The garden is a good place to start:
GARDENING IN HARMONY WITH NATURE: This is how I garden and the idea that the gardens I created in my business were based on. See my related blog posts, which I’ll be continuing to write. On this page, I’ve put together some resources to help you in your endeavors with Natural Gardening and creating a garden in Harmony with Nature. I enjoy collecting these gardening books, for ideas, inspiration, and research, during the times I’m not actually gardening.
“Noah’s Garden” is a story that I can relate to: Having to relearn everything about creating a garden, in order to invite nature back in. Learn how you can play your part in saving the endangered bees & butterflies. Land that remains for wildlife is becoming less all of the time. Native plants, on which wildlife depends, have been greatly reduced in number, or totally disappeared. Learn to create a garden for the birds, bees, butterflies, all of nature, as well as feed yourself. This can create an outdoor space that is pleasant & rewarding for you, fills some of the needs of nature’s creatures, & lessens the negative impact on the environment.
“As development & subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important & simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity.There is an unbreakable link between native plant species & native wildlife — native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds & other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis & may be headed toward extinction.
“Bringing Nature Home” has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems & human well-being. By acting on D. Tallamy’s practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.”
“A home garden is often seen as separate from the natural world surrounding it. In truth, it is actually just one part of a larger landscape that is made up of many living layers. And the replacement of the rich layers of native flora with turf grass greatly diminishes a garden’s biological diversity and ecological function.
The Living Landscape seeks to reverse this trend by showing gardeners how to create a landscape that is full of life.”
The recent decline of the European honey bee and other pollinators in North America poses a serious challenge to our food supply & ecological health. About 75% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit, & from these plants comes one-third of the planet’s food.
“Attracting Native Pollinators” is a comprehensive guidebook for gardeners, small farmers, orchardists, beekeepers, naturalists, environmentalists, & public land managers on how to protect & encourage the activity of the native America.
‘Projects for the Birder’s Garden: Over 100 Easy Things That You Can Make to Turn Your Yard & Garden into a Bird-Friendly Haven” lets you create your own private nature preserve-with dozens of ideas to turn a typical backyard into a beautiful natural habitat for birds & other wildlife. Watch birds gobble seeds & treats from your homemade bird feeder. Follow the step-by-step instructions in this book, & your yard will quickly become a playground, breeding ground, & feeding ground for songbirds & others. That’s not all-there are also projects specially designed to attract beautiful hummingbirds & butterflies to your garden
“Bird Gardens” (Better Homes & Gardens):People enjoy welcoming birds to their gardens. This book blends inspiration & implementation to demonstrate how to use plants to attract and accommodate birds.Includes all the information for proper planning: landscape design strategies, plants that attract birds, alluring water feature, and other unique suggestions for bird comforts.
Garden Birds: How to Attract Birds to Your Garden:* Features 100 of the most popular American garden birds, with expert advice on how to make your garden more attractive to birds,
useful tips for backyard bird watchers– each bird’s favorite foods, nesting habits, & distinctive markings – Gorgeous illustrations.
Some fun bird houses, plus:
- A state-of-the-art electric birdbath de-ice, thermostatically controlled to operate only when necessary, safe in all bird bath
– A heavy duty easy swing plant & bird feeder arm keeps seed off the patio/deck & gets plants out into the sun; easy installation, mounts virtually anywhere; supports 25lbs.
I’ve always grown as much of my own food as I could, including in the front yard on a city street, in my plots of a community garden along a river, and every garden, urban & rural, that I’ve planted & tended. The main reason, other than love of gardening, was the much superior flavors. I grew mostly heirlooms, as well as preferred cultivars from around the world (grown for flavor, rather than longevity in transit, or shelf life). The reasons to grow one’s own food are growing, well beyond flavor.
Garden design trends come & go but the most prevalent is the resurgence of interest in edible gardening. Perhaps the revival is because the corporations that supply so much of the food (& seed) supply have interests that are detrimental to consumer’ health; or perhaps because of the chemical over spraying of crops or the toxic additives in almost everything. Perhaps, it’s because home grown food tastes better & is more nutritious.
