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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > 261 - June 2019 > BOOST YOUR BIODIVERSITY


Spare a thought for nature and get set for bigger, better harvests. It really is as simple as that. Benedict Vanheems offers some tips to boost garden biodiversity – and your yields
Poached egg plants readily form a mass of flowers loved by hoverflies and bees. Dig plants into the soil as a green manure once the show’s over

Wildlife isn’t having an easy time. Reports detailing the demise of the natural world are being released with alarming frequency.We are told we’re in the midst of the sixth mass extinction of the past half-billion years. The last one was 65 million years ago and took out the dinosaurs. It’s hard to appreciate how incredibly rare mass extinctions are. Try just counting to 65 million – it will take you up to 10 years, and that’s assuming no breaks for minor inconveniences like sleeping or eating!

Headlines earlier in the year sounded the alarm louder than ever. Some 40% of insects are expected to become extinct over the coming decades. Given their position at the bottom of the food chain this could be enough to trigger the catastrophic collapse of whole ecosystems, with dire consequences for humanity.


The constant flow of negative news is enough to throw the most ardent nature lovers into despair.

But – deep breaths – let’s take this as a wake-up call. None of it is inevitable and we really can turn things around at the local level. Don’t be depressed into inaction; shine a light of hope by transforming your garden and/or allotment into a miniature nature reserve.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: LEARNING ON THE PLOT ✪ This month we travel to Derby and a thriving allotment site that is inspiring city dwellers to grow their own A GARDEN FOR GOURMETS ✪ Garden writer Gaby Bartai visits a kitchen garden in Scotland which uses some surprising techniques to supply crops for a famous restaurant BOOST YOUR BIODIVERSITY ✪ KG regular Ben Vanheems explains why we should make space for wildlife on their plot And much more!