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The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic

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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 December 2nd 2010)
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Mary Rose
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
good details about sustainable farming; got a bit repetitive as chapters went on
Detailed information about working with water, soil, plants (both desirable and undesirable), and insects and other wildlife in a responsible way. This book is not for someone who is considering growing a tomato plant or two in the back yard, but has good information for gardeners who are serious about using their land efficiently and sustainably. Many figures and tables are included.

The author frequently quotes her hero, Dr. Aldo Leopold, a biologist who was trying to bring these issues to the
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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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 they're presumed to be) and pros/cons to a variety of natural pest control methods. ...more
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