Winterberry Farm Primitives

This blog is now devoted to gardening with native plants with a focus on those species native to the east coast of the United States. With an MS in Agricultural Science from the University of Delaware and my love of native plants, I hope to help folks see the beauty and necessity of using native plants in your garden instead of exotic plants. Did you know that our native song birds and native insects are disappearing as our local environments continue to change?
For those who come to this page to see my 'Winterberry Farm Primitives' blog can now be found at where I will post new additions to my online antiques shop at and discuss various subjects about primitive antiques.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sustainable gardening

I am sitting here in the greatroom at my laptop listening to the birds sing and feeling the cool (yes - cool in July) breezes on this great morning in July. The carpenter is upstairs working on the renovation (more on that later!) and I thought about a great book that everyone who is interested in the environment should read. It is called Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy, a professor of entomology at the University of Delaware. I have known Dr. Tallamy for several years and have watched him working on the research for this great book. It is eye-opening in what it has to say about what we are doing to our environment. We here in suburbia can do a lot to save our native wildlife from extinction by just understanding the importance of what we plant to what we reap in the future!
Read it and you will never look at huge open perfectly manicured lawns in the same way again!
More later on the "Great Renovation". Stay tuned....

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