Gardening for wildlife

The basic principle of organic growing is to support and encourage wildlife. Birds, insects, small mammals and amphibians not only add to the biodiversity of your growing patch, but also many of them act as predators on pests - such as slugs, snails and aphids. Hence no need for toxic chemicals!

Whether you grow in pots on a balcony or backyard, a window box or an allotment, its exciting to know that you can encourage all sorts of wildlife - from a moth to a bat, a robin or a bumble bee. Even weeds, such as nettles and dandelions, can play their part.

Here's some ideas to help you choose what to grow to encourage wildlife:

Here are some of the beneficial insects you hope to attract, and what they do. Why not make a bumble bee nest and watch these gentle creatures home build?

And here is how to set up a small garden pond.

Your garden is your own little patch of the world to look after. When you encourage and nurture wildlife, you create a much better environment – for families, plants and wildlife.

Garden Organic is offering courses on Wildlife Gardening on Thursday 16 March and Thursday 20 July. For further details and to book, please click here.