...Here are some ‘dos’ to go­ing nat­u­ral

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Gar­den­ing in har­mony with na­ture al­lows us to in­crease bio­di­ver­sity in our gar­dens, which helps the planet. Here’s a few green gar­den­ing res­o­lu­tions to adopt for 2019: l En­cour­age pol­li­na­tors – grow a greater range of nec­tar-rich flow­ers and na­tive flow­ers. l Com­post more – cre­ate your own nat­u­ral soil im­prover. l In­stall a wa­ter butt – col­lect free rain­wa­ter, which is bet­ter for wa­ter­ing plants and fill­ing ponds! l Keep plants happy – healthy plants are less likely to suf­fer from pest and dis­ease at­tack. l Plant more shrubs and trees

– give birds a place to feed, shel­ter and nest. In­clude late berries and early flow­ers to help hun­gry birds and pol­li­na­tors. l Pro­vide a

wa­ter source – even a dust­bin lid, small bar­rel or tiny wildlife pond will at­tract a huge range of wildlife. l Re­place bland fences with a liv­ing screen – at­trac­tive hedges of­fer bet­ter wind pro­tec­tion and pro­vide food and shel­ter for birds, but­ter­flies and in­sects.

Liv­ing plants make bet­ter gar­den screens A la m y Sh u er st oc k

Bio­di­ver­sity is the key to a healthy gar­den

Na­tive flow­ers and ponds a ract lots of gar­den life A la m y

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