Organic Ecology Garden
As a conservationist I am keen that not only is my garden organic but that it provides a haven for our declining wildlife. Last year I tried somewhat unsuccessfully to create a wild flower meadow in my front lawn by scarifying then sowing seeds and plug plants however the grasses out-competed the wild flowers. With the help of Robin, he rotovated the garden and I removed the turf last autumn then left the ground fallow overwinter. We repeated this twice in spring to try to remove as much grass seeds as possible. I then sowed 2 wild flower mixes. Both were grass free mixtures, one a specific clay meadow mix but as this can take a few years to establish I also planted an annual mix and additional native poppy seeds as I wanted this to be a key feature of the garden in this commemorative year. This has been more successful than last year, with in particular many poppies and corn cockles.

To attract butterflies I have planted shrubs such as lavender and buddleia, for bees lots of single headed flowers of purple colour such as foxgloves and aquilegia (also slug and snail proof) and double benefit of teasel - flowers for bees and seeds for the birds! Elsewhere in the garden, I have herbaceous perennials such as globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus); globe thistles (Echinops spp.) and Sedum spp, a wildlife pond, bird, insect and bee boxes. I have a camera bird box and my resident sparrows are on their second brood. I would encourage everyone no matter what their taste in gardens, whether it be very structured or more cottage garden style to think about their planting and reduce the use of chemicals so wildlife can also benefit for their green spaces.
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