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Gardening For Life Guide

Thanks for your interest in Audubon At Home in Seattle: Gardening for Life - An Inspirational Guide to Creating Healthy Habitat. Your interest in taking very small and simple steps can make a big difference to the quality of habitat available to wildlife in Seattle. This 48-page booklet will show you how and make you eager to try.

To keep the PDF files at a workable size, we have divided the book into 6 pieces.*

Gardening for Life Guide

The first is the Table of Contents.

In the next, "Healthier Yards… Healthier Neighborhoods … Healthier Habitats," you can learn about the risks of traditional ways of gardening, especially problems related to water problems and the hazards posed by many common pesticides and herbicides. References to primary sources and peer-reviewed papers are included.

Chapter 2 introduces you to people who have made the switch to healthy gardening practices. They show you in words and pictures what they find so satisfying about it. Learn from a Seattle Audubon member like Steve Hallstrom, Don Norman, or Neil and Carleen Zimmerman, or from EJ Hook, who is the Landscape Supervisor at the Woodland Park Zoo. Listen to Keith Geller, the Seattle Audubon volunteer who led (and leads) the ongoing work to make our own garden more habitat-friendly. Take a lesson in composting from Jon Rowley or from 82-year-old Master Gardener James Jackson. These and other profiles will have you eager to get out in your backyard!

Chapter 3 offers "Simple Steps for the Lively Garden" - an easy-to-follow guide to thinking about, and implementing, improvements to your garden that will save water, reduce pesticide use, attract wildlife - and simultaneously save time and money!

The next section, "Make Your Community Healthier," reminds you that tending your own backyard may not be enough. Because many parks and utilities departments use pesticides extensively, this chapter provides tips on advocating in your community to assure safer practices.

Finally, the last section offers a list of resources including agencies and organizations, books and websites.

Click on a chapter (above right) and take a look!

If you wish, visit the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop to pick up a free copy of the booklet.

"When we lose the common wildlife in our immediate surroundings, we run the risk of becoming inured to delight, and eventually, alienated from the land."

-- Robert Michael Pyle

Seattle Audubon is nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Copyright Seattle Audubon.
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