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And still more, later flowers for the bees

Admin, October 22, 2015

ApplesAndComb webFollowing up on our autumn gardening advice from earlier this week, there’s more work to be done in the garden than helping out the nation’s honeybees. As well as doing your bit for bees, we believes that there is a great deal that can be done to help other pollinators and insects during the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness too:

“When lopping back trees and large shrubs try to keep some of the logs. A lot is made about expensive, ready-made insect hotels these days. Logs with holes of varying sizes drilled into them can be the equivalent of four star accommodation at budget hotel price. Leaving a bit of your garden like this can also provide a safe haven for hedgehogs, who again are among a gardeners best buddies, as they eat slugs and snails. But, please make sure that any such piles of wood you might be building bonfires with are hedgehog free before Guy Fawkes night.

“As these logs and waste branches and twigs break down, they release vital nutrients back into your soil. It can pay dividends to have a wild area set aside, where such decaying matter can help to regenerate the fresh shoots in the spring and summer. It really helps to be planning next year’s activity now, so that you’re one step ahead come the spring, and that your garden is buzzing from the start.”

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