Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces

Your patio, balcony, rooftop, front stoop, boulevard, windowsill, planter box, or fire escape is a potential fresh food garden waiting to happen. In Grow Great Grub, Gayla Trail, the founder of the leading online gardening community (YouGrowGirl.com), shows you how to grow your own delicious, affordable, organic edibles virtually anywhere.

Grow Great Grub packs in tips and essential information about:

  • Choosing a location and making the most of your soil (even if it’s less than perfect)
  • Building a raised bed, compost bin, and self-watering container using recycled materials
  • Keeping pests and diseases away from your plants—the toxin-free way
  • Growing bountiful crops in pots and selecting the best heirloom varieties
  • Cultivating hundreds of plants, from blueberries to Thai basil, to the best tomatoes you’ll ever taste
  • Canning, and preserving to make the most of your garden’s generosity
  • Green-friendly, cost-saving, growing, and building projects that are smart and stylish
  • And much more!

Whether you’re looking to eat on a budget or simply experience the pleasure of picking tonight’s meal from right outside your door, this is the must-have book for small-space gardeners—no backyard required.

GAYLA TRAIL is the creator of the acclaimed top gardening website yougrowgirl.com. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, Budget Living, and ReadyMade. A resident of Toronto who has grown a garden on her rooftop for more than 10 years, she is the author of You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening.

Recycled Leather Photo Bookmark

100% RECYCLED LEATHER Made with 100% post-industrial cowhide leather shavings that are bonded together with natural rubber from the Rubber Tree! BOOKMARK FEATURES – sturdy, veg-tan leather – two sided window Care Your leather wallet will wear beautifully without any special care. ABOUT US OWL® recycled is a registered trademark and belongs to a family of brands from ALICIA KLEIN®. Our company is located in Northern California and we have been in business since 1987. Your happiness is our number one goal – please let us know how we’re doing. 100% RECYCLED LEATHER Made with 100% post-industrial cowhide leather shavings that are bonded together with natural rubber from the Rubber Tree! BOOKMARK FEATURES – sturdy, veg-tan leather – two sided window Care Your leather wallet will wear beautifully without any special care. ABOUT US OWL® recycled is a registered trademark and belongs to a family of brands from ALICIA KLEIN®. Our company is located in Northern California and we have been in business since 1987. Your happiness is our number one goal – please let us know how we’re doing.

  • HOLDS TWO PHOTOS -Two-sided window fits TWO 1.5” by 1” photos
  • SLIM – Lightweight and perfectly sized to fit hardcover, paperback and oversized books
  • GREAT GIFT – A Perfect gift for new readers, book club friends, grandparents and sweeties
  • VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE – Available in a variety of sharp and vivid colors

Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin

Here are projects for the “pages”: 40 innovative book-making ideas using recycled and green materials! More than just earth-friendly, they’re also beautiful, clever, and witty, stitched with traditional binding techniques.  Egg cartons, wood, beer cans, and cassette tapes morph into covers, while brown bags, coffee filters, and discarded newspapers are transformed into pages. Create a boxed set of cereal box books, an exposed stitch sketchbook out of cardboard and remnants, and even a faux leather journal made from teabags.
In addition to how-to drawings, close-up detail photographs, and simple stitch diagrams, a gallery of eco-books from an international roster of artists provides inspiration.

The Green Teen: The Eco-Friendly Teen’s Guide to Saving the Planet

Jenn Savedge’s book is packed with tips that teens can easily do to green up the world that they inhabit. Thee are also a few more challenging actions (like starting a school recycling program) for those ready to take their environmentalism up a notch. Jenn has done an impressive job creating a straightforward, well-organized reference book full of tips, resources and advice for eco-friendly teens. She not only explains the how’s of going green; she explains the why’s too, and helps teens to understand the importance of the part they can play in caring for the planet. – Robin Shreeves, Mother Nature Network

Today’s teenagers are standing at the crossroads of environmental history. Global warming will fundamentally change the world as they know it within their lifetime. But how to keep their healthy environmental awareness from becoming environmental anxiety? The secret is to provide them with education and tools for positive action.

Written in easily accessible language, The Green Teen combines simple and quick eco-friendly tips, interviews with “green teens,” ideas for organizing and communicating environmental change, and a host of resources in a handy “grab-and-go” format. Teens will learn:

  • How the choices they make each day impact the environment
  • How to fit eco-friendly decisions into their tight schedules and budgets
  • How to effectively get today’s decision makers involved in environmental stewardship

Teens want to learn how to minimize their environmental impact at home, at school, and in their communities and get their concerns recognized by school officials, politicians, media, and even their own parents.

