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Gardening for Wellbeing and Wildlife

                              Gardening for Wellbeing and Wildlife 

Wildlife-friendly gardening has never been so popular, or so necessary. And with recent studies proving that nature can have huge benefits for wellbeing, there’s all the more reason to transform your garden into a space that works for both you and your local wildlife. 

Bee-friendly gardening

The most important thing you can do for bees in your garden is avoid pesticides and other harsh chemicals. Then it’s just a matter of planting a few bee-friendly flowers, such as alliums and geranium ibericum, and leaving some fresh water out in a shallow dish. If you want to really roll out the welcome mat, then make or buy a bee hotel to give solitary bees a place to call home, and leave an area of long grass to provide shelter when it’s raining. Want to encourage birds, insects and other wildlife into your garden? Provide shelter, food and water and they’ll soon find you.  

Natural pest control

While it’s tempting to wage a war against slugs, aphids and other pests, they’re a food source for birds and wild animals. If you’re looking for chemical-free ways to protect your plants, welcoming predators is a good first step. A small pond may help to attract frogs and toads, for example, who will love to feast on your slugs. Hedgehogs also enjoy snacking on slugs, so try cutting a hole in your fence to allow the prickly critters to roam. If you do have a pond, create a bank of stones or add a plank of wood leaning down to the bottom from an edge, so that hedgehogs and other animals can climb out if they fall in. 

Gardening for your senses

Consider all your senses. The sounds of water, leaves rustling in the wind and birds singing, can have an incredibly beneficial effect on your spirits. Could you incorporate a small solar-powered water feature in your garden, hang a few bird feeders up and invest in a small tree (some can be grown in pots)? Look for fragrant flowers, such as sweet peas, jasmine and some types of rose. 

Gardening for all seasons

It’s easy to bring colour into your garden during the spring and summer months, but once the blooms fade gardens can look a bit monochrome. Look for shrubs with brightly coloured autumn leaves, such as euonymus alatus compactus (burning bush), and winter flowering plants like hellebores. Some plants and trees offer year round interest. Malus (crabapples) for example, have flowers in spring, attractive green foliage in summer and brightly coloured crab apples (adored by birds) in autumn. 

Bringing the outdoors in

No garden? Our founder Rivka Rose’s love of nature flourished when she started growing an avocado plant on her city apartment’s windowsill. Houseplants are really having their moment in the sun and there are so many to choose from. Look for ones with added benefits. Herbs smell good and taste great. Peace lilies have been found to improve indoor air quality and aloe vera is handy for dealing with superficial burns.

 

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