We call ourselves a nation of gardeners but few of us have any idea, and still less understanding, of the science that is happening before our very eyes. How did plants get to be the way they are? Why do they have pretty flowers? And why is a weed-free lawn an ecological impossibility?
Expanded for this new edition, An Ear to the Ground gives the answers to these questions and many more, with eye-opening revelations about companion planting and the truth about planting by the moon. As entertaining as ever, Ken Thompson shows how a little botanical knowledge can bring not just better results, but peace of mind…
This is your weapon against weeds. With his blend of witty, down-to-earth advice and solid scientific practice, Ken Thompson explains how weeds populate your pots, paving, beds, and borders, and shows how to prevent them taking over – or opt for complete eradication. A “rogue’s gallery” helps you separate the true thugs from the more benign pests, and reveals how to integrate some weeds into a garden ecosystem.
With eco-friendly solutions for environmentally responsible gardeners, this is the practical and achievable guide to winning the war against weeds.
In this collection of articles from The Telegraph, biologist and gardening columnist Ken Thompson takes a scientific look at some of the greater – and lesser – questions faced by gardeners everywhere in a bid to sort the genuine wisdom from thee hokum.
What is the ideal temperature for a compost heap? What do bees do that improves strawberries? Why are gardeners in literature always such dummies? This is an expert’s gardening miscellany, aimed at making you not necessarily a better gardener, but probably a far more thoughtful one.
This is a classic example of the contradictions of ‘native’ and ‘invasive’ species, a hot issue right now, as the flip-side of biodiversity. We have all heard the horror stories of invasives, from Japanese knotweed that puts fear into the heart of gardeners to brown tree snakes that have taken over the island of Guam. But do we need to fear invaders? And indeed, can we control them, and do we choose the right targets?
In this controversial but entirely rational book, Ken Thompson puts forward a fascinating array of narratives to explore why only a minority of introduced species succeed, why so few of them go on to cause trouble, and what the real cost of invasions is. He discusses, too, whether our fears could be getting in the way of conserving biodiversity and responding to climate change.