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The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet

The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet (Hardback)

By Goulson, Dave

In this book Dave Goulson shows us what lives in our compost piles and behind our trees' bark and beneath our lawns, and then explains what we can do to increase biodiversity. And because nothing lives in a vacuum, The Garden Jungle uses those small creatures to explain entire ec...osystems. Who knew that earwigs were so beneficial, for instance, notably to fruit yields? Or that we have probably never had a greater density of ponds than today? Or that the rabbits introduced by the Romans were really rather fragile Mediterranean creatures, which failed to thrive in cold European climates, until in the eighteenth century they suddenly toughened up and spread? And there is fascinating material on hoverflies, those overlooked pollinators which can be encouraged by creating hoverfly lagoons. So The Garden Jungle is on one level an immensely serious book which argues for noticing and protecting all these small creatures, and which then raises important debates. How bee-friendly, it asks, are the supposedly bee-friendly plants sold in our garden centres and nurseries? And should you use peat rather than compost, and if not why not? Why do urban bee hives often produce more honey than those in the countryside? And what are the repercussions of using lawn treatment chemicals on your lawns, or of encouraging garden areas to turn into natural meadow? For anyone who has a garden, and cares about our planet, this book is essential reading.
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ISBN 9781787331358
Released NZ 18 Jul 2019
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781787331358
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Released 18 Jul 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Goulson, Dave
Category Gardening
Natural History: Insects & Spiders
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 144mm
Dewey Code 635
Weight 407g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Organic gardening, Biodiversity conservation, Gardening to attract wildlife
NBS Text Gardening
ONIX Text General/trade