Part 2: wildlife in the garden
Karen Murphy explains how you can attract the creatures that will help your garden thrive
Ahealthy garden is one that teems with animals and insects, where the wildlife pollinates plants and keeps pests at bay without the need for chemicals. Here’s our pick of the best easy-to-grow plants to entice beneficial insects and creatures in!
BOUNTY OF BUTTERFLIES
Bright, beautiful butterflies are a sight to behold in summer, flitting from bloom to bloom and brightening up our gardens. They’re known as a sign of a good quality of garden life because they pollinate a range of plants and their caterpillars are vital food for baby birds, too. Certainly some caterpillars can be troublesome to brassica crops, but on the other hand they’ll encourage birds such as skylarks or goldfinches to the garden, which will gobble them up.
Adult butterflies do little damage and a good tip is to plant lots of nasturtiums to lure them away from your cabbages!