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After Hurricane Irene, I have more open space that needs to be a sustainable garden. The more information, the better.

I want to give this book to my friend who lost her whole garden (and lawn) in a recent hurricane. Her new garden must be sustainable!!

I would love to win a copy of this book. It would be good to bring along to prospective clients and highlight certain sections. Driving around there are still way too many unsustainable gardens out there.

Looking at all those bits of information makes me glad that I am a lazy and frugal gardener, and that I live in a rural area where I can comfort myself with the surrounding fields and woods that get no interference from me and therefore must be filled with bugs. The issue of mulching I find worth more investigation. I'd love to get this book and read in full.

The mulch comment makes me want to ignore this book, but he is spot on with the non-informative zones and the need to reduce lawns so...I like to read this one!

Sounds like a great read! I'm always interested in the latest opinions about our gardening ways.

I would love to read this book...

I can't wait to read this book! I love the way things are changing : )

Be great to read a copy of this as I slowly rid my yard of traditional turfgrass.

Would love to read this book. Regarding the lawn, I tell my friends I don't mow my lawn, I level the weeds, whie clover, etc. Works for me.

Green green world and a green green life :) I like green!

I would love to have this book. I am always talking to fellow gardeners about these ideas and could use some more good facts and quotes.

Sounds fascinating. Sign me up.

Fascinating! I'll have to check that one out. (And in case nobody's said it already, you can buy a bladed replacement for the usual string weed-whacker. Makes it look vaguely like something a Klingon would use to garden with, but I find it infinitely more useful than those damn plastic strings.)

I need to understand this better so I can do right by my small piece of the landscape.

My husband hates that I recycle food (produce) waste from the kitchen because it attracts bugs (small sweet little fruit flies). Now I can show him that the buggers are feeding the birds we like so much. I need this book as evidence!

I wrote my list of good lawn elimination needs, but it got eaten up. So, briefly, I would read this book from cover to cover and then talk about it endlessly.

Not only is the mulch information just plain wrong (I've debunked that myth here and other places), but I'm incensed that my advice as a university specialist "might be "tainted by the source of [their] funding - the chemical companies."

I am SO tired of hearing this rubbish. Show me one university extension specialist - the faculty that actually give horticultural advice - who falls into this category. Guess what? Those of us who work in urban horticulture, arboriculture, landscapes, etc. get very little, if any, funding from chemical companies or anyone else for that matter. The bucks are in crop production research. Furthermore, those of us whose job it is to give horticultural advice are accountable to our administrations. Is there such accountabiilty for independent advice givers?

I should also point out that USDA zones were developed ONLY for cold hardiness data. Rainfall has nothing to do with it.

It sounds as though this book could have benefitted from some outside fact-checking before it was published.

Would love to read this book. I live in Tucson, AZ and I know the USDA zones refer to frost and cold hardiness only but what a great chart the USDA could come up with if they included not only rainfall but summer heat hardiness.

Wish I hadn't missed the deadline. Sounds like this is my sort of book.

“In the short term, an organic mulch will reduce soil fertility because it will absorb nitrates (a major plant nutrient) from the soil as it decomposes. For this reason, the application of such a mulch will probably increase your plants’ need for fertilization in the short term.” Can that be true of all organic mulches, not just hard wood?
Sorry but the theory stated above (also known as nitrogen draft) has been disproven yet this fallacy refuses to die. When wood chips as used as surface dressing, no significant soil nitrogen occurs ( or if it does, it occurs at the most superficial level where weed seeds might establish themselves) . Nitrogen loss occurs when the wood chips are MIXED with the soil (so don't mix wood chips with the soil!) For a more robust discussion of the virtues of wood chip mulch check out Linda Chalker Smith's website

How can I convince a people in a small community, or even a neighborhood, to stop watering lawns?

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