Synopses & Reviews
Enhance Your Relationship with Nature
Make beneficial wildlife part of your food-garden ecosystem: They'll pollinate your plants, feed on pests, and leave behind manure to nourish your soil. Tammi Hartung has spent years observing natural rhythms and animal habits in her garden, a peaceful place where perennials attract pollinators, ponds house slug-eating bullfrogs, mulch protects predator insects in the soil, mint gently deters unwanted mice, and hedgerows shelter and feed many kinds of wildlife. Her successful methods are a positive step toward a healthier garden.
"Hartung (Homegrown Herbs) issues a call for gardeners to work with varmints and critters rather than view them as hostile combatants and offers a delightful guide for how to undertake the challenge simply and organically. Highlighted by whimsical color illustrations by Holly Ward Bimbo and armed with horticultural knowledge and common sense, Hartung makes a case, for example, for embracing the presence of skunks: 'We've learned that skunks are not as problematic as people often assume,' she writes confidently. With section titles within chapters that express sentiments such as 'Welcome the Predators!' and 'Plant a Surplus and Share Some,' the author describes making simple adjustments to the garden and homestead that work with natural habitat to encourage the development of proper habits in would-be predators. At the end of book she includes a helpful Reference Chart for Remedies, which is invaluable, particularly if, as Hartung notes, 'your resident insect and animal predators aren't controlling the pests you need to intervene.' (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment - instead of continually fighting it - you'll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort. Tammi Hartung
"Into a world of shrinking habitat and increasing concern about food safety comes a book that addresses both concerns, allowing readers to construct and maintain vegetable gardens that help preserve our population of native insects, butterflies, and birds."
About the Author
Tammi Hartung is a medical herbalist and certified organic grower. She and her husband, Chris, own and operate Desert Canyon Farm in Colorado, where they grow more than 175 medicinal, rare, and native plants. She is the author of Homegrown Herbs.
Table of Contents
1 Rethinking Our Relationships with Nature
2 Encouraging Friends in the Underground
3 Garden Elements That Welcome Wildlife
4 Attracting Pollinators and Beneficial Predators
5 Creating Habitats for Wildlife
6 Smart Strategies for Peaceful Coexistence
7 Blocking Access to Unwelcome Guests
8 Designing Wildlife-Friendly Food Gardens
Appendix: Quick Reference Chart for Remedies