Help the wildlife in your garden this summer
Attracting a variety of small mammals, birds, reptiles and bugs to your garden is key to creating a natural eco balance. They will help control pests and cross-pollinate your plants leading to better cropping. Learn more with our article on gardening for wildlife.
Feed the birds
The first chirping of the season, about an hour before sunrise, can be heard from Robins and Great Tits. Migrant birds such as Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps join in when they arrive around May, all merrily chirping to attract a mate. Extra food and some water on your bird table during breeding season can make a big difference to the survival of young.
We stock a large range of birdseed and feeders all year round.
Bug control – the natural way!
Keep on top of garden pests by encouraging amphibians (frogs, toads and newts) to your garden. Log piles and damp spaces provide great shelter as well as attracting the slugs and other invertebrates they like to feast on. Or, if you have room, add a small pond where they can spawn and that should do it! (This could be achieved in a half barrel if you don’t want to create a pond in the ground.
Hedgehogs also love to eat slugs and beetles… the log piles make an attractive nest for them too. Think about making some ground level holes in your boundary fencing to allow hedgehogs to enter your garden!
Grow nectar-rich plants for Honeybees
We’ve all heard reports that bees are in decline and the devastating effect their disappearance will have on our own survival. When moving from flower to flower, bees collect nectar and pollinate many garden and wild flowers – essential for cropping of most fruits and some vegetables.
Honeybees will be starting to emerge soon – to encourage these vital pollinators in to your garden, and support their survival, try to limit the use of pesticides and choose flowers with a single row of petals. These are more attractive to bees because they are richer in nectar and pollen and are easier to access.
Here are a few plants which bees particularly love and which we normally have in stock: