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American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation - Alan Toogood; Paul Anderson (Photographer)
Call Number: SB119 .P713t 1999
ISBN: 0789441160
Publication Date: 1999-04-26
The unrivaled practical guide to the successful propagation of all garden plants -- from trees and shrubs to culinary herbs.

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Burpee Seed Starter - Maureen Heffernan
Call Number: SB117 .H461
ISBN: 0028610024
Publication Date: 1997-02-01
Burpee Seed Starter includes: a detailed plant encyclopedia - profiling 300 of the best annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs - listing all the basic growing needs of the plant, including soil in light needs. Complete and up-to-date information on sowing indoors and outdoors, fertilizing, watering, thinning, transplanting, troubleshooting, and much more. Special tips scattered throughout on purchasing seed, seed viability, and different equipment available to help the home-gardener plant seed. Extensive appendices including information on average first and last frost dates, indoor/outdoor planting guides, the most popular vegetable and herb planting charts, seeds that need light to germinate, and additional information sources. More than 140 full-color photographs, including vintage Burpee illustrations, and more than 50 informative black-and-white line drawings.

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Don't Throw It, Grow It! - Deborah Peterson; Millicent E. Selsam
Call Number: SB419 .P415 2008
ISBN: 9781603420648
Publication Date: 2008-05-07
Magic and wonder hide in unexpected places ― a leftover piece of ginger, a wrinkled potato left too long in its bag, a humdrum kitchen spice rack. In Don't Throw It, Grow It! Deborah Peterson reveals the hidden possibilities in everyday foods.

Peterson, former president of the American Pit Gardening Society, shows how common kitchen staples ― pits, nuts, beans, seeds, and tubers ― can be coaxed into lush, vibrant houseplants that are as attractive as they are fascinating. With Peterson's help, a sweet potato turns into a blooming vine; chickpeas transform into cheery hanging baskets; the humble beet becomes a dramatic centerpiece; and gingerroot grows into a 3-foot, bamboo-like stalk. In some cases the transformation happens overnight!

Don't Throw It, Grow It! offers growing instructions for 68 plants in four broad categories ― vegetables; fruits and nuts; herbs and spices; and more exotic plants from ethnic markets. The book is enhanced with beautiful illustrations, and its at-a-glance format makes it a quick and easy reference. Best of all, every featured plant can be grown in a kitchen, making this handy guide a must-have for avid gardeners and apartment-dwellers alike.

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Epic Tomatoes - Craig LeHoullier; Sara LeHoullier
Call Number: SB349 .L44 2015
ISBN: 9781612122083
Publication Date: 2014-12-30
Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes--from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them.

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Heirloom Vegetable Gardening - William Woys Weaver
Call Number: SB321 .W363
ISBN: 0805040250
Publication Date: 1997-06-01
Weaver focuses on 280 varieties of 37 vegetables in this encyclopedic guide to the history and cultivation of some of America's most treasured heirloom vegetables. 100+ color photos. 240 line drawings.

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How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition - John Jeavons
Call Number: SB324.3 .J43 2012
ISBN: 9781607741893
Publication Date: 2012-02-07
A primer on the life-giving Grow Biointensive method of sustainable horticulture

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How to Propagate - John Cushnie
Call Number: SB119 .C88 2007
ISBN: 9781883052577
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Almost all modern home gardeners run to a nursery at the start of every new growing season and stock up on perennials, maple saplings, and shrubs—but they don't have to. Propagating one’s own plants is far from a difficult gardening feat, and it can be an exhilarating gardening accomplishment. The propagation techniques explained in this guide make it easy to propagate many common plants. Detailed information on plant hygiene, temperature and humidity, and the care of newborn plants up to planting time will round out a budding propagator’s knowledge, and get them started on the road to home-grown success.

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Park's Success with Seed - Karen Park Jennings
Call Number: SB117 .J54
Publication Date: 2006
Many garden plants start from seed. The purpose of this book is to help make your seed-growing experiences as successful and rewarding as possible. You will find all that you need to know about the seeds you grow: their geographical origin, relationship to other plants, germination requirements (such as light, moisture and temperature), together with their best garden uses. You will also find helpful lists of plants that fill certain needs or uses particularly well, and listings of plants with special requirements.