The difference now, is that the edibles are now often grown on smaller pieces of property, with close-by neighbors, and regulations of home owner’s associations, etc. Aesthetics has become more important, along with combining edibles with ornamentals. The following books help gardeners with ways to make all the pieces and considerations of “urban agriculture” or edible landscaping work for them.
“The Edible Landscape; Creating a Beautiful & Bountiful Garden with Vegetables, Fruits, & Flowers”: “We have had our fill of tasteless, woody tomatoes from the far reaches of the globe & have begun tasting again-thanks to farmer’s markets & co-ops–the real flavors we remember from childhood.Inspire by these events, people have started growing food in the most unlikely places, including rooftops, abandoned parking lots, & tiny balconies & backyards on average city streets. Individuals & families are taking up the trowel & discovering that gardening can be fun, fulfilling, & ultimately, delicious.
“Edible Landscaping”: Since Rosalind Creasy popularized the concept of landscaping with edibles a quarter-century ago, interest in eating healthy, fresh, locally grown foods has swept across the nation. More and more Americans are looking to grow clean, delicious produce at home, saving money and natural resources at the same time. — Creasy’s expertise on edibles and how to incorporate them in beautifully designed outdoor environments was first showcased in the original edition in 1982), Now this new edition presents the latest design & how-to information in a glorious full-color format, featuring more than 300 inspiring photographs.
“Edible Landscaping With a Permaculture Twist” “is a how-to manual for the budding & experienced gardener alike, full of creative & easy-to-follow designs that guide you to having your yard and eating it, too. With the help of more than 200 beautiful color photos and drawings, permaculture designer & avid grower Michael Judd takes the reader on a step-by-step process to transform a sea of grass into a flourishing edible landscape that pleases the eye as well as the taste buds.”
“Designing & Maintaining Your Garden Naturally”: First published in 1986, this classic is back in print by demand. It’s the authoritative text on edible landscaping, featuring a step-by-step guide to designing a productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, & herbs for a combination of ornamental & culinary purposes.
“The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design a Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs” If you want to grow some food, but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm. Or maybe your HOA has rules on that & will freak if they can tell you planted some produce producing plants. Or maybe you have a neighbor who has a tendency to report everything you do to the city inspectors. If you are looking for a way to mix in the edible plants with ornamental things, this could be the book for you.
“Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete guide to the Planning…..” – For a complete guide for understanding & beginning with urban agriculture & much more: This book is also an in-depth & detailed textbook for designing & creating urban gardens on a much larger scale….It covers a lot of the fundamentals of why community-based gardens should be built in poor urban areas such as reversing the “food desert” trends to educating disadvantaged youth on the relationships between communities & nature to reducing the effects of climate change. It also covers things like…how to best address the needs of those being served….Some examples of more upscale projects are also highlighted.
“Gaia’s Garden”: The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.
“The Incredible Edible Landscape”:Do you want your garden to replace the grocery store? Learn how to landscape and maintain a yard that is beautiful, sustainable, and edible. Save time and money as master gardeners Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow help you grow fresh produce right outside your door. Keep your garden in peak condition as well as harvest, store, and preserve the delicious things you grow all around your house.
Author of “Edible Landscaping” & Award-winning landscape architect, Sega Lindsay, has seen garden design trends come & go in her 20 years of working in the field, but by far the most prevalent has been the resurgence of interest in edible gardening.
Let’s not forget the butterflies & other pollinators:
– a set of 3 butterfly houses
- a set of 3 all made of sustainable bamboo: a mason bee house, a bird house, & a butterfly house
- a butterfly hotel: perfect habitat for insects, butterflies,ladybirds, & bees
- a large butterfly house with slots that keep birds out, giving butterflies protection from wind & weather, encouraging them to stay for the night.
- butterfly house from recycled fence wood-a ladybug in your garden provides a safe haven for & attracts hungry pest-eating ladybugs