The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature

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"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."

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The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature

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"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."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
"Novice and expert vegetable growers alike will find Hartung’s well-presented advice both revelatory and warmly reassuring."
Taste for Life Magazine
"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."
The American Gardener
"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."
Phoenix Home & Garden
"Tammi Hartung offers smart strategies for peaceful garden coexistence...Gardeners can design a wildlife-friendly garden, all with one beautifully illustrated book."
Better Homes & Gardens Country Gardens
"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."
"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."
The Napa Valley Register
"One of the most charming new gardening books is The Wildlife-Friendliy Vegetable Gardener"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120553
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 446,343
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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.

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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



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  • Posted December 24, 2013

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    This book may be a guide to helping gardeners coexist with wildl

    This book may be a guide to helping gardeners coexist with wildlife, but it doesn’t read like a reference manual. It is almost like a memoir of the life of a gardener.

    It is full of wonderful ideas for attracting wildlife to your garden, and living cordially with them when you succeed.

    The author suggests keeping a “nature journal”. The author will sit in the garden with the journal and jot down her observations-- what she did (fertilizing, trimming, planting), what she saw, problems noted-- so she can see how her actions affect the garden, and what changes she may need to make. She also notes wildlife spotted, and what can be done to keep them coming around without causing conflict in the garden, or where they may need to be deterred.

    This book was chock full of little ideas and lessons, many of which I had never heard.

    The author also gives examples of how nature will take care of things, if you just leave it alone and allow it.

    If you are a gardener, or if you enjoy welcoming wildlife into your yard, but want to avoid conflict with it, this book is for you! Interspersed with charming, homey illustrations, it is like taking a walk with the author through her backyard while she teaches you a thing or two about nature and living harmoniously with it.

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