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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

Talkback: How to clean bird feeders

Posted: 17/02/2012 at 11:58

@JAG, I agree that cleaning detergents are unnatural and may contribute to some human diseases that exist today. But I would say that bird diseases are on the rise and some are now passing between species when they previously didn't (avian pox in great tits and trichomonas in finches for example). The advice of the RSPB and other wildlife groups is to keep our feeders clean, so I'm sticking with that.

Kate

Talkback: Making mini ponds

Posted: 17/02/2012 at 09:58
Frogs can climb really well DIGWEED, mine often use the trellis to climb into my tin bath pond, even though there are two much easier routes into the pond!

Kate

Frogspawn

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:45

That is so cute! Your frogs are very lucky to have you.

Kate

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