Eco Gardening
















We dont all have a garden or our own, and few have a meadow like the one above, but we can sow meadow seeds in any available space we can find and make our environment more friendly to both bugs and creatures alike.  Below are some ideas to start you off and you can try using window boxes, tubs, containers like old watering cans, colandars, or coloured enamel tins.

If  you cannot  cultivate your own garden,  be inspired by the Guerrilla Gardening site  




Bumblebees & Honeybees! 

Planting nectar and pollen rich plants to attract and save them such as  -  

Wild Flowers:   foxglove; red campion; honeysuckle; calendula; larkspur;  lupin; clover; bird’s foot trefoil; knapweed; any of the scabious family; teasel; heather; blackberry; wild marjoram.   

Garden Flowers:   rosemary; hollyhocks; any of the mints; comfrey; lavender; delphinium.




Meadow planting:

 in your grass area or in pots or  create a wildflower meadow    



Butterflies and moths need cover and nectar  and pollen rich plants    


Ladybirds - BUT beware of Harlequins who eat lots of pests including our ladybird larvae!  What does a Harlequin look like?  check it out on the button



  and like all the other gardening helpers – all need Bug boxes – you can make your own and save money


Log piles for shelter and hibernation -  Wild untidy corners, great excuse NOT to clear up – ivy provides good cover too.        




Hedgehogs - help  them by setting up urban trails-   get your neighbours to help you join your gardens up so hedgehogs can move more freely when hunting and avoid roads by planting hedges not fences and making scoops under the fencing to allow access!        Make a hedgehog box as a hibernation home



Toad and frog and newts – ponds, make  dry retreats for them outside of the ponds. Check  Icy ponds advice on managing the water and creatures hibernating at the bottom    


Toad crossing, if you have one near you get it registered with a warning sign!




Birds  - See our  Bird page                                                   & the RSPB here




Bats  are a sign of a healthy garden, especially if there is a pond, bog garden and other producers of insects. Try identifying which ones you have seen  



Composting - how to do it and also make leafmould                                      


Wormeries can help your compost – vast array to choose from and the UK has about

28 species of worms all of our own



Rainwater butts provide free water for gardeners, put buckets under hedges to collect more –

always put sticks in for creatures to escape on!







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