If you are fortunate to have a garden but don t really
Pay It Much Attention Then it much attention then might not be aware of the insects and other wildlife that inhabit it at the moment It is a jungle out there but one that you need to get down on your hands and knees to see properly Everything from the microbes worms and ants in the soil to the insects that pollinate and right up to the small mammals and birds that prey on all of these creatures lower down the food chainIf you can tear your attention away from the screen and take a Few Moments To Go Out moments to go out the
garden then we need to understand what makes them tick and some of their lifecycle to help these creatures For a then we need to understand what makes them tick and some of their lifecycle to help these creatures For a of them their lives are short sharp and very often brutal Oh and weird very weird Goulson ventures beneath the soil into the compost heap and rootles around at the bottom of the pond to find out about their lives and just how intertwined all layers of life are on this planetInsects are the bottom in a very long food chain if they collapse in numbers then verything further up will suffer and the current vidence is suggesting that that collapse has already started A garden that is sensitively planted can bring a huge number of insects in and will help all types of wildlife Some insect friendly plants that are available from garden centres but a crowd funded PHD project found a cocktail of insecticides in particular neonicotinoids fungicides and other pesticides on them When Goulson raised this publicly some organisation have made steps to do something about this but other organisations who really should know better have maintained a worrying silence about thisDidn t feel that this was as good as his previous books but it is still as well written with the occasional humorous moment You also get a sense of his anger over the way that some things are continuing with the overwhelming vidence that drenching our land in chemicals is doing far harm than companies would have you believe His greatest ire is for the insect friendly plants that are being marketed his advice don t look for the label look at the plants that have lots of insects gathering around them and buy those instead and don t use chemicals on them when you do get them home He has a strong message that we would be wise to heed It is worth reading alongside The Bumble Bee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury and her account of changing a garden from a wildlife blackhole to a place full of life 35 stars I so From Notes to Narrative enjoyed this book It is not really about gardening at all but the author is passionate about insects and small animals The book is full of the amazing and often funny habits of ants ladybirdsarthworms and so on But there is always a serious side There is much to be said in praise of composting and digging Dave Goulson goes overboard about the modern garden centre but he does admit it too I learned a lot and started to look much closely at my log pile I was going to knock this book down a star because of the occasional unnecessary inflammatory comment I came to learn about gardening not to hear about your thoughts on the current American president BUT I cannot because overall this book was just too darn inspiring and interesting and I feel like it sort of changed my life It s not a perfect book I wish there were references included for the studies he discussed for Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America example but it gets five stars based on mymotional responseDave Goulson is definitely my favourite nvironmentalist after reading two of his books in the last couple months He has two others and I can t wait to read them His writing is so ngaging and funny Though he is a bee scientist this book is a broader summary of various gardening topics with a large focus on insects and bug life The book is his glorious manifesto on how backyardallotment a British thing gardening could save the planet While I m sure there s a modern farmer or two that would be highly offended by some of his assertions he makes a pretty compelling argument that large scale monoculture farming is not nearly as Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) efficient as it is generally believed to be At the same time he is uite realistic and measured in his arguments overallven when taking on controversial topicsReading a Dave Goulson book will make you want to tear up your lawn and plant a wildflower meadow start growing all your own food and butcher roadkill on your driveway kidding sort of about the last one but this man is a ridiculous hero of the nvironment and I love it If you are a gardener and want to incorporate sustainable practices into your growing this book is necessary reading If not I d recommend A Sting in the Tale over this one for of a general interestscience. SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The Garden Jungle is a wonderful introduction to the hundreds of small creatures with whom we live cheek by jowl and of the myriad ways that we can ncourage them to thrive The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses in our gardens and parks between the gaps in the pavement and in the soil beneath our feet Wherever you are right now the chances are that there are worms woodlice centipedes flies silverfish wasps beetles mice shrews and much much uietly living.
