NEW for 2016 from Earth-friendly Books

Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide to Their Identification, Use and Control

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Weeds makes the taming and maintaining of a garden seem much less of a chore and is likely to open your eyes, not only to a Nature that we can work with, but a Nature that, given a chance, is willing to work with us.”

– Helen Gazeley, Weeding the Web

“A refreshing insight into some of our least popular plants.”

– BBC Gardeners’ World magazine

 • Read the foreword to Weeds.

• Discover how knowing your weeds is the key to successful control.

BUY WEEDS.


Welcome to earth-friendly gardener, a resource for experienced and beginner gardeners everywhere – and for anyone curious to explore more about how what we do in our gardens affects the natural world around us.

Earth-friendly gardener is cultivated by me, John Walker, a British gardening and environment writer, book author and blogger. You can find out more about me, my gardening philosophy and the gentle ambition for this site on the about page.

Turning a 'hot' garden compost heap built from 'greens' and 'browns' to allow in more air and keep temperatures high.

At the heart of earth-friendly gardener is a growing collection of my published magazine articles, columns and blogposts, covering a diversity of topics: from tackling climate change to exposing gardening industry ‘greenwash’, growing using the best peat-free compost to buying less gardening ‘stuff’. I hope you enjoy reading my work, that it challenges your grey matter and, hopefully, gets you thinking differently about what you’re doing in your own garden or allotment, whatever its size.

To ensure its independence, earth-friendly gardener doesn’t carry any advertising or sponsorship.

There’s information about my books, including the new edition of Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide to Their Identification, Use and Control, and about the first two books in my Digging Deep in the Garden series of thought-provoking, cage-rattling essays.

How to Create an Eco Garden: The Practical Guide to Greener, Plant-friendly Gardening is published by Aquamarine and is available here, or from bookshops and online booksellers.

Bright yellow flower of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) which is a useful insect attractant in spring.I make my living from writing, so if you’re a magazine or website editor, book publisher, media producer, or an organisation looking for some fresh, thought-cultivating content, and you’re interested in exploring ideas that chime with mine, get in touch via writer for hire.

If you’d like me to speak to your gardening club, society or other organisation about the themes that run through my writing – or take part in a debate around trickier gardening topics, such as ending peat use – please go to the speaking page.

If you enjoy and value your visits here, a donation helps me to meet the costs of feeding and watering the site and helps fund future, more searching articles (which you’re unlikely to read in mainstream gardening magazines).

Praise for ‘Gardening’s own goal’  

“The judges were looking for a journalist who demonstrated a clear understanding of ecological issues, but who was able to communicate that with a spark. John Walker is an exemplar in both these respects, questioning industry assumptions and marketing, and driving his arguments forward with rigour. The judges felt that gardeners who read the piece would be influenced by John’s voice for months and years to come.”

Judges’ commendation for Gardening’s own goal’, which won the Garden Media Guild Environmental Award 2012. The article warns of the growing threat of environmental, plant-harming pollution in our gardens from the lawn weedkiller clopyralid.