Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with a new book review, and this time the The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity, by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn.
This book was very though-provoking. As an avid gardener, and as someone who is revamping our family into a more green, crunchy, natural unit and home, a book that speaks to both the need for affordable, sustainable, biodiversity speaks to my heart.
So, why a book about necessitating bee-friendly gardens you may ask? For many years, the American landscape has been plagued by many environmental factors, none less significant as the decline in native pollinating bee populations. Honey bees, iconic, delicate, and life-affirming pollinators, whose life work not only transfers pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing most annual plants in this country, are also vital to the survival of the human omnivore lifestyle, not just domestically but the world over. Honey bees cross-pollination helps at least thirty percent of the world’s crops and ninety percent of our wild plants to flourish and thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including most food crops—could die off.
Which leads to my desire to read this book, which holds the premise that no matter your allotted garden and landscaping space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, by implimenting a few simple changes to your garden, we can each ward off the effects of colony collapse disorder, the worldwide decline in bee population that threatens our global food chain.
The book lays out chapters which speak to the need for bee-friendly gardens, such as:
· bee specific gardens feature a gorgeous variety of flowers
· are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable
· develop healthy and fertile soil
· attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects
· increase the quantity of your fruit and vegetable harvest
· improve the quality, flavor, and size of your organic produce
Moreover, this edition is illustrated full-color photos, which help to further demonstrate The Bee-Friendly Garden seasonal flower progression, and provides detailed instructions for nest boxes and water features. The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcoming sanctuary for nature’s most productive pollinator.
This book is a must-have for gardening enthusiasts this Spring!
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