“A timely, accessible guide to responsible landscaping that convincingly explains how and why our home landscapes must participate in local ecosystems.”—Douglas Tallamy, coauthor of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden
“By explaining the importance of individual decisions, presenting relevant facts, sharing personal experience, and providing specific strategies, Varlamoff inspires readers to transform their yards into planet-friendly landscapes.”—Lucy Bradley, coauthor of Earth-Friendly Desert Gardening
“Captures in clear, easy-to-understand language how our gardening choices impact the environment—from water to soil to the creatures that inhabit them.”—Linda Nelson, president, National Garden Clubs, Inc.
While issues such as climate change, pollution, and water shortages become increasingly difficult to ignore, the movement toward sustainability continues to grow. Even though most gardeners are attuned to nature, some common processes of garden maintenance can take a toll on the environment.
Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast is a vividly illustrated guide that offers simple techniques to help conserve water, reduce pollutants, and mitigate climate change while increasing biodiversity and attracting pollinators and wildlife. Gardeners will be inspired and empowered to protect and enhance the local ecology as they cultivate a resilient landscape featuring native plants, colorful flowers and trees, and even organically grown fruits and vegetables. And for those who cherish their emerald lawns, Susan Varlamoff provides tips for keeping it green and environmentally sound.
Gardeners in the Southeast—whether amateurs or professional landscapers—who want to implement sustainable strategies will find this book the ultimate resource for cultivating a garden that gives back to the earth.
This is one of the best gardening books that my wife and I have ever read. I bought it for her, but I read it first! I have lived in the Southeast for 50 years, and have cared for gardens and lawns during most of those years. I still do. Susan’s book provides lots of useful information I did not know and tips on what to do to make things really sustainable. This book will change your thinking about WHAT you have in your yard and garden. It will also change HOW you garden!
As a professional environmentalist and life science teacher, I found Susan’s book comprehensive and easy to read. The ecology of a garden is complex and to create a garden (flowers, forest, food, sun, shade, all forms of gardens) that considers all facets of the living and non-living parts is hard. The book doesn’t just say, “do this, do that,” it explains the science in easy to understand terms why the gardener wants to plant the sustainable, eco-friendly garden. Tim Mullen, retired science teacher and environmentalist, GA Master Gardener.
This book is the best and easiest to understand of any garden book I have ever purchased. Susan writes clearly and backs up her information with research. For anyone in the Southeast who wants an easy to understand, sustainable garden book, this is the one!
Varlamoff’s book is an invaluable resource for all gardeners in the Southeast! I find myself referring to it again and again for ideas how to “do the right” thing in my own yard. Highly recommended!
- If you are intending to grow vegetables in Central Texas, you MUST buy this book! It is the only book out there that realistically tells you how (and WHEN) to grow vegetables in this, very difficult part of zone 8. ALmost tropical…and yet, so dry……and hot…..and such awful soil we have here! (Well, for the most part.)
It has been THE most useful Gardening book in my collection for the last eight years, and though I buy many gardening books, no other book can begin to touch it (mainly because what they have to say just doesn’t relate to Central Texas!)
I loved this book. It was very easy to read and organized in a way that was so helpful. I thought it was to late to plant this season but after reading this book I was able to sit down and pick all the fruits and vegetables that would grow well in our area and chosen season and plan a large scale garden. I felt much more prepared! Highly recommend this book for experienced and beginner alike!
I had been gardening for years, but with conventional fertilizers and methods. We decided to go organic last year and I picked this book up. The first 60 pages were really helpful to wrap my head around the whole organic method. The rest of the book has the listing of all the vegetables and herbs that can be grown in Texas and notes on each one. That does feel like a bit of re-run from other books, but it’s a very easy read and I got some great tips. I have since moved to Michigan, but I still pulled it out the other day as I start to prep for my season up here.
- Howard covers the essentials of Basic Organic Gardening as well as the how to’s. I bought the book at Rohde’s for about the same price before shipping. If you can’t get to Garland; but it here. We just completed our 20’x20′ raised bed garden. Our front yard is the lushest greenest yard in the neighborhood with NO CHEMICALS. We have been a fan of Howard for a few years now.
This book is nothing more than a compilation of information that can be had for free from the county extension agents. I found nothing new in it. Your time would be better spent talking to the county agent and getting specific information for you county, as it would be easier to find that way, than in this book.
- I’ve found this book helpful in my search for more natural solutions to health issues. I use this book in conjunction with internet/blog/pinterest searches for remedies and recipes using herbal ingredients and essential oils. Like so many other reviewers, I think this is a great basic book (and I LOVE the calendula salve recipe for skin wounds and irritations!).
One question I have, though, regarding Rosemary Gladstar’s tincture recipes is whether to infuse in the sun or in dark, cool locations as others suggest. Any thoughts?
Also, I did make a stupid mistake while tincturing with vegetable glycerine…I didn’t read the continuing pages (as it seemed to end on page 41) and used the improper ratio! Oops! Hope you avoid my mistake!