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Talkback: Make your garden bee-friendly in summer

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:38

Tree bumble bees seem to really like bird boxes.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:33

I think that traditionally,in countries with high infant mortality rates,and no welfare payments, the way around it was to have lots of children, so that parents had a chance of someone to look after them in their old age. With vaccines and antibiotics, infant mortality rates have reduced,giving an increased population with no more food, hence starvation and charities like Oxfam providing food. I agree that an expanding population is unsustainable, but gm products like corn and the high fructose corn syrup lead to increased obesity not less. Saying that the poor in this country cannot afford fruit and veg is not true. If they have money for cigarettes, mobile phones and sky tv, it's not a lack of money that is the problem.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:12

Maybe the world needs effective contraception to keep populations down. Killing all the wildlife and specifically all the bees,will lead to reduced food production, not more.

Talkback: Grass snakes

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:51
Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:48

Chicky, how big is the brugmansia?

Removing evergreen tree and replacing with full grown other

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 21:44

Big tree can take a long time to establish properly.

However if you have deeppockets you could try these


please identify

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:45

Woolly scale insect


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:36

I started going to Ryton gardens when it first opened. I was working in Coventry and used to have lunches there.I was there when Prince Charles visited . I used to chat to Lawrence Hills and he took me to visit his wife Cherry. I saw it developed garden by garden. It expanded through the muck and magic era, demonstrating how to start an organic garden from a blank canvas. I think it has lost its way.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:13


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 19:52

I had a very odd feeling day. OH had left a tripod in Hinckley, so as he was going in that direction we went to Ryton gardens , or groworganic as it is called now. The cafe and shop has shut. The plant sales area has shut. The restaurant has reopened. We were the only people walking around the gardens. We saw one gardener and a couple making notes with a clipboard. The soft fruit area was padlocked, but peering through the locked gate, we could see loads of raspberries and gooseberries begging to be picked. The pear orchard was fenced off. I had the feeling we were there on the wrong day and we started whispering to each other. What was open was still maintained, but it seems to be going backwards not forwards. Very sad really.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 21:33

fungi identification please

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Last Post: 15/08/2014 at 13:16

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 11:03

squash crown prince

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Last Post: 12/07/2014 at 13:40

Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Last Post: 03/07/2014 at 23:01


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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 00:53

Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 22:12

Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16

Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 21:09


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Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 19:22

Identification needed

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Last Post: 27/04/2014 at 21:47

Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Last Post: 25/04/2014 at 11:57

Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 19:44
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