Poor old bats. No, I’m not talking about little old ladies who insist on going out shopping at lunchtime when you’re in a rush and paying for everything in the smallest change possible. They, quite frankly, can get lost. I’m talking pipistrelles, horseshoes, natterer’s and the other 14 different species of bat that we share our island with.
They (the furry sort) get a bad press. Being creatures of the night, …Read More
Slugs, the one thing all gardeners can agree on. The bêtes noires of borders from Brighton to Birmingham? Right? Well, no, actually…
Here in the UK we have around 30 native species of slug, of which only four are pests. Who’d have thought these slimy critters came in so much variety? Some such as the almost-pretty leopard slug don’t eat live plants at all, instead preferring to eat other slugs and …Read More
Fishing some rubbish out of the pond on my allotment a couple of weeks ago I was surprised to see what I thought were three small fish in the bottom of the net… and then even more surprised when I realised they had legs.
“Oh My God, newts!”, I muttered to no-one in particular, beaming like an idiot. The allotment pond, you see, is not a thing of beauty, its battered …Read More
After a week’s holiday I strutted around the garden on Sunday like a horticultural Victor Meldrew. Having said that, the cries of “I don’t BELIEEEEVE IT!” were generally ones of happiness rather than exasperation and despair. Pots of crocus (the sublime ‘Zwanenburg Bronze’) that I thought had come up blind were flowering at full throttle, showing their deep gold and bronze faces to the spring sunshine. Broad beans on the …Read More
I was sat in a sad old garden chair on my allotment late on a Sunday afternoon in January, looking at my piles of apple tree prunings and the soggy remains of last season’s growth as the sun went down. A melancholy moment – which was suddenly shattered as songs burst forth from the stillness of the gathering dusk. Robins, defending their territory, song thrushes looking for a mate, tits …Read More
Fish are not an essential part of a water garden; but most people decide to have them. As with plants, it is best to under-stock rather than over-stock. As a guide, to allow for growth no more than 3-in. (75 mm) length of fish should be added for every square foot of surface area.
Ideally, you should let a few weeks elapse so the plants have a chance to settle down …Read More