Here is the definitive guide to growing healthy organic vegetables without wasting our precious water resources! This incredibly timely book will give dedicated home gardeners the know-how to grow delicious produce in dry times, focusing on four different low-water conditions in the western United States: voluntary water conservation, drought, and both high and low desert. Using modern techniques, as well as tips and stories from native traditions ranging from the southwestern United States to the Middle East, this guide offers the best of ancient wisdom and the newest innovations in conservation, and includes varietal recommendations and a seasonal crop guide. From the Trade Paperback edition.
A design-focused, easy-to-use guide to colorful, eye-catching foliage and flowers for your whole yard, from the ground plane to the canopy, for homeowners and landscapers faced with replacing thirsty gardens in California and other dry regions in the Western US. If readers must reluctantly remove water-guzzling favorites from the garden, they need equally beautiful substitutes! This book is a visual treat that supports the transition to dry gardening by proving that gardeners can have all the gorgeous color and flowers they had in the past using just a fraction of the water. Maureen Gilmer provides chapters on design categories of plants—flowering shrubs, the ground plain, eye-catching accents, ephemeral flowers, perennials for color, animated plants and fine textures, canopy, and edibles—with profiles for each plant plus background info and top picks lists. The Colorful Dry Garden is unique because it features only bold plants that are also heavy bloomers despite heat and limited water. It also features more than just Western native plants by including varieties from the world's driest climates.
Redwoods and Roses explores the special relationship California’s diverse peoples have shared with nature and the unique gardens and landscapes they have created over the years to nurture and enhance those bonds. From pre-colonial times to the Victorian era, California gardening expert Maureen Gilmer brings this garden history to life, showing how the gardens and landscapes were created and profiling the heirloom plants within them. But Redwoods and Roses is more than a book on gardening history. Here, the reader will discover how to recreate period designs in her own garden, from making a no-fuss adobe-look wall from the Mission era to finding heirloom plants for a cottage garden. Redwoods and Roses is a blend of natural history, California history, plants profiles, landscaping tips, and sensible garden advice, as well as an eloquent plea for the preservation of many remarkable plants.
If you live on a flood plain or wetland, you know the potential dangers—to you, your family, and your home. A major flood could strike at any time and you need to be prepared. But of even more immediate concern is the tiresome battle to keep your property free of minor floods and water seepage, which can be just as destructive—and costly—as a major flood. This all-purpose book guides you through the range of options you have to protect your property. And if a problem already exists, it shows you how to tackle the trouble and put your house back in order. This updated edition includes new information about flood plain laws and insurance as well as changes in government agency titles or roles in flood management.
In Living with Wildfire (first published as The Wildfire Survival Guide), gardening expert Maureen Gilmer shares proven ways to save your home, property, and life with wildfire-resistant landscaping and fire-prevention techniques. Discover how to create bands of protection by choosing fire-resistant plants, manage native vegetation, prevent erosion and mudslides, and learn about: Wildfire dynamics and safeguarding your home against them Water storage and delivery in any emergency Creating a defensible space for you and firefighters Included is updated information on insuring your property, selecting your home site, packing an emergency kit, and getting public and private assistance. With easy-to-follow diagrams, instructional photographs, and landscaping plans, you’ll have all the resources necessary to get through fire season and keep your home standing.
Redwoods and Roses explores the special relationship California's diverse peoples have shared with nature and the unique gardens and landscapes they have created over the years to nurture and enhance those bonds. From pre-colonial times to the Victorian era, California gardening expert Maureen Gilmer brings this garden history to life, showing how the gardens and landscapes were created and profiling the heirloom plants within them. But Redwoods and Roses is more than a book on gardening history. Here, the reader will discover how to recreate period designs in her own garden, from making a no-fuss adobe-look wall from the Mission era to finding heirloom plants for a cottage garden. Redwoods and Roses is a blend of natural history, California history, plants profiles, landscaping tips, and sensible garden advice, as well as an eloquent plea for the preservation of many remarkable plants.
"This beautifully illustrated book covers a generous selection of the thousands of species that exist around the world. It demonstrates their exciting diversity of appearance and behavior and their amazing adaptations. It also shows their relationships with their habitats-from the rich tropical rain forests to the sparse tundra and polar regions. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD WILDLIFE is packed with information. The most interesting features of each species are explained in detail-how it evolved, what makes it unique, how it has adapted to its surroundings, and its characteristic behavior. This information is backed up by quick-reference panels that present the key data about each animal-its Latin name, how it is classified by scientists, its habitat and geographical distribution, its average size, and its preferred food. Many of the animals featured in the book are in danger of extinction. When this is the case, the text explains why this is happening and what, if anything, is being done to protect the species. As well as telling you which species are endangered, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD WILDLIFE also helps the animals themselves. The royalties go direct to the World Wildlife Fund-the organization that, more than any other, is working to promote the cause of conservation and helping to protect endangered species all over the world."--BOOK JACKET.
Providing coverage of the Australian outback, from the central deserts to tropical Cape York, this guide includes: notes on track and road conditions; travelling facilities and supplies; tips on driving and camping; and checklists for planning and packing.
The first in a series of titles providing scientifically accurate, concise and well-illustrated accounts of major environments which are, or soon will be, under threat. This volume provides a vivid picture of the world's grandest and most awe-inspiring desert, the Sahara. Much of it man-made, mostly of comparatively recent origin, it is today expanding inexorably into the Sahel savanna bordering its southern flanks. Whether geographer, meteorologist, geologist, botanist, zoologist, sociologist or anthropologist no true scientist can fail to respond to the intellectual problems that emerge from the study of this immense zone of desolation, or to the exciting ideas that it generates.
A set of six volumes that each presents individual nations and other political or geographic units through articles of two or more pages.
The Uses of Wild Plants is a unique guide to the useful wild plants of North AInerica. How they were used in the past, how they can be used today and how they might be used in the future. Features: a comprehensive guide to North American edible wild plants, how they were used by Native Americans, European settlers, and people from other cultures - and how they can be used today in salads, ice creams, potherbs, beers, breads and other foods; how wild plants have been used for healing in the pas, how they are used today as sources of antiseptics, painkillers, sedatives, contraceptives, heart medicines and other drugs, as well as how plants can enhance your health by providing superior nutrition; a guide to the everyday industrial, commercial and home uses of wild plants, such as soaps, clothing, building materials, fuel, perfumes, craft materials, glue and a multitude of other uses; how wild plants may one day help us to create a sustainable society, by providing new crops for food, medicine, fuels, renewable energy chemicals and building materials; how they can be used to treat polluted water, desalinate soil, clean polluted groundwater, recover valuable nutrients from waste, and maybe even reduce global warming; and a guide to the cultivation of wild plants, and how they may be used around the garden, homestead and farm for fertilizers, fence-posts, fencing, hedges, mulch, screens, erosion control, green manures, insecticides and other purposes.