by Toby Hemenway
This author contends that today's typical backyard garden has deviated from what a natural, life-perpetuating garden should be. All the effort that people put into their gardens-weeding, tilling, spraying, fertilizing-is a waste, says the author. A garden that successfully combines elements of wildlife habitats, edible plants, and conventional flower and vegetable gardens will naturally do most of this work on its own. Hemenway explains how to connect the various parts of a garden-trees, plants, insects, birds, and the gardener him- or herself-so that each builds upon the contributions of the other. With suggestions about plants that will provide diverse habitats for wildlife yet still yield the flowers, food, and herbs you seek, this book will help turn your garden into a functioning ecosystem.
Chelsea Green Pub, 2001, 222 p., b&w; illus., paperback
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