Ann Lovejoy Handbook of Northwest Gardening: Natural : Sustainable : Organic

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The organic gardening movement has been long established among vegetable growers. With the mainstreaming of ideas about environmental and ecological preservation, the organic movement has come to ornamental gardening. And one of the primary spokespeople for that movement is Sasquatch’s longtime author Ann Lovejoy. This new book is a complete handbook for ornamental gardening follows the principles and techniques of organic and sustainable gardening. Gardening naturally does mean going without products like ...
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Overview

The organic gardening movement has been long established among vegetable growers. With the mainstreaming of ideas about environmental and ecological preservation, the organic movement has come to ornamental gardening. And one of the primary spokespeople for that movement is Sasquatch’s longtime author Ann Lovejoy. This new book is a complete handbook for ornamental gardening follows the principles and techniques of organic and sustainable gardening. Gardening naturally does mean going without products like Roundup, Weed and Feed, and chemical fertilizers. It also means that gardeners may opt for a selection of native plants that are compatible with local climate and soils. Some of the paradigm shift has to do with getting over the notion that one’s garden needs to be as spotless and tidy as something on a magazine cover. Gardening is all about process, and the methods that Ann Lovejoy explains in this book emphasize good soil preparation, composting, drainage, mulching, and right plant selection. This comprehensive book covers the steps from landscaping and designs to soil preparation to planting beds. She covers all of the elements of the garden: ground covers, lawns, shrubs, bulbs, trees—all with an eye to building a sustainable garden that grows without chemical fertilizers and pest control. You can try to make an Arizona backyard look like a Connecticut estate, but it’s going to take a lot of work, constant maintenance, more water than all the other gardens on your block, and a fat checkbook. There’s a simpler, more gratifying way to garden that is also good for people, pets, and wildlife. This practical book tells gardeners how to achieve that.
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Reviews from original edition: "If you’ve always dreamed of composing a beautiful landscape with layers of plant materials then this thick handbook will provide more than just streams of information, it is also a fountain of inspiration." —The Seattl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570615504
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Lovejoy is a weekly garden columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the author of 18 books. She lives on Bainbridge Island, WA. Photographer Janet Loughrey lives in Portland, OR.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Sustainable Garden Design     1
Gardening Naturally     47
Delicious Dirt     61
Northwestern Lawns     115
Maintaining the Sustainable Garden     133
Natural Plant Care     169
Dealing with Insect Pests and Critters     199
Garden Bones     219
Shrubs in the Garden     235
Great Garden Perennials     273
Ground Covers     311
Bulbs     323
Vines and Climbers     341
Annuals     353
Appendix: What's New in Sustainable Gardening     388
Resources     404
Index     407
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