Sowing the seeds of change to help birds and beasts

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Adam said: “It’s fantastic that kids today want to get outside and discover all the amazing things about gardens and wildlife.”

Homebase has created a free app called HiddenGarden, available from the App Store.

Here’s what you can do to improve your garden:

PLANTING: Mix together fruits, vegetables and herbs with shrubs and herbaceous plants, to create an area where there is produce for humans and wildlife, such as sunflowers, wild strawberries, thyme, herbs and firethorn shrubs which offer berries.

BIRD STATIONS: Introduce a bird house, feeding station, or a bird bath, in the open, away from cats.

PLANT ROSES: The fragrance is attractive to humans and wildlife, and provides food for insects like aphids and spittle.

HEDGES: Mixed native varieties create a natural habitat for hedgerow birds, such as the sparrow (pictured above). These plants grow quickly and depending on how dense you want them, they can be planted in single or double rows.

WILD MEADOW FLOWERS: By sowing a mixture of wildflower and grass seeds in a sunny area, you will attract a range of insects, birds, bees and butterflies.

STORE LOGS: Plenty of wildlife makes its home in dead wood, in a cool and damp place.

INSECT BOX: Screw together four lengths of wood and fill it with hollow canes.

CREATE A POND: All you need is a tub of water – about 40cm deep – that you can leave standing on a platform, and fill it with aquatic plants like Nymphaea pygmaea and Callitriche verna which will attract frogs and other amphibians.

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