The Life in your Garden

The Life in your Garden

Gardening for Biodiversity

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Saving the planet one garden at a time. Gardeners can play a significant role in helping to sustain native plant diversity and providing refuge for threatened species of insects and sanctuary for birds, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals.
Horticulture experts Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto share their own experiences in gardening for biodiversity, placing a strong emphasis on insect diversity as a bellwether of success. Insects comprise 60 percent of Earth’s biodiversity, and they deserve to be recognized as the creatures that run our gardens. It is not the gardener’s job to eliminate insects that munch on leaves, suck the sap from stems, bore holes in fruits, or graze on roots. This is the work of predatory insects and arachnids such as ladybug beetles, hoverfly larvae, praying mantises, certain wasps, and spiders. It is the gardener’s task to cultivate populations of these predators. The Life in Your Garden also describes the functional plants of a garden (with recommendations for understory trees and shrubs throughout North America) and their relationship with garden life, introducing the concept of a “garden insectary.”That a gardener can be an important steward for our planet is a powerful concept, and here at last is the book that shows us how.Let wild pollinators into your garden.Nurture butterfly, bird and animal life.Encourage insect diversity for self-regulating ecosystem in the garden to help prevent mass extinction.No more rototiller use.Convert lawn to garden.Create a biorefuge with annuals, perennials, and native trees and herbaceous plants.A book for all of North America.

Baker & Taylor
Presents advice on planning a garden that promotes biodiversity, recommending trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that nurture insects, birds, and amphibians and can create a self-regulated ecosystem.

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This color-illustrated guide offers practical tips for creating gardens of native plants and ecologically functional plants that will encourage species diversity among insects, birds, amphibians, and other animals. The book explains how to achieve a sustainable garden ecosystem of predators and prey to hold species in balance and to keep destructive insect species in check. The opening chapters review the necessity for biodiversity gardening and the authors’ insights on biodiversity that prompted them to write the book. Two chapters on living soil and soil diversity are followed by three chapters on three types of insects found in ecologically sustainable gardens: pollinators, herbivores, and predators. Further chapters give details on plants such as understory trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals, which will provide food and nesting habitat for garden insects and local wildlife. Final chapters give tips on sustaining biodiversity in vegetable or small fruits gardens. Appendices list scientific names and give data on various species. The book contains color photos throughout. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers, 2016
Edition: First hardcover edition October 2016
ISBN: 9780884484721
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 36 cm
Additional Contributors: Peronto, Marjorie


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