How can getting outdoors help us to look after our mental health? In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence. Prisoners given the chance to grow plants are less likely to reoffend. At-risk young people who get their hands in the soil are more likely to stay in education. Elderly people who garden live longer & have a better quality of life.

Sue Stuart-Smith tells brilliant, illuminating stories of people struggling with stress, depression, trauma and addiction, from asylum seekers to veterans, … More

The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses, in our gardens & parks, between the gaps in the pavement, & in the soil beneath our feet. Dave Goulson gives us an insight into the fascinating & sometimes weird lives of these creatures, taking us burrowing into the compost heap, digging under the lawn & diving into the garden pond. He explains how our lives & ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of earwigs, bees, lacewings & hoverflies, unappreciated heroes of the natural world.

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No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure & leads to higher fertility & less weeds. No dig experts, Charles Dowding & Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden. They describe how to: Make compost, enrich soil, harvest & prepare food & make natural beauty & clean ing products & garden preparations. These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The Authors’ combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing & storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts & many recipes & ideas for increasing self reliance, saving money, living sustainably & enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round.

Charles’ advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently; he is the acknowledged no dig guru … More

Community gardening is a growing revolution that is taking root in towns and cities all over the world. Groups of likeminded people are transforming neglected plots of land into green, flourishing spaces for everyone to enjoy. In The Community Gardening Handbook, Ben Raskin shares his keen expertise in an invaluable introduction to a new wave of collective self- sufficiency, encouraging a community audience to grow food and to garden together.

A look into the background of community gardening and its benefits is followed by a practical guide: planning advice is … More