Wildlife Gardener 123

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Will this keep the carrot root fly out?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 09:41
That looks fine as it is a fine mesh fleece so should hold them back. I would just advise to check regularly to see if any stones have moved and there are gaps.

Bird Food Suppliers

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 12:56
Sorry for the error with the price above, it is meant to say 35 pounds.

Bird Food Suppliers

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 12:54
Yes, I agree that Haiths are very good, you get free delivery on orders over ??35, it is also very good quality seed. I have recently tried the Bill Oddie bird food recipes ( from Haiths) which seem very good and there is a wide range.

Pleased to have a new garden visitor.

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 18:41

I wish I got Parakeets, the most colourful thing that I have in my garden is a Blue Tit (still happy that they come though).

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 15:58

Thank you everyone for all of the suggestions, I am going to the garden centre tomorrow so I will look their for some of the plants that you suggested.




Plants for wildlife

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 09:58

Hi everyone,

I am looking to make my garden more friendly towards wildlife and need ideas for plants that I could use to attract birds, bees, butterflies, insects etc. The problem is that the garden is very small so I can only use small plants and I do not have much border space so the plants preferably need to be happy in containers.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Wild flowers

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:51
In response to the above questions: I am afraid that I do not know exactly what wildflowers I have because I got a mixed packet of seeds which did not state what the flowers were however, I do know that I have cornflowers and poppies as these have already flowered. Also, although I do dead head some of my flowers I have not done as much recently because I am either going to collect the seed to plant again next year or leave some of the flowers to go to seed so that the birds can eat the seeds and be benefitted from this. Most of my flowers only lasted between a week and a couple of weeks but I planted seeds at different times so that I get a succession of flowers through the summer, hopefully with little gaps between flowering times. Also, I grew my flowers in containers this year with general purpose peat free compost and they seem to be quite happy in this. Growing some plants in pots may help you in your garden if it gets a lot of water as they can drain easily.
In response to the questions about the sugar water I think that a way to reduce the chances of a bee drowning in the water is to place stones and pebbles in the water, preferably pebbles that allow a gentle slope into the water for the bees to land on and then walk down to a shallow bit of water. In addition you could just use a container that has no steep sides such as a plate and just fill the centre of it with water so again, the bees can land on it and move down to the shallow edges of the water.
Unfortunately I am not sure how long you should leave the water out for before replacing it but I would of thought that replacing it every few days should do.
I hope that this response has helped in some way.

Wild flowers

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 20:29
Hi Flowersforbees, thank you for the comments and in response to your question about the sugar water I just guessed and found a mixture that I thought was right but I read on a website that it should be approximately two parts sugar to one part water.

how to get rid of wasp nest?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:29

Definitely make sure that it is wasps before killing them.

Wild flowers

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 12:23

Just like Lunicorn I also love to feed the bees sugar water if I find them sitting on the ground. I found one a few weeks ago lying in the grass and seemed hardly alive but, I moved it to my lavender plant and remembered an article I has read a few days earlier about finding bees and feeding them so I made it some of the sugar water mixture and it certainly did seem to enjoy it (I also spilt some on the ground and the ants then also seemed to enjoy it as they spent up to 20 minutes each on it feeding). I kept on feeding the same bee for a while and then left it on the lavender flower for the night. When I woke up the next day it was still in the same place and so I gave it some more sugar water, this time after feeding it flew off. I like to think that I gave it its energy back but I probably just annoyed it so much by sticking a spoon with sugar water on towards it so many times that it had enough.

If you are looking to support bees more in your area I would strongly recommend supporting the Beecause (friends of the earth) as some people have mentioned above. I made a donation of £15 before and requested a bee supporting pack to be sent to me. When it did arrive it was very useful - (to name a few things) it came with wildflower seeds, a leaflet containing other activities to help the bees, a garden planner and recipe cards. And so, if you don't mind spending a little money for the bees I would strongly recommend looking into this more.   

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