About this book
This title covers everything the gardener needs to know to cultivate and maintain a wildlife haven in their own garden, however small. There is a wealth of practical information and colour photographs on 'natural' gardening in a clear, easy-to-use, month-by-month format, allowing gardeners to find the advice they need instantly, when they need it.
The book provides an introduction to the wild plants and creatures for each month, together with seasonal tips, tasks, checklists and detailed plant profiles. It offers easy-to-follow practical projects to create new habitats, such as making a wildlife pond, building a nest box, planning a herb bed, planting a summer meadow, and more.
1 January - making a bat box;
2 February - making and siting nest boxes;
3 March - making a wildlife pond;
4 April - making and planting a wetland/marsh;
5 May - planting a native hedge;
6 June - planting walls and rock banks;
7 July - establishing a 'no go' area, planning a nectar-rich flower bed;
8 August - planning a herb bed or garden;
9 September - creating a summer-flowering meadow;
10 October - planning and planting a woodland habitat;
11 November - starting a compost heap;
12 December - choosing a bird table or feeder;
Appendix 1 - container gardening for wildlife;
Appendix 2 - garden plans;
Jackie Bennett began her career in theatre production before moving into television and writing. She has co-produced several gardening and natural history series, including Channel 4's highly acclaimed Mushroom Magic. She writes regularly for the gardening press, is editor of the Garden Design Journal and a former recipient of a BBC Wildlife Magazine Award for Nature Writing.