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Latest posts by Kate Bradbury

Potted ponds in Thailand

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 16:59

Try watercress, retired70eric. It helps remove algae. Just get a bag from your local supermarket and pop a bit in water, to encourage it to root. Then pot it up in soil-based compost in a pond basket, and top with a layer of stones. Gently lower it into your water feature and see what happens.  It should take a few weeks for the water to achieve a happy balance, but you should see an improvement. Fingers crossed.

Kate

Talkback: Mice in the garden

Posted: 24/02/2012 at 11:02

How lovely, angelstar958. Your wildlife wall sounds interesting. Do you have a photo you could show us?

Kate

scale insects

Posted: 23/02/2012 at 12:34

Hi cheekymonkey68, ladybirds and birds are the best and cheapest way to get rid of scale insects. The outer shell usually protects the scale insect from insecticides, so there's no point in spraying (this could also harm other wildlife). You can pick the insects off yourself, or wash off any residues of bug spray and wait for the ladybirds and birds to eat them.There's also a parasitic wasp you can buy (<em lang="latin">Metaphycus helvolus), but this option can be expensive.

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Kate

Frogs out of hibernation

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 16:08

Hi Madpinkflamingo, frogs don't technically hibernate, but enter a state of torpor, so if it's mild, they'll quite happily pop out and forage for food. I expect yours disappeared again once the cold weather returned?

Kate

meadow plants

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 15:19

Hi dobby2, if you Google 'meadow anywhere' you can buy a pack of native wildflower seeds to sow, that include yellow rattle. You'll get a lovely mix of flowers and money is donated to wildlife charities.

Kate

Bird Feeders on the allotment?

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 15:17

Hi Twinklekat, if you feed the birds now, they'll be more likely to come to your allotment to feed on caterpillars and aphids in spring. You should have more than enough fruit to share with them in autumn anyway, so don't worry!

Kate

pruning trees & shrubs

Posted: 22/02/2012 at 09:54

I'm sure you still look very handsome tarttatan!

Vine Weevil Grubs in the lawn

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 16:53

Ah so you do have badgers digging them up! I wondered if you did, but seeing as you didn't mention them...

So are you going to keep the grubs or get rid?

Kate

Vine Weevil Grubs in the lawn

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 15:19

Hi SomersetJoy, they're probably chafer grubs, which are more common in lawns than vine veevils (but look very similar). I wouldn't worry too much, they're unlikely to harm your fruit trees. If they're not making a mess of your lawn then I would do nothing. You can use a nematode to kill the grubs if you think that is necessary (Google chafer grub nematode). There are also chemical solutions on the market, but I would be wary of using these on the lawn if you intend to eat the fruit that is growing in it.

Hope this helps

Kate

Talkback: Mice in the garden

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 16:58

Thanks for all your lovely comments

@Milo de Paur The field/wood mouse is better looking! They are brown with big black eyes, big ears and a long tail. The house mouse is greyish in colour, and is the type often kept as a pet.

@oldchippy I'm sorry tohear about your dog, I hope he recovers soon.

@tnkells There are lots of ways to encourage wildlife into your garden. Make sure the wildlife can enter your garden by making holes under your fences, then start by leaving a corner untouched, put up a bird feeder or two, and grow lots of nectar-rich flowers. The wildlife will soon come!

Kate

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