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Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 19:26

I wasn't getting at you; you know how to attract wildlife, but there are many people who don't get the connection.

Which of these forums was it that had a post asking what to do about a blackthorn hedge attracting bees and other insects, and how to get rid of it?  Because it was annoying !!

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 10:12

Sadly, you answer the question of the decline of bats in your first post.

The more people who renovate barns and old houses, the fewer places there are for bats, swifts and swallows and house martins.

Please leave room under the barge boards and suchlike so that the bats have somewhere to roost.  Winter roosts are often quite different from summer roosts.  Bats mainly use space in the roof for their breeding roosts.  Don't stop them getting in!

Poison ivy everywhere

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:53

Have you not a US forum to ask this question on?  I don't think we have it in the UK.



Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:51

I think if you remove the flowers you will have to start again with new seed.  They certainly will not repeat flower if you remove the flowers now.

I'm not really sure if they are bienniel or perenniel.  Plant them out as they are.

Top soil needed

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:48

Jewsons sell it in metre (?) cubed bags.

Dannyboy10 you are a glutton for punisment if you have husbands!  I find one is sometimes too many!

Strange broad bean

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:42

It will be a weak plant as it hasn't sufficient chlorophyll.

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:39

Mummy Muddy Paws, I suspect Italophile wanted to make ink-soaked pellets to send across the room with the help of his ruler!

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 17:23

Just checked.  Rymans sell blotting paper.

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 09:54

I'll look in the stationers when I go to town today!

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 00:17

If I remember from primary school - many years ago - runner beans were grown so we could see how they developed.

Buy a packet of beans suitable for growing from a garden centre or most supermarkets. This cannot be avoided.

1 You can split a bean to show its various parts.

2 Place a cylinder of blotting paper (I'm sure they still sell it) in a glass vessel with water at the bottom and place an undamaged runner bean seed between the glass and the blotting paper.  It will germinate and grow. It can be observed and drawn if the children are of a suitable age group.

3 Plant beans in pots - perhaps one per child - with compost and name label + spares so the children can grow them ready to plant out in the garden or bigger pots once the danger of frost is over.

Don't forget to take photos at every stage.

Good luck and happy growing.

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