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The Garden Jungle
The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet | Dave Goulson
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The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses, in our gardens and parks, between the gaps in the pavement, and in the soil beneath our feet. Wherever you are right now, the chances are that there are worms, woodlice, centipedes, flies, silverfish, wasps, beetles, mice, shrews and much, much more, quietly living within just a few paces of you. Dave Goulson gives us an insight into the fascinating and sometimes weird lives of these creatures, taking us burrowing into the compost heap, digging under the lawn and diving into the garden pond. He explains how our lives and ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of earwigs, bees, lacewings and hoverflies, unappreciated heroes of the natural world. The Garden Jungle is at times an immensely serious book, exploring the environmental harm inadvertently done by gardeners who buy intensively reared plants in disposable plastic pots, sprayed with pesticides and grown in peat cut from the ground. Goulson argues that gardens could become places where we can reconnect with nature and rediscover where food comes from. With just a few small changes, our gardens could become a vast network of tiny nature reserves, where humans and wildlife can thrive together in harmony rather than conflict. For anyone who has a garden, and cares about our planet, this book is essential reading.
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Briary
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Ugh had a bizarre compulsion to read the Belgariad by David Eddings, and after five books in a row of THAT, I think my IQ dropped at least 10 points. Yay for nostalgia, but dear heavens the books got on my nerves after a point. 🤨

I shall rest my poor brain with this lovely book for a while. We'll see if I am masochistic enough to continue with uncle Eddings later. 🙈

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Reading the reviews this week and thinking I'd like to see more bees in the (very small) garden.

charl08 www.guardian.co.uk/books 4mo
brit91 Beautiful flowers!!😍😍 4mo
charl08 @brit91 it's amazing what you see when you take a close up of the garden. 4mo
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