Kate Bradbury

Latest posts by Kate Bradbury

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?


desperate for advice please

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 10:38

Hi clints, my garden was completely paved over and a desert to wildlife when I moved in. I took the slabs up and imported topsoil, and planted lots of bee- and butterfly-friendly plants, made a small pond in an old tin bath, bought a bird bath, hung some bird feeders, put up nest boxes and planted climbers to cover the walls. I also made a log pile and stuffed leaves behind pots for creatures to shelter in. I have had lots of birds, bees, butterflies and hoverflies visiting my tiny plot, and the frogs love it. Whatever you do to your garden, think of it as a project that will benefit you and the local wildlife. I'm sure that in no time at all it will be a wildlife haven.


Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 10:23
Thanks for all your replies.

@happymarion - how lovely. Sounds like you have the perfect butterfly- and ladybird-friendly garden.

@oldchippy - the nettle bucket isn't in the flat! The smell isn't that bad, really. I can guarantee you won't notice it if you come to paint it ;)

@kevc - dung flies are important predators of other flies, including mosquitoes, and rat-tailed maggots turn into hoverflies, which pollinate flowers and fruit and veg crops. But why do they need a purpose? What purpose do humans have? Regarding your clay soil, if you give it a really good dig over, then dig in some horticultural grit, you should notice a difference immediately. Then, every spring and autumn, apply a mulch of home-made compost/well-rotted manure. This should make the ground more manageable.

@kaycurtis - the smell isn't so bad, really, and you soon get used to it. It's fun!


tomato plant pests

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 11:52

Sounds like red spider mite, Gina. If you mist the plants daily to increase humidity, the spiders should move on. More information here



Posted: 04/04/2012 at 11:27

Hi moonchild1984 and Urszula, wasps aren't as bad as many people make out, and very few people die from wasp stings. I got stung by wasps as a child and lived to tell the tale! Wasps are usefull allies in the garden - they eat caterpillars, flies and beetles, many of which are usually regarded as pests.

However there's a great product called the Waspinator, which you hang in your garden to deter wasps from entering. It looks like a wasp nest so, being territorial, wasps won't enter a garden if they think there is already a nest there, as they fear they'll be attacked.

Information on the Waspinator is here: http://www.waspinator.co.uk/


Vine Weevil

Posted: 04/04/2012 at 11:21

Hi Tracey, vine weevils do love strawberries! There's no guarantee the grubs won't eat the immature roots of your veg, but it might deter them (I've never heard of vine weevils eating carrots, parsnips and leeks). It's a good idea to lay a thick layer of gravel over the soil surface to prevent the adult beetle laying eggs in the compost, but I wouldn't recommend this when soing seed! Alternatively, you could use nematodes (http://bit.ly/HkZ1BA) to safely kill the vine weevil grubs. Apply this to your trough twice a year and you'll still be able to grow strawberries.

Hope this helps


Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Unusual bird behaviour

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Talkback: Queen wasp

Lovely x x 
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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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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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