Betsy S. Franz

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How To Take Care of Your Share of the Planet- Exploring, Restoring and Protecting Your Share of Planet Earth, ©2010 - $4.00 + $2.00 S+H

The book How to Take Care of Your Share of the Planet was published to encourage more people to learn what they can do from their own homes and yards to cut down on pollution, save natural resources and create landscapes that are friendly to wildlife.

The book provides suggested activities and encourages readers to keep a journal as they get up close and personal with the wonders of their landscape. We strongly believe that this personal look at nature provides the tipping point necessary to turn environmental responsibility from an abstract issue into a personal one. We have repeatedly seen how fostering a sense of personal knowledge and protection for local species has resulted in an overall desire to protect the environment on a broader scale.

Readers of the book are encouraged to share their findings with others through their journals and online blogs, thus allowing their new environmental enthusiasm to be spread exponentially.

The book was specifically written for those with little previous knowledge about creating a healthy landscape. It is short enough and basic enough to encourage immediate participation, but comprehensive enough to make a huge impact.

Special bulk prices available for retailers, builders, garden centers, environmental groups and others who want to help encourage others to Take Care of Their Share of the Planet.

"In the end, we conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We understand only what we are taught."- Baba Dioum, Senegalese Poet

How to Take Care of Your Share of the Planet - Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Why keep a journal?
  • Using this book
  • Creating your habitat journal
  • Creating a paper journal: putting pen to paper
  • Wildlife habitat journal template
  • Local contact information
  • Sample habitat journal entry
  • Your journal in document format
  • Using an online blog to create your journal
  • Suggested activities & journal entries: go outside!
  • For new homeowners
  • Green building programs
  • Creating your healthy habitat
  • Landscaping with nature not against her
  • Get to know your property
  • Right plant, right place
  • Irrigate efficiently
  • Use mulch to conserve water
  • Protect the groundwater
  • Fertilize with care
  • Natural fertilizer: create compost
  • More hints for fertilizer & compost
  • Nutrient values of common compost materials
  • Alternatives to pesticides
  • Attracting beneficial insects
  • Buying beneficial insects
  • Create wildlife habitat
  • Safety first
  • Food sources for wildlife:
  • Water for wildlife
  • Places to raise young:
  • Providing habitat for butterflies
  • Plants for butterflies
  • Providing habitat for birds
  • Plants for birds
  • Providing habitat for hummingbirds
  • Plants for hummingbirds
  • Attracting other pollinators
  • Dragonflies
  • Other local wildlife
  • Dealing with other critters (including humans)
  • Bird, butterfly & other wildlife monitoring programs
  • A recap: steps towards a wildlife friendly habitat
  • How to influence others
  • Maintaining your journal
  • Author's essays
  • The pleasures and pitfalls of creating wildlife habitat
  • Wonders never cease
  • You may be a nature nerd
  • Bibliography and resources
  • How to Take Care of Your Share of the Planet is also available locally at:

    Rockledge Gardens - 2153 South U.S. Hwy. #1, Rockledge, Florida 32955