The plight of the monarch butterfly has captured public attention and sparked widespread interest in helping to save their dwindling populations. In this in-depth portrait of the monarch butterfly - covering its life cycle, its remarkable relationship with milkweed, its extraordinary migration, and the threats it now faces due to habitat loss and climate change - detailed instructions on how to design and create monarch-friendly landscapes are enriched by guidance on observing and understanding butterfly behavior and habits. Following the model of their previous best-selling book, 100 Plants to Feed the Bees, The Xerces Society provides at-a-glance profiles of the plant species that provide monarchs with nourishment. The plants, which are all commercially available, range from dozens of species of milkweed - the only food of monarch caterpillars - to numerous flowering plants, shrubs, and trees that provide nectar for the adult butterfly, including those that bloom in late season and sustain monarchs in their great migration.
Design a garden for the future -- because what we grow matters. "Matt Rees-Warren explains why every square inch of Earth, including our gardens, has ecological significance... Excellent, timely, essential!" -- Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Nature's Best Hope Transform your garden into a self-sustaining haven for nature and wildlife. Ecological garden designer Matt Rees-Warren shares inspirational design ideas and practical projects to help you create a garden that is both beautiful today and sustainable tomorrow. The Ecological Gardener will give you the tools to create an abundant, healthy garden from the soil up -- a garden that welcomes birds and bees and allows native planting and wild flowers to flourish, with minimal carbon impact or need for fresh water.
Too often gardening advice comes in the form of rules: do this, don't do that, buy this, don't buy that, plant this, don't plant that. But this kind of guidance can stifle creativity and personal expression, resulting in gardens that feel impersonal and generic. With Fearless Gardening, Loree Bohl - founder of the popular blog The Danger Garden, has written a call to arms that urges home gardeners to grow what they love. Readers will discover advice on gardening outside their zone, shopping for unique plants, and taking risks in garden design. They will also find tips on how to discover their personal style and expand their plant palette. Bohl profiles exemplary gardens from across North America that showcase each gardener's unique taste and style and will inspire home gardeners to discover their own.
Where do I put my new garden? How do I prepare the soil? What vegetables should I plant?Is it better to start new plants from seed or should I buy transplants? What about watering, feeding, and taking care of my garden? What do I do if bugs show up? Homesteader Jessica Sowards, the warm and vivacious host of YouTube's Roots and Refuge Farm, is the perfect teacher for new gardeners, offering not just know-how but . Not only will you learn, you'll also learn , even if you only grow in a small space. Jessica wants your first food-growing experience to be a positive one, and she's prepared to go the distance to make sure tending the earth becomes your new favorite hobby. There are no stupid questions here. Everyone has to start somewhere, after all. A single growing season is all it takes to fall in love with growing your own healthy, organic, nutrient-dense food.
A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably - from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projectsGrowing food in your backyard (or even on a porch or windowsill!) is one of the simplest and most rewarding ways to nourish yourself, be self-sufficient, and connect with nature in a hands-on way. Here sustainability expert Julia Watkins shares everything you need to know to grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs (as well as wildflowers and other beneficial companion plants) . The book covers all the nuts and bolts of creating and caring for your garden - planning, building, planting, tending, and harvesting - followed by a deeper dive into the plants themselves: demystifying annuals vs.
GrowVeg: The Beginner's Guide to Easy Vegetable Gardening / Benedict Vanheems
For anyone who has ever wanted to tend a little piece of ground but wasn't sure where to begin, GrowVeg offers simple recipes for gardening projects that are both attainable and beautiful. The experts at the popular website GrowVeg.com guide aspiring green thumbs to success from the start, no matter what size gardening space they have. The beginner-friendly instructions and step-by-step photography detail more than 30 easy, small-scale gardening projects, from a rustic crate of herbs on a sunny balcony to a walk-through edible archway.
Not everyone has room to grow a full-sized tomato plant or a melon vine that takes up more room than your car, but that tops out at the height of a Barbie doll or a dwarf watermelon with vines that won't grow any longer than your leg. From to , baby beets, and mini cabbages, you'll quickly discover that micro gardening offers a surprisingly diverse and delicious array of edible opportunities. Plus, with step-by-step instructions for a plethora of DIY micro food gardening projects, you'll be up and growing in no time at all. Whether you micro garden on a high-rise balcony, an itty bitty patio, a front porch container, or even in a basket on the handlebars of your bicycle, there are mini food plants ready to start cranking out fresh produce just a few weeks after planting.
Modern homesteading is a lifestyle focused on and . It doesn't matter whether "home" is 50 acres in the country, a suburban corner lot, or an apartment in the city; all you need is a desire to and live a more sustainable life. To be a modern homesteader, you don't have to live off-grid and you don't have to give up contemporary conveniences. For most modern homesteaders, it all starts with making the conscious decision to reduce your reliance on the commercial food supply chain. In The Modern Homestead Garden, author and YouTube gardening star Gary Pilarchik of The Rusted Garden walks you step-by-step through the process of building a homestead garden. From laying out the planting beds,nurturing the soil, and starting seeds, straight through to cooking and preserving the harvest, Gary serves as your warm and accessible guide, no matter how large or how small your homestead is.
Heirlooms are more than just delicious ingredients or beautiful flowers--their seeds offer us a connection with the earth, and each one tells a story. Author and garden lecturer Ellen Ecker Ogden was inspired to preserve the diversity of plants that are slipping away after learnin
You Grow, Gurl!: Plant Kween's Lush Guide to Growing Your Garden / Christopher Griffin
Discover the joys and self-nurturing benefits of plant parenthood, from learning how to begin building your own lush plant family to getting into those fun tips on how to care for your green gurls, with this beautiful, illustrated guide from the dazzling creator of the @plantkween Instagram account."We all love some new growth, dahling."Six years ago, Christopher Griffin was just beginning the plant parenthood journey with one small Marble Queen Pothos. Today, this Black Queer non-binary femme plant influencer known as Plant Kween tends to a family of more than 200 healthy green gurls in the Brooklyn apartment they call home. You Grow, Gurl! is Kween's fun and fabulous guide to becoming a plant parent and keeping your green gurls growing and thriving.