tamborine sustainable gardeners society inc

TREAD Softly - GROW Sustainably

Here is a list of the books available to borrow from the club Library along with magazines. - Grass Roots, Organic Gardening, Permaculture


The Seed Savers Handbook 

by Michel & Jude Fanton

The book is divided into 3 parts, from part 1- the issues of saving seed, part 2 -  the practicalities of actually doing it and part 3 - being a detailed account of many plants. So you can dip in at any point of interest. This book describes the 'How to' of collecting and saving your own seed. There is a comprehensive rating for the simplicity of saving seed on page 51, from beginner to the expert seed saver. Very useful as it gives one the confidence to try. It stresses that seed saving can be done by anyone, no matter how small your plant collection. This book is a point by point, easy way to learn to save our open pollinated seeds and a MUST read for any gardener who feels passionate about seed diversity.


Earth User's Guide to Permaculture 

by Rosemary Morrow

A straight-forward manual and a good introduction to practical permaculture, it is full of advice about measuring, monitoring and reducing our ecological footprints, that can be practiced by everyone.


How Can I Be Prepared With Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods? 

by Isabel Shipard

An essential manual with practical information on plants, plans and
recipes to help us survive in a toxic world and face the hazards that
threaten our health, security and sanity in the 21st century.
This book covers many practical facets of self-suffiency and informs
readers about survival foods


The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest 

by Carol W Costenbader

This is a simple to follow, illustrated step by step book on preserving your surplus produce. 
Canning, Drying, Freezing, Jams & Jellies, Pickles Relishes & Chutneys Vinegars & Seasonings, Cold & Dry Storage and Gifts made from Preserved Food...along with a bundle of recipes that actually include your preserved produce.

This book is well laid out, with easy to follow instructions using basic
kitchen equipment, for the most part. It is an American publication so all
the measurements are in cups, or pounds and ounces, but very easy to
translate - or in my case, not worry too much about it.


How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life?

by Isabel Shipard

An Australian practical guide to growing herbs, with over 500 herbs, spices and edible plants. Rosemary includes culinary and medicinal uses for each plant. A valuable book in health and well being.


Wild Herbs of Australia and New Zealand 

by Tim Low

This informative guide shows where to locate and how to use wild herbs.
Detailes illustrations and colour photographs help you to identify these
surprisingly useful plants and recipes show you how best to use them.


The Bee Book 

by Peter Warhurst & Roger Goebel

This practical, readable and comprehensive book contains detaile
information on honeybees and every aspect of responsible, successful
It covers the special requirements of managing hives in Australia.,
including information on small hive beetle and known toxicities to bees.
Known as the Australian beekeeper's 'bible'.


Backyard Poultry - Naturally 

by Alanna Moore

From housing to feeding, from selection to breeding, from pets to
production and from the best lookers to the best layers, this book covers
it all. Including preventative and curative herbal medicines and


Mangroves to Mountains 

By Glenn Leiper, Jan Glazebrook, Denis Cox & Kerry Rathie

This second edition of "Mangroves to Mountains" contains over 2, 450
species of S.E Queensland's native plants.
This is a comprehensive, easy to use, identification guide of the native
plants found in our area of Australia.

Brix Meter

Use this instrument to measure the sugar content of the crops you grow.

Here is a link to the instructions.

Recommended Reading List

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