I am sure we have all been inspired recently to get out into our own plots for national gardening week. However I thought I would like to make a plea for a national 'Not Gardening’ week.
Why you ask? Well with all the pressure on the survival of our native plants and animals due to increasing development, intensified agriculture and the stress created by climate change, gardens are becoming an increasingly important home for wildlife. We can to a lot to improve our gardens by making sure we plant pollen and nectar rich plants for insects, create homes for bugs, put up nest boxes for birds, make a small pond and many other beneficial changes. But sometimes the best thing we can do is nothing because 'weeds' can be just as important (probably even more important) as ornamental plants for food and shelter. All those untidy corners full of nettles and brambles may be some of the most wildlife rich places we have in our gardens and essential refuges to allow creatures to pass the winter months in safety. So my message to everyone is, for the benefit of wildlife, don't make you garden too tidy!
My top not gardening tip for this week is: don't mow your lawn