The Good Garden: How to Nurture Pollinators, Soil, Native Wildlife, and Healthy Food—All in Your Own Backyard
Published by: Island Press
Imprint: Island Press
Sales Date: 2023-02-02
Published: February 2023
Imprint: Island Press
Page Count: 312 Pages
Illustrations: 150 color photos and illustrations
Dimensions: 203.00 x 254.00
312 Pages, 203.00 x 254.00 x 20.30 mm, 150 color photos and illustrations
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McLaughlin gives you all the tricks and tips you need to grow the sustainable garden of your dreams. Drawing from established traditions, such as permaculture and French intensive gardening, and McLaughlin's hard-earned experience, The Good Garden is a joyful guide for newbies and experienced gardeners alike. It will teach you the fundamentals, including how to choose the right plant varieties for your microclimate, and proven methods to fight pests without chemicals. You will also discover the nuances of developing a green thumb, from picking species to attract specific types of pollinators to composting techniques based on time available. Lovely four-color photography will show you good gardening in action.
Most importantly, The Good Garden will help you foster a sense of meaning in your garden. Maybe the goal is to reduce food miles and plastic waste by growing delicious berries. Maybe it's to meet neighbors who also care about the planet through a seed-swap. Maybe it's a quiet moment patting the bunny whose manure will replace toxic fertilizers in the soil. A good garden offers endless possibilities and The Good Garden offers a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.
Chapter 1. Choose and Combine Sustainable Gardening Styles
Chapter 2. Know Your Ecosystem
Chapter 3. Welcome Pollinators and Wildlife
Chapter 4. Control Weeds Naturally
Chapter 5. Keep the Bad Bugs at Bay
Chapter 6. Nourish Healthy Soil
Chapter 7. Cultivate Healthy Food
Chapter 8. Enlist Domestic Critters
Chapter 9. Build Community
Resources: Down the Sustainable Rabbit Hole
About the Author
"Chris McLaughlin's words are like a breath of fresh air. The Good Garden contains information, as well as personal perspectives useful for gardeners of all levels . there is something in this book for everyone."American Gardener
"Exceptionally and impressively well written, organized, illustrated and presented, The Good Garden: How to Nurture Pollinators, Soil, Native Wildlife, and Healthy Food -- All in Your Own Backyard is a thoroughly 'user friendly' DIY instructional guide for gardening in all manner of circumstances"Midwest Book Review
"Thorough guide for newbies and experienced gardeners alike. It teaches the fundamentals including how to choose the right plant varieties for your climate, proven methods to fight pests without chemicals, and much more."Connecticut Bridgeport
Jessi Bloom, ecological designer and author of "Creating Sanctuary" and "Practical Permaculture"
"This is the perfect guide to get you started in understanding how your garden functions as a part of the ecosystem. It can help you create a space for all to enjoy-from the tiniest insects to the domestic animal helpers-and for yourself!"
David Mizejewski, Naturalist, National Wildlife Federation
"Chris McLaughlin understands that your garden is more than just a plot of land - it's an ecosystem. In this positive, upbeat guide, she shows you how to nurture a thriving garden that includes native plants that support wildlife and how, in doing so, your own garden will reconnect to the greater ecosystem."
Lisa Mason Ziegler, author of "Cool Flowers" and "Vegetables Love Flowers"
"From rain barrels to planting choices, this book guides you to endless gardening possibilities and doing it in an all-natural way. Chris has made gardening simple and easy for all."