Here is my seminar , i hope that is of help and/or inspiration , i suspect that the people who visit the DHP already do most or all or more than what is suggested here , if yes then brilliant , if not, well there may be one or two ideas here for you . I haven't made great lists of plants because what grows here may not grow where you live and visaversa , but i suppose the general idea is the same . Anyway , i hope it is of interest. Getting down
I used to get really frustrated about the abuse of the Earth and the fact that there didn't seem much that i could do about it I got down and very nearly out .This feeling of helplessness . I could donate to charities and causes , and this was/is a really good thing , but at the same time a bit of a cop-out , because i wasn't doing anything but sit on my arse and feel down . I read about disappearing habitats , ancient woods being felled , species becoming extinct you all know what i mean . What could I do? What to do........?Getting up
Well i didn't have a moment of blinding inspiration , more a slow realisation , if not an answer , then at least a bit of a fight back , a dream - why not grow things myself? turn the garden into a refuge , a haven , a sanctuary for insects , bees , birds and small animals? I know i'm not going to get Ospreys or Otters , but even a little must go a long way. So i did some research , and got going.Part of the jigsaw
Your garden can be important place for wildlife in your local area , a vital piece in a jigsaw of seemingly unconnected places that wildlife depends on .Gardens, along with roadside verges , canal towpaths , playing field edges , hedgerows , railway lines , churchyards , abandonded industrial sites , traffic islands and the like , all have the potential to provide a rich habitat for many different species , and do .In your area
Try to create a habitat . First have a look what is in your area - I couldn't re-create a peat moor or a seashore- but i could have a woodland glade , a woodland edge , a hedgerow , a wildflower meadow , or a pond . With more space the more is possible,natch .But even if you only have a patio or a yard or a window sill , beneficial plants can still be grown. So have a walk , or cycle
, make a few notes , try to find out which are native plants .
"A wildlife garden is more than just a corner of a garden left to go wild. Whether you are creating a new wildlife garden, or have an established one, think of it as a nature reserve .Soil type, drainage and climatic conditions play a big part in what can grow in your garden. The way it has been managed in the past also influences what lives there. If it has been intensively managed, or has less green space and more concrete, it is likely to support less wildlife."
(But a concrete area covered in pots and planters will help.)