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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 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 photos of the bees described, some of the plants discussed I guess a later book could 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 photos of the bees described, some of the plants discussed I guess a later book could give us somein depth advice on how to garden well too 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 prey on all of these creatures lower down the food chain.If you can tear your attention awa 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 prey on all of these creatures lower down the food chain.If you can tear your attention away from the screen and take a few moments to go out into the garden, then we need to understand what makes them tick and some of their lifecycle to help these creatures For a lot of them, their lives are short, sharp and very often brutal Oh and weird, very weird Goulson ventures beneath the soil, into the compost heap and rootles around at the bottom of the pond to find outabout their lives and just how intertwined all layers of life are on this planet.Insects are the bottom in a very long food chain, if they collapse in numbers then everything further up will suffer and the current evidence is suggesting that that collapse has already started A garden that is sensitively planted can bring a huge number of insects in and will help all types of wildlife Some insect friendly plants that are available from garden centres but a crowd funded PHD project found a cocktail of insecticides, in particular, neonicotinoids, fungicides and other pesticides on them When Goulson raised this publicly, some organisation have made steps to do something about this, but other organisations who really should know better have maintained a worrying silence about this.Didn t feel that this was as good as his previous books, but it is still as well written with the occasional humorous moment You also get a sense of his anger over the way that some things are continuing with the overwhelming evidence that drenching our land in chemicals, is doing farharm than companies would have you believe His greatest ire is for the insect friendly plants that are being marketed, his advice, don t look for the label, look at the plants that have lots of insects gathering around them and buy those instead and don t use chemicals on them when you do get them home He has a strong message that we would be wise to heed It is worth reading alongside The Bumble Bee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury and her account of changing a garden from a wildlife blackhole to a place full of life 3.5 stars 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 things about my garden its earwigs, its ants very militant , its worms and how li 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 things about my garden its earwigs, its ants very militant , its worms and how little we know about them, its bees and its pond life Each chapter is preceded by a useless recipe I get irritated with books that can t decide what they want to do gardening cookbook Cobbler, stick to your last I was appalled to discover how many pesticides the plants I buy at garden centres are treated with, and how bee attracting garden centre plants can actually be toxic to bees It was salutary to be reminded that 76% of the world s arable land is being used for meat production.Then the author described how he likes to collect, skin, chop up, freeze and cook roadkill This was one eccentricity too far for me and also, like the recipes, only tenuously related to gardening it seemedlike proselytising.Still, I would have given this 4 stars for readability, usefulness and heart in the right place However, this one sentence on the very last page caused my rating to tumble Whatever your view on Brexit, it frees us from the Common Agricultural Policy and provides a golden opportunity to turn farming on its head, to make the radical changes that are urgently needed before most of our wildlife and our soils have gone In your dreams, Dave.Firstly, Goulson displays astounding political naivety if he believes that the politicians driving Brexit are in any way interested in saving the planet and turning farming on its head to fund small holders and allotments Goulson s dream we all become self sufficient food growing allotmenteers, as in the Dig for Victory war years Secondly, Goulson does not know whereof he speaks Here again Isabella Tree is muchknowledgeable, even handed and nuanced she has trodden the paths of bureaucracy she knows that it takes perseverance and international co operation to make a difference to nature preservation she notes how industrial mono cultural farming began way before Britain joined the Common Market.I begrudge the second star but I did think the book was worth reading Just don t spend any money on it I regret any royalties going to a Brexiteer.Format handsomely produced hardback with a lovely cover drawn by Lesley Buckingham smooth floppy paper clear font typeset in Adobe Caslon I always appreciate a publisher in this case, Jonathan Cape telling me the type Dave, please never stop I have just put my name on the list for allotment 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 and started to look muchclosely at my log pile. 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 the times we are living in and nothan now, with 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 the times we are living in and nothan now, with many people staying home due to the lockdown and spendingtime in their garden than they normally do The only downside for me is that the people who need to read this the most are the ones who won t pick this up as it s not full of glossy photos, or quick fixes for a low maintenance garden the kind of people who revel in the throwaway society we find ourselves in, who want everything to be easy to look after and to keep all the creepy crawlies out This books shows just how important all the wildlife is to the make up of the garden, and doesn t preach at you but explains things brilliantly and shows just how simple it can be to get the balance in the garden just right.There are nods to using peat free compost, the benefits of being outdoors, the importance of allotments and growing your own, along with many other subjects such as the variety of animals that use our gardens daily, that shows that we can all do our bit in a little way to help this planet of ours I really loved seeing a list of favourite plants he uses to attract different forms of wildlife, along with instructions on how to make your own wormery which has got me tempted to give it a go I ve learnt so much from this book and found it to be so informative and interesting, from a man who is clearly passionate about the subject he writes out Highly recommended 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 lawn and letting nature take its course How yellow rattle will kill off 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 lawn and letting nature take its course How yellow rattle will kill off the surrounding grass and allow forwildflowers to grow while also being polinator friendly About the real dangers of spraying any pesticides and that many nursery plants often test positive for residue Instead, insects can easily be controlled by enticing their natural predators into our gardens.I now want to have a mini pond, put up bug hotels all over, and plant a few dwarf apple trees to try some of the 700 varieties available, and plan to grow as much as I can from seeds, and as many different varieties as possible.Also, did you know apples came from Kazakhstan 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 damage done by gardening and farming as usual, and suggests what and how regular people can 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 damage done by gardening and farming as usual, and suggests what and how regular people can grow in their backyards and allotments.The most valuable chapter is on pesticides it s truly alarming how widespread they are, and how difficult to avoid He describes organic food growing your own in the language of Pascal s wager along the lines of you might as well avoid pesticides even if we one day find out that they weren t so bad after all, you would have lived a pretty healthy and environmentally low impact life pp 89 90.There are even recipes Amusingly, the mulberry muffin recipe begins Grow mulberry tree It may take ten years orto fruit I had never heard of jam being made in a microwave, and though I m not completely convinced about it I will at least look into that technique someI like this idea what if we had another dig for victory style campaign, supported by the government as during WWII A convincing last line If you really want to leave your grandchildren a healthy planet to live on fat chance , it s time to get out in the garden and dig `Download ↛ The Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet ☛ 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