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Insects by Guest Blogger Simon Sherlock

By Simons 9 years ago

Insects – nothing beats sitting in the garden surrounded by flowers with the birds singing and the sound of the bees hard at work.  To encourage the bees to stick around why not buy yourself a bee nester.  It's probably too late for them to use this year but next year will provide them a free home, meaning you build up a colony of these useful insects ready for Spring and Summer.
Other beneficial insects such as Ladybirds and Lacewings are good for controlling aphids so a bug box will give them somewhere to over winter meaning they are hand in your garden from the word go next year.  The reason to do it now is so that the box is weathered in ready for when the temperature drops and they start looking for somewhere to hibernate.
Here's our  bee nesters and bug boxes to choose from.

Make your own Lacewing Shelter

By Heather 11 years ago

I really like Beansprouts blog by Melanie Rimmer and she suggests that if you dont want to buy your own Lacewing shelter that you make you own, which I think is a great idea. Here's her instructions - which indeed are very similar to what Ricardo will make on Family Day here on the farm on August 15th.

Wiggly on Radio One!

By Heather 11 years ago

Well, - as you will no doubt realise Wiggly Wigglers does get a bit of media coverage - this month we have been in The Telegraph, The Times and there is the most beautiful article on our http://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/shop/foundcategory.lasso?category_id=15 in Country Living which came out this week.

However Radio One has been surprisingly elusive - until that is our mention on the Jo Whiley show on Friday. She had a listener who had used ladybirds on her aphids and then Hannah from Hereford emailed her to say if other listeners want ladybirds - Wiggly Wigglers is where you need to go! Thanks Hannah. I checked it out on Listen Again after a friend told me all about it in the village last night. She's about the same age as me and is still a keen Radio One fan - I moved to Radio Two and Radio Four about fifteen years ago!