Creating Your Eco-Friendly Garden
Author: Mary Horsfall
Mary Horsfall, of "Grass Roots" magazine fame, brings us this excellent practical guide on planning and setting up an eco-friendly garden. She takes the reader through taking stock of what you have to work with, including soil types, climate and existing plants and features of your area, and how to set goals for your garden and create an action plan.
We read about the importance of biodiversity in the garden and how to enhance it. She helps us work out what to plant, where, and how to source our plants. She talks about preparing the site and constructing the basic elements of the garden.
When to plant, plant placement, colour schemes, layers, textures, compatibility of care, focal points, annuals and perennials are also touched on. There is also a quite comprehensive discussion on mulch. A whole chapter is devoted to water-wise options in the garden, including grey water. Another chapter goes into drought proofing your garden. Dealing with pests safely is covered in depth, with lots of recipes for safe bug sprays etc.
There is an appendix of plants which are suited to different types of spaces and locations as well as a short Glossary.
This is quite a useful book for anyone interested in making their garden more eco-friendly, especially as Ms Horsfall writes using her own practical experience with her own extensive garden and the knowledge garnered along the way.
Reviewed By Anthea Hudson