on 30 April 2016
I love the birds coming into my garden... they provide hours of free amusement with their antics - though I do " pay " mine for the enjoyment they provide as I give THEM seed !!!.
This great little book of 120 odd pages is just bursting with useful information - covering all our wonderful British seasons; all types of gardens & from wildlife lawns & meadows ( what a beautiful word, so very evocative of England ) to managing water; from ponds to feeding the birds & putting up nest boxes; composting & including our lovely native wild flowers with their charming names . Even weeds such as stinging nettles are useful to our wildlife friends & they won't take over & ruin the garden if planted carefully.
You don't need a huge garden to make it wildlife friendly & of course you don't need to include everything - but it will make a HUGE difference to our wildlife welfare & populations -this book will help you on the way.
There are even garden plans to be copied if you find designing for wildlife a bit daunting - as of course, we don't all have the skills & knowledge Alan does!. Plus WE have to work to a budget, usually, & these plans will ensure a pleasing & wildlife friendly garden with no costly mistakes !.
This book is really lovely, with so much information on what to plant for our wildlife - a hugely important thing, when our bird, butterfly & bee populations are in decline. HUMANS need bees, particularly & butterflies are said to be the indicators of a good, natural environment .
And it's all SO easy to do - you can buy balls of seed, wild flower plug plants & even pre seeded Gromats, which will develop into the species of plants our wildlife needs - no messing about with seeds in trays, propagators & the like.
on 17 July 2011
I like Alan Titchmarsh's gardening books. The information is given in well presented pages, without too much latin and horticultural speech. The numerous illustrations make it easy to find the right flower, or shrub, or tree for the right space. It is very easy for the newcomer to gardening to put the wrong plant in an area where it can't flourish. Sometimes one loves a plant so much, that it is almost impossible not to put it in the centre of a flower bed and wonder why after the first year it is obviously dying. I have trees all around my small garden, which means I can plant shady lovers that like dry conditions... But try delicate bulbs, or marshy blossoms....The books will slip into a carrier bag, and once in the nursery Can be referred to for inspiration.And provide one with a mental picture of the beauty that lays ahead.