Ecology for Gardeners

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Timber Press, 2004 - Gardening - 328 pages
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Even a relatively small garden is a miniature ecosystem. It includes a surprising diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad of ways. Some are permanent residents, others come and go in search of a meal or a mate. An insect feeding on a garden plant is simultaneously hunted by predators and weakened by parasites; it competes with other herbivores for choice food plants; it is hindered in its feeding by the plants' chemical and physical defenses; and it challenges other members of its species for the best mates and locations for egg-laying. Ecologists Carroll and Salt argue that the more completely we understand these interactions, the better gardeners we become. The authors cite hundreds of examples drawn from personal experience and from literature on gardening and ecology.

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User Review  - Sara Van Dyck - Goodreads

Organized like a textbook but thorough, informed, surprisingly easy to read because the explanations are so – well, down-to-earth. Presents a lot of basic ecological science plus personal experiences ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. It's a good book for understanding how your garden fits into the general ecology and gives good tips for keeping your plants healthy and your garden in balance. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Steven B. Carroll is an ecologist at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where he teaches ecology and botany.

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