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  Maria Finn  


How to Grow Your Own Mushrooms

In this short video Maria shows you how to set up a mushroom log in your home.
— Chow tips

How To Plant and Keep an Indoor Lemon Tree
When winter comes to Italy, the lemon trees potted in terra cotta get moved indoors. Every large estate has a sunny, ventilated room to store their lemons, known as a limonaia. Learn to move your tree indoors.
— Apartment Therapy

DIY: Rose Petal Honey
Make your own rose petal honey, it's sensual, sublime, exotic, and familiar all at once.
— Gardenista

Heirloom Seeds: Who Says a Cucumber Has to Be Green?
Exquisite warts & rough hewn beauty. Heirlooms are the food of artists and dreamers.
— Gardenista


A Little Piece of Earth is all about starting small, with more than fifty self-contained, doable projects. Whether you have a yard, a terrace, a rooftop, or just a windowsill, there are plenty of ideas and inspirations to choose from. Harvest your own precious vanilla pods from a pot indoors. Grow savory shiitakes on a small log in your kitchen. Build a miniature vineyard trellis on your deck or build a raised bed on your patio. Recipes for using your homegrown bounty are sprinkled throughout. Charming illustrations guide you through step-by-step, and there's a complete resources section. This is about making dirt work for you, taking some control over your food supply, and, most important, enriching your life with the quiet, simple pleasures of produce raised organically with your own hands.

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"Maria Finn gets the importance of being connected to food. Her celebration of the revolution that is happening in our food delivery system is evident on every page."
— Rebecca Gray, author of American Artisanal

"This book's message is so welcome. Start small, with the modest spaces readily available. This is the way to initiate our next generation of urban gardeners."
— Fritz Haeg, author of Edible Estates

"A delightful bookˇas charming as it is practical. I love the unique combination of straightforward horticultural advice, sweet illustrations, and easy recipes."
— Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of Righteous Porkchop

"There's no better place to find real food than from right next door to your own kitchen. All you need is a little piece of earth."
— Nina Planck, author of Real Food

"This book will inspire you to look differently at your surroundings and help you create deliciously rustic food that is really local. No matter where you live, city or country, there is food waiting to be found, cooked, and preserved!"
— Paul Canales, Executive Chef of Oliveto Restaurant

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