The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic
In his influential A Sand County Almanac, published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet. In this inspiring book, Sarah Hayden Reichard tells how we can bring Leopold’s far-reaching vision to our gardens to make them more sustainable, lively, and healthy places. Today, ga...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Great content. Wish our population understood what weed and feed will do to Puget Sound when you live on the waterfront. I was honored that whe has great trust in the Master Gardeners and frequently refers her readers to the extension and Master Gardeners throughout the book. You must be a serious gardener though to enjoy this book,but she brings great points out referring to our environment that we must all heed.
I loved the content, but the author's tone is about as dry as a term paper, but oddly enough, only for the first half. It's as if she warms up to her readers midway through the book, relating more of her personal gardening experiences, rather than just rattling off facts.
If you want to get a little nerdy about gardening, this is a good read. Accessible and smart, practical, yet thoughtful, Reichard's approach to sustainable gardening practices make you feel calm, not overwhelmed. Also, lots of good charts on invasive species (hint native plants aren't all their presumed to be) and pros/cons to a variety of natural pest control methods.