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Ecology for Gardeners

ISBN-10: 0881926116
ISBN-13: 9780881926118
Edition: 2004
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 6.50" wide x 11.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

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.

Steven D. Salt holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and microbiology and teaches college and university courses. He lives on Green Valley Farm in the forested hills of north-central Missouri, where he and his family raise vegetables, herbs, small fruits, and flowers that they sell at farmers' markets. Steve has written articles and given public presentations on vegetable and herb growing, small farm tools and techniques, and rural social issues.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
The Nature of Plants
The Plant Body
Growth and Development
Sexual Reproduction
Classifying and Naming Plants
Other Garden Inhabitants
Animals
Protists
Fungi
Actinomycetes
Bacteria
Archaea, Viruses, and Prions
The Garden Environment
Sunlight
Air
NaturalWaters
Soil
Energy in the Garden
Food Chains and Webs
Material Cycles
Limiting Factors
Plants in the Environment
Interactions of Plants with Natural Forces
Interactions of Plants with Mineral Substances
Plant Communities
Interactions Among Garden Organisms
Competition
Herbivory
Predation
Parasitism
Mutualism
Gardening as Applied Ecology
Stewardship of the Soil
Stewardship of the Water
Stewardship of the Atmosphere
Managing Garden Organisms
Managing Plant Nutrients and Soil Amendments
Managing Energy
Holistic Garden Management
Epilogue
Glossary
Further Reading
Common and Scientific Name Index
Subject Index

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