Posted: 15/11/2012 at 19:22
During the winter I suggest you read No Nettles Required: The Reassuring Truth About Wildlife Gardening by Ken Thompson; a very accessible, reassuring book with a scientific basis but a totally readable style, and in my opinion one of the best books about gardening for wildlife you could hope for. Last spring I planted a flowering meadow of annuals, grasses and clover intended for polllinators, very much inspired by Sarah Raven, and it was lovely; but you know, there were at least as many bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other insects visiting my perennial flowers and herbs such as borage, that had been planted primarily for my own enjoyment. The only big rule is 'thou shalt not kill' : i.e. no insecticides, foster your tolerance of some minor damage if needs be - and then if you build it (garden), they wild things) will come! (Actually - on second thoughts - kill slugs if you must, but not with poison).