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tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:47

Fairygirl I have seen only 1 ladybird this year. (Essex) Very different from last few years.

tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:59

Yes, tree bees. It is common for them to use a bird box. I had them under some roof tiles above my front door a few years ago. They will move on and then you will be able to clear out the box for hopefully a different resident next year. Mine moved out toward the end of summer as I recall.

slugs / snail eggs

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:56

Did you pop them? Chances are they are the granulated  fertilizer capsules from the compost and not eggs. Usually by popping one you will find they are dry and empty. Nothing to worry about.

I HATE CATS!!

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:53

IMO all the other gadgets are a waste of money. Your dad has the answer - expensive ( for a ready made one) - Contech waterscarecrow is the one I have and it has more than paid for itself over the years. Attaches to hosepipe and works 24/7. Easy to move to protect seedlings, crops etc. I originally bought it to stop foxes fouling my patio - it has done this and much more. Adjustable so it doesn't affect the birds....can't recommend it highly enough - all reviews on amazon recommend that you don't go for cheaper alternatives as they too are a waste of money or maybe your dad could make you one.

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=water%20scarecrow&source=web&cd=3&sqi=2&ved=0CEcQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DSkAX49qLEFM&ei=NKfQUe73B6SC4gSWjIGgCw&usg=AFQjCNEXsN7CdUvr1vV8LZaaumbysoSB-Q

 

Green soup in my barrel pond

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:06

50g of barley straw per 1m square of surface area of your pond - no matter what the depth. It will take a few weeks to start to work but will then continue working for months. When you are topping up your little pond, do not use tap water as you are just introducing more chemicals/nutrients into your mix. Top up with rain water only.

What's this plant please?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 22:37

They are slow growing plants. You can check to see if the plant is root bound in which case you could move it into a larger pot. Also you could scrape off  the top couple of inches of compost and replace it with fresh. I usually feed mine in spring with a handful of chicken manure pellets mixed in to the top of the pot.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=3457

What's this plant please?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 19:55

Also known as Heavenly bamboo though no relation to bamboo at all. Good feng shui to site it at an entrance gate or door as you have! 

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 20:43

I have a pond and created a sheltered seating area near it with lots of the above mentioned flowers and more and the butterfles seem to favour this area. At the moment I have buddleia globosa in flower and today there were lots of bees on it but no butterflies - again the day was too windy and cold for butterflies to be about. Wimbledon starts tomorrow so the next fortnoght will probably be no better.... 

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 23:58

Very few butterflies around at the moment. The weather has just been terrible for them. My garden usually has lots of butterflies but this year my count has been very low.maximum number of species seen at one time but not all of them at the same time! - 2 orange tip, 2 holly blue, 3 cabbage white, 1 speckled wood, 1 red admiral and 1 comma so far this year.

Heavenly bamboo

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 23:28

I can highly recommend this plant. I have this in a pot. I have had it for yeas and really love it. I have just purchsed 2 more of the dwarf variety 'Firepower' and planted them in the garden ( cheap as they were looking poorly so I couldn't resist ) both doing well. They are no relation to bamboo and imo very good value. Evergreen. Good coloured young foliage in spring followed in May/June by panicles of creamy white flowers then another change of colour in autumn followed by red berries. They require little to no pruning - I only remember taking off the spent flower stems after the berries have faded. They are also supposed to be good feng shui to position them near an door or entrance.

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