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The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Animals, Plants, and People [NOOK Book]

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  • How to maintain environmental balance and attract wildlife
  • Applies to all backyard gardens, large and small with specific information on creating ponds and other water features
  • Accessible gardening tips for seniors and people with disabilities

Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle with the outside world. They're perpetually at war with nature, investing in weed killers and fighting off deer ...

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The Nature-Friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Animals, Plants, and People

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Overview

  • How to maintain environmental balance and attract wildlife
  • Applies to all backyard gardens, large and small with specific information on creating ponds and other water features
  • Accessible gardening tips for seniors and people with disabilities

Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle with the outside world. They're perpetually at war with nature, investing in weed killers and fighting off deer and birds, all in an effort to preserve their garden as a pristine patch of earth. Marlene A. Condon proposes a radically different method: What if, instead of battling the natural world, we invite it into our backyards? The result is the nature-friendly garden, which attracts and meets the needs of common creatures—rabbits, toads, insects, squirrels, owls, and so on—while maintaining a thriving, varied landscape of flowers and plants. And as this thought-provoking guide demonstrates, coexisting with nature doesn't mean turning your yard into a bramble-infested wilderness. The sustainable, low-impact garden described in these pages is a model of environmental balance, fostering species diversity while keeping wildlife damage and invasive plant growth at an acceptable minimum. Best of all, it offers a privileged look at the workings of nature, and its advice on observing wildlife is sure to open up a new and fascinating world for even the most experienced gardener.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811749107
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 2/20/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 25 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    best gardening book i have read

    Marlene Condon's book- The Nature-Friendly Garden, is by far, the best 'gardening' book I have read (I have read a lot!). Her gardening philosophy is completely in touch with the natural world around us, and she explains how and why we should use these natural processes to enhance our gardening pleasure, not fight them. This is the only book of its kind- other wildlife gardening books still make recommendations for 'problems' and 'pests' in your garden, albeit naturally. Marlene Condon teaches us to recognize the value in every natural process that happens in nature, to embrace and respect it, and even use it to our advantage. An excellent book- one of a kind!

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