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March 2009 Issue:

Fantastic eco-wise gardens

732 ways to garden smarter!
Choose the best plants; Attract birds, bees and butterflies; Cope with climate change; Plant a potager or green roof; plus products, resources and more!

Table of Contents

  • FROM A GARDENER

    • THE GOOD EARTH
      8

  • ECO WATCH

    • WEATHERING CHANGE
      14

      Help your garden cope with climate extremes, PLUS tough plants that can take it

    • HOW TO BE A MORE MINDFUL GARDENER
      18

      Earth-friendly gardening techniques; seed terminology; Seedy Saturdays; plant thugs; reasons to grow heirloom plants; deer-proofing your garden; air-cleaning indoor plants; compost; invasive plants

    • ECO-WARE
      26

      Environmentally friendly garden gear and products

  • FLORA

    • GO WILD
      28

      Native plants to know, grow and love

    • TREE RE-LEAF
      32

      48 tough and terrific trees—one is just right for your garden

    • THE URBAN FARMER (FEATURE GARDEN)
      38

      Even the tiniest patch can provide an abundance of good things to eat

    • SLOW MOW
      44

      Grow a lawn that's much less labour and resource intensive with the latest grass mixes

    • BOUNTEOUS BEAUTIES
      46

      Wildlife-welcoming shrubs with mid-season interest

  • FAUNA

    • LAST CALL?
      50

      What you can do to help stem the alarming decline of our songbirds PLUS plants they love and bird-friendly products

    • MONARCHS OF THE GARDEN
      56

      Butterflies start out as caterpillars, so here's how to encourage both to visit your garden PLUS plants that are butterfly and larvae magnets

    • THE LATEST BUZZ
      62

      For a healthy planet, support bumblebees, honeybees and other pollinators PLUS top bee-attracting plants

    • BEE BOX (PROJECT)
      68

      Build a quick and easy home to entice mason bees to your garden

    • GO TO BAT
      70

      Maligned and misunderstood, bats need your support—and we need theirs

  • DESIGN

    • MODERN TIMES
      72

      Some new—and even some old—approaches to designing an eco-friendly landscape

    • RAISING THE ROOF
      77

      Green roof gardens are beneficial for the planet, and lovely to look at, too

  • REFERENCES

    • GREEN RESOURCES
      84

      Useful books and websites for the earth-friendly gardener

    • SOURCE GUIDE
      86
    • THE LAST WORD
      98

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