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The soil here is rock solid. Fortunately, I planted the last of the garlic last week, before temperatures plummeted. Now, I'd need to use an ice axe, rather than a fork if I wanted to plant anything.I answered the door recently to a courier, who was rather amused to find me weari...
For the last few years I've noticed large numbers of harlequin ladybirds (pictured, left) visiting my garden in summer, and then hibernating inside my window frames over winter.The window frames also provide winter shelter for lacewings and many
out containers ready to refill with fresh compost for autumn and winter pot displays, one of my children exclaimed "look what I've found ... one of those leaf bee things!" Sure enough, there in amongst the compost were several beautiful cylinders, each
providing them with safe places to roost and raise their young, as well as a year-round supply of food.But I'm worried. I know that feeding birds is a good thing, it helps many survive the miserable winter to live and breed the following spring. But as I
the shelter offered by our wooden window frames, until I disturbed them, prematurely waking them from their winter sleep. Having opened the windows, I didn't know whether I should immediately close them and risk crushing any insects, or leave them open to give