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In this timely and practical book, Caroline Foley covers a whole range of subjects that are essential knowledge for modern gardeners, with the aim of creating a self-sustaining garden in which there is an ideal balance between plants, animals and the environment in which they live - as well as a garden that is beautiful and useful.
Having variety within the garden provides the greatest number of options for wildlife, as different species choose different things to eat and places to rest or reproduce. From how to encourage native species to creating green roofs and compost heaps, there is a wealthy of fascinating and useful information in this book. Topics covered in this title include: the native question; wildflower meadows; woodland; hedges; dead wood; water; stone; green roofs; compost heaps; bird and bat boxes; and, wild flowers for borders. This is a truly practical book on how to create the perfect environment for local flora and fauna in a beautiful garden.
Caroline Foley is a freelance gardening writer and author, having written for The Guardian, Country Living and Gardens Illustrated, with a gardening column in her local paper. She has taken practical gardening and garden design courses at the English Gardening School. She is the author of Practical Allotment Gardening, The Allotment Handbook, The A-Z of Allotment Vegetables and How to Plant Your Allotment, also published by New Holland. She lives in Islington, London.