Great guest post over on Anni’s Veggies which I am reblogging here:-
All over the place wonderful, dedicated and insightful gardeners are working away developing their own particular specialist niche in our human-gardening-ecosystem. One of these lovely people is Alison Tindale, a lifelong gardener who grows, sells and blogs about some her wonderful collection of perennial vegetables. Here in a guest post she writes about herself, her […]
via Alison and The Backyard Larder — Anni’s perennial veggies
The astonishing and worrying extent of insect loss has been in the news a lot recently, and Clarission has just shared a useful summary of the report. It makes me all more more appreciative of the insects that I find in my little garden. Come on in, little folks!
Much has been made of the insect Armageddon news this month – that the massive decline in insect life is overwhelmingly terrible for the world. Conservationists and entomologists have been warning about this for years but perhaps the extent of the decline has been so far unknown. New research, however, has found that three quarters […]
via Insect Loss — This Veggie Life
… makes me very happy indeed. There is a good description over on hedgehog street of how you can tell if a hedgie has been dropping by.
Please, people, don’t use slug pellets. They poison our prickly little friends. If you let them be, they will hoover up LOTS of slugs for you.
I’ve been dismayed lately by the numbers of aphids being farmed by ants on my edibles. I do try to be patient, to wait for the predators to move in and for balance to be re-established, but …
Aphids on kale
… I was starting to wonder whether I should intervene. If I pick off the affected shoots, will the ants just move somewhere else? Should I make life a little less cozy for them? I was just thinking perhaps I should do something, when I went out to have another look:
Green insect eating aphids
Do you see what I see? A tiny green insect, like a narrow shield bug. I think s/he was at the dinner table 🙂 Perhaps I have help after all.
Just a quick progress post. Remember that I left the polyculture bed to the mercy of the slugs to see what would happen? Now look at it!
Polyculture bed July 2017
Meanwhile, over in the perennial seedling pots:
Fennel and lovage have germinated. I’m still waiting for the seakale and the salad burnet to put in a showing.
Patience, patience …