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Kate Bradbury


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Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 11:48

Let me know how you get on Alan! I've got through half my jar already - absolutely love the stuff.

Kate

Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 11:46

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments. That's a great tip about soaking the bulbs before planting them, obelixx.

Regarding lily beetle, I've heard that if you lay newspaper beneath the plants and knock the adults off the flowers, you can gather them up easily and dispose of them. If you don't use newspaper they can quickly disappear. A systemic pesticide will kill lily beetle, but the chemicals will also be taken into the pollen and nectar of the flowers and be collected by bees, which doesn't kill them outright but can cause problems for them back at the nest. I've not had lily beetle on my fritillaries yet but it's only a matter of time!

Best

Kate

Talkback: Wildlife ponds

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 08:51
Thanks for all your comments! Let's hope we all live long lives and can have the garden of our dreams.

Kate

Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:19
Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside...

Kate

Talkback: A difficult year for wasps

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:18
@oldchippy lovely that you saw swallows! I saw some house martins today, perhaps on their way back to Africa. I'm not sure about your conifer pollen, I think some pine trees do shed pollen in autumn...

@donutmrs hopefully next year will be better for them

Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 22:07
Thanks for your comments

@warthog - ooh green tomato jam, recipe please!

@yolande 2 - thanks for that, but I hope two hours of simmering constitutes cooking!

@oldchippy - I love seeing those green potato fruits, even though they're poisonous!

Kate

Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:38
Thanks Oldchippy. Now what's wrong with the cranefly? Just because the goldfinch is better looking ;)

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:03
They've had such a bad year, donutmrs. I really hope next year is better for them.

Kate

Talkback: Big Butterfly Count

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:02

Thanks for all your comments, and thanks for posting such lovely photos, Gary! The last photo is of a ringlet butterfly, which apparently does quite well in wet summers, due to its caterpillars' food plant - grass. Don't forget to log your sitings at http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/.

Thanks

Kate

Talkback: Scent and memory

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 14:33
Thanks for sharing your scent memories too, ladies

Kate

Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Talkback: Queen wasp

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Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

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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Frogspawn

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Bumblebees?

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Ladybirds

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Favourite tools

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Redesign of garden

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Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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