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Kate Bradbury

Latest posts by Kate Bradbury

Bluebells, Bluebells!!!

Posted: 04/04/2012 at 10:15

Hello April. It sounds like the area is pretty perfect as it is. What about adding some wild garlic, which traditionally grows with bluebells, and will provide ground cover from early spring to autumn.


Talkback: Ladybird pupae

Posted: 02/04/2012 at 14:56
@alittlesliceofeden - yes, I think we do need to accept change. But interesting that our native parasitoids are targeting the harlequins as well. Nature always adapts.

@oldchippy - I hope the introduction of the Japanese knotweed beetle will be successful!


Carol's beehive

Posted: 22/03/2012 at 18:56

Bumblebees MrsI!

Talkback: Making nettle beer

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 08:27
Oh that's good. It sounds like Mrs oldchippy likes things ship-shape. A clump of nettles around your compost bins will work wonders.


Non Flowering Daffodills

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 08:17

Oh well you're doing better than me! I've decided my garden is too shady for daffs


Wildlife Ponds

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 15:29

Hi MrsSpratt, an old bath makes a good wildlife pond, as long as it has plenty of shallows (tricky with such steep edges). You'll need to seal the plug hole and overflow pipe using a pond sealant (available from aquatic shops). Then I would take some large stones or slabs and use these to create shallows (5cm deep). This is where frogs will spawn in spring.

Choose a sunny site for your pond and inlcude lots of native pond plants - such as marsh marigold, frog bit, hornwort and brooklime.

If you do sink the tub - which is fairly easy to do - make sure wildlife can enter and exit the pond easily. Consider sowing grass seed around the edges and allow it to grow long, which young frogs and toads will use to shelter in. Avoid filling the bath with tap water, but let it fill up naturally instead. This will ensure a healthier pond in the long run.

Hope this helps

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Carol's beehive

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 14:55

Hi louiseww, we believe the bees are doing very well. If you would like to know more about natural beekeeping, visit

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Making Bird Nest Boxes from Recycled Materials.

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 14:40

What a great idea, Malcar. Do you have a photo you could share with us?

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Non Flowering Daffodills

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 14:36

Hello donutmrs, do they get enough sun? It's worth checking that the bulbs are planted deeply in the ground. If they're quite shallow, dig them up and plant them at three times the depth (length) of each bulb, and feel them with a high potash fertiliser such as comfrey solution. It's also a good idea to remove spent flowers, so the plants don't waste energy producing seed. Good luck for next year!


Talkback: Garden birds and garden pests

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 14:22
Hi all, thanks for your comments.

oldchippy - ingenious! Love the baked-bean-tin bird box.

alittlesliceofeden - my great tits only ever come during breeding season. I don't see them in summer and very rarely in winter. I assume there is enough food for them at other times of the year so they don't need to come in to my garden. But it's perfectly normal to have birds in your garden all year round.

primrose09 - lovely. It sounds as if you have made a brilliant habitat in your wall.


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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