Creating biodiversity in an urban garden.
In a recent survey done by “The Garden” magazine, 95% of its readership saw themselves as “stewards of the environment” but not everyone was sure what practical steps they could take to create biodiversity, especially in small urban gardens.
Biodiversity simply means all living organisms – plants, animals, insects – and their habitats, and how we co-exist. Biodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate but the RHS campaign, “Just do one thing”, is trying to stem the tide, by encouraging us to think about how we interact with our environment. Here are some of their suggestions.
Can you do just one of these things :
- If you do have to turn your front garden into a car park, try to retain as much planting as you can, or offset the negative with a positive and install a green roof , plant a hedge, plant up pots and window boxes.
- Improve your soil, and reduce your waste, by making your own compost. You don’t need acres of space.
- Install a pond if you have space – the single most important thing you can do. Or put a birdbath and bird feeders out.
- Plant flowers for pollinating insects with a range of plants that will keep them going through the seasons
- Ditch the chemicals; trust me, the pests may return but so will the predators .. be patient.
- Leave a woodpile in a shady corner, log piles create habitats
Think as if you live in the countryside, whether you garden on an individual level …
… or collectively.
Even in a tiny space you can live in harmony with nature, it just means commitment and being observant.
Hmm, let me see, what one thing could I do?