It is nearly the weekend and some of you will be heading out into the garden. And a book, written by the wonderful Chris McLaughlin, who appeared on my podcast, is the perfect guide for the green fingered, as well as those twiddling in that direction.
The Good Garden: How to Nurture Pollinators, Soil, Native Wildlife, and Healthy Food—All in Your Own Backyard, is brimming with all the tricks and tips you will need to grow the sustainable garden of your dreams.
“We want to be able to balance having the things we planted, and still respect our ecosystem around us,” says Chris. “The beauty of being small gardeners in our own yards is you get to control it all. You don’t have to destroy a thing, you get to regenerate things, you get to give back, you get to build more soil, you get to call in the pollinators that you want to pollinate your vegetables and fruits and everything else – you need all of that. Not harming that ecosystem is just as important as getting the food that you want, in fact you wouldn’t have the food if you harmed the ecosystem so the point is it all goes together and there are ways to make that happen.”
The associate editor for From Scratch Magazine, Chris has been gardening and studying plants for over forty years, writing nine books along the way, with her latest the ideal start to your weekend.
For more from the pages of The Good Garden catch up with my latest podcast, where Chris reveals all the tips you will need to make the most of your garden.