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A quick solution to boost flowering

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for April this week. There’s quite a few to dos, like assessing which shrubs and perennials are poor performers and giving them a dose of fertiliser … follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, tasks and tips.

Identify any poor performing shrubs