Spring Onions 

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 .

Himalayan Balsam 

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 .

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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 .

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Try and do it early summer before they set seed as they are spreading quickly

Mysterious Holes! 

Have you ever been in your garden and wondered how holes are appearing in the leaves of you shrubs ?

Image result for leaf cutter beeThe culprit is a ” Leaf Cutter Bee”

This species of bee isn’t very big but they’re very industrious . The female cuts semicircular discs from your leaves to use in their nests . They usually nest in small crevices in rotten wood .Image result for leaf cutter bee

Next time your in your garden if you notice holes in your leaves . Keep an eye out as they will be back and it’s pretty awesome to watch!

Compost Better Than You Can Buy 

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.

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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!

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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?

Save our Bees

IMG_3045.JPGWhy 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!

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Spring Days 

Sometimes I think it’s too easy to just get carried away working in your garden . On a lovely sunny day like this just sit back and enjoy all the sights and sounds . Bees and birds are busy nest building . You may be even lucky enough to see your first spring chick taking its first flight!

Blue Tit Chick
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Bumble Bee

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Frog Spawn and Tadpoles

This year, although it’s only march, is already potentially problematic for the wildlife in our gardens.

The mild but wet spring means not enough food for the bees . And as in my garden, there is an alarming amount of tadpoles that- unless I intervene- won’t be able to sustain themselves in my pond.

But I do have a back up plan . Easy things you can do to just give nature a gentle helping hand. I will be detailing exactly what I’ll be doing to keep these little creatures alive over the next few weeks, but for now take a look at some of the tadpoles I have in my pond right now, and trust me, this is only a fraction of what’s in there.

In the meantime, why not head over to my new Facebook Page and give it a thumbs up!

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