Natural Gardening in Small Spaces by Noel Kingsbury lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Frances Lincoln, 2003, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Tables;
From the cover: With the growing recognition that a wisely and sensitively planted garden has a lot to offer to wildlife and the food web, more and more people are looking for ways to make their gardens environmentally friendly. However, gardeners have tended to assume that to create habitats for wildlife, and evoke wild and natural places, you need a lot of space. In Natural Gardening in Small Spaces, renowned plantsman Noel Kingsbury refutes that presumption, showing how even in a small garden you can create a sustainable ecosystem that looks great and, once established, largely looks after itself.
He first explains how plant communities work and what this means for the gardener, then proceeds to examine the various types of natural habitat that can offer inspiration to the small-space gardener. If your garden is shady, for example, you might take natural woodland as your model: think of wildflowers carpeting the ground in spring, ferns and mosses growing lushly in the moister spots. In a more open position, you can consider planting a miniature wildflower meadow, or a late-flowering prairie, in place of a conventional lawn. Even the tiniest garden pool can be an oasis for wildlife.
A chapter on the practicalities deals with such issues as how to garden without watering, using mulches, and boosting opportunities for wildlife with bird boxes and mammal hibernation sites; while a detailed plant directory lists the best plants for natural gardens, chosen for beauty, ease of growth and adaptability, and usefulness to wildlife. Over 150 glorious photographs of small natural gardens provide visual evidence of Noel Kingsburys contention that even the smallest garden can provide a natural haven.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Upper panel unevenly faded with a sticker ghost to the top corner. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
176 pages. Index. 11″ x 9¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Gardening Design category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…