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Kate Bradbury

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Wisteria Alba: sudden death

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 17:03

Hi rockette, you say it is planted at the foot of a wall. I wonder if it is too dry? The immediate area next to a wall gets very little rain, known as a 'rain shadow'. That, coupled with the extremely dry autumn, may have contributed to the plant's demise.

Fingers crossed the bit that has layered itself will spring to life!



Posted: 27/04/2012 at 14:47

Hi Lisa, how much does it weigh? I've checked on the British Hedgehog Preservation website, and it says the minimum weight a hedgehog should be prior to hibernation is 450g (1lb), but that many carers like to get theirs up to a weight of 600g (1lb 6oz) before releasing them. So it follows that if they can survive a winter of hibernation at this weight, they can survive a wet spring, where there will be plenty of food for them. It's mating season for them now so, if it is a good weight, I would release it.



Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:45

Hi Andrew

You could try 'Garden Pearl' (aka 'Gartenperle'), it's a compact bush variety that produces masses of bright red cherry tomatos. I've grown it in baskets and would recommend it.


Talkback: Emptying the compost bin

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 15:48
Thanks for your comments.

@oldchippy - so that's where he is! I hope you're looking after him. He can get quite aggressive in spring.

@Margaret5 and @fieldfest - my mum once had a rat in her compost and made me evict it, on Boxing Day! She said it was my fault as I made her garden more wildlife friendly but all she got was rats and wasps. Still, it was the only rat I've seen in a compost bin in 20 years of composting...

@happymarion - I think they like warm heaps, so it would make sense that a new heap is more attractive to slow worms as it's breaking down. I am very jealous of your slow worms!



Posted: 23/04/2012 at 09:57

Hi Lisa - great work! I would release him now but keep leaving food and water out at night for him in case he wants it.


Petrol Strimmers

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 16:25

Hi Jo, have you considered using a scythe, instead? Nice article here



Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:13

Hi Judith2, have you seen this?


Garden Gallery

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 15:10

Lovely pics, @sotongeoff and @little-ann.

@Wintersong the maximum file size for uploading images is 1mb, so try saving them as a jpeg or gif file as @Gold1locks says, or crop them to size.


Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 13:50

Gerry Court, the creature you are describing sounds like flat-backed millipede. These are lovely, beneficial creatures. Information here

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 10:49

Hi wrightt, that's interesting to know, thanks. Which pond do the frogs spawn in? Traditionally they prefer spawning in shallow water - but I agree, I have seen lots of frogs and newts spending time in deeper ponds. What about other pond life though?  <span>The greatest variety of wildlife in ponds lives in the very shallow water, including tadpoles, newt larvae, water beetles and dragonfly nymphs. Do you get these in the shallow or deep pond?


Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Talkback: Queen wasp

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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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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