Monthly Archives: June 2012

  1. Growing your own – a guide to planting and growing flowers, food & herbs

    Gardening is an amazing and very rewarding past-time, which is enjoyed by many people across the globe and by a variety of age groups. If you're tired of just having a simple lawn, there are countless ways that you can enhance your garden. Through gardening you don't just gain a delightful place to spend time relaxing or entertaining, but your new hobby will also keep you active.

    Here we give you a little insight into how to start growing flowers, vegetables or herbs at home.

    A good starting point is to plan what you'd like to achieve. Do you want a flower garden, somewhere to grow your own food, or something in between. Making a monthly plan for planting is a good start. With food you should consider stagger sowing in early Spring, or late winter using a greenhouse, and harvest your crop throughout Summer and early Autumn.

    You may also want to consider investing in some basic gardening equipment:

    To get the flower garden you always wanted you don't n

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  2. Garden butterfly numbers drop 20 % in the UK

    Monarch Butterfly Conservation | BuyShedsDirect UK

    Butterflies in the garden are such a familiar and enjoyable sight, but year-on-year numbers have been dropping.

    So far, this years cool summer and the reduction in habitat throughout the UK, has led to a 22 % reduction in butterfly numbers.

    The volunteers from the charity Butterfly Conservation has been conducting research into butterfly numbers since 2009.

    Their findings have shown a steady decline in native butterfly numbers, on average the volunteers saw 80 butterflies and up to 8 species. The survey has shown that there has been around a 20 % reduction in butterfly numbers per year since 2009.

    What can I do to attract butterflies?

    Butterflies will visit any garden as you will notice in summer. Attracting butterflies to your garden and creating a supportive habitat couldn't be easier.

    So it is possible to create a

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  3. Link between new bee virus strain and mites could signal an end to bee colony decline

    Bees in the Garden

    With summer just round the corner, we are all used to seeing bees buzzing about in the garden. What many people forget is that bees are major pollinators around the world. In fact, over 70 of the worlds 100 top arable crop species which provide 90 % of the world’s food, are pollinated by bees.

    Our honey bees and bumblebees are part of the Apidae family, which is one of the most socially organised insects forming colonies.

    Colony collapse disorder - an end in sight?

    Last week the Guardian, BBC and the UN reported the work of Stephen J. Martin's team from the University of Sheffield, which detailed the link between the worldwide collapse of honeybee colonies and a bloodsucking parasite.

    It's been estimated that the parasite could have spread a variant of a virus key to c

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