The Living Jigsaw: The Secret Life in Your Garden

The Living Jigsaw: The Secret Life in Your Garden

by Val Bourne


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The Living Jigsaw: The Secret Life in Your Garden by Val Bourne

After decades of emphasis on pest control, often achieved through chemical means, gardeners around the world are beginning to come around to a new—or, really, old—way of thinking: a garden whose very diversity of plant and animal life makes it healthy, beautiful, and productive.
If you’ve been wanting to make that change, The Living Jigsaw is the book for you. This masterclass in natural gardening outlines a cornucopia of tried-and-true techniques to help you develop a healthy garden ecology. Val Bourne introduces both new and experienced gardeners to the wide diversity of birds, animals, insects, and even slugs that help bring a natural balance to a home garden—and help its plants and flowers shrug off problems before they become entrenched. This season-by-season guide offers planting strategies, tips for successful cultivation, and new insights into the interactions between plants and animals that are an essential part of any healthy garden.
As much a celebration of natural gardening as a how-to book, and written both to teach and to inspire, The Living Jigsaw will help you make sure that your green thumb is truly, ecologically green.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842466261
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,241,210
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Val Bourne is an award-winning garden writer, photographer, and lecturer who gardens in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. She is the author of a number of books, including The Natural Gardener.

Table of Contents

Foreword Chris Packham 3

Chapter 1 An Early Start 5

Chapter 2 My Damascene Moment 13

Chapter 3 The Move to Spring Cottage 29

Chapter 4 Planting up Spring Cottage 43

Chapter 5 Winter into Spring 55

Chapter 6 The Summer Garden 71

Chapter 7 Autumn into Winter 91

Chapter 8 The Wild Element 111

Chapter 9 The Dreaded Gastropod 127

Chapter 10 The Flying Squad 145

Chapter 11 The Ground Force 189

Chapter 12 Top 100 Plants for an Eco-friendly Garden 221

Bibliography 242

Acknowledgements 244

Index 245

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