Climate Conscious Gardening

By Susan Littlefield

Thinking global, acting local is a motto that gardeners can follow to do their part to offset the effects of climate change. The Climate Conscious Gardener, part of the acclaimed series of Brooklyn Botanic Garden handbooks, is an offering that explains what happens when the atmospheric balance of carbon and nitrogen changes and how plants, soil, pesticides and fertilizers can affect climate.

Winner of the 2011 Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement, it offers guidance on ways to reduce your garden's climate footprint, offset carbon emissions from your garden, and turn your garden into a carbon sink. Find out about landscaping for energy efficiency and the climate footprint of homegrown food.

Environmentally conscious gardeners may also be interested in another timely handbook, Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens. Presenting a complex subject in an accessible manner, this book helps gardeners understand the unique characteristics of their soil and discover ways to build and maintain its fertility with organic, sustainable, resource-wise methods.

For more information or to purchase these handbooks, go to Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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