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  • Root Cellaring : Natural Cold Storage Of Fruit And Vegetables


    Anyone can learn to store fruits and vegetables safely and naturally with a cool, dark space (even a closet!) and the step-by-step advice in this book.

    Root cellaring, as many people remember but only a few people still practice, is a way of using the earth’s naturally cool, stable temperature to store perishable fruits and vegetables. Root cellaring, as Mike and Nancy Bubel explain here, is a no-cost, simple, low-technology, energy-saving way to keep the harvest fresh all year long.

    In Root Cellaring, the Bubels tell how to successfully use this natural storage approach. It’s the first book devoted entirely to the subject, and it covers the subject with a thoroughness that makes it the only book you’ll ever need on root cellaring.

    Root Cellaring will tell you:

    * How to choose vegetable and fruit varieties that will store best

    * Specific individual storage requirements for nearly 100 home garden crops

    * How to use root cellars in the country, in the city, and in any environment

    * How to build root cellars, indoors and out, big and small, plain and fancy

    * Case histories — reports on the root cellaring techniques and experiences of many households all over North America

    Root cellaring need not be strictly a country concept. Though it’s often thought of as an adjunct to a large garden, a root cellar can in fact considerably stretch the resources of a small garden, making it easy to grow late succession crops for storage instead of many rows for canning and freezing. Best of all, root cellars can easily fit anywhere. Not everyone can live in the country, but everyone can benefit from natural cold storage. Continue Reading Root Cellaring : Natural Cold Storage Of Fruit And Vegetables

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  • Hive Management : A Seasonal Guide For Beekeepers


    The beekeeper’s year begins with a late winter hive inspection and ends with putting the bees to bed in the autumn. Richard Bonney believes that each beekeeping activity should be performed with an eye toward the overall well-being of the colony, as part of an integrated year-round program of hive management.

    Long-term success in beekeeping can only be achieved by understanding the intimate lives, behaviors, and motivations of honey bees — the factors which govern the life of each colony. Richard Bonney explains the reasons behind common practices that many beekeepers perform without really knowing why. He also stresses when to take timely actions that will prevent problems in future seasons.

    Hive Management offers concise, up-to-date information on the whole range of beekeeping tasks, including:

    — How to prevent, control, and capture swarms.

    — What you can tell from an outside inspection of your hives.

    — When and how to take the crop and harvest honey.

    — How to successfully requeen — from handling and marking queens to methods of introducing one into a hive.

    — The problem signs to look for when you open up a hive.

    For the practicing beekeeper who needs more information, or for the serious novice who wants to start out right, Hive Management offers sensible advice to help keep your honey bees thriving. Continue Reading Hive Management : A Seasonal Guide For Beekeepers

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