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The wildlife-friendly vegetable gardener : how to grow food in harmony with nature
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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 [and] you need to intervene." (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>Promoting a holistic ecological view, Tammi Hartung encourages you to invite wildlife into your garden. You'll be amazed at how a variety of natural pollinators, pest predators, and soil enrichers can promote vibrant and healthy vegetables. Discover how a slug problem disappears once you've introduced a pond housing bullfrogs, how wasps can take care of tomato hornworms, and why skunks aren't so bad after all. Learn how to garden with animals, rather than against them, and reap your most bountiful harvest yet. </p>
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