From the green-thumbed optimist who views their garden as a calming getaway to those that see backyard life as more of a struggle against weeds and pests, almost all gardeners will meet a creature or two who will drive them to despair. Plenty of gardeners are ready to swear off nasty chemical deterrents and bloodthirsty solutions. But how can you save your squash and uphold your hostas at the same time?
RHS 50 Ways to Outsmart a Squirrel & Other Garden Pests serves up a smorgasbord of eco-friendly ideas and solutions. They're legal, humane and – best of all – effective. Cut through the old wives tales, save your salt for seasoning, and discover gold-standard, sustainable planting solutions and crop-saving tips from gardeners who know exactly how you feel.
Simon Akeroyd has written over 20 gardening books, including RHS Gardener's Quiz & Puzzle Book and the bestselling RHS Allotment Handbook & Planner (both published by Mitchell Beazley). Simon's most recent book is RHS 50 Ways to Outsmart a Squirrel & Other Garden Pests. He writes for national garden and lifestyle magazines and as a producer and journalist for the BBC.
Simon was previously Gardens' Manager for the National Trust (with properties that include Agatha Christie's Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Compton Castle, Bradley Manor and Polesden Lacey). He was also Garden Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society including Harlow Carr and RHS Garden Wisley. Apart from gardening, he is also a keen beekeeper.