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How to Create an Eco Garden

A Practical Guide to Sustainable and Greener Gardening

John Walker



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Lorenz Books
30 November 2019
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 pesteating 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 wildflower 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. John Walker ('earthfriendlygardener') trained at Kew and is a gardening and environmental writer with over 40 years' practical experience in horticulture and teaching. He has won the Garden Media Guild Environmental Award three times.
By:   John Walker
Imprint:   Lorenz Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 208mm, 
ISBN:   9780754834717
ISBN 10:   0754834719
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   30 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
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

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 www.earthfriendlygardener.net.

Reviews for How to Create an Eco Garden: A Practical Guide to Sustainable and Greener Gardening

You will find this book contains lots of practical gardening tips to suit all types of set-up. So whether you're growing in pots on the patio or have a fully-fledged garden, there is something for everyone. There are typically two pages on each subject, including how to make compost, grow potatoes or tackle tough weeds, spread out over eight chapters. The book doesn't feel overwhelming at all and the style makes it easy to use as a quick reference guide. The book has a useful section on how to encourage bio-diversity in your garden. This is done by several different methods, such as introducing certain types of plants that will attract useful insects, as well building insect hotels or ponds. There's also an interesting chapter on sustainable landscaping - for example, how features like paths and fences have an effect the environment. This book tells you why and how you can be more sustainable. There are full colour photos throughout, making up a good mixture of background shots and practical instructional guides. Overall, this is a really reader-friendly book that you will enjoy.--Steven House The Vegetarian, Vegetarian Society members magazine, summer/autumn 2020 Botanical teacher Walker (Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide to Their Identification, Use and Control) devotes this encouraging work to laying out an approach to gardening that takes into account one's own yard space and the surrounding ecosystem as a whole--what he calls the web of life. Walker addresses different reasons for setting up a garden--food cultivation, landscape design, or flower planting, among others--and different stages of the process of creating and maintaining a garden, including tool selection, sowing seeds, and fighting pests without using pesticide. Walker further covers proper soil preparation, using compost, harvesting rainwater, and maximizing sun exposure, all with sustainability in mind. He discusses how to make one's garden into an inviting space for wildlife (though not if one is aiming primarily to raise food, in which case he includes fences in the garden plan). Allowing a section of lawn to grow wild, he notes, will encourage butterflies to visit, while shrubs and trees can provide birds with roosting and nesting spots. Throughout, Walker uses diagrams, color photos, and step-by-step instructions to illustrate his points. His well-stocked primer will ensure that, with persistence and patience, even the average backyard putterer can create an environmentally sustainable garden.--Publishers Weekly May 2020 This is a book perfect for now on so many levels. Eco gardening is something that personally I believe we should all take seriously and implement as much as we can. I am by no means a perfect eco gardener and would make no claims to be so, but I try and know I could do so much better. John talks us through the principles of eco gardening carefully and accessibly. He explains why it matters and shows us the difference between a less and a more eco-friendly garden. There are lots of step by step pictures, which is a format in a book I always appreciate. Things that we might think we know such as how to water effectively, are explained carefully so that we better understand what we are aiming to achieve. There are sections on seed sowing and weed control, about letting the grass grow and how to understand and develop sustainable landscaping. At the end of the book there is a helpful calendar on what to do when. What I like about this calendar is that it is not sectioned by month but by which part of the season you are in. Gardens do not understand months of the year, but they do understand seasons and this makes this calendar one of the best. I learned a lot from this book: I found some of my habits were eco friendly and I did not know it, I also found that some of my habits could be easily improved and I liked that I did not feel preached at as I read.--Alison Levey The Blackberry Garden, May 2020

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