References - Ecological Gardening
- Real Dirt: The Complete Guide to Backyard, Balcony and Apartment Composting
Mark Cullen and Lorraine Johnson. 1992. Penguin Books: Markam, ON.
- A good philosophical background to homeowner conservation
- How-to’s, lists, diagrams and information; A great Canadian book, easy to ready, very thorough
- Everyone’s Guide to Home Composting
Robyn Bem. 1978. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.: Toronto, ON.
- A good philosophical background- interrelationships of life
- Explores the why’s, how-to’s, trouble shooting and how to use your new compost
- An older book but a great reference guide and easy to read
- Easy Compost: The Secret to Great Soil and Spectacular Plants.
Beth Hanson, Ed. 1997. Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
- Great reference, lots of photos, easy to use.
Gardening for Wildlife
- The New Gardening for Wildlife: A Guide for Nature Lovers
Bill Merilees. 2000.Whitecap Books, Toronto.
- Advocates and supports a diversity of life in urban areas
- Informative how-to’s, colour plates, diagrams and plant lists to support communities of butterflies, insects, aquatic species, reptiles, small mammals, hummingbirds, birds in all seasons, and balcony/patio habitats
- Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards
Sara Stein.1993.Houghton Mifflin Co., New York.
- Explores the essential role of including a space for wildlife in urban landscapes
- Stories, essays
- A great book for understanding the philosophy behind inclusive backyard habitats
- Planting Noah’s Garden: Further Adventures in Backyard Ecology
Sara Stein. 1997. Houghton Mifflin, New York.
- A step-by-step guide to creating Noah’s Garden.
- The Wildlife Gardener: How to Create a Pleasing Garden That Will be a Mecca for All Manner of Wildlife from Birds, Bees and Butterflies to Small Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians
John V. Dennis.1985. Random House, Toronto.
- Another entertaining guide. Detail-rich. US-focused.
- Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden
Xerces Society and Smithsonian Institute. 1990. Whitecap Books, Toronto.
- Colourful and useful guide to encouraging and nurturing butterflies in your yard. Encourages conservation through education and action.
- The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern US
Janine Benyus. 1989. Fireside, New York.
- An excellent guide. Very comparable to Eastern Canada.
Integrated Pest Management
- Natural Insect Control: The Ecological Gardener’s Guide to Foiling Pests
Warren Schultz, Ed. 1994. Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Inc.
- Plant and insect guides, guide to common plant diseases, organic controls
- Extensive, very useful reference for gardeners, great visuals, easy to use
- The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy without Chemicals
B. Ellis and F. Bradley, Eds. 1992. Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Inc.
- How and why to increase the population of ‘good’ bugs in the yard, reinforcing the reliance on natural systems
- Bug profiles, methods to (bad) bug-proof the garden
- Great images, ideas and concepts
- Tiny Game Hunting: Environmentally Healthy Ways to Trap and Kill the Pests in Your House and Garden
H. Dole Klein and A. M. Wenner. 1991. Bantam Books: Toronto.
- Insect diversity and its importance
- How-to’s, step-by steps, recipes and information
- Easy to use, funny, very accessible- good for adults and older children; missing the important connection of nurturing the predatory ‘good’ bugs in the yard
Native Plant Gardening
- Grow Wild! Native Plant Gardening in Canada and Northern United States
Lorraine Johnson. 1998. Random House, Toronto.
- Using native plantings, homeowners can help to sharply reduce the stress on natural ecosystems and their inhabitants, while using less energy and less water
- Information, case studies and stories on creating beautiful native landscapes in urban areas
- A wonderful Canadian book to inspire readers and educators.
- Taylor’s Guide to Natural Gardening
Roger Holmes, Ed.1993. Houghton Mifflin, New York.
- Discourages the use of pesticides, encourages water conservation and supporting wildlife and habitat
- How-to guides with plant information, regional explanations and detailed plant profiles; includes a section on wildlife gardening, organic control of pests
- Provides a North American view of habitats- eastern woodlands, coastal plains, great plains...
- Landscaping with Wildflowers: An Environmental Approach to Gardening
Jim Wilson. 1992. Houghton Mifflin Co., New York.
- An emphasis on spring woodland, prairie and meadow gardening. How to attract birds and butterflies.
- The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn
Stevie Daniels. 1995. McMillan, New York.
- An ecosystem approach to front yard design. How to get rid of grass and replace with native plants. Gives advice on how to troubleshoot with neighbours and restrictive city by-laws.
- Easy Care Native Plants: A Guide to Selecting and Using Beautiful American Flowers, Shrubs and Trees in Gardens and Landscapes
Patricia Taylor. 1996. Henry Holt and Co. Ltd.
- Similar to Lorraine Johnson’s Canadian guide, but covers trees and shrubs. An American target audience, but will suffice for southern Canada.
- The Natural Habitat Garden
Ken Druse with M. Roach. 1994. Clarkson Potter Inc.
- Includes information on native plants, IPM, plant societies and organizations. Organized by ecosystem- drylands, wetlands, woodlands, etc.
- The Native Plant Primer: Trees, Shrubs and Wildflower for Natural Gardens
Carole Ottesen. 1995. Harmony Books, New York.
- Organized by US bioregions and by plant type.
- Ecological Gardening: Your Path to a Healthy Garden
Marjorie Harris. 1991/1996. Random House: Toronto.
- Good philosophical background to sound, earth-friendly ideas for feeding the soil and managing the garden as a living ecosystem
- Informative, how-to’s; good principles for the whole garden
- Heavy on the written component
- Bioplanning a Northern Garden
Diana Beresford-Kroeger. 1999.Quarry Press Inc: Kingston, ON
- Encouraging a diversity of garden plants to create wildlife habitat
- How-to guides, organic care to plants
- Excellent book for those who prefer to garden with non-native plants
- Encourages garden design for conventional use and honouring each plant’s ‘ecofunction’ (or role in the environment), a process she coins as ‘Bioplanning’
- The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener
Eliot Coleman. 1989. Old Bridge Press, Camden East, ON.
- Pertains exclusively to organic vegetable gardening.
- The Prosperous Gardener: A Guide to Gardening the Organic Way
James Jankowiak. 1978. Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA.
- More on vegetables, especially how-to’s on dealing with insect predators, mulch, and companion plantings.
- The Organic Garden Book: The Complete Guide to Growing Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables Naturally
Geoff Hamilton. 1987. Crown Publishers, New York.
- Loads of useful information on all types of gardening. Photos, diagrams, how-to’s make information very accessible. A great first guide.