A Lawn Chair Gardeners Guide to a Balanced Life and a More Balanced World Dawn Pape

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Published: April 11th 2012

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131 pages


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A Lawn Chair Gardeners Guide to a Balanced Life and a More Balanced World  by  Dawn Pape

A Lawn Chair Gardeners Guide to a Balanced Life and a More Balanced World by Dawn Pape
April 11th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 131 pages | ISBN: | 5.35 Mb

Introduction: Does a lawn chair gardener mean a lazy gardener? I think some people would say, “Oh yes,” but I disagree. Even when I was single with no children, I didn’t want to take the time to cater to the special needs of certain plants or beMoreIntroduction: Does a lawn chair gardener mean a lazy gardener? I think some people would say, “Oh yes,” but I disagree. Even when I was single with no children, I didn’t want to take the time to cater to the special needs of certain plants or be bothered by needy annuals that demanded daily watering and guilted me into limiting my vacation schedule so they wouldn’t thirst in my absence.

No, in my world, a pot of flowers shouldn’t require lining up a caretaker when you go out of town. To me, the term “lawn chair gardener” refers to gardeners who have rounded lives and take a balanced approach to gardening. As my husband puts it, lawn chair gardeners are pleased with “80% of the returns for 20% of the labor.” If you have to create a garden from scratch, it will require some up front work, but after the gardens are established, it should be as much as you would like - not as much as the garden demands of you.

I understand that you might want to maintain relationships with family, friends, kids, work, and, perhaps (gasp!), even develop other hobbies!Perhaps some day I will have the free time to be an obsessive gardener and grow every morsel of produce my family consumes. But, right now, there are plenty of days when I am satisfied with getting four hours of sleep at night. I am 41 years old, have a two-year old and a newborn, and work part-time.

To boot, I live in the Midwest (zone 4), where the growing season is a sprint and our planting palette is comparable to the 24-box of crayons - not the huge box with the pencil sharpener on the back like in the warmer regions typically featured in magazines.A Lawn Chair Gardener’s Guide to a Balanced Life and a More Balanced World is for gardeners interested in establishing eco-friendly yards that create food and habitat for both people and wildlife with minimal time and effort.

It’s for people who enjoy being outside, hope to squeeze in a couple hours per week (or month) to garden and want their garden to make a positive impact on the world. This book is meant for both beginning and experienced gardeners who are venturing into the world of edibles and natives and gardening with an environmental perspective.Even though this is a guidebook, it is entertaining and easy to read.

This 26,401-word book has 14 chapters. The beginning of the book explores the concept of lawn chair gardening and how gardens support balance in a person’s life. Then lawn chair gardening is brought to a global stage by demonstrating how gardens can change the world one yard at a time by limiting grass to only what we use as play space and planting the rest of the yard as beneficial, functional plants such as native plants or edible plants.

These types of gardens encourage water conservation and filtration, energy conservation (especially with fewer “food miles”), increased habitat and biodiversity, less air pollution and fewer chemicals needed. It is the author’s hope that when her kids are grown-up, having a purely aesthetic yard that provide no food or habitat will be as foreign to them as putting asphalt under playground equipment (which was common practice when she was a kid).Chapters 4-14 offer step-by-step info.

establishing gardens and what to do with the bounty. In this section you will find…• a “relationship” survey to help readers choose which types of garden they are most compatible with• landscape design• instructions on “winter sowing” – easy, inexpensive method of starting seeds• how to choose and where to buy plants (native plants are not available at big box stores and many nurseries)• a list of handy tools• how to promote beneficial insects to decrease or eliminate the need for pesticides• weed identification&



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