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The Pollinator Victory Garden Book Review and Giveaway


Happy New Year and happy Friday dear blog readers! I’m pretty stoked to be starting my tenth year of blogging this year! My blogoversary isn’t until September, but I’m counting this whole year as a victory! Which leads me to today’s post about a really cool book I received last month to share with you called The Pollinator Victory Garden Book by Kin Eierman. In the Pollinator Victory Garden Book, Kim will teach us how to win the war on pollinator decline with ecological gardening. Don’t worry if you have never gardened before, this book will take you by the hand walk you through the process and winter is the perfect time to plan for this year’s garden!



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This is a sponsored post on behalf Quarto Knows Publishing.  I received information to facilitate today’s post as well as a promotional copy of The Pollinator Victory Garden to thank me for my participation. All opinions and love of gardens are my own.


About the Pollinator Victory Garden Book by Kim Eierman:


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. ThePollinator Victory Garden offers practical solutions for winning the war against the demise of these essential animals.


About the Author Kim Eierman:


According to the publisher’s website, Kim Eierman an environmental horticulturist and landscape designer specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. She is the Founder of EcoBeneficial, a horticulture consulting and communications company in Westchester County, New York. Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School, and advanced education classes for Master Gardeners. An active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscaping topics, she also provides horticultural consulting and ecological design to commercial, municipal, and retail clients. You can learn more about her here



Why We Need Pollinators:


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Most of us know that pollinators are critical to our food supply and are responsible for the reproduction of most all flowering plants on the planet! 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.





Pollinators aren’t just Bees: Attract Bats, Birds, Butterflies:



Another common school of thought is that bees are our main pollinator, and while they do play a very important role, there are other pollinators we need to attract to our yards and gardens such as bats, birds, beetles, butterflies, moths, flies even wasps! 




The Pollinator Victory Garden Book helps you attract Pollinators: A look inside the book:



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With the Pollinator Victory Garden book, 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.



My Thoughts:



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I’m fortunate enough to see a variety of pollinators in my yard and garden throughout the year but know there is so much more I can do as a gardener to help our pollinators thrive. I so enjoy seeing the flocks of birds land in our trees, or watching butterflies and hummingbirds fleet in and out of my garden come springtime and I want to keep them here, so I’m tucking into this book at night armed with a notepad to jot down ideas as they come to me.

For instance, I’m intrigued by meadowscapes. We have five acres of land, 3 in which we’ve cut into a “ecological wasteland” as the author refers to them. Even though we don’t kill off dandelions or clover, I think a portion of our land can be turned into a beautiful meadow with some forethought and knowledge of plants, which I’ll find all listed neatly by name and season in the back of this book. 

I’m also making notes on where and how to add all year feeding stations beyond our pond, trees and shrubs to do my part. 



The Takeaway:



I’m enjoying this book immensely and think you will too! I’ve loved learning about Victory gardens from the past, so I find it ironic that I can offer assistance under this name in peacetime. We may not be at war, but our little pollinators are.
I consider myself an intermediate gardener who needs to learn or perhaps, re-learn what I should be planting in my cottage style garden to attract pollinators throughout the seasons and this book is teaching me something new with each chapter. I agree with Ms. Kim when she wrote:

“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 hope you’ll join us by learning more about this freshly published book, I invite you to visit the publishers website, Quarto Knows where you can also purchase a copy.



Win It:


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Thanks to today’s sponsor, Quarto Knows, one lucky reader will win 1 copy of The Pollinator Victory Garden. A beautiful paperback book with 160 pages of helpful insights.  (retail value $26.99.)



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No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, the sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on the entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. 


Good Luck!


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Please share in comments: Does your yard and garden attract pollinators? If so, what kind?



8 comments

Nancy Payette said...

My yard does attract them but not overly so. Thanks for the chance.

laurie nykaza said...

My yard and garden does attract pollinators. I grow special plants for Butterflies milkweed , passion vine & fennel and other ones they can lay eggs on. Bees love all my flowers we plant for them too. We have so many different kinds to enjoy watching .

Susan said...

Hmmmm ... well, my garden does attract pollinators, although it's a bit limited and I regret that. I have even gone out and tried hand-pollinating plants in an effort to get more produce. That definitely made me appreciate nature's pollinators because it was not easy! I would enjoy this book and would then pass it along to a friend who is VERY into pollinators, bats, etc, in her yard. She and I have gone to breakfasts at a local marsh where topics like this are discussed. It's really interesting -- as was your review!

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Laurie,

I love hearing about your garden and all the wonderful pollinators you have. Thanks for stopping by and entering. Good luck!

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Nancy,

It sounds like you have a nice balance in your garden. Thanks for entering!

Linda A Kinsman said...

Hi Susan,

I'm intrigued by your breakfasts at the marsh with your friend. That sounds fun! Thanks for reading my review on this book and here's to us both attracting more pollinators into out gardens this year. Good luck!

starzine said...

I would say Bees.

starzine said...

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