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Talkback: Frogs and toads in the garden

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 23:28

We have at least one frog and one toad in the garde. Both were under a plastic composter base the other day. I am currently considering contacting Channel 5 to see if they would be interested in a new idea i have called Amphibian wars. Well it has to be better than Britain clearly doesn't have talent or Big brother!

Mice in my raised beds

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 18:21

Damn, you've upstaged me with the newts!!

Mice in my raised beds

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:57

I have a creche for voles in my composter. I think the unit must have raised about 10 generations since I put the composter in place. To be fair I love the fact I have a huge variety of wildlife in my garden including the resident toad who rests under the discarded base of the said composter.

Advice on planting native hedgerow please

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 23:59

If you want to encourage a wide diversity of wildlife then perhaps make small holes oin the back walls to bring nesting song birds into the area


HELP... Hundreds of strange eggs on my lawn and soil?

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 23:49

I'm sure they're not but they look a little like ticks!

Plants around a pond advice

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 17:47

Partial shade, moist. a large variety of plants already there. Bergenia, mimulus, monarda etc. Slightly limey soil but has been enriched with topsoil

Thanks for the advice Nigel


Posted: 28/11/2012 at 22:56

Just be grateful that you have any Starlings! Their population levels have fallen dramatically over the past few years. Starlings do have a tendancy to be a bit seasonal though within the garden environment and they spend a fair amount of summer and autumn in the fields. They often return to gardens when times are harder in early spring and winter. So the starlings you may want to discourage may well be more desparate for food than anything else.

Plants around a pond advice

Posted: 27/11/2012 at 23:22


Do any of you have any ideas for a low growing ground cover plant located around a pond?

Grass snake in the pond HELP !

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 22:52

Grass snakes are becoming an increasing rare sight in our gardens and countryside. You should be proud that your garden is so attractive to it. Let it get on with its business and enjoy the bragging rights of having a rare native species within oyur garden


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 21:41

I developed a pond about a year ago. It was with the intention of being a wildlife pond only. Within a year I've had frogs and toads in the pond along with many invertebrates such as pond skaters and water boatmen. I also had a dragonfly visit recently. The soil type can be immaterial as you can line throughout and place different soil on top, even creating a part bog garden as I have with pitcher plants being evident. My pond is nearly fully south facing but has some shade at certain times in the day.

I would recommend you go ahead as it will enrich your garden no end.

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Low growing plants needed

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Bulk compost/topsoil

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What is this

I recently spotted this flower at Kew. What is it? 
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