The Green Teen is the book that will help them do it, and it is also a must-read for parents, grandparents, teachers, and school administrators who want to help the next generation make environmentally responsible choices.

GMO Free: Exposing the Hazards of Biotechnology to Ensure the Integrity of Our Food Supply

The genetic engineering of food crops is an ecological hazard and health crisis that affects us all. Its consequences are global and potentially irrevocable. Yet the decision to use genetically modified organisms is currently being made for you by the government and major multinational corporations. To combat this practice, more than 600 scientists from 72 countries have called for a moratorium on the environmental release of GMOs. GMO Free is the most comprehensive resource available on the science behind this worldwide debate.

GMO Free takes a good look at the evidence scientists have compiled, and makes a powerful case for a worldwide ban on GMO crops, to make way for a shift to sustainable agriculture and organic farming. It’s time to take the future of your food supply and environment into your own informed hands. GMO Free will give you the information you need to do so.

Make Your Own Cat Toys (Paperback)

If you have ever purchased a fancy cat toy only to find Kitty preferred the bag it came in, this book is for you. Make Your Own Cat Toys shows you how to create eco-friendly cat toys that are fast, fun and easy to make.Highlights of this cheeky and lighthearted book include:

  • Over 50 toy ideas to suit the different ways that cats love to play, a new toy for each week of the year
  • 25 toys that can be made in 60 seconds or less with no special skills required
  • Ideal for new kittens with boundless energy
  • A “Lazy Cat” play category for cats with a relaxed approach to playtime
  • Beautifully illustrated, it’s a purrfect gift for cat lovers
  • Plus, plenty of green tips and eco-friendly ideas for you and your pet Have a blast and save the planet at the same time. Reducing your cat’s carbon paw print has never been this much fun!

Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability

Knit Green offers tons of information and ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. From sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs, Knit Green is a tremendous source of information to help you tailor your craft to your convictions.

Fashion-forward knitting and easy-to-digest essays come together to help you “green-up” your hobby and easily implement suggestions and strategies for sustainability in the context of knitting. You’ll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically -farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming and energy in yarn production, and more. Plus, you’ll find more than 20 fashionable patterns that don’t sacrifice style for sustainability.

  • 20 projects for environmentally conscious knitting
  • Full exploration of green knitting product options
  • From the author of Fiber Gathering

From vegan options to eco-diversity, Knit Green gives you the tools you need to green-up not only your knitting, but your whole life!

Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home (Paperback)

We are what we eat, but we also are what we use to clean our homes, pamper our skin, and decorate our rooms, according to Renée Loux, accomplished raw food chef, award-winning author, and host of Fine Living TV’s Easy Being Green. In her new book, Easy Green Living, she applies her whole-foods philosophy to home, garden, and beauty routines.

Renée Loux demonstrates that being green at home is easy, affordable, and better in every sense of the word. She discusses the daily choices we face that can keep the home, personal care, and beauty routines free of toxins. She exposes the dirt on cleaning products and common hazardous ingredients and reveals her recommendations for greener options, including her “Green Thumb Guides” for choosing non-toxic, eco-smart, and human-friendly products. Peppered with compelling and inspiring facts, Easy Green Living is full of “5 Step” lists, products and recipes for green cleaning, helpful charts, safer choices for every room, and inspirational advice so we can save the planet–one cleaning spritz at a time.

As recent special issues of Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, and other major publications have demonstrated, going green is an idea whose time has come. Whether addressing big-picture topics like renewable energy, or offering simple suggestions for everyday living, this complete lifestyle guide shows that healthier choices don’t mean a radical or complicated life change–it is, after all, easy to be green.

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback)

Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book “is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture.”

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature’s own laws. Over the next three decades, he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.

Whether you’re a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, dedicated to slow food or simply looking to live a healthier life, you will find something here—you may even be moved to start a revolution of your own.

Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air (Paperback)

Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyzes the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale—for Europe, the United States, and the world. In case study format, this informative reference answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, the potential of sustainable fossil fuels, and the possibilities of sharing renewable power with foreign countries. While underlining the difficulty of minimizing consumption, the tone remains positive as it debunks misinformation and clearly explains the calculations of expenditure per person to encourage people to make individual changes that will benefit the world at large.