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Ants on my cucumber plants

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 22:46

I had a red ants nest at the root of our cucumber plant last year. It did not seem to make any difference. Fruit were untouched and the plant remained healthy. 

Bees setting up home in my garden....

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 21:11

Problem Swallow nests

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 21:10

Mmmm! Could have nesting swallows in the new office!, 

Bees setting up home in my garden....

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 14:30

Hi. I had the same concern last year when some bees nested on our patio. I have verysmall children who are afraid of bees (not too keen myself!!). However we soon realised that they were not aggressive at all and when we investigated further itbecame very apparent that they were very rare bees. The whole family becamequite excited andpay eight year old kept a bee diary. My 11 year old did lots of research and found about the terrible decline of bees in England and the devastating effects that this could potentially have.  Inow have two children who are very enthusiastic bee watchers and campaigners. We are off to visit a bee keeper next week!

So please, think of it as an opportunity for your children. We are really glad we did.

Problem Swallow nests

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 14:23

Thank you everyone. Ijust called the RSPB and they have assured us that we have done the right thing, to prevent them from nesting there. Once they were nesting we would be unable to touch them until they had migrated back to Africa.

They said that once the swallows realise they can't get to the old nests they will make use of, and repair the numerous redundant other swallow nests around the site. They have also suggested that we make lots of mud available to the birds to facilitate the nest building. I did this this morning and have already spotted the swallows making use of it.

Thanks for all your comments folks. I though I would let you know the outcome just in case anyone else has the same problem. 

Problem Swallow nests

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 10:42

DefrA states that they are protected once they are being used or have eggs in. Ours don't. Anbody got any practical suggestions? Please! 

Problem Swallow nests

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 10:04

Hi all. We are very lucky and have many nesting pairs of swallows which come back year after year. This year we are turning one if our outbuildings into an office and there are some old swallow nests in there. We have put some fish wire over the holes in the doors to stop the swallows getting to them to use them for nesting but I am distressed to see themcontinually trying to get to the nests.

Have we done a terrible thing? Will they eventually rebuild their nests elsewhere or will this have a detrimental impact on thir survival? We have put out trays of mud, cotton buds and fibrous material tofacilitate nest building but we are very worried about the impact we are having. Any thoughts anyone?

new gardener

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 13:06

Excitement over!! I have just trawled the internet and I think I have cock-chafer larvae. I got the impression that they are unlikely to cause too much harm though? However, I have been on the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species Web Site and I understand we do have stag beatles here in Cheshire! How exciting is that?!! I will look out for them.

Thanks so much for all your help Flobear! 

manured raised bed

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 08:22
Yes! Forgot about the pumpkins. I grow my pumpkins actually on my manure pile!

manured raised bed

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:31
Don't plant carrots or parsnips there. They will all split into many fingers. Only plant them in beds that have been manures the year before. Brassica's, turnips, leeks, onions, betroot, peas and beans all love a bit of manure. I plant my peas directly into a trough of manure. Do you know how old it was thought? I'd take more care if it was fresh manure - the acidity can dange your seedlings. If it was fresh manure you might want to plant up that bed last? Good luck!
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