As a self-confessed novice gardener, I’ve decided to do my bit for wildlife and #LetNatureIn to my garden this year. My biggest change has been to dig up my lawn and seed with wildflowers, but more on that later. Read about how it all started here March 2021 Blog
The simple first step I’ve taken has been changing the types of plants that I normally plant in the spring and summer in pots, containers, beds and window boxes round my garden.
Rather than going for the standard fayre from local garden centres like petunias, lobelia and busy lizzies, I’ve gone for lavender, French and English versions, verbena and nicotiana. I’ve also planted honeysuckle against a trellis and some heather and herbs like rosemary and thyme - all available in local garden centres. After taking a while to get started due to a particularly cold May, they are now all starting to establish well and hopefully will provide lots of nectar for pollinators right through to Autumn.
My big project though has been aiming to establish a ‘wildflower meadow’ where my lawn used to be. Our insects are in serious decline globally, with insects dying out up to 8 times faster than larger animals. Currently 41% of insect species face extinction across the planet.
Our gardens can be a vital habitat for our pollinator species providing corridors for them to move and connect to the wider environment. My aim is to provide a delicious and nutritious feast for pollinators to help sustain and support them – playing my small, but important part in nature’s recovery.