Recent study finds consumer biological control lethal to bumble bee Bombus terrestris in laboratory tests For many years, gardeners and horticulturists have been using biological control products as a means to eradicate garden pests such as weevils, carrot root fly, thrips and slugs. Many gardeners, including myself, have used these products as a more natural … Continue reading Is Nemasys harmful to bumble bees?
I returned to work yesterday after a Christmas break with family in Norfolk. After 10 days It's great to be home in London and with the new year brings the start of a new season of species recording. Given I finally got around to signing up my daughter and I to become members of the … Continue reading 2016… Off to a botanical start
It's been about a year since we restored our pond and I'd like to share with you just how well it has developed in such a short time. I expected it to attract wildlife, but I didn't expect it to happen so quickly or for it to be so easy. The first real signs of … Continue reading A year of the pond
This weekend (29th - 30th August 2015) is International Bat Weekend and the perfect time to talk about attracting bats to your garden. Bats are one of the mammals which visit our garden, usually around dusk. In the UK bats account for around a third of all the mammal species and can be found in many … Continue reading Attracting bats to your garden
Here's a quick list of some of the things I have learnt so far from my first year of growing vegetables. Some might be useful to you if you're starting out too. 1. Grow more of the vegetables we actually eat This one seems obvious, and I knew this before we started but it still didn't … Continue reading Ten things I have learnt about growing veg this year
The summer holidays have been here for a few weeks already and it's been quite busy. So busy the garden has become slightly overgrown and neglected. When I went on maternity leave I had envisioned lots of free time to lay in the sun and read books, potter in the garden become a lady of leisure. I was … Continue reading Gathering inspiration
For Pollinator Awareness Week here's a quick guide on ten ways you can help pollinators in your garden whether you rent it or not. 1 - Plant as many different pollinator-friendly flowers as you can Variety is key. The more different flowers you plant, the more likely you will attract a range of different pollinators. … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Help Pollinators in your Garden
This week (13th - 19th July) it is 'Pollinator Awareness Week' and a perfect time to discuss the different plants that we can, as gardeners, provide for pollinators in our own little patches of green space. I'd like to to so by looking into some of the different native and non-native plants in my own … Continue reading Choosing Garden Plants for Pollinators; Natives or Non-natives?