Gardening for wildlife

As well as providing interest from the window, encouraging wildlife is beneficial to your plants and soil. Bees and butterflies whilst frogs, help pollination and control pests that are hedgehogs. A balanced ecosystem is the key to a garden — but do not believe you have to create a wilderness to pull animal life. A careful selection of the addition of a pool and plants can invite countless species to your doorstep.

If you grow vegetables, you might be worried about insects on your harvest. However, sowing flowers on your kitchen garden can encourage useful creatures such as the hoverfly. Attracted by the flowers, they will lay eggs and the creatures will prey upon aphids.

Organic methods’ prevalence has resulted in a renewed interest in companion planting. As opposed to using pesticides that disrupt the ecosystem’s natural balance, aim to confuse pests that are potential with plants. Grow marigolds alongside your berries to deter whitefly, or try nasturtiums with your cabbages to prevent caterpillars from feasting on your produce. For a combination that’s practical in addition to beautiful, sow red-flowered nasturtiums against the deep green leaves of your cabbages.

Bees are essential in the garden for pollinating both ornamentals and vegetables. The larvae are increased during the spring, and also require the protein and fats offered by pollen. Stay away from mowing the yard and tidying too early in the year, as bees will love the strange weed flower as a source of food — violets, clover and dandelions are one of their favourites. A meadowland mix provides nectar all year long. Sow in spring for summer flowers and next year you will be rewarded with wild flowers in spring, summer and autumn. It is not necessary to have a huge swathe — the mix can be used to fill gaps in the border, or to create one patch. It’s advisable to prevent sowing seeds in shadier areas — bees love the sun and might ignore plants located in dark corners!

At gardens4less, we stock an array of insect homes. The pollinating bee log provides a winter home for Mason and Solitary species, although the solar study chamber allows different creatures to be observed and analyzed — perfect for children learning about wildlife.

Butterflies and moths

Although they are becoming a rare sight there are over fifty unique species of butterfly in the united kingdom. These creatures can help encourage back. Buddleja is a choice that is superb, as the flowers are full of nectar. Our buddleja mix contains many different colours to attract valuable, summer bugs. Our butterfly habitat feeder offers roosting space for over wintering species and could be full of food. We also provide a special feeder which could be charged with sugar/water solution, or soaked with butterfly attractant to encourage rarer species.

Pest-busting visitors

As opposed to using pesticides, invite predators. Frogs, toads, hedgehogs and bats will feast upon your slugs, snails and greenfly, saving your plants from devastation. So consider building a pond all wildlife will appreciate a little bit of water. If space is an issue, a sunken washing up bowl will suffice — but make certain you include a stone or piece of wood to allow creatures to get out easily. Unfortunately, visiting frogs and toads may become easy prey for prowling cats. Offer them a safe refuge in the kind of our purpose-built frog/toad home. The dual-chambered design provides both dry, over wintering space and another access door to a moist, soil-level haven.

Althea, Wellington Park,
Wellington Road,
Burton On Trent,
Staffordshire,
DE14 2TG,

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