I am sure that they have teams off camera working on projects and have a huge amount of plant material/ shredding machines/ wheel barrows/ beautifully built bins situated in just the right place, far enough away from their homes so they don’t need to worry about rodents. The majority of us have small gardens and little equipment.
It need not be difficult, with patience and a little knowledge you can make your own compost. It cannot be emphasised enough that time spent cutting up garden waste before you put it in the compost bin is time well spent, as well as putting in a surprising amount of “brown waste” ( the ratio should be 50:50) ; torn up cardboard boxes are perfect, but try not to add the sellotape, or too much printing.
A wormery is also an option. I bought one from Worm City who are very helpful. Again, there is no smell and as yet no great problem with flies. You do tend to get rather protective of the worms, who I find do not eat quite as much as I thought they would and are rather reluctant to eat onions or citrus fruits. Tea bags again are not good, but if you are a cake baker, then bake the eggs shells and crush up for them as it helps their digestion. The resultant leachate ( liquid that drains from the bottom of the wormery) and worm castes will hopefully be beneficial to the garden. You soon get over any squeamishness about handling them, although I do use gloves.
In BANES you can get a variety of compost bins at reduced cost via the Go Composting website you can order a base for the “Dalek” type bins which I have found to deter rodents. Also available are water butts and currently there is an offer for multiple purchases. Go Composting also stock Bokashi bins, wormeries and bran. I obtain bran on repeat order from Wiggly Wigglers who have rather stylish Bokashi bins which could grace the worktop in any elegant home.
Ken Thompson says that in some respects, Gardening for wildlife is as simple as not doing anything! Nettles, ponds, meadows and native plants and trees are great if you have the space time and expertise, but if not - then just give up the pesticides, leave the decking, bug hotels, and decking in the shop and the lawn mower in the shed occasionally.
Wildlife will be there if you look hard enough and where there are plenty of insects, animals who consider them to be lunch will arrive!
Julia Shahin, May 2021