Today we’re looking at a type of gardening we’re going to refer to as ‘wild gardening’. We’re going to take two complementary ideas and channel them into one awesome gardening method – wild gardening.

By combining the best of gardening for wildlife, as well as implementing a wild flower planting scheme, we reckon you can create the best natural and beautiful wildlife habitat in your very own backyard.

Part One: Gardening for wildlife
Here are our top three gardening for wildlife tips:

1. Make a bug hotel
Leave an area of your garden purposefully full of twigs, branches, logs, and leaves. Making the perfect environment for a plethora of bugs and mini beasts. Installing a small log pile makes an attractive addition to your garden and makes the perfect habitat for a whole range of tiny creatures.

2. Put in a pond
Ponds create a brilliant habitat for all sorts of creatures and provide a valuable drinking source for many others besides. If you have young children, you can still have a pond, you just need to ensure it is ultra safe.

3. Plant a native hedgerow
Planting a native hedgerow of birch, beech, oak and hawthorn makes for a much more interesting division between you and your neighbour. Native hedgerows provide a natural and traditional habitat for many of the UK’s smallest creatures.

4. Bird feeders and tables
This one might seem obvious but supplying the local bird population with good fresh food and water is a brilliant way to attract all sorts of birds to your garden. Similarly, installing a small bird house on the side of your wall for a burgeoning bird family is the perfect way to bring nature closer to you.

Wildflower Planting
Next in our grand plan is wildflower planting. Instead of relying on intensively grown and non-native plants and flowers, try native wildflowers instead. According to Grow Wild, Britain has lost around 98% of its wild flower meadows since the 1930s, staggering. This means we are in real danger of losing some of our native wildflowers.

But what can we do about it?

Grow Wild is a campaign that provides seed kits free of charge. Each kit contains enough wildflower seed native to Britain, to cover 10 square metres. You can apply as a community, as an individual, or on behalf of any organised group you may be a part of.

Outside of grow Wild, you can pick up packets of wildflower seeds in supermarkets and garden centres. These are cheap, and very easy to sow. Pretty much sprinkle and go!

If you’re looking for an even easier option, keep your eyes peeled for the increasingly popular plantable seed papers. These are cropping (get it?!) up all over the place of late, and if you’re in the middle of wedding season, you’ve probably already seen them as wedding favours. Seeded papers can be placed on the surface of a compost-filled pot, sprinkled with water, then covered with a fine layer of compost. If the paper is kept moist (not wet), it will germinate and a crop of beautiful wildflowers will be yours.

Stay tuned for further wild gardening tips. The weekend is approaching, how can you add a bit of the wild to your garden?