Neighboring with Nature

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Neighboring with Nature is a gardening guide for people eager to foster a closer relationship with their local landscapes by planting gardens designed both for their ecological and aesthetic values. We have reached the point where our plantings can no longer be just ornamental or edible; we need to explore ways to increase natural areas and enhance biological diversity by connecting neighborhood gardens, yards, and community green spaces. This will reduce habitat fragmentation and provide a safe place for movement of the plants and pollinators that help maintain healthy ecosystems.The diversity of native herbs can offer something of interest to satisfy the mind, body, and spirit of every type of person. Along with all those attributes, wherever they grow, native and nonnative herbs contribute to the development of sustainable earth-friendly communities by attracting beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife. This book will show you how to "neighbor with nature" for your benefit and the benefit of wildlife.

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Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles

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Mother Nature keeps a date book, an exciting schedule of mysterious and magical events occurring daily in our backyards and beyond. She does not want us to wait for an invitation or schedule an appointment; she is ready and willing to entertain and educate on a moment's notice. In pre- colonial America, the cycles of nature directed the American Indians' daily tasks, economy and celebrations. Their knowledge of nature's calendar kept them in harmony with the natural world. Magical Moons and Seasonal Circles follows nature s annual cycles according to Algonquian full moon names. Demonstrating how seasonal weather patterns and climate effect life cycles and interactions of common native plants, trees, animals and insects living in our backyards and local communities. The Algonquin full moon names assigned to each month provide themes for gardening projects, games, crafts and American Indian folk tales.

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