We try as hard as we can on our little farm to make things favorable for bees and other pollinators so when Quarto Books offered me a copy of The Pollinator Victory Garden by Kim Eierman at no charge for my honest review I was very happy to accept it.
About The Pollinator Victory Garden:
The passion and urgency that inspired WWI and WWII Victory Gardens is needed today to meet another threat to our food supply and our environment—the steep decline of pollinators. The Pollinator Victory Garden offers practical solutions for winning the war against the demise of these essential animals.
Pollinators are critical to our food supply and responsible for the pollination of the vast majority of all flowering plants on our planet. Pollinators include not just bees, but many different types of animals, including insects and mammals. Beetles, bats, birds, butterflies, moths, flies, and wasps can be pollinators.
But, many pollinators are in trouble, and the reality is that most of our landscapes have little to offer them. Our residential and commercial landscapes are filled with vast green pollinator deserts, better known as lawns. These monotonous green expanses are ecological wastelands for bees and other pollinators.
With The Pollinator Victory Garden, you can give pollinators a fighting chance. Learn how to transition your landscape into a pollinator haven by creating a habitat that includes pollinator nutrition, larval host plants for butterflies and moths, and areas for egg laying, nesting, sheltering, overwintering, resting, and warming. Find a wealth of information to support pollinators while improving the environment around you:
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About the Author:
Kim Eierman is an environmental horticulturist and landscape designer specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. She is the Founder of EcoBeneficial, a horticulture consulting and communications company in Westchester County, New York. Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School, and advanced education classes for Master Gardeners. An active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscaping topics, she also provides horticultural consulting and ecological design to commercial, municipal, and retail clients.
In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of The Ecological Landscape Alliance and the Association for Garden Communicators (GWA). Kim received the Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association in 2014, 2015, and 2017.
My (really the hubby’s) Opinion:
Pollinators are vital to our existence. Without them the vegetables and fruits we grow well, wouldn’t. Bees and butterflies are what most people think of when it comes to pollinators but did you know that bats, wasps, flies and others can also pollinate? I knew of some but was unaware that bats were. I love when I learn new things!
This book helps you learn about all of the pollinators and what they like to eat – which is basically how to attract them. Not that all will necessarily be in your neighborhood. If you want to plant a garden to attract those that you can this book will be your guide.
Taking a cue from the Victory Gardens during WWII which were planted to save money and help feed the country while we were at war, this book urges people to plant gardens to help save the pollinators. Most of us that own our homes have a space in our yards or within our landscape designs that could be devoted to plants that would attract and feed pollinators. Bees in particular. They are just so vital to OUR survival.
It’s a well written, well laid out book with lots of tips to help even a first time gardener. It’s a book anyone who wants to help should have in their library.