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Talkback: Stag beetles

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:12
I am from NZ and have yet to see any. I would LOVE to have them in our garden and have set up all sorts of weedy/log areas in the hope of attracting them.

My boys would be thrilled to see a beetle like that in our garden and I would feel proud that my garden had what they wanted they they would have come there.
Luckily I am not the manicured lawn, everything looking like a show garden - most insects probably dont appreciate that much!

Planting around Apple Tree

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 11:28

Hi there,
I have an apple tree which I have just planted with daffodils, chives and tulips. Chives and daffodils help suppress grass and the chives can help against apple scab disease. The flowers will help draw in pollinators. I have also planted comfrey as these have a long taproot which draws up some great nutrients from the soil. There is also red clover, mints, thyme, yarrow, blackcurrant, honeyberry and a dwarf peach. I am trying out the forest layering system, and have found some great info online, as well as tetimonial of how well it works. The biggest mistake seems to be planting too close. Good luck!

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