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Ecology for Gardenersby Steven B Carroll
Synopses & Reviews
Even a relatively small garden is a miniature ecosystem. It includes a surprising diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad of ways. Some are permanent residents, others come and go in search of a meal or a mate. An insect feeding on a garden plant is simultaneously hunted by predators and weakened by parasites; it competes with other herbivores for choice food plants; it is hindered in its feeding by the plants' chemical and physical defenses; and it challenges other members of its species for the best mates and locations for egg-laying. Ecologists Carroll and Salt argue that the more completely we understand these interactions, the better gardeners we become. The authors cite hundreds of examples drawn from personal experience and from literature on gardening and ecology.
Book News Annotation:
Members of the academe and gardeners at the Master and professional levels, the authors describe how plants, animals, sunlight, water, nutrients, air and the soil of a garden create an ecosystem that operates in concert with all that surround it. They begin with plants, the leading actors in the garden, and how they develop and reproduce. They continue with the other inhabitants, both seen and unseen, and the garden's environment of water, sunlight, and soil. From this theoretical basis they show how plants and other garden organisms interact with each other, and give practical information on gardening as applied ecology. They include a glossary, resources, and a common and scientific name index.
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Become a better gardener by understanding the diversity of organisms in your garden and the interactions among them that make your garden a miniature ecosystem.
Even a relatively small garden is a miniature ecosystem, containing a surprising diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad of ways. Ecologists Carroll and Salt maintain that the more completely humans understand these interactions, the better gardeners they become. 179 color photos, 175 in color. 10 line drawings.
Even a relatively small garden is a miniature ecosystem. It includes a surprising diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad ways.
About the Author
Steven B. Carroll is an ecologist at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where he teaches ecology and botany. He is particularly interested in pollination biology, plant reproduction, and problems posed by invasive species. Steve is also a Master Gardener. He lives with his wife and son on three mostly wooded acres, where the deer keep a close watch on their gardens. Steven D. Salt holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and microbiology and teaches college and university courses. He lives on Green Valley Farm in the forested hills of north-central Missouri, where he and his family raise vegetables, herbs, small fruits, and flowers that they sell at farmers' markets. Steve has written articles and given public presentations on vegetable and herb growing, small farm tools and techniques, and rural social issues.
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