening With a Raised Bed - discover how to grow vegetables in your raised beds without back breaking digging
  • Square Foot Gardening In Raised Beds - a great method for boosting your yield by growing more produce in the same area ... ideally suited to raised beds
  • Growing Vertically In Raised Beds - another method for boosting your productivity which works well in raised beds, helping you to use your space even better
  • Pest Control in Raised Beds - find out how to keep pests under control in your raised beds and why you'll have less of a problem with this gardening method
  • Weed Control in Raised Beds - this is much easier than you may think and you will find out how to significantly reduce the amount of weeding you need to do
  • Crop Rotation and Planting Techniques - discover how to maximize the amount of vegetables you produce plus keep pests and diseases to a minimum with this useful gardening technique
  • Lasagna Gardening - understand this no-dig gardening method and how to use it in your raised beds
  • Over-Wintering Your Raised Beds - learn what you need to do over winter to keep your raised beds productive and to minimize work the following season
  • Raised Beds Tips and Advice - practical advice and tips helping you to make the most of your raised beds

Raised bed gardening is one of the best ways for you to make gardening easier. Your vegetable patch will be much more productive with less work required for digging and weeding as you get more produce out of the same growing area. It's easier on your back and the beds themselves can become a feature in your garden.

Enjoy planning, building and growing in your raised beds as "Raised Bed Gardening - A Guide To Growing Vegetables In Raised Beds" explains all about this exciting and fun way of growing vegetables (or flowers or anything else). Discover today the many benefits of raised bed gardening!


Companion Planting Secrets

Chemical Free Methods to Reduce Pests, Combat Diseases and Grow Healthier Plants

"Companion Planting Secrets - Organic Gardening to Deter Pests and Increase Yield" is for anyone who wants to learn more about companion planting. Discover how you can reduce your use of chemicals, attract beneficial insects and improve the quality of fruits and vegetables just by putting the right plants together.

Companion planting can be overwhelming because there is so much information. This book cuts through all the old wive's tales and gives you clear, concise and to the point information on how to improve your plants through companion planting.

This complete, step-by-step guide teaches you everything about companion planting, showing you what plants work together. As you read this book, you will be surprised to find out how simply by moving some of your plants around you can increase yields, deter pests and prevent diseases. This is a powerful gardening technique that is becoming increasingly popular as more gardeners learn to grow in harmony with nature.

This book teaches you everything you need to know about companion planting, showing you exactly which plants to put together and which should never be planted as neighbors.

In "Companion Planting Secrets", you will discover:

  • Exactly what companion planting is, its history and why it is so beneficial to gardeners
  • The best companions for many vegetables grown at home as well as those that should never be planted together
  • The best companions for a number of different flowers, helping the flower gardener also benefit from this gardening technique
  • How to use green manures to enhance the soil so you can grow better crops
  • What plants make good companions for herbs and what herbs can help your vegetables
  • Which trees you should never plant near and how to help your trees be healthier
  • How to control pests with companion planting, reducing many of the insects that normally decimate crops
  • Which insects you want to attract into your garden and how you can not only attract them, but get them to stay
  • Why crop rotation is vital to healthy soil and low pest populations
  • The weeds which benefit your plants and your soil
  • Companion planting is a very important technique for any gardener, being a great way to naturally reduce pests and control diseases. It is powerful and requires very little extra work on your part; just move around some of your plants and you can benefit from companion planting!

Enjoy learning about companion planting as "Companion Planting Secrets" teaches you everything you need to know to practise this technique in your garden. Your plants will benefit from companion planting and you can learn exactly how to use this to protect your plants and increase their yield.