Wildlife in the Garden.
Wildlife in my garden.
Behind the garden shed we left a large nettle patch, this is needed by some butterflies for reproduction.I see red admiral and peacock butterflies and one or two not yet identified. We have a well, and newts play down there in the water, they bask on wood and stones and scuttle underneath if approached. We have a small wild corner and log pile.
Last year a small warty natterjack toad surprised me in my cabbage patch. We have a garden pond, with frogs and newts and several types of dragonfly that emerged quite early, climbing up the iris stems to dry their wings. We intend to make a second wildlife pond, more shallow entrance, and more ground cover around the edge.
The compost heaps are turned carefully as slow worms nest in these. I feed the birds and we have all varieties of bluetits including longtailed, chaffinch and greenfinch and bullfinch, goldfinch, sparrows, robins, thrush and blackbirds and two different woodpeckers, green, and black and white with red vent. I don’t use slug pellets as I don’t want the birds eating poisoned slugs.my ducks help to keep the slug and snail population down.
I keep a box for overwintering beneficial insects.and garden organically so all insects are safe, garden spiders weave webs over my cane fruit which protects them from incoming pests Wild foxgloves are transplanted to the edge of the garden around my raised vegetable beds these keep many bumble bees happy over a period of several weeks. I grow tayberries, loganberries, raspberries, and cultivated blackberries these were in flower early before the wild blackberry, and filled the hungry gap when the bumble bees emerged so early this year.
ladybirds were about early this year and I have no aphid problem. I choose open flowers which bees like and grow fruit trees cherry apple and pear another source of pollen for the bees.
Blackfly and ants appeared on my broad beans, but disappeared after a strong garlic spray.
Cabbage butterflies appeared early this year before I had planted greens and I haven’t seen many since though I protected the greens with netting.
Our garden was wild and neglected when we took it over, we have tried to make it productive, and also accommodate the wildlife that was already here. I don’t buy peat based products because that destroys a wildlife habitat, Finally I am seriously trying to reduce our carbon footprint, as wildlife all over the world suffers because of human activity.
- 6 Jul, 2007
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