This Week's Podcast: Gardening for Earth's Creatures
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Carole Sevilla Brown is a Conservation Biologist who
firmly believes that helping wildlife begins in your own backyard. Carole is an
author, educator, speaker, birder, butterfly watcher, and naturalist who told
us how she developed the concept of “Ecosystem Gardening.”
She explains how you can make a difference by learning to make healthier choices in your garden. You can create a welcoming habitat for wildlife that will have immediate benefits for birds, butterflies, native pollinators, and other wildlife in your ecosystem garden (right, a Cooper’s Hawk visited Carole’s garden in Philadelphia).
Carole recommends sustainable gardening practices, reducing the size of your lawn, conserving water, creating healthy soil, learning which plants to avoid and how to choose the best ones for your specific garden. Some simple ways to put these ideas into practice might be planting food for wildlife, adding a water source, providing shelter and safe spaces for wildlife to raise their young.
Carole created and maintains a host of websites on the subject of gardening with the environment. In addition to Ecosystem Gardening, there are two team websites featuring authors and educators: Beautiful Wildlife Garden and Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Contributors from around the country are Donna Donabella (NY), Ellen Sousa (MA), Karyl Seppala (GA), Kathy Vilim (CA), Loret T. Setters (FL) and Ursula Venon (NC).