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Free Gardening Books


I found a few free gardening books that you can read on your PC using free software that is able to read books for the Kindle from Amazon.  If you already own a Kindle then you'll love these free books.  It's very easy to use and install.  Some of the books are great and some not so good but, hey, they're free!  Just click the image next to each book description and add it to you're cart and start reading!


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The Field and Garden Vegetables of America Containing Full Descriptions of Nearly Eleven Hundred Species and Varietes; With Directions for Propagation,Culture and Use.

This book is full of detailed information about plants and how to grow them. I found a lot of plants in this book that I had no idea what they were or that they were even eatable.






Every Step in Canning The Cold-Pack Method

This is an excellant book on many of the lost and forgotten ways of canning food. While some people may frown on older methods due to modern day health issues, I really wanted this valuable knoweldge for use when it might not be practical or have modern equipment available to put up my harvest. This is a rare and really valuable book,that with a bit of common sense and following the warnings in the book,onean can almost anything. This book was a mainstay in its time and well respected by housewives as a handy reference guide.



Every Step in Canning

This little book is a pleasant contrast for us to learn about food science and food preparation. It was written 91 years ago. The formal language of the author makes it read much as a textbook.

The rationales for keeping foods free from bacteria still apply today. We just have so many other ways to preserve what we grow and eat. She thoroughly explains the various methods of canning, timing of cooking and sterilizing, how and why to sterilize, and how to prepare each type of food for canning.

The term, canning, was more apt in the past, as canning in metal cans was done in homes. Today we think of tins as products for purchase.

The author included how-tos for canning everything from your own home-made head cheese to the hens you slaughtered yourself. It's a great reality check for just how conveniently we can access virtually anything we want to store and eat. Her dry prose aside, reading this could launch you into canning for your own family.

Mushrooms: how to grow them a practical treatise on mushroom culture for profit and pleasure

The low tech blast from the past on how it was done and ideas and information on how it can still be done. With modern common knowledge and past know how this one is worthwhile.






Our Farm of Four Acres and the Money we Made by it

If you homestead, have a family cow, make butter, raise chickens, etc., you'll find this book a delight. Little gems like putting a peppercorn down the throat of a newly hatched chick & sleeping cream are just great. Not to mention, the economics of producing food for yourself & your family are still true if you are willing to put in the work and not afraid of what other might think.





Farm Gardening with Hints on Cheap Manuring Quick Cash Crops and How to Grow Them

This book is for the beginner hobby farmer, as well as educational about cost effectively generating cash crops.







Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway

This book has the basics of dry farming. what crops are better to use with little or no water.  Mulch is a great way to retain moisture, right? Well, we might want to think about that a bit. Once mulch gets wet it tends to stay wet, at least in comparison to your dry, dusty dirt. But why does it stay wet? Is it because mulch has great water-retaining abilities, or is it actually sucking water out of the ground, water that could be coming up through your plant's roots? In his typical style, Solomon has his opinion, and he is not afraid of sharing it. If you were to combine his theories about wide-planted spacing and 'dust mulch' (ideas he drew from the Navajo and other desert peoples) with hugelkultur, you would probably end up with some very pleasing results.


Home Vegetable Gardening -a Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing for Home Use

From the Publisher

For those who understand the significance of home-grown foods to surviving and thriving in difficult times, F. F. Rockwell's no-nonsense Home Vegetable Gardening: A Complete And Practical Guide To The Planting And Care Of All Vegetables, Fruits And Berries Worth Growing For Home Use, may be the best single volume, practical manual of family-feeding, high-yield home gardening ever compiled.



Organic Gardener's Composting

This book has provided me with enough details on soil nutrient processes and how vegetables interact with the soil organisms for me to understand my soil(s) enough to ask the right questions about how to improve my vegetable garden, as well as decide on approaches that might have a chance of being effective without spending a lot of money or taking a chance on an approach that might produce unusable soil. I was especially impressed with the discussion on the current understanding of the both compost and organic fertilizers (though his comments are not limited to organic fertilizers).




JeBouffe Home Canning Step by Step Guide (second edition) Revised and Expanded

This guide is intended to provide you with the essential information to make your first small jars in a safe and enjoyable way. It will guide you through all stages from preparation to storage of your products.
You will discover the principles of conservation for different types of food, the benefits of home canning, the recommended methods as well as the ones to avoid.
Then you will learn the two proper methods of treatment: the boiling water bath and the pressure canning methods. You will find a list of essential equipment and the detailed steps for a successful canning experience.
Finally you will gain some hands on experience with our easy and delicious recipes.
This guide do not claim to be scientific or complete. We simply wants to give you the tools you need to get into the fun activity of preparing your home preserves.


Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers' Bulletin No. 203

Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation - U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers' Bulletin No. 203 is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Maria Parloa is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Maria Parloa then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

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