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Growers or Killers?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:42

Hi Bekkie ........ it's probably a blackbird or thrush; I've seen them eat snails this way. I haven't read all the previous posts, but please keep saving things!  The world will be a much better place if us humans start appreciating all wildlife and realising how nature takes care of itself if we don't keep interfering with it and killing off the bits we don't like. With regard to hedgehogs on an earlier post, people don't realise that applications like 'weed and feed' kill hedgehogs! When there is dew overnight, the chemical is reactivated and gets onto the hedgehogs furry tummy, it then gets ingested when they wash. It burns them internally so that they can't eat or drink; it's a very nasty slow death if not treated promptly. Lawn preparations are also poisoning the sacred worm and other creatures that till the soil free of charge, also eaten by hedgehogs. There are no safe 'killers' or lawn enhancers, except for what is provided by nature.  (I'm always rescuing things too ...... it takes me forever to go on a walk when it's been raining ...... so many worms to pick up!  My husband walks on ahead and pretends he's not with me.  Every time I do any gardening [digging/pruning] I spend ages checking everything, like moving ants out of the way, or looking through every stem I've pruned to save anything on it. You can just imagine how long it takes me to do any gardening!)

Butterflies

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:18

There have been a few butterflies, including tiny blue ones (moths?) but not as many as last year, so far.  Unfortunately, there appears to be an increase in the marketing of 'killer sprays' for all kinds of creatures .... these are advertised as harmless if used at certain times, but that is rubbish. Birds are natural predators for most 'grubs' but the various sprays and applications sold to 'gardeners' harm the birds when they eat the grubs .... there is a marked increase in cancer and tumours in wild birds. Also, the precious bees, etc are being harmed and killed by these applications. Even the 'weed and feed' preparations for lawns kill hedgehogs! When there is dew overnight, the chemical gets onto the hedgehogs underbelly and it gets ingested when they wash. It's a very nasty death if not treated promptly. Lawn preparations are also poisoning the sacred worm and other creatures that till the soil free of charge. There are no safe 'killers' or lawn enhancers, except for what is provided by nature.

Regular Pruning of Young Silver Birch

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 12:21

I adore silver birches and, even though I don't have a space where I can allow proper growth upward or outward, I purchased a bare-rooted one last year and have already enjoyed the dancing leaves and beautiful autumn colour.  I know I will destroy the natural beauty of the shape of this tree by keep pruning it, but I need to know how best I can keep it at around 10 ft, allowing for annual growth. So long as I won't kill the tree, I don't mind a shape different to the norm because, even at a low height, it attracts gold finches, etc and many insects, beside being very beautiful to look at. Many will say I should get a different tree, but I love this one.  I was thinking along the lines of topping it to approximately 6-8 ft this time of year, and reducing the branches to, say, 3 ft (allowing annual growth of 3-4 ft).  It has reached 8ft in the first year. Any tips on pruning? 

Help - how can I rescue my Clematis

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 18:13

All the comments are very helpful as I am looking to transplant a young clematis into a pot (due to location).  However, I would add that slug pellets are lethal to many wildlife - they destroy the birds that eat the slugs (usually by hemorrhaging internally)and a recent victim was a young hedgehog that slowly bled to death from unwittingly consuming the pellets from a neighbour.  Us humans are responsible for so much damage to this beautiful world.

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