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A vegetable garden where you don’t just nurture crops but also wildlife has many benefits, as Emma Rawlings explains


Here a veg plot has some extra features, including a pond to encourage more insect life. The plot also has many other plants and flowers and hedging, all helping to create a varied ecosystem.
An adult hoverfly

There is a lot of wildlife, some very small, that will work out of sight feeding on the pests that do our crops harm.”

Encouraging wildlife into a fruit and veg plot might seem a bit like having a lion in a chicken run, but actually wildlife and crops can be mutually beneficial. Of course, there is some wildlife we veg gardeners feel like erasing from the planet, especially when our hard work is obliterated over night. Slugs and snails are two good examples, cabbage white butterflies another. However, there is a lot of wildlife, some very small, that will work out of sight, feeding on the pests that do our crops harm. With veg growing you have a choice of either creating a sterile environment with a handful of crops and nothing else, or an environment that gives a home to many other creatures creating a thriving mini eco system. Both will attract pests, but the latter will be host to a multitude of creatures, some of which will see crop pests as food!

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*** 5 Brand new videos inside! - for more, see here: *** September is traditionally a time for harvesting summer crops of fruit and vegetables and preserving any gluts so we can enjoy them through the long winter. However, there is still plenty we can do to stretch the growing season to ensure an early and productive start next year. A cold frame is helpful to extend the growing season and in this issue Joyce Russell shows you how to make one. Soil is our most precious commodity in the garden and after a year of hard work it deserves a bit of TLC. So this month we have two features, starting on pages 42 and 73, dedicated to helping you keep your soil fighting fit. There is plenty of info on crops, too; expert grower Rob Smith has some great top tips on growing broccoli and calabrese, while this month our resident fruit expert David Patch turns his attention to figs. Finally don’t forget to enter our great fun Passionate Plotter and Wonky Veg competitions for the chance to win some super prizes!