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Plants for Bugs

RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

Stand back - creepy crawlies coming through

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 26 Feb 2013 at 01:44 PM


We all have our spring chores to do but there are probably not many of you who share in having to push bark mulch around their beds to make life easier for crawling insects!


The access holes in the timber edging boards are designed to allow the free movement of invertebrates in and out of the trial beds. To work at their best the soil on the inside of the board and the bark mulch on the outside need to sit level with the holes. What with natural slumping and naughty blackbirds flicking the bark back in search of tasty morsels, these levels have to be regularly amended. Here we have Judi on the job;



The weather remains cold but we are still on a big push to get all the perennials cut back before spring begins. With 36 beds to tidy this is likely to take us several weeks (our volunteers come in once a week). Let's hope for some nice sunny days.




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