An Ear to the Ground: Understanding Your Garden

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Transworld Publishers Limited, 2008 - Gardening - 250 pages
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How did plants get to be the way they are? Why do they have pretty flowers? How different would things have been if the wrong kind of pollinators had got the upper hand? Why are Latin names so complicated, and why Latin anyway? Why is a weed-free lawn an ecological impossibility? This entertaining book gives the answers to these questions and many more. It shows how a little botanical knowledge can bring not just better results but peace of mind, and that losing sleep over such traditional gardening bogeys as weeds, pests, and pruning is not necessarily the best course. This new edition explains why any old plant will do for companion planting--but also that it can do as much harm as good--and why planting by the moon is complete and utter nonsense.

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Quite the best gardening book you could want. Clearly and with none of the "loviness" of some gardening books, explains why your garden grows the way it does. Techniques are explained rather than preached. It is concise, highly readable, and very useful. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ken Thompson is a plant ecologist who has written more than 100 articles for scientific journals and writes a regular column on the science of gardening for Organic Gardening magazine. He is also the author of Compost and coauthor of The Ecology of Seeds.

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