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Plants to attract wild life in a shady concrete courtyard

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 21:11

Thank you for all your responses Bekkie I know just where to get some nettles, so I can pot some up next year. I adore foxgloves and bluebells, my mum has bluebells in her garden, so that's handy. I've had a look at crocuses in one of my gardening magazines, which was very informative. Fairygirl I love your idea of a Budleia, I didn't know I could get a Budleia for a pot, so this is brilliant. I've got a Heuchera and it does okay. Thank you punkdoc I'll check out the dwarf cultivars. Man of Kent, I don't know why I didn't think of Hellebores, I love these plants. I've got Alchemilla mollis, the thing I love about this plant is how the rain forms perfect little droplets on the leaves, it's such a pretty sight to see.

I forgot to say that my courtyard is all concrete, so everything has to go into pots.

Guess who has just been given the green light for an allotment? I just found out today and to say I'm excited would be a massive understatement. To be able to garden straight into the ground instead of pots will be such a pleasure.

Thanks again for all your lovely advice. 

Plants to attract wild life in a shady concrete courtyard

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 22:25

Hi, I want to attract as many bees/butterflies and moths as possible to my courtyard, unfortunately it doesn't get a lot of sun. My perennial geraniums, which I love and do well flower for ages and attract hoverflies and some bees.  I have herbs such as lavender, mint, etc., but they don't produce masses of flowers, because of the shady conditions. The tobacco plants do okay, not fantastic, but they do attract hoverflies. I've lived here for 16 years and have only ever seen a handful of butterflies over the years. Are there any butterfly bushes that do well or okay in such conditions? If anyone can suggest any plants that will tolerate the conditions that I have I would be very grateful.  

Tiny garden plot

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:53

Thank you all for your ideas and tips. Since I last spoke I have enclosed the area with wire mesh and cheap stakes, the stakes are not strong, but were all I could get for the budget at the time. I have installed a raised bed and the children helped fill it with a peat free compost. I then topped it off with ordinary peat, which was something I didn't want to do, but the peat free was such poor quality that I decided that we would make a compost heap using free pallets so that we could produce our own compost. The children helped me make the compost heap and we made a bug hotel.  The children have planted lettuces and my strawberries at home will be put in the raised bed as I don't have enough sun in my little courtyard at home. It was a slow start, but it is now starting to get going. The compost heap is already starting to rot down, we gather brown and green waste for it and it is so rewarding. Next year we will start planting in earnest!  

Can anyone help identify what bird this is?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 20:50

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker, I use to watch these feeding their young when I was lucky enough to work for the RSPB.  It was the best job I ever had!

Nut free bird seed?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 16:00

Thank you for your responses. Had a look at the website, problem solved  The nut free cookies will be fun for the children to make as well.

Thank you so much.

Nut free bird seed?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 12:45

Hi, trying to find bird seed that doesn't contain any nuts or traces of nuts.  Starting a garden for the children I work with and one or two do have nut allergies.  I don't seem to be able to find anything.  I'm hoping that someone on this forum can help me out. Thank you

Log pile

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 17:56

Thank you, lots of good advice from you all.  I'm looking forward to making this, with the help of the children, who will enjoy seeing what lurks within it


Tiny garden plot

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 18:47

Hi I have a tiny plot of ground at a school, which I am very grateful for, but it is about 9 feet by 6 feet.  I want to encourage the children I work with to grow fruit, veg, herbs and encourage wildlife.  Have been informed by the school that the soil is of very poor quality, because there is a very high level of lime, which makes it hard to grow much in the school grounds.  Should I use containers, or a raised bed? I'd be grateful for any advice. Oh it is in a nice sunny spot though!

How can I get frogs to use my pond?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 18:37

Do you have plenty of water plants in your pond?  Frogs like to hide under foliage. If not this is something you could do in the second pond you are going to create.  Have a shallow side for the frogs and for any hedgehogs that might fall in, so they can get out again. Best of luck with your new project.

Log pile

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 18:26

I have been given a very small patch of ground at the school I work at.  I'm very keen to grow things, but I also want to incorporate as much as I can to benefit wildlife.  I want to create a log pile with the children, but I have been told that there might be a risk to the children. I'm aware that yews are poisonous, so I won't use that, all I want is to create a wildlife log pile to show the children the amazing creatures that will soon inhabit it. Advice please.   

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