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Talkback: Making nettle beer

Posted: 19/03/2012 at 11:02
I certainly do! And dead nettles are lovely. I'm hoping some self-seed into my garden!


Absence of Frogs

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 16:09

Hi JenBee, do the frogs normally spawn in your pond? If so, it could be that the one frog is just waiting for the others to arrive. Spawning occurs much later in the east of the UK than in the west, and it has been quite cold lately. We are supposed to have some rain this weekend, so it could be just what your frogs need to finally come to your pond to spawn.

As regards the slowly diminishing number, there could be a number of reasons. It could be that the frogs are choosing other ponds in preference to yours, or that it isn't as easy to accss your garden as it once was. Disease is also a possibility, or even predation by local cats. Adults normally only spend the mating season near ponds, so are often found a fair distance away from water. Also the last couple of years have been very dry in Suffolk, so that could have affected frog numbers.

Take a look at Nature's Calendar for frogspawn sightings in your area:

And do let us know if more frogs join in for spawning this year. I'm still waiting for mine to spawn!


Pot worms

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 10:16

Can you put a photo up Strewberry? Earth/compost worms in pots are normally a good thing, as they eat decaying material and leave worm casts, increasing the nutritional value of the compost.


Bees Are Already Buzzing!!

Posted: 02/03/2012 at 15:12

Oh, definitely, happymarion, rosemary is a great early source of nectar and polen for insects. I have just spent half an hour at the base of a Berberis julianae, where lots of bees were congregated. I think they hibernate beneath it over winter, so they don't have far to travel for food in spring!



Posted: 02/03/2012 at 15:10

How lovely, Dolly! How luck the sparrow was to wind up alone in yoru garden.


Ismene Bulbs

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 15:59

Hi donutmrs, you can start them off now in pots indoors (you may get better results using a heated propagator). Water sparingly now, but increase doses as the plants start to grow. They should flower from June to August.


Talkback: Escallonia

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 15:44

Thanks for all your comments! I watered my little escallonia cuttings this morning. They are looking very healthy!


Bee friendly plants for hanging baskets

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 15:13

Hi Bowdeeka, I'm doing the same thing this year. I know it's not a classic garden plant, but I'm going to try bird's foot trefoil in hanging baskets - I think it will look lovely. It's a favourite nectar and pollen plant with bees, and some species of butterfly breed on it. You could also try phacelia, which is more often used as a green manure. The flowers are gorgeous and will flop over the side of the hanging baskets beautifully, and are also incredibly popular with bees. You won't be able to find these plants at garden centres though, you'll probably have to grow them from seed. I've had a quick look on Google and phacelia seeds are available from a few companies, both as a green manure and a cottage garden annual. Bird's foot trefoil seeds are available from wildflower seed merchants, though you may have some growing in your lawn!

More traditional plants to try include nepeta, cranesbill geranium, salvia. If you have these plants growing in your garden you could just divide them and plant small chunks in the hanging basket.

Hope this helps

Kate team

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 14:58

Hi Graceland, if you do a web search for 'meadow anywhere', you will find details of bee and butterflyy-friendly wildflower seeds ideal for sowing on to bare earth. Hope this helps!


Kate team

Snowdrops and bees

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 14:51

Lovely photo AliP!

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