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The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet

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Paperback Published on: 02/04/2020
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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 more, quietly living within just a few paces of you.

Dave 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. He explains how our lives and ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of earwigs, bees, lacewings and hoverflies, unappreciated heroes of the natural world.

The Garden Jungle is at times an immensely serious book, exploring the environmental harm inadvertently done by gardeners who buy intensively reared plants in disposable plastic pots, sprayed with pesticides and grown in peat cut from the ground. Goulson argues that gardens could become places where we can reconnect with nature and rediscover where food comes from. With just a few small changes, our gardens could become a vast network of tiny nature reserves, where humans and wildlife can thrive together in harmony rather than conflict.

For anyone who has a garden, and cares about our planet, this book is essential reading.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784709914
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 205g
  • Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 15 mm

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The Garden Jungle
An interesting read while we have time to be in our gardens
With the help of this book you can discover how not all plants are bee-friendly (no matter what their labels say) and why we should be avoiding peat-based ... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
The Garden Jungle
So enjoyable
I'm really enjoying this book. It has all sorts of interesting facts about insects, their habitats & habits, alongside the occasional recipe. It's thought ... READ MORE
Alexandra Fenn
The Garden Jungle
A Fantastic, Inspiring must-read for any gardener or nature lover
Fantastic, fascinating, inspiring and packed full of practical advice for the gardener and anyone else who wants to connect with nature and give bees, butt... READ MORE
Sally Tonkin