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"Are All Great But Also "all great but also of piece such that you could pick just one to read and it might as well be A Sting in the Tale and don t necessarily need to follow it with the rest His focus in all his books is on insect life what it says about the state of the Foraging for Survival environment in general and what we can do to protect andncourage wildlife in the places where we live Here he xposes the damage done by gardening and farming as usual and suggests what and how regular people can grow in their backyards and allotmentsThe most valuable chapter is on pesticides it s truly alarming how widespread they are and how difficult to avoid He describes organic food growing your own in the language of Pascal s wager along growing your own in the language of Pascal s wager along lines of you might as well avoid pesticides ven if we one day find out that they weren t so bad after all you would have lived a pretty healthy and Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries environmentally low impact life pp 89 90There areven recipes Amusingly the mulberry muffin recipe begins Grow mulberry tree It may take ten years or to fruit I had never heard of jam being made in a microwave and though I m not completely convinced about it I will at least look into that techniue some I like this idea what if we had another dig for victory style campaign supported by the government as during WWII A convincing last line If you really want to leave your grandchildren a healthy planet to live on fat chance it s time to get out in the garden and dig I really njoyed this book it taught me a lot and has me inspired and xcited about my family gardenThis cological ducation on a small scale is crucial to us reconnecting with nature on our doorstep rather than needing to travel to a tropical jungle and the discussion of growing your own vegetables is incredible Would recommendThe loss of one star is a harsh criticism mainly the the fact that I wanted photos of the bees described some of the plants discussed I guess a later book could give us some in depth advice on how to garden well too This is a book that will make you look at your garden differently It doesn t only focus on how it looks but the goings on underneath the soil and the insects and wildlife that visits your little part of the arth daily and as a keen gardener and fan of wildlife I m ven One Ticket To Texas eager now to do bit and take time out to notice the little things and leave things a little wild to help do my bitThis is a really relevant book for the times we are living in and no than now with many people staying home due to the lockdown and spending time in their garden than they normally do The only downside for me is that the people who need to read this the most are the ones who won t pick this up as it s not full of glossy photos or uick fixes for a low maintenance garden the kind of people who revel in the throwaway society we find ourselves in who wantverything to be Helpmate easy to look after and to keep all the creepy crawlies out This books shows just how important all the wildlife is to the make up of the garden and doesn t preach at you butxplains things brilliantly and shows just how simple it can be to get the balance in the garden just rightThere are nods to using peat free compost the benefits of being outdoors the importance of allotments and growing your own along with many other subjects such as the variety of animals that use our gardens daily that shows that we can all do our bit in a little way to help this planet of ours I really loved seeing a list of favourite plants he uses to attract different forms of wildlife along with instructions on how to make your own wormery which has got me tempted to give it a go I ve learnt so much from this book and found it to be so informative and interesting from a man who is clearly passionate about the subject he writes out Highly recommended Dave Goulson has changed the lives of thousands of insects in my neighborhood He has inspired me to let the lawn grow to grow bee friendly flowers from seed to only buy peat free Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy earth for my pots He has opened myyes to the cological collapse happening right before our yesIntensive agricultural farming has had devastating Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader effect onarth worms insects and birds In this book he shows how Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead effective growing your own vegetables can be There are plenty of tips on how to make the world a better and sustainable place to be starting in your own backyardFun fact in the land of the free many states fine homeowners who do not keep their lawn short The zicapidemic meant that many towns were sprayed with insecticides killing Bryozoan Evolution everything but not many mosuitoesThe problem with pesticides is that they kill the insects. Within just a few paces of youDave Goulson gives us an insight into the fascinating and sometimes weird lives of these creatures taking us burrowing into the compost heap digging under the lawn and diving into the garden pond Hexplains how our lives and ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) earwigs bees lacewings and hoverflies unappreciated heroes of the natural world The Garden Jungle is at times an immensely serious bookxploring the nvironmental harm inadvertently. ,