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?
So I’ve taken the plunge… I’ve decided to get a Wildlife Camera.
I’m up at 3.30 every morning and I always hear noises outside, and I’m hoping I will be able to capture the culprits .
I’m suspecting they are foxes as they are digging up holes near my compost bin .
So I’m hoping to capture these lovely animals on camera. Maybe even some cubs if I’m lucky. If I do, I will be sure to update you all!
I think it’s a shame that our native mammal is classed as vermin … what do you think?
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!
So the only thing we can do is ,
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!
I don’t like garden gnomes. I don’t know if you could tell.
Luckily, I have a new friend in my garden that takes care of the problem for me.
It’s the perfect gnome-haters garden gnome. And you can get yourself one right > here <
He’s now sitting very proudly at the back of my garden ready to tackle any of those pesky creatures who wander in. Don’t worry though, he doesn’t attack any of the other wildlife in the garden!