Making Garden Meadows

Making Garden Meadows

How to create a natural haven for wildlife

Making Garden Meadows will tell you how to create a meadow area in your garden, full of wildflowers and teeming with wildlife. Also how to ensure its continued beauty through many years. Illustrated with photographs taken in her own garden, Jenny Steel guides you simply through the process to make a meadow from scratch, to create a 'meadow effect' in an existing lawn, to make a spring-flowering meadow and how to enhance areas of rough grass by planting suitable wildflowers. She will also explain how to grow native cornfield annuals, such as poppies and cornflowers and how to ensure they continue to seed and flourish in your garden. A native wildflower meadow is a visual delight and can attract a huge variety of invertebrates, especially bees and butterflies, birds, amphibians and mammals, to even the smallest garden.

Author: Jenny Steel
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 27 June 2013
Format and Pages: Paperback, 68pp, with colour images throughout
ISBN: 9781908241221
Retail Price: £9.99
Our Discount Price: £8.99

Sample text from Making Garden Meadows

What is a meadow?

Before we look at creating this habitat in our garden, it is important to understand just what we mean by the word ‘meadow’. A meadow in the countryside can be many different things, and each wild meadow is unique in its composition of plants and animals. Most people who are interested in creating an area of grass and flowers in their garden or want to convert an area of lawn to an approximation of that wild habitat will have in their minds an image of the traditional hay meadow brimming over with many species of wild flower, including Cranesbill, Knapweed, Oxeye Daisy and Lady’s Bedstraw.

Choosing your site

In a small garden there may be little room for choice when it comes to deciding where your meadow area will be. However, one thing is quite important. Most seed mixtures for establishing meadows – ‘meadow mixes’ – will contain species that prefer to grow in full sun.

Sowing Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle is rather a special plant. Some meadow mixes will already contain the seed of this annual – one of the few such plants that can successfully be established in a perennial wildflower meadow. It is unusual in that it is partially parasitic on the roots of certain native grasses and has the effect of reducing their vigour.

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Reviews and readers' comments

Jenny Steel's book shows how to create a meadow area that is full of wildflowers and wildlife. The English Garden

Making Garden Meadows contains many useful tips on how to create a meadow, choosing the site, seed mixes to use, sowing and maintenance. Garden News

This compact book exudes the enthusiasm of the author and is both an excellent read as well as a useful handbook.  The reader is treated to an authoritative, yet engaging, guide to the various ways of introducing wild flowers into a garden, regardless of its size or condition. What is truly commendable is that the author does not gloss over the underlying science or the chances of success.   One consistent message emerging from this and other books on the subject is that a wildlife garden involves far more than merely scattering of a packet of seeds!  Both time and commitment are significant ingredients to ensure success. -- Prof. Valerie Brown, Ecologist and governmental Advisor

Butterfly Gardening

Making Garden Meadows

These two invaluable books by plant ecologist Jenny Steel are practical guides into turning even the smallest of gardens into a paradise for butterflies and other polllinating insects. With the countryside under threat like never before, the UK’s gardens will prove to be an increasingly important sanctuary for butterflies. Steel explains what to plant and where in order to provide the right food and shelter throughout the year. For gardeners wanting to go one step further, Making Garden Meadows provides key information on how to create a beautiful wild flower meadow from scratch – with tips on growing cornfield flowers, maintaining your meadow and developing wildflower plugs from seed. Both of these books are must-reads for anyone interested in gardening for butterflies. Butterfly Magazine


It is daunting to know where to start if you fancy making a wildflower meadow - however small - in your urban garden: there are just so many multiple do's and don'ts. But doyen of wildlife gardening, Jenny Steel, can help as her easy-read book takes you through the process of making a mini-meadow from scratch, creating a 'meadow effect' in an existing lawn, and explaining how to enhance areas of rough grass by adding suitable wildflowers. Your local pollinators will love you for creating something similar in your patch! - Tayside Biodiversity Partnership


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