The Little Book of Garden Heroes
Feeling a bit overwhelmed with organic gardening? Author Allan Shepherd brings smiles and "Ah, Hah!" moments with his witty 122-page ode to a handful of garden friends. The Little Book of Garden Heroes (New Society Publishers, 2005; $7.95) is pocket-sized, refreshingly funny, and packed full of fun and helpful tidbits about worms, bees and other pollinators, herbs, and ladybugs as beneficial predators. I've shamelessly turned down most page corners as reminders of details to share. For example, "Feed the soil, not the plant." Ancients called the earthworm "Angel of the Earth," and the bee "Small Messenger from God." Novice and veteran gardeners alike will delight in Shepherd's clever distillations. "Gardeners need no encouragement to put plants in a garden, but they do need encouragement to make provisions for the creatures that make the garden work properly," he writes.
Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have produced a Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas online handbook, which describes a variety of highly invasive plants impacting natural areas in the mid-Atlantic -- specifically the District of Columbia and the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Natural resource managers list more than 200 exotic plant species identified as problematic invasives responsible for regional and significant degradation of natural communities.
Concise information includes photos, plant origin, background in the United States, distribution and ecological threat, description and biology, and prevention and control. Because nature abhors a vacuum, this site recommends native ornamental plants to use to fill the void before invasives reestablish.