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A Large Urban Wild flower Garden.

Design for a large urban Garden is aimed at extending the leafy suburban landscape.

Parks and well planted housing estates attract large quantities of wildlife where filled with native plant species.

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Food and Music and Wildflowers

My best urban garden advice is to create gardens that act as gene banks for plant species from which you can swap plants (Plant Genes) with your neighbours, might even know some lovely people.  Grow some rare edible perennial Cabbages of the "cut and come again variety", or Perennial Onions.  Plant Chives (a protected species in Ireland) and wild herbs that can be grown in large tubs or bold groups.  There are great edible plants that also look ornamental:  Wild (not garden centre) Thyme and Marjoram.  Hedge Garlic and Burdock are all great herbal wild plants.  Nettles and Horse Radish are great ingredients in Irish made sushi.  Use the garden and the food and the wildflowers and share a great meal your friends and invite the neighbours, getting wild about now, swapping genes!   That's wildlife gardening, who wants to be mowing the lawn, let the guests trample it.!   Grow onions instead. 

The wild flower fast food chain!

Whole areas can be devoted to wildlife or specific species such as wetland or ponds for frogs and butterfly gardens, or to specific species like Woundwort, Fleabane or Bluebell
Where the gardener is prepared to prune and clip for better flowering, they can grow any native tree or shrub in large groupings that will feed wildlife. If space allows, plant shrubs and allow to grow to their full un-pruned size and shape and just compare a naturally grow specimen to a clipped one.  

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If it's work you're after then regular cutting of most plants in confined spaces encourages more flowers.  Try cutting our low growing species. Regular cutting encourages more flowers on low growing beds of  species such as  Kidney Vetch, Trefoil and Selfheal, the 'Daffodils' of the wildflower world. Clip species as flowers fade, especially nitrogen fixing species such as Clover, Kidney Vetch and Trefoil.

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A Small Urban Wild flower Garden.

You can change an entire small urban garden to a wildlife garden starting at the back door as an interface between house and garden. An urban garden filled with informally grown wildflowers works well as its easy to maintain and will flower over a long period.

Fill a small garden with scented and edible wild herbs.  The small garden can provide cut flowers, fresh herbs and useful insect repellents for the house.  What comes into the kitchen, can return to the garden as compost. Newspapers can also be used to mulch with further reducing waste.  

In small gardens it is best to decide on a specific type of Wildlife to encourage.  Sparrows and Finches eat seeds and require cover from cats. Blue tits, Blackbird and Summer visiting Warblers require shrub species that encourage caterpillars and grubs.  Plant Golden alder,  Campion species and nectar rich wildflowers such as Sedum species, Violas and Legumes.

 

Wildlife is best attracted through the use of proprietary bird feeds as small gardens generally do not have enough feeding value throughout the year. Children can show off cooking fatty cakes for birds and regular feeders make great subjects for the amateur photographer.

Most importantly choose plant species for your garden, that attracts the wildlife that is common to your region, that are in the area you live in or the street you live on. 

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Field Scabious attracts Butterflies and is easy from seed

The best way to find out which wildlife attracting species is best for your garden is to grow them all.  

Observe them over the years, look and see what is attracted to the flower, what eats the leaves and  when the see head forms are here insects and grubs in the seed head.

Butterflies produce caterpillars and birds eat them. Its the food chain!

Your wild flower garden will one day become part of the urban wildlife corridor

 
"Dear Sandro, Are urban wildlife gardens untidy?"  "If you are a lazy gardener like me then yes! and if you are like my mum, then an urban wildlife garden has got to be neat and pretty.!"

"Sandro, how much would it cost me to sow an urban wildlife garden?"  "Around EURO 30.00 - a few packets of seed.  In the small urban wildlife garden it is most suitable to grow and then re-collect tour own seeds".

 

Design By Nature wildlife growers are actually protecting species across the world, they buy our products so that they can take part in global genetic conservation, we hope you would like to do the same.  You can visit our shop or the links of our competitors who we believe are also setting world standards in wildlife gardening.  

 

 

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