Kate Bradbury

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Talkback: Scent and memory

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


water feature

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 15:49

Hi weejenny, I made my pond using an old tin bath. It's tiny, but is planted with native pond plants and is a hit with the frogs.


Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 16:59

@Excitable boy I get out plenty thank you! What can I say, I just love the critters!

@Katie Blue they could well be dung beetle larvae. They're absolutely harmless to your plants and help break down the manure. Also food for bats. A good thing!


Talkback: Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 16:56

Hi all, am happy to report that I finally put my tomatoes, chillies and aubergines out last week and yesterday found LOADS of hoverfly larvae munching all the aphids. Hope this weather lasts!


Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 21:29
I've just found a dung beetle in my nettle bucket! So exciting!


Posted: 18/05/2012 at 11:20

Amazing steephill! Gorgeous photos



Posted: 17/05/2012 at 11:23

Hi everyone, what wonderful photos! Please do keep them coming.

@gardeningfanatic, did you know that the beetle pic you put up is of the very rare oil beetle? Buglife would love to hear from you as they're trying to find out how rare it is. Link here

And for those of you lucky enough to have bumblebees nesting in your garden, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust would love to hear from you! This will help them learn more about where bumblebees nest, in order to save them. Link here


Talkback: Self-seeding plants

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 10:53
Hi everyone, thanks for your comments.

@oldchippy forget me nots, aquilegias and foxgloves are some of my favourite flowers. Aquilegias will sadly not grow in my garden for some reason. And nevermind Mrs oldchippy, as long as the goldfinches are happy!

@happymarion I didn't mean in a regular garden! If I ever get a nice piece of land, I could just leave it and sit and watch it grow. Glad you found lots of alpine strawberries. Are you going to make use of them?

@Chromebaby lovely to find new plants, isn't it? I was donated five young ivy plants by our local blackbird. I transplanted them and they're now starting to get established.


Talkback: Toad tadpoles

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 14:46

Thanks for all your comments.

@happymarion, yes I do stop to, er, look at the fungi! That's what I tell my running friends anyway. It seems such a shame to run by all of these wonderful things and not see them.

@Oldchippy I wish I were as lovely and graceful-looking as that tadpole!

@Reluctnt Gardener, the chip shop is often a stop point after the tadpoles, Mandy!

@Shed - that sounds beautiful. I look forward to hearing about your tadpoles


Sooty mould

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:58

Hi snowy43, I agree with Gold1locks, the best way to get rid of scale insect (the most likely cause of your sooty mould) is with fingernails and soapy water. I did this with my orange tree a few years ago, which also had mealybug - it took several weeks of regularly cleaning the leaves and removing the scale insects, but then it sorted itself out. I suspect that, when it was growing in the nursery, the tree was regularly sprayed and fertilised, and so had no natural defences to insects. It's now been growing organically for five years and has a few scale insects, but these don't ever reach pest proportions - they live in happy equilibrium with the tree.

Another thing you could do is just pop the lemon tree outside - many ladybird species love a scale insect or two


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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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