Every square inch of soil is rich with energy and life, and nowhere
is this more evident than in the garden. At the tips of our
trowels, a sundriven world of microbes, insects, roots, and stems
awaits--and it is a world no one knows better than James Nardi. A
charming guide to all things green and growing, Nardi is as at home
in prairies, forests, and wetlands as he is in the vegetable patch.
And with Discoveries in the Garden, he shows us that these spaces
aren't as different as we might think, that nature flourishes in
our backyards, schoolyards, and even indoors. To find it, we've
only got to get down into the dirt. Leading us through the garden
gate, Nardi reveals the extraordinary daily lives and life cycles
of a quick-growing, widely available, and very accommodating group
of study subjects: garden plants. Through close observations and
simple experiments we all can replicate at home, we learn the
hidden stories behind how these plants grow, flower, set seeds, and
produce fruits, as well as the vital role dead and decomposing
plants play in nourishing the soil. From pollinators to parasites,
plant calisthenics to the wisdom of weeds, Nardi's tale also
introduces us to our fellow animal and microbial gardeners, the
community of creatures both macro and microscopic with whom we
share our raised beds. Featuring a copse of original, informative
illustrations that are as lush as the garden plants themselves,
Discoveries in the Garden is an enlightening romp through the
natural history, science, beauty, and wonder of these essential
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