I never throw spring onions away at this time of the year . When they’re a bit tired and wilted . I pot them up . Then once they’ve grown enough roots plant them in the garden . The leaves are still good on salads . The bees love the flowers .and then I will have seeds to grow more spring onions throughout the summer .
This invasive plant was introduced in the 18 hundreds . They were brought over as an ornamental flower as they were cheap and easy to propagate . It’s becoming a serious threat as it attracts our bees and stops them pollinating our native crops and flowers .
They are also ruining our streams and rivers as they loosen up the banks as they rot down , making them corrode away .
I urge you all to please if you see them whilst out and about on your walks , to pull them up .
Try and do it early summer before they set seed as they are spreading quickly
I hope you’ve all had a great Easter! Now, I’m sure you’ll be left with a lot of fruit, veg and other foods to get rid of today, which is where a compost bin comes in.
I like to recycle pretty much everything. So my compost bin is so well used I’m having to get another one!
Anything green goes in. Fruit , salad, veg and even paper.
Did you know that paper helps break the compost down? And it’s a brilliant way to get rid of letters with your personal details on. It’s the perfect way to get rid of private documents whilst also helping out our garden!
It’s also good if you put grass clippings in your bin. Layer it with paper and the paper helps to dry the grass out- which speeds up the process and reduces the smell. Also if you just keep putting grass cuttings in and nothing else it will never break down .
What do you put in your compost bin? Do you have any tips?
Why isn’t more being done to save our bees ? Neonicotinoids are believed to result in a decline of the queen bees’ life span in colonies. This causes stress on worker bees to almost constantly raise a queen bee, leading them to try and forage while too young and to often die from this dangerous task.
The truth is that without the bee to pollinate our flowers , trees and crops we will starve .
What makes things worse is it’s all our fault Pesticides!
do our bit . Planting bee friendly plants as in my previous blog . But also reduce or stop the use of chemicals .
If you have got a medium sized garden try to loosen up on the weeding as these are a vital natural food source . Or maybe dedicate one small section of your garden to allow those ugly weeds that the bees need to feed well .
Oh and please leave some water out even just a small dishful can make all the difference!
It’s still a little early to see bumble bees . But the ones you’re seeing now are out to find they’re new nesting site so it’s a good time to start looking at flowers that will encourage them if you want to help these struggling and vital insects .
I have a few favourites that always seem to be swarming with bees .
Buddleia are a very good attraction to bees and butterflies hence common name “butterfly bush ” it’s really easy to grow and maintain plus you get the best of both worlds with aromatic flowers.
Forget Me Not
although I advise against these if you have dogs as they’re poisonous to them
( very vibrant colours and extremely aromatic )
Another good idea is to try a cottage garden seed mix simply scatter and see what happens.
If you want to buy bedding plants . I’ve found poppies , French marigolds and cosmos also draw our striped friends in.
If you plant just a few of these plants in your garden you will see an increase of bees in your garden .
Have you ever looked closely at a bumble bee ? There are around 24 species of bumble be and nearly 250 species of bees in the UK!
When these furry friends do make their way into my garden I will be sure to share more with you, but for now- why not get your garden bee ready?
Take a closer look at this photo . Believe it or not , this isn’t compost it’s a small section of my pond . So many tadpoles it’s hard to separate them . I’ve never had so many!
I like to encourage frogs into the garden as they reduce the need for insecticides especially slug pellets which I like to avoid using as I have two dogs: One springer “Archie ” and a sprocker “Millie “.
So well this year I’m definitely going to have to supplement the tadpoles diet . But not just yet as they’re still feeding on their egg sacks . I will give you updates as the next few weeks go on.