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Green Gardener's Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet Paperback – February 1, 2008
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Why I wrote "The Green Gardener's Guide"
Up to now, there has been much said and written about this global crisis we are all in the midst of. And, let's face it, it hasn't been terribly positive. Yet, what has been provided in the way of actions which really have an effect is scattered at best. As a passionate gardener committed to environmental stewardship, I wanted to take a positive stance and provide solutions in a comprehensive resource; not just for gardeners but for anyone who cares about our environment. I wanted to offer useful, yet practical ways for each of us to collectively make an impact.
Ironically, as we gardeners and weekend warriors create beautiful gardens and landscapes, in the process we often waste water, use products and chemicals that have the potential to runoff into waterways, indiscriminately kill beneficial insects and emit greenhouse gasses into the air. And we are a large group--over 90 million strong!
Yet as I speak to audiences around the country and field questions from my own website they are all asking for simple, significant actions they can take to be a better environmental steward and help heal our planet. The Green Gardener's Guide is my answer to them and to everyone; that together we really can make a difference!
Top customer reviews
He details ways in which to conserve water in the garden.
The book will teach you how to compost and make "liquid gold" to fertilize your plants naturally. Composting is not only fun to do (it's cool to watch coffee grinds and vegetable scraps mixed with leaves turn into dirt), it's good for the environment and for the health of your plants.
The book instructs how to use trees and shrubs to naturally minimize the use of heat or air conditioning in the home.
My favorite section was gardening to protect the ecosystem, as Lamp'l describes ways in which to increase the beneficial wildlife and safely minimize pests. For example, he encourages the home owner to leave standing dead trees, as they are a host to a variety of wildlife.
Remember bug zappers? My family had them and I hated them--the constant snapping of insects. Turns out, bug zappers kill mostly useful insects!
The book is just loaded with useful information and I highly recommend it.
Author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet
While the book focuses on greening most specifically in the garden, I find it a must for every homeowner who has even the smallest of properties. Millions of people own homes and all should know the basics of maintaining their property. Joe discusses easy ways homeowners can conserve water, recycle plastic, reuse products, compost food material, reduce chemical usage, and build a greener community.
Joe's awesome guide points out ways for the consumer to save money as well. These tips include ideas to increase your home's cool factor in the summer and how to increase your home's warmth factor in the winter simply by planting trees and shrubs appropriately on your property. From grasscycling to rain gardening to planting drought tolerant plants; Joe has it all down to a simple and easy to understand science.
Greening your landscape can go a long way towards making a difference for our larger environment. Joe understands that it takes small steps to get there and is setting a remarkable example himself by showing the world how easy it is to do.
I loved this book and highly recommend it as an excellent greening guide for any gardener or homeowner.
Minor modifications in approaches to caring for flowers, lawns and food plants, Lamp'l assures us, can create major positive environmental changes. For instance, he points out, American gardeners could save a minimum of 700 billion gallons of water each year by watering early in the morning instead of in the heat of the day. Capturing roof runoff can mean life for thirsty plants in times of drought. And that's only the beginning. Add in the dramatic drop in heating and cooling costs when trees are planted for shade and windbreak - not to mention the concomitant huge cut in CO 2 emissions - and we're off on a wild learning spree with immensely practical applications.
Each chapter enumerates simple, significant actions with specific steps we can take to make a real difference in our own yards and in the greater community, along with interesting facts on the impact of man's carelessness with natural resources and specific changes that have already demonstrated a positive impact.
Widely recognized as joe gardener ® , this master gardener and certified landscape professional hosts two TV gardening shows and writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column titled The Gardener Within .
If you have a green thumb or are attempting to develop one, you will find this guide a valuable aid. Even if gardening is `not your thing,' you'll learn about lifestyle changes you can make that will add up to big savings all around.