More and more people are looking for practical ways to do something about critical environmental problems such as global warming, water shortage, the loss of biodiversity, and chemical-laden food. In this timely and very down-to-earth book, Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne shows how you can contribute to a cleaner, greener world in your own backyard: *save energy through climate-conscious garden design and the careful selection of materials*create habitat for wildlife by planting native species and providing ponds and hiding places* grow your own vegetables and fruit, however limited your garden space *save water by selecting water-wise plants, mulching, using drip irrigation, and reusing greywater Whether your garden is big or small, whether you're new to gardening or an old hand, The Green Gardener has the ideas, the information and, above all, the simple instructions you need to create a productive, planet-friendly plot.
Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist with a passion for green gardening. He believes that many of the pressing environmental challenges that confront our cities and towns can be tackled by gardeners if they are given the opportunity and the means. Water shortages, nutrient pollution, organic waste management, urban biodiversity and clean food production are all issues that fall well and truly into the realm of gardeners. Josh is the Western Australian presenter on ABC TV's Gardening Australia program and also writes for several leading gardening magazines. In between filming and garden writing, he is working on a PhD exploring the concept of 'sustainable urban landscapes'. Josh also teaches, as well as doing environmental and horticultural consultancy work in the areas of permaculture, water conservation and appropriate technologies for sustainable settlements.