Introduction to Plants Contents

Introduction 62

Pollution Matters 62

Pollution Fighters

Air Pollution 63

Plant Damage from Air Pollution • Global Warming

• Testing for Radioactivity

Water Pollution 64

Hard Water • Agricultural Chemical Pollution • Water Testing Harmless Cleaning Agents and Other

Eco-Safe Formulas 66

The Basic Ingredients • About Air Fresheners • Sink, Tub, and Toilet Cleaners • Drain Cleaner • Oven Cleaner • Furniture Polish • Good Soaps and Laundry Aids • A Parting Perspective

About Unhealthy Residues in Food 67

Tips to Minimize Eating Poisonous Residues • Organic Farmers

Water 69

Well-Read

Being Frugal with Water 69

Compost Toilets • Graywater Recycling

Your Water Source 69

Purity • Rainwater • Dowsing to Find Water • A Spring • A Well • Emergency Hand Pumps

Moving Water 71

Hauling Water • Plumbing • Drainage • Irrigation Systems • Secrets of Plant Watering

Soil 73

Soil Texture, Layers, Depth 73

Nonliving Parts of Soil • Particle Size • Soil Layers • Soil Depth

Soil Composition 74

Ground Under Timber • Soil Testing • Soil Nutrients • Green Manure • Animal Manure • Manure Dangers

Cultivating the Soil 77

No-Till Reasoning • Tilling • Cultivating with Hand Tools

Animal-Powered Cultivation 80

Buying Draft Animals • Draft Animal Organizations and Activities • Draft Animal Periodicals • Animal Traction Books • Harness Suppliers • Draft Animals to Watch • Training in Use of Draft Animals • Blacksmithing and Farrier Skills • Draft Horses

Machinery for Cultivation 82

Rototiller • Tractor • Farm Implements

Earthworms 84

Pre-test • Worm Info and Products • Buying Worms

• Worm Words • Worm Varieties • Uses for

Earthworms • Worm Bin • Worm Beddings • Worm Food • Basic Worm Care • Using Worm Castings

Planning Your Garden 87

Gardening Info • Garden Supplies Laying Out the Garden 89

Where Will It Be? • How to Arrange Plants? • What Will You Plant?

Usda Plant Hardiness Zones 96

When Will You Plant? • Extended Season Gardening

Buying Seeds, Saving Seeds, and Plant Propagation 98

Buying Seeds 98

Common Seed Packet/Catalog Phrases • Principles of Choosing Seeds

Vegetable Seed Catalogs 99

Arctic, Canadian, Northland Specialists • Tropical/Subtropical • Bulk Seed Purchases • Open-Pollinated/Heirloom & Organic Seeds • Specialty Seed Catalogs • General Seed Catalogs

About Latin Plant Names 102

Kingdoms

Orders and Families 103

Genera • More Info Saving Seeds 104

Books for Seed Savers • Supplies • Seed Snaps • Plant Reproduction • Seed Saving • Coping with Weeds in Seed • Seed Storage

Vegetative Propagation 106

Dividing Root Clumps • Root Cutting • Layering • Tubers

Planting and Growing Your Garden 107

Planting 107

Direction • Row Planting • Raised Beds and Wide Rows • A "Hill" • Plants per Acre • Coping with Birds

Starting Transplants 108

Sunshine • Water • Containers • When to Transplant? • Hardening Off • How to Transplant?

Undercover Gardening 109

Undercover Garden Suppliers • Info on Indoor Gardening • Advantages of Gardening Under Cover • Cloche • Cold Frame • Cloche and Cold-Frame Management • Greenhouse Design and Construction • Hydroponics

Coping with the Competition: Weeds, Pests, and Pestilence 113

About Weeds 113

Weeding by Hand or Cultivation • Mulching Coping with Pests and Pestilence 114

Pest Control Info • Sources of Beneficial Insects

Mushrooms 115

Mycological Societies • Mushroom Workshops • Patents • Mushroom Periodicals • Books • Start-Up Kits • Mushroom-Growing Supplies

Hunting Wild Mushrooms

Carla's Simple Button-Growing System Harvest and Preparation

On "Mature" Buttons • Preparing • Preserving • Raw or Cooked?

About Sprouts and Vegetarian Diets ...

Sprouts

Sprouting Info, Books, Supplies • Sprouting Containers • Sprouting Tips • Lentils Sprouted in a Jar • Alfalfa Sprouted in ajar • Basic Jar Sprouting • Eating Sprouts

Vegetarianism

Vegetarian Diets • Vegetarian Reading and Ingredients • The Kinds of Vegetarianism • Macrobiotics • Raw-Food Vegetarian • Organic Vegan • Vegan Preparation Principles and Substitutions

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