“Green Gardening” is anything
but redundant as these guides
to making your garden grow in
an ecofriendly manner make
BY DONNA SEAMAN
Gardening is a profoundly human endeavor influenced by forces natural and social, from climate to econom- ics. As both food prices and concerns about food
safety rise, so, too, does interest in growing vegetables.
Environmental woes inspire gardeners both novice and
seasoned to make “ecofriendly” choices when it comes
to plant selection, fertilizers, pest control, and water use.
Gardeners hope to recharge the viability of native plants
and sustain the health of pollinators while making the most
of small urban and suburban spaces. These worthy horticultural goals and many more are well supported by the
superlatively user-friendly, richly illustrated, green-gardening
guides presented here.
The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design
an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard
That Nurtures Bees and Supports
Biodiversity. By Kate Frey and Gretchen
LeBuhn. 2016. Ten Speed, $19.99
In this inspiring handbook, garden-designer Frey and biologist and
pollinator-expert LeBuhn provide basic
information for designing and tending gardens that will attract pollinators
and other environment-boosting insects
without resorting to harmful pesticides,
one sure way individuals can help reverse
the ecological crisis known as bee colony
The Conscientious Gardener:
Cultivating a Garden Ethic. By Sarah
Hayden Reichard. 2011. Univ. of
California, $27.50 (9780520267404).
Because gardeners can unwittingly fall
prey to products and practices that may do
more harm than good to today’s increasingly vulnerable ecosystems, Reichard
identifies horticultural methods and merchandise that will benefit the environment.
The Forest Garden Greenhouse:
How to Design and Manage an
Indoor Permaculture Oasis. By Jerome
Osentowski. 2015. Chelsea Green,
Veteran-gardener and environmental-