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.
"Novice and expert vegetable growers alike will find Hartung's well-presented advice both revelatory and warmly reassuring." Ed Snodgrass, author of The Green Roof Manual and Small Green Roofs
"Hartung 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." Booklist
"Easy to read and colorfully illustrated with charming drawings, this title will inspire you to get your hands dirty and to rethink your relationship with nature." Publishers Weekly
"The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener is part how-to book, and part philosophical treatise on life, imploring us to 'embrace imperfection and impermanence, and maybe even a bit of chaos at times, as part of working with natural processes.' No matter what you're doing, this is sage advice." Taste for Life Magazine
"Tammi Hartung offers smart strategies for peaceful garden coexistence...Gardeners can design a wildlife-friendly garden, all with one beautifully illustrated book." The American Gardener
"From her successful organic herb farm, Tammi Hartung has learned that edible plants can be grown in harmony with wildlife. Her message is not that everything wild is good, but that we can tolerate it all without turning our gardens into a killing field. By carefully observing not just the individual plants but the entire ecosystem in which they grow, we can better appreciate all the roles that wildlife play in our gardens." Phoenix Home - & - Garden
"Lovingly, sweetly, intelligently, the book opens up new physical and spiritual ground, on which our gardens will grow best on account of the presence of insects and animals, not in spite of them. From the management of manure to proper protection from real pests, no garden stone is left unturned." Better Homes - & - Gardens Country Gardens
"One of the most charming new gardening books is The Wildlife-Friendliy Vegetable Gardener" Bookpage
Promoting a holistic ecological view, Tammi Hartung encourages you to invite wildlife into your garden. You'll be amazed at how a variety of natural pollinators, pest predators, and soil enrichers can promote vibrant and healthy vegetables. Discover how a slug problem disappears once you've introduced a pond housing bullfrogs, how wasps can take care of tomato hornworms, and why skunks aren't so bad after all. Learn how to garden with animals, rather than against them, and reap your most bountiful harvest yet.
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