Author(s): Helen Cushing
Transform a garden into what nature intended it to be with this remarkable and groundbreaking book filled with passionate ideas and practical advice. It will inspire readers to change the way they garden forever. Beautifully written, Beyond Organics is both informative and inspiring. It is a book of ideas and philosophies - as well as practical advice - that will empower caring gardeners to change the way they garden and thus improve the health of the planet. Helen Cushing presents a new perspective on the world we live in and how we garden-she goes beyond organics into a deeper ecology of gardening and explains how to transform a garden, large or small, into a perfectly balanced ecosystem, from the ground up. Everything readers need to know is discussed, including plant choices, climate, soil, living creatures and more. Peppered with personal anecdote, Beyond Organics takes readers on a journey that will inspire them to make simple changes to the way they garden and, at the same time, provide significant benefits to the environment. Table of Contents: Part 1-What is a garden? Chapter 1-A bird's eye view Chapter 2-Gardens as we know them Chapter 3-The garden as environment Part 2-The way we garden Chapter 4-The meaning of flowers Chapter 5-Travelling plants Chapter 6-High-need gardens Part 3-The evolution of modern organic gardening Chapter 7-The early days Chapter 8-Habitat holocaust Chapter 9-Dream team: Birds, frogs and organic gardeners Chapter 10-Fears for our food Part 4-In the environmental garden Chapter 11-Starting point: Know what you have Chapter 12-The biodiversity matrix Chapter 13-High-need plants Chapter 14-Beyond organics and into biodiversity First published 2005. About the Author: Helen Cushing is a gardening writer and author of a number of gardening books for children, as well as a horticulturalist and yoga instructor. For many years, she worked behind the scenes on ABC TV's Gardening Australia.