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The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The Garden Jungle is a wonderful introduction to the hundreds of small creatures with whom we live cheek by jowl and of the myriad ways that we can encourage them to thrive 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 , quietly living within just a few paces of youDave 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 conflictFor anyone who has a garden, and cares about our planet, this book is essential reading As with his other books, the writing is really good, engaging, informative, and occasionally funny There are a lot of negative topics the pesticides chapter being the worst I think , however he always counters with something positive that you can do It s not all doom and gloom, thankfully, and there are plenty of positives to takeaway from the book, though I don t see many people being persuaded to eat road kill Dave Goulson has changed the lives of thousands of insects in my neighborhood He has inspired me to let the lawn grow, to grow bee friendly flowers from seed, to only buy peat free earth for my pots He has opened my eyes to the ecological collapse happening right before our eyes.Intensive agricultural farming has had devastating effect on earth worms, insects and birds In this book he shows how effective growing your own vegetables can be There are plenty of tips on how to make the world a b Dave Goulson has changed the lives of thousands of insects in my neighborhood He has inspired me to let the lawn grow, to grow bee friendly flowers from seed, to only buy peat free earth for my pots He has opened my eyes to the ecological collapse happening right before our eyes.Intensive agricultural farming has had devastating effect on earth worms, insects and birds In this book he shows how effective growing your own vegetables can be There are plenty of tips on how to make the world a better andsustainable place to be, starting in your own backyard.Fun fact in the land of the free, many states fine homeowners who do not keep their lawn short The zica epidemic meant that many towns were sprayed with insecticides killing everything, but not many mosquitoes.The problem with pesticides is that they kill the insects you need for a balanced ecosystem as well as the harmful ones The pests recover muchquickly, meaning that the problem exacerbates I read about cecidomyiidae mosquitoes in this book They lay eggs in aphids, the larvae eat themselves out and proceed to munch through up to sixty aphids a day I found these larvae on two aphid infested plants a week ago I ve watched in fascination how the aphids were being eaten There aren t any left now A few words on peat it s not a renewable resource It binds carbon and using it for garden center earth is harmful to the environment So if there is one take away from this review it is this buy only peat free earth for your garden If you want to leave a planet for your grand children and want some concrete tips on what you can do to help read this book It will be released in English on July 11, it s already released in German Goulson s books are all great, but also all of a piece, such that you could pick just one to read and it might as well be A Sting in the Tale and don t necessarily need to follow it with the rest His focus in all his books is on insect life, what it says about the state of the environment in general, and what we can do to protect and encourage wildlife in the places where we live Here, he exposes the damage done by gardening and farming as usual, and suggests what and how regular people can Goulson s books are all great, but also all of a piece, such that you could pick just one to read and it might as well be A Sting in the Tale and don t necessarily need to follow it with the rest His focus in all his books is on insect life, what it says about the state of the environment in general, and what we can do to protect and encourage wildlife in the places where we live Here, he exposes the damage done by gardening and farming as usual, and suggests what and how regular people can grow in their backyards and allotments.The most valuable chapter is on pesticides it s truly alarming how widespread they are, and how difficult to avoid He describes organic food growing your own in the language of Pascal s wager along the lines of you might as well avoid pesticides even if we one day find out that they weren t so bad after all, you would have lived a pretty healthy and environmentally low impact life pp 89 90.There are even recipes Amusingly, the mulberry muffin recipe begins Grow mulberry tree It may take ten years orto fruit I had never heard of jam being made in a microwave, and though I m not completely convinced about it I will at least look into that technique someI like this idea what if we had another dig for victory style campaign, supported by the government as during WWII A convincing last line If you really want to leave your grandchildren a healthy planet to live on fat chance , it s time to get out in the garden and dig If you are fortunate to have a garden but don t really pay it much attention, then you might not be aware of the insects and other wildlife that inhabit it at the moment It is a jungle out there, but one that you need to get down on your hands and knees to see properly Everything from the microbes, worms and ants in the soil, to the insects that pollinate and right up to the small mammals and birds that prey on all of these creatures lower down the food chain.If you can tear your attention awa If you are fortunate to have a garden but don t really pay it much attention, then you might not be aware of the insects and other wildlife that inhabit it at the moment It is a jungle out there, but one that you need to get down on your hands and knees to see properly Everything from the microbes, worms and ants in the soil, to the insects that pollinate and right up to the small mammals and birds that prey on all of these creatures lower down the food chain.If you can tear your attention away from the screen and take a few moments to go out into the garden, then we need to understand what makes them tick and some of their lifecycle to help these creatures For a lot of them, their lives are short, sharp and very often brutal Oh and weird, very weird Goulson ventures beneath the soil, into the compost heap and rootles around at the bottom of the pond to find outabout their lives and just how intertwined all layers of life are on this planet.Insects are the bottom in a very long food chain, if they collapse in numbers then everything further up will suffer and the current evidence is suggesting that that collapse has already started A garden that is sensitively planted can bring a huge number of insects in and will help all types of wildlife Some insect friendly plants that are available from garden centres but a crowd funded PHD project found a cocktail of insecticides, in particular, neonicotinoids, fungicides and other pesticides on them When Goulson raised this publicly, some organisation have made steps to do something about this, but other organisations who really should know better have maintained a worrying silence about this.Didn t feel that this was as good as his previous books, but it is still as well written with the occasional humorous moment You also get a sense of his anger over the way that some things are continuing with the overwhelming evidence that drenching our land in chemicals, is doing farharm than companies would have you believe His greatest ire is for the insect friendly plants that are being marketed, his advice, don t look for the label, look at the plants that have lots of insects gathering around them and buy those instead and don t use chemicals on them when you do get them home He has a strong message that we would be wise to heed It is worth reading alongside The Bumble Bee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury and her account of changing a garden from a wildlife blackhole to a place full of life 3.5 stars

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