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Crab apples ~ Malus sylvestris ~ The wildlife garden

Malus sylvestris is a deciduous tree growing to 10 m and they are part of the Rosaceae family. They flower in April – May and provide nectar and pollen.  The flowers are popular with solitary bees such as Mining bees (Andrena … Continue reading

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Power to the consumers! Buy organic!

The representatives of the 27 member states, meeting in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, failed to reach a qualified majority in favour a proposal for a ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, … Continue reading

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A midwinter garden ~ December 2012

It’s winter and nature seems to be asleep. However there are still signs of life in the garden. The weather so far has been very mild and very wet. This situation is good for fungi. In my garden, there are … Continue reading

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Different bees, different needs – bees, wildflowers and garden plants -Part 1

Different bees, different needs – Part 1 When it comes to bees we distinguish bumblebees, honeybees, solitary bees and cuckoo bees. There are over 350 bee species in the Netherlands and the UK depending a bit on where you live. … Continue reading

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Bees and food – an excellent combination

Permaculture – Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way : Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing … Continue reading

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