Mid April and the Spring is starting to set in, with lush new leaves and blossom in the hedge rows and flowers and plants gaining momentum in the gardens. Our garden visitors are waking up and coming in to look for food, shelter and a mate, so we welcome them in by encouraging them to stay, with all sorts of things for them to enjoy.
Fresh wild bird food is an easy one, but what about the mammals? Hedgehogs, Mice, Voles, Toads, Bats. Then there are the beneficial insects, Ladybirds (eat over 5,000 Aphids in it's lifetime) Bees, Butterflies and Lacewings (pollination). They all need a home and if you provide one, they will reward you with a healthy garden.
In our poly tunnel we have three resident Toads, they keep the tunnel and the whole of our veg patch clear of Slugs, meaning we don't have to use harmful Slug Pellets (Slug dies - bird eats Slug, Bird dies). So we have a couple of Frogitats in the tunnel for them to shelter in a damp corner - they seem to love it!
Last year we set a wildlife meadow in a patch of the garden, with lots of flowering plants and flowers, long grass and water holes. This year we hope to build on the basics we set last year, so we have planted fruit trees, some bushes and a variety of shrubs. Generally looking for a long flowering period and lots of growth for the insects, birds and mammals to investigate. We have got several Bee and Bug houses plus lots of bedding material in an old pot drainage pipe. With pipes through the wire fence for the access into the meadow we hope to get lots of beneficial insects - and the Bat box is occupied that overlooks the meadow, so that should help the Bats too!
There are lots of wildlife habitats to chose from in our shop, we only use the best manufacturers (because we know what it is like to spend good money only for it to need replacing after a couple of years) and some are guaranteed for 25 years. So don't delay, give a bug a home today!!