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Compassion for All Creatures Great and Small: In Conversation with Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener

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Just because you don’t consider yourself a “gardener” doesn’t mean this episode isn’t for you. Humane gardening is about looking through the lens of the millions of species on this planet and creating a space that enables them to thrive. It’s about coexisting with rather than managing or controlling wildlife. With the help of Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, you can apply this concept in your own garden patch, on your apartment balcony, or as part of policy you create with city officials. In this episode, Nancy and I chat about:

  • how to help pollinators (and that doesn’t just mean honeybees)
  • what to do when you have uninvited critters in your attic
  • how to plant for maximum wildlife (hint: NATIVES!)
  • why preventing deer, plant-eating animals, from eating plants, makes no sense
  • why you may want to rethink birdfeeders (and plant natives instead)
  • how you can prevent your dog from getting skunked
  • how you can get on the public relations team for wildlife

and so much more! Enjoy, please share, and be sure to follow Nancy at humanegardener.com.

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