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Book Title: Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyards|
The author of the book: Sara Bonnett Stein
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date of issue: April 24th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780395709405
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 397 KB
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Less a how-to and more a belle-lettres ode to native habitat gardening. Stein does an excellent job sharing her experiences developing her backyard into a near-mimic of the wild forests of New England, with particular joy to be found in her intellectual explorations, branching from every bird species to ten plants, from every plant to ten insects, from each insect to 10 more insects, and ending up with both a diodiverse back yard and an intimate knowledge of the food webs and seasonal rounds that make it run.
In practical terms, then, what is most helfpul here is to see the steps Stein took. Building from small pieces and following her own whims and synchronicities. and watching her perspective on the greater landscape change as she learns. These are some of the best aspects of natural history, and restoration is perhaps the most in-depth way to learn natural history, since it is practiced daily, not on an annual vacation to a Park or whenever the mood to walk strikes us.
Tallamy's Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens would probably serve as a much better practical introduction, and it supplements Stein's readings well theoretically, too. I've also found Packard's The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands to be the most helpful in practical terms. And the internet.
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