Insects

Insects in the garden

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An insect hotel with a ground level habitat for other creatures.
An insect hotel with a ground level habitat for other creatures.

In order to have a good variety of wildlife in your garden you need to have a healthy insect population. Insects do some very important jobs in the garden and are the food of many creatures.

You can help to encourage more insects to live in your garden by knowing how to make an insect house or insect hotel. You can have one big one, or perhaps a few smaller ones will suit your situation better. ...continue reading

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A miniature garden on a log
A miniature garden on a log

Old logs left to start rotting will create a haven for many different plants, bugs and wild creatures in your garden. From those that feed on the rotting wood and live in it, to those that eat these creatures in turn. The rotting log ecosystem will evolve and change as the wood decays, providing homes for many different creatures during that time.

To help you get started with this I will tell you about some ways to use logs in the garden. To keep it wildlife friendly make sure that none of ...continue reading

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This butterfly house looks great in the garden
This butterfly house looks great in the garden

It was only recently that I came to know about butterfly hibernation boxes (sometimes called butterfly houses). I have never seen one in a garden in my area and the idea made me rather inquisitive. So I set out to do some research about butterfly houses. Do they work?

What is a butterfly house?

A butterfly house or hibernation box is a small wooden box with slits in the front for butterflies to get in and out. Inside there are normally some upright pieces of bark or moss fixed to the back for the butterflies to hold onto. The idea is that the butterfly species that overwinter as adults will be able to use these boxes as a safe place to spend the winter, protected from the weather. Butterflies could also use them to take ...continue reading

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Most of us know how important pollination is, not only in our own gardens but also for food crops. Just what insects pollinate flowers and how do they do it?

A bee and a butterfly sharing dinner?
A bee and a butterfly sharing dinner?

Pollination is important, not only in the flower garden, but also in the food garden, for fruit trees and for some crops. Without pollination the plants will not make fruit, seeds and nuts like they are supposed to. Pollination by wind is the way many fields of cops are pollinated, but in our gardens we need the insects to help us. This is just another reason why you would want to attract pollinator insects to your garden.

Insects that pollinate flowers are often called ...continue reading

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Pollinator Paradise - a mixture of different wild flowers in a field.
Pollinator Paradise - a mixture of different wild flowers in a field.

I am sure you know what pollination is and what some of the insects are that help with this, but do we know  how to attract pollinators to our gardens?

Most insect pollinators feed on nectar and pollen. One of the obvious ways to attract them is to plant a variety of nectar producing flowers in the garden. Variety is the key and you will want to include flowers, shrubs, bushes and ...continue reading