The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet PDF

The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet PDF 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

10 thoughts on “The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet

  1. Tanja Berg Tanja Berg says:

    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 effectiv

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    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 dama

  3. Paul Paul says:

    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 pre

  4. Nina 321 Nina 321 says:

    I bought this book for its title Gardening to save the planet, and the blurb promised a discussion of the kind of re wilding I had learned about from Isabella Tree s Wilding as applied to a smaller size garden I d already stopped mowing and weeding, and this seemed to furnish the scientific justification for it The author is a professor of biology.And indeed, I learned a number of interesting and entertaining

  5. Emma Houchell Emma Houchell says:

    I really enjoyed this book, it taught me a lot and has me inspired and excited about my family gardenThis ecological education on a small scale is crucial to us reconnecting with nature on our doorstep rather than needing to travel to a tropical jungle and the discussion of growing your own vegetables is incredible Would recommendThe loss of one star is a harsh criticism, mainly the the fact that I wanted photo

  6. Sarah Gregory Sarah Gregory says:

    I so enjoyed this book It is not really about gardening at all but the author is passionate about insects and small animals The book is full of the amazing and often funny habits of ants, ladybirds, earthworms and so on But there is always a serious side There is much to be said in praise of composting and digging Dave Goulson goes overboard about the modern garden centre but he does admit it too I learned a lot

  7. Goska A Goska A says:

    Dave, please never stop I have just put my name on the list for allotment

  8. Karen Mace Karen Mace says:

    This is a book that will make you look at your garden differently It doesn t only focus on how it looks, but the goings on underneath the soil and the insects and wildlife that visits your little part of the earth daily, and as a keen gardener and fan of wildlife, I m eveneager now to dobit and take time out to notice the little things and leave things a littlewild to help do my bit This is a really relevant book for

  9. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    The Garden Jungle by Dave Goulson was just what I was looking for in a garden read as we start our garden this year in earnest It was full of interesting knowledge about apples, earwigs, worms, bees, bug hotels, moths, aquatic insects, andI honestly never knew how beneficial earwigs are but have loved worms and ladybirds for most of my life I loved reading about rewilding projects, taking farm land or even areas of law

  10. Rik Rik says:

    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

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