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Kate Bradbury

Latest posts by Kate Bradbury

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?


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


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!


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.


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!



Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:45

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


Potted ponds in Thailand

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:40

@Audrey 2 - a tin bath makes a very good pond indeed (I know, I've got one). You could sink it if you want to, but you don't need to, my frogs are happy climbing into it via the wall trellis or the pile of stones I've laid against the side of the bath. But if you do sink it, it will be less likely to warm up - and therefore dry out - in summer. Do let us know how you get on.

@SarahH2 - yes it could be worth wrapping the potted ponds in winter, as the containers could break in freezing weather (especially if terracotta). They'd be too heavy to move into the greenhouse though!

@Esvery - I have a shady garden, too. I've got brooklime, frogbit and hornwort growing in my pond. You could also try water forget-me-not, which is very robust, though it might not flower as much in really shady conditions.

@Marygold - any body of natural water in a garden will be used by one creature or another - I regularly find my frogs in the bird bath! You can make a decent pond using an old tin bath or Belfast sink - which may only be one-metre-squared. If you grow submerged, floating and emergent plants in it, you should attract a range of water creatures, such as frogs and water boatmen, even the odd dragonfly if it's sunny.


Talkback: Making mini ponds

Posted: 15/02/2012 at 14:27
How lovely, oldchippy. I'm sure the sudden cold blast had birds returning to gardens in droves, to fill up on berries and supplementary food. I've not seen many birds in my garden this year - certainly not fieldfares - there must be enough for them in the local parks and wildlife reserves.



Posted: 14/02/2012 at 15:05

Hi Sandra 3, if you don't mind waiting, you could just encourage blackbirds into your garden and wait for them to bring local ivy into your garden for you! Our resident blackbird deposited five ivy seeds last year, which I've transplanted and are now growing very happily against my wall. Much easier than going out to find it!


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Unusual bird behaviour

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Lovely x x 
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Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside... Kate 
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Potted ponds in Thailand

Just some of the many 'potted ponds' I found in Thailand 
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Redesign of garden

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