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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Food & Gardening

The Tree Hollow as The Bees’ Natural Home

April showers bring May flowers, and those flowers bring the brilliant buzzing of bees. Whether you are interested in harvesting honey or just want to create a safe environment for bees, Keeping Bees with a Smile: Principles and Practice of Natural Beekeeping by Fedor Lazutin & Leo Sharashkin is for you. Today on the blog, we have an excerpt to help make your tree hollow a suitable natural home.

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Companion Planting Your Herbs

If you don't have a large garden, there are still plenty of plants that you can grow in your home. Growing herbs indoors leads the list of the healthiest and most useful indoor activities we can do. And they're tasty! Today, we take an excerpt from the book, Your Indoor Herb Garden: Growing and Harvesting Herbs at Home by DJ Herda on companion planting, why it's beneficial for your plants.

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A Quick and Easy Way to Hasten Spring

Have you started your garden already? Our Spring Sale has us excited to take our long-awaited gardening plans to the garden beds. Today we have an excerpt from The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden by Lee Reich, one of the books featured in our Spring Sale. Today, Reich gives us a quick way to hasten spring!

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Design Perennial Gardens to Serve Local Ecosystems

We’re excited to be kicking off our Spring Gardening Sale. On the blog, we have an excerpt from Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future by Susan Reed and Ginny Stibolt, one of the books featured in our Spring Sale! Today, Reed and Stibolt explain how to design a perennial garden that serves your local ecosystem.

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Interview with Dan Chiras, author of Chinese Greenhouse

Today’s blog is an Interview with Dan Chiras, author of Chinese Greenhouse: Design and Build a Low Cost, Passive Solar Greenhouse featuring our winning giveaway question.

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Fighting A Gardener’s Wintertime Blues with my Chinese Greenhouse

Like many gardeners, Dan Chiras, author of The Chinese Greenhouse, experiences annual vernal melancholy and strives to extend the growing season. That’s why he began using a very special greenhouse to grow through the dead of winter. Today, Dan explains how the Chinese greenhouse cures his winter gardener's blues.

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What Makes the Chinese Greenhouse So Special?

In his book, Dan Chiras explains how he expanded on his four-season harvest technique by building a Chinese greenhouse to grow not only cold-weather veggies but a variety of warmer-weather ones as well. Today, we explore six ways that differentiate Chinese greenhouses from conventional ones.

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The Most Important Job in Farming

In Farm the City, Michael Ableman, takes his experiences building Sole Food Street Farms to create a guide to setting up and running an urban farm. Sole Food Street Farms is one of the largest urban agriculture enterprises in North America.

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Why am I the only brown person here?

Natasha Bowen, author of Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming, shares her beginnings of leaving her urban existence to go ‘back to the land’, where she realized she was often the only woman of color, setting her on a quest to find out why that was.

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Interview with John Moody, co-author of DIY Sourdough

Today's author interview featuring our winning giveaway questions is with John Moody, co-author of DIY Sourdough: The Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Starters, Breads, Snacks and More

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Rainwater Harvesting for Garden Irrigation

Our Acquisitions Editor, Rob West shares his experience in installing a rainwater harvesting system with a well top-up capacity, at his home on Gabriola Island, with the book Essential Rainwater Harvesting by Rob and Michelle Avis, of Verge Permaculture, as his guide.

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How Can I Garden if I Don’t Have Seeds or Plant Starts?

The question "How can I garden if I don't have seeds" has been coming up a lot and beginners and experienced gardeners alike look to take charge of their food supply. EJ Hurst, New Society Publishers Sales Manager, and a home gardener. shares some suggestions on how you can get on the garden path by raiding your own pantry.

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Companion Planting to Attract Beneficial Insects

Cindy Conner, the author of Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth, shares tips on how to plant a sustainable garden with diverse plantings that attract beneficial insects, that will then feed on the not-so-beneficial ones, all without chemicals.

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