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Ecology for Gardeners Hardcover – Illustrated, May 1, 2004
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In this age of global warming and a dwindling biodiversity of all species, gardeners are focusing more and more on the ecology of their own small plots. Carroll and Salt write with the home gardener in mind, opening up and illuminating a world of interactions taking place among plants of all sorts and the crowd of characters that may reside or simply pass through the garden: from birds, snakes, and salamanders to insects, fungi, and nematodes. The clarity of the writing style communicates enthusiasm and regard for readers, showing Carroll and Salt to be excellent teachers who are able to explain, in accessible ways, concepts relating to plant botany, biology, and the environment. This book promises to fully engage gardeners in the wonders of horticulture while expanding each one's individual garden horizon to the natural world beyond. To garden responsibly is a key principle, and the final chapter points out how soil management and an overall attitude of stewardship will positively affect and help sustain the greater community of humankind. Alice Joyce
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"There is much here to tantalize the gardener with a scientific bent."—Carol Bishop Miller, Horticulture, December 2005 (Carol Bishop Miller Horticulture)
"For most gardeners, the more plants they grow, the more they want to know about how it happens. Here's where to find out."—Kym Pokorny, Oregonian, November 25, 2004 (Kym Pokorny Oregonian)
"This book should be applauded."&8212;John Bagnasco, Garden Compass, October 2004 (John Bagnasco Garden Compass)
Top customer reviews
It starts off with basic chemistry and biology of soil, plants, microbes, fungi, and insects, and ties them all together as you would expect in a book with "ecology" in the title.
It is well illustrated with color photographs which are refered to through out the book.
Not a begining gardening book by any means, but ideal if you have the basics and want to learn more about how the entire system works together.