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I have a new fav gardening book/garden educator. Ya gotta love the big-picture-to-next-step progression Billy Goodnick guides the reader through (+ he's fun/ny); he is writing for the majority of us who garden in sharply delineated yards, and now I know why my garden beds never look quite...right. Got the "right plant/right place" and sustainable, critter-friendly, native/nativar thing down, so my most valuable take-away was his "Core of Four" concept, found in Chapter 15--

from Rodale's Organic Life

The Secret To Perfect Soil

One of the primary principles of organic gardening is that of working with nature, using native resources and natural cycles to increase the abundance and health properties of the plants we grow. Many organic gardeners, however, are not acquainted with the valuable natural ally that embodies that core concept: mycorrhizal fungi. (For an introduction to mycorrhizal fungi, see Pay Dirt,)

from HGTV

30 Small Garden Ideas & Designs for Small Spaces

Container Gardening Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Urbanites : Outdoors : Home & Garden Television

Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) --- a native shrubby tree with wonderful horizontal branches, fine fall color, and berries that attract birds.