The Living Garden is the book for all gardeners (whether new or experienced) who want to work in tuen with nature to create a beautiful space. Jane Powers shows that if we cut out harmful chemical and use the right plants for our climate and conditions, we can make a garden that has a live of its own, in which flora and fauna are intricately interwoven. She describes how to plan and plant for birds, bees and other creatures (including humans) and how to grow our own food, look after our soil, make compost and plant potions, sow and save seeds, propagate plants and carry out many other essential operations.
Her writing is eloquent and engaging. A great reference book, read and flick-through visual; and great for any gardener, new or experienced. English Garden Even if you thought you knew everything about wildlife gardening, this book is an enjoyable andthought-provoking read that will remind you how easy it is to share your garden rather than keep it all to yourself. House & Garden Combines humour and down-to-earth advice with an ever-readabe writing style to direct us towards creating a garden that's in tune with nature. Scotsman Jane Powers is well known as the Irish Times' gardening correspondent, and her lucid explanatory style and elegant photographs do full justice to her subject. Irish Garden A timely publication being so in tune with the eco spirit of the Zeitgeist. Jane Powers has put a trojan amount of work and passion into this book and it really shines through. RHS Ireland Journal A great companion for anyone interested in a natural garden. It is illustrated with the author's photographs, many of them taken in her own garden, and will inspire an eco-friendly method of gardening. Period Living & Traditional Homes Makes you want to take up her rallying cry for gardens that live more broadly than most. Transatlantic Gardener A book for our times, dedicated to extolling the pleasures of cultivating a garden in a way that's sympathetic to its natural inhabitants and comforting to the conscience of anyone who cares about the environment. Jane Powers writes in an easy, anecdotal style that chimes with her subject, guiding the reader through every stage of creating and enjoying an environmentally friendly garden without ever being preachy, and lacing her advice with asides on key topics that add to the reader's pleasure. BBC Gardens Illustrated The book for all gardeners (whether new or experienced) who want to work in tune with nature to create a beautiful space. Listed Heritage magazine 4* A timely and useful introduction to a very fulfilling way of managing the green space around your home. BBC Countryfile A gem, worth reading right through to discover a real gardener with her roots in the soil. She obviously cares passionately about working wiith, rather than against nature, and for someone just starting out on the natural gardening trail, this would make a lovely gift. Let's Talk Written with humour and is easy to read, either in big chunks or small bites. There is sound advice aon all matters environmental relating to the garden and, though some of it will be common knowledge to professional gardeners, there are plenty of fresh ideas and the opportunity to learn something new. Professional Gardener Jane Powers writes entertainingly and expertly on how we can manage our plots - big or small - in a way that is both welcoming to wildlife and good for the rest of the planet. Irish Wildlife There is always a danger that an attractive publication of this sort may be left unread, but thankfully that is not the case here: crisp photography serves to support informative text, and there is enough practical content to save this book from the coffee table. Garden She advocates low-impact gardening - harvesting rainwater, recycling food containers as plant pots, lining hanging baskets with old jumpers and encouraging garden wildlife. If you're not already doing all this, her generously illustrated book may inspire you. Daily Mail Beautifully written, informative and persuasive guide to creating a garden that's gently in tune with nature. Irish Examiner The book for all gardeners (whether new or experienced) who want to work in tune with nature to create a beautiful space. Ireland's Homes, Interiors and Living Magazine
CONTENTS INTRODUCTION: THE BIG IDEA 1 GARDENS FOR THE PLANET 2 CIRCLES AND CYCLES 3 SOIL 4 PLANNING YOUR GARDEN 5 PLANTS 6 CREATURES: THE GARDEN POPULATION 7 FOOD 8 HELPING NATURE GARDEN 9 GARDENERS' GOLD: HOME-MADE COMPOST 10 THE GARDEN YEAR RESOURCES Index Acknowledgements