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How to Create an Eco Garden By John Walker

How to Create an Eco Garden by John Walker

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Work in harmony with nature to create a more climate-friendly garden, with practical solutions for real-life spaces. An updated new edition of a classic and timely guide.

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How to Create an Eco Garden: The practical guide to sustainable and greener gardening by John Walker

Eco gardening can lessen our overconsumption of natural resources, reduce waste, cut energy use, and make a positive contribution to reducing our carbon footprint. Each page of this planet-friendly book is bursting with ideas for creating your own eco garden on any scale from a small courtyard to a large garden or allotment. Find out how to make soil-building compost from kitchen and household waste, how to save energy by harvesting rainwater, and how to utilise sunlight in your garden. Discover organic techniques that improve biodiversity and attract pest- eating animals and insects. Learn the value of using recycled and reclaimed materials for landscaping. Six eco garden `greenprints' are packed with environmentally friendly ideas. Simple projects include making a pond and a wildlife hotel, turning a lawn into a wild ower meadow, and planting a `fedge'. Packed with practical advice and 500 photographs, this book is for everyone who wants a beautiful, productive backyard that won't cost the earth.

About John Walker

John Walker is an award-winning gardening and environmental writer with over 40 years' experience in horticulture, teaching and garden media. He trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he was awarded the Kew Diploma in Horticulture. He was features/deputy editor of Garden Answers magazine, and contributing editor of Kitchen Garden magazine. His long-running `Digging Deeper' column, exploring the connections between gardening and our environment, first appeared in Organic Gardening magazine in 2006. John also writes about greener gardening for national newspapers and magazines in the UK including The Telegraph and the Royal Horticultural Society's journal The Garden. He wrote Weeds: An Earth-Friendly Guide to their Identification, Use and Control, and The Bed & Border Planner, and contributed to the Garden Organic Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. John has made an earth-friendly eco garden in his home in north Wales. He has won the British Garden Media Guild Environmental Award three times. He can be found at

Table of Contents

Introduction Gardening and the environment Climate-friendly gardening Eco garden greenprints Eco-fitting your garden City courtyard garden Intensive food garden Eco allotment Dry garden Rain garden Eco garden basics Establishing an ecosystem Choosing tools Choosing compost Types of container Sowing seeds Feeding your plants Pest barriers and deterrents Slugs and snails Companion and mixed planting Using and controlling weeds Tackling tough weeds Soil care and composting Improving your soil Soil cultivation Choosing and using a mulch Sheet mulching The importance of composting Cool composting Composting with worms Leaf mould Harvesting sunlight and rain Renewable gardening Using a sunny wall Greenhouses and polytunnels Green manures or cover crops Water in the garden Harvesting and storing water Watering techniques Food gardening Planet-friendly food Planning a food garden Sowing vegetables Planting vegetables Sprouting seeds and microgreens Vertical vegetables and fruits Growing potatoes Fruit in containers Growing tree fruits Boosting biodiversity Why garden biodiversity matters Encouraging wildlife Attracting beneficial insects Self-seeding plants Making a simple pond Transforming your lawn Building an insect hotel Sustainable landscaping What is sustainable landscaping Choosing sustainable materials Eco paths and paving Living or green roofs Sustainable fences and screens Directory of eco-friendly plants Eco-friendly annuals Eco-friendly perennials Eco-friendly shrubs and climbers Eco-friendly hedging plants Eco-friendly trees Eco-friendly annual vegetables Eco-friendly bush and tree fruits Eco-friendly herbs Eco-friendly pond and bog plants Calendar of care Further information Index Acknowledgements

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How to Create an Eco Garden: The practical guide to sustainable and greener gardening by John Walker
Anness Publishing
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