Grades 3-12, College, Adult
Directed by Susan Fleming
Produced by Secret World of Gardens Productions
DVD Purchase $195, Rent $45
US Release Date: 2007
Copyright Date: 2004
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-641-1
Secret World of Gardens Series
Life in the Vegetable Garden
Many mouths to feed, and clever ways to avoid becoming a meal.
From a platoon of army cut worms that descend under the cover of night to a sea of hornworm caterpillars that brazenly gorge themselves in broad daylight, a vegetable garden is a grazing field for a variety characters. It's a miracle any fruit survives to make it to our tables.
But plants are not entirely defenseless. Some vegetable plants have a whole arsenal of weapons to fight off the hordes of hungry mouths. Secret stashes of poison, razor sharp edges and a crackerjack communication system are just a few of the tricks these plants have up their sleeves.
In this episode we explore how in the cutthroat world of the vegetable garden, plants are more than capable of taking care of themselves.
The other episodes are:
2. Nightlife - What comes out at night in the garden.
3. Honeybees - The role of honeybees in a common garden.
4. Appleachia - The amazing array of life an apple tree can lure into a garden.
5. Fungi - What you see is only the tip of the iceberg.
6. Sap Sucking Hoppers - The astronauts of the garden.
7. Garden Mimics - More than meets the eye.
8. Vines - The good, the bad and the ugly side of vines.
9. Whether The Weather - How plants survive the stress of changes in the weather.
10. Weevils - They crawl, they fly, and some even swim...
11. Squirrels - What are these chipmunks and squirrels doing in the garden?
13. Life In A Lawn - Paradise is a well-tended lawn.
"The most eye-popping series."
The (Toronto) Globe and Mail
"Through dramatic macro-photography, viewers enter the sci-fi beauty of the garden and gain a new perspective on the interactive roles played by everything from the lowly earwig to the majestic rose."
The Toronto Star
"This outstanding series is especially recommended for school and community libraries as being of special interest and value for children and adults with an interest in gardening and its flora/fauna ecosystems through all four seasons of the year."
The Midwest Book Review
"Talk about making science fun!...This is a first-rate series and highly recommended."