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Oct 16 2008

Posted By: Paul 07/05/2009 19:19:00

This weekend will see the final parts of the allotment dug over roughly and left for the winter. One half of the plot has been prepared and planted with over-wintering Brassicas, and the rest is lying dormant. When clearing your garden or allotment of vegetation, make sure your leave some cover for wildlife to shelter in. Lacewings and Ladybirds need dry holes or tubes to spend the winter in. I have found by cutting the top off a plastic bottle and inserting a rolled up section of corrugated cardboard and some broken bamboo sections, you can make a great home for these natural predators. Place the bottle in a location where it will stay dry and protected from the worst of the winter weather, under the eaves of an outhouse or shed works well for me. You never know you might even attract solitary bees next year.

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