- Leave an area in your garden to grow wild. Let it do as it wishes and follow the seasons.
- Log piles and rotting brash provide protection, food and habitats.
- If you have a wild flower meadow grow native plants and grasses.
Native is Best
- Flowers and plants native to your area feed indigenous populations of birds, insects and fungi.
- None native plants can take over or undermine local plants.
- Double flowers and over-bred plants often take up space but offer no food value for wild life.
Variety and Diversity
- The wider the range of plant families and flowers the better for wild life.
- Look after the soil to help diverse plants to thrive. It will also help fungus and bacteria which is a good place to start achieving biodiversity.
- Rotating crops breaks up disease and feeds the soil.
Balance the Elements
- Create wind breaks or sheltered areas.
- Ensure a supply of accessible water.
- Provide some shade in hot areas of the garden.
- Consider the tops of trees and the roots of plants as habitats. Again variety is a key.