How to Create An Eco Garden

How to Create An Eco Garden

The Practical Guide to Greener, Planet-friendly Gardening : Garden Layouts and Planting Plans, Step-by-step Techniques, A Directory of 80 Plants and Over 500 Photographs and Illustrations

Book - 2011
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Gardeners have a unique role to play in easing the growing pressures on our natural world. Eco gardening can lessen our overconsumption of natural resources, reduce waste, cut energy use, and make a positive contribution to slowing climate change. Working in harmony with nature, eco gardeners can create beautiful and resilient gardens that shrink our 'carbon footprint' while nurturing vibrant, biologically rich growing spaces that build soil and boost biodiversity, and can grow edible crops that both improve health and encourage a sense of self-reliance. Each page of this planet-friendly book is bursting with inspirational ideas for creating your own eco garden on any scale - from a small courtyard to a large garden or allotment. Find out how to make soil-building compost from kitchen and household waste, how to save energy by harvesting rainwater, and how to utilize sunlight in your garden. Discover earth-friendly organic techniques that improve biodiversity and attract pest-eating animals and insects. Learn about the value of using recycled and reclaimed materials for landscaping. Six eco garden 'greenprints', each packed with environmentally friendly ideas, include a city courtyard, an intensive food garden, dry and rain gardens, and an eco allotment. Find out how to grow food, from microgreens and potatoes to vertical vegetables and fruits. Simple and fun projects include making a pond and a wildlife hotel, turning a lawn into a wildflower meadow, and planting a 'fedge' . A fully illustrated directory of 80 plant species will help you to choose the best plants for your eco garden, from flowers for attracting beneficial insects to shrubs that provide winter food for birds. A calendar of care shows you at a glance what jobs need doing and when throughout the year. Packed with hands-on practical advice, 500 specially commissioned photographs and original illustrations, this eco-friendly book is for everyone who wants to have a beautiful and productive backyard that won't cost the earth. - How to reduce your garden's 'carbon footprint' andcreate a greener, more ecologically sustainable andclimate-friendly garden by working with nature - Explains how to establish a garden ecosystem, harvestand store rainwater, maximize the use of sunlight, andchoose sustainable landscaping materials - Includes step-by-step advice for making paper pots, controlling weeds, composting with worms, makingplant foods and sowing and planting vegetables - Detailed 'greenprints' show planting schemes for citycourtyards, food gardens, allotments, dry gardens andrain gardens, as well as how to eco-fit an existing garden - Features a fully illustrated directory of 80 plantspecies chosen for their eco-friendly benefits, fromflowers, shrubs and hedging plants to vegetables, tree fruits and herbs
Publisher: [Wigston] England : Aquamarine, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781903141892
Branch Call Number: 635 WAL
Characteristics: 160 pages :,color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Leftley, Colin


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