Multcolib Makers: Front yard victory gardens
Annotation:What to do with your front yard? Lawn or food or both? Gardening can be a political act. Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution--it all begins when we get our hands in the dirt. Food Not Lawns combines practical wisdom on ecological design and community-building with a fresh, green perspective on an age-old subject.
Annotation:A great book sit down with to find ideas for next year's garden! The Edible Front Yard is a one-stop resource for a front-and-center edible garden that is both beautiful and bountiful year-round. People everywhere are turning patches of soil into bountiful vegetable gardens, and each spring a new crop of beginners pick up trowels and plant seeds for the first time. They're planting tomatoes in raised beds, runner beans in small plots, and strawberries in containers.
Annotation:Gain inspiration from the experts! Documents the eight Edible Estates regional prototype gardens that author Fritz Haeg has planted in California, Kansas, Texas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and England, and includes personal accounts from the homeowner-gardeners about the pleasures and challenges of publicly growing food where they live. Ten "Reports from Coast to Coast" tell the stories of others who have planted their own edible front yards in towns and cities across the country.
Annotation:The hellstrip--the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip--is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources. What will you plant in your Hellstrip?
Annotation:Kids make great gardening companions, and the benefits of including them are impossible to ignore. Gardening gets kids outdoors, increases their connection to plants and animals, and helps build enthusiasm for fresh fruits and vegetables. Their involvement becomes the real harvest of a family garden. Do your children know where your food comes from?
Annotation:One of the newest garden planning books, here are 73 garden designs from horticulturalists, community gardeners, bloggers and print writers, television and radio hosts, and other professional gardeners. Some of these gardens are in Portland. Great ideas!
Annotation:Grow squash on the windowsill, flowers in the planter box, or corn in a parking strip. Apartment Gardening details how to start a garden in the heart of the city. From building a window box to planting seeds in jars on the counter, every space is plantable, and this book reveals that the DIY future is now by providing hands-on, accessible advice. Author is a PNW urban gardener, cook, and blogger.
Annotation:If you have some serious time and energy this is the book for you! The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard.
Annotation:Year-round gardener and writer Niki Jabbour shares her secrets for growing food during every month of the year. Her season-defying techniques, developed in her own home garden where short summers and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge, are doable, affordable, and rewarding for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally ended the growing season.
Annotation:A great visual guide to kitchen gardens (named thus because it's right outside your front door and supplies your kitchen) for beginners! Offers a season-by-season guide to a sustainable kitchen garden, with tips and techniques on how to grow a year-round supply of healthy fruits and vegetables.
Annotation:A great reference, helps with starting, maintaining and harvesting an edible garden, propagation and winter care, and solutions to common garden problems.
Annotation:A yummy collection of recipes that gives you ideas on what to do with your garden bounty in the kitchen from two gardener greats, Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman.
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Multnomah County Library, a paradise for makers! This list is for those who use water, soil, and sunshine to express their creative streak. You'll find some of our best books and other resources for front yard victory gardeners. One of the great things about a front yard garden is that you can do as little or as much as you'd like in the time you have each year. It's a great way to get the whole family involved in making the world a better place one front yard garden at a time!