As the title suggests, Kim Eierman’s The Pollinator Victory Garden is all about helping our bees, wasps, butterflies and other pollinators succeed in a world which is at war with them. So much of their environment has suffered through human actions and this book sets out to help the reader create a haven for these much needed part of the natural world.
“Pollinators are critical to our food supply and responsible for the pollination of the vast majority of all flowering plants on our planet.”From The Pollinator Victory Garden by Kim Eierman
Kim explains the Important roll pollinators play in our world and she elaborates on the characteristics of each of the kinds of pollinators and what they are looking for. She goes on to simply explain each of the threats to pollinators and the ways we can help them overcome them. She makes suggestions on plants to put into our gardens and how to create pollinator friendly landscapes.
“84% of crops grown for human consumption need pollinators to increase their yields and enhance their quality.”From The Pollinator Victory Garden by Kim Eierman
It is a fascinating read but predominantly American-orientated in plant suggestions and references. I have been working to plant a bee and butterfly friendly garden but this book expanded my understanding of the other important pollinators as well as sharing new ideas to make my bees and butterflies happier.
If you are looking for guidance for how to make your garden a pollinator haven, this is one to read! It’s a four out of five on the enJOYment scale!
From the back cover:
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:
- The importance of pollinators and the specific threats to their survival
- How to provide food for pollinators using native perennials, trees, and shrubs that bloom in succession
- Detailed profiles of the major pollinator types and how to attract and support each one
- Tips for creating and growing a Pollinator Victory Garden, including site assessment, planning, and planting goals
- Project ideas like pollinator islands, enriched landscape edges, revamped foundation plantings, meadowscapes, and other pollinator-friendly lawn alternatives
The time is right for a new gardening movement. Every yard, community garden, rooftop, porch, patio, commercial, and municipal landscape can help to win the war against pollinator decline with The Pollinator Victory Garden.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.