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Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener - Joseph Tychonievich
Call Number: SB324.7 .T93 2013
ISBN: 9781604693645
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
It’s the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch is, you’re not likely to find it at your local nursery or garden center. You’re going to have to create it yourself. But don’t worry - it isn’t hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seed of the varieties that tasted or performed best. But you’ll get even better results by following the advice in Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener. You’ll learn how to set achievable goals in your breeding program; the ins and outs of genetics (in non-technical language!); how to pick the best parent plants; how to cross-pollinate; the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers; and how to harvest and store seed. In no time at all, you’ll be producing a tastier tomato, a perkier pepper, or a more ravishing rose!

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Plant Propagation A to Z - Geoff Bryant
Call Number: SB119 .B915p
ISBN: 1552976882
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Easy-to-use and informative, Plant Propagation A to Z is an essential reference book and how-to guide for gardeners everywhere.

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Plantiful - Kristin Green
Call Number: SB453 .G794 2014
ISBN: 9781604693874
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
A bountiful garden is easy to create, and gardeners can save big by choosing plants that grow quickly and spread vigorously. The fragrant stems and dusty-blue flower spikes of anise hyssop will pop up throughout the garden when the plant goes to seed. A cascade of golden Japanese forest grass is a fast but well-contained spreader. And when you add frost-tender plants to the mix, you’ll open the door to an even wider world of possibilities. This book is filled with a colorful palette of plants that self-sow, spread from their roots, and outlast our seasonal expectations. You’ll find simple lessons on propagating and providing winter protection; learn how to strike the balance between letting surprises arise and taking creative control; and discover how much nature gives away for free.

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RHS Plants From Pips - Farrell, Holly
Call Number: SB117 .F27 2015
ISBN: 1784720445
Publication Date: 2015
RHS Plants from Pips shows you how to grow a range of fruit and vegetables, indoors and out, with minimum equipment and experience. This complete guide covers everything from the science of how plants grow to how to deal with pests and other problems. Find out what to grow, what to grow it in and when and where to grow it for the best results.

Packed with colourful photographs and step-by-step illustrations, this is the perfect way to introduce beginners of all ages, from 6 to 60, to the joys of watching things grow.

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Seed Sowing and Saving - Carole B. Turner
Call Number: SB117 .T945
ISBN: 1580170021
Publication Date: 1998-01-02
Those pricey transplants set out on display every spring are so tempting with their leafy faces pleading, “take me home!” But beware, you never know where those seedlings have been – Crammed in a pest-infested greenhouse? Packed for days in a sweltering truck?

Start your plants from seeds and you know that’s your precious vegetable, herb, or flower has been nurtured with tender loving care every day of its life. And better yet, when you harvest seeds for next year’s crop, you’ll get even more plants absolutely FREE!

In this book you’ll find everything you need to know to successfully harvest seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers, then dry and store them for maximum viability. You’ll also learn how to start seeds indoors to get a jump start on the season, and to prepare your soil beds for planting.

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Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guide to Easy Plant Propagation - Nancy J. Ondra; Barbara Ellis
Call Number: SB119 .O58
ISBN: 0395862957
Publication Date: 1998-05-06
There are few things in gardening more satisfying than turning one plant into many. In this book, gardeners can learn all the techniques of easy propagation, including growing plants from seeds, multiplying your stock by dividing clumps, taking cuttings to start, layering, and more.

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The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables - Marie Iannotti
Call Number: SB321 .I36 2011
ISBN: 9781604691887
Publication Date: 2012-01-11
Presents information on growing one hundred heirloom vegetables, providing advice on germination, exposure, spacing, soil, and harvesting for each variety.

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The Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Grower's Guide - Steve Sando
Call Number: SB327 .S26 2011
ISBN: 9781604691023
Publication Date: 2011-05-17
Showcases fifty heirloom bean varieties and provides growing tips, flavor notes, and stories of their heritage.

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