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The Sustainable-Enough Garden, written by a fellow Newton gardener, Rebecca Warner, is the book for you if you have tried to put expert advice on sustainable gardening into practice and found it was harder than you expected. Lots of us would like to apply our environmental principles to gardening, but there’s a limit to how much time and energy we can spend on sustainable practices. So we choose a middle path, making changes where we can. If you’ve run into snags with compost that won’t rot in its bin or native plants that either dwindle or try to take over the yard, join the club.

Instead of handing down edicts that make you feel inadequate, The Sustainable-Enough Garden tells the story of one amateur weekend gardener’s circuitous path toward creating a sustainable ornamental garden. Follow her as she tries out new techniques, seeks out information, and weighs gardening decisions, trying to do the right thing for the earth without breaking the bank or quitting her day job. Her real-life experience will help you choose your own way of gardening sustainably.

Jessica Walliser, author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control (Timber Press, 2014) comments:  “Rebecca’s journey toward sustainability teaches many valuable lessons every home gardener can benefit from.”

Rebecca Warner has thirty years’ experience working toward a sustainable garden in her yard in Auburndale. She blogs at

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Sustainable-Enough Garden, please contact Rebecca Warner at The book is being offered at a special discounted price of $19.95 and Rebecca will donate $10 to Green Newton for each book sold by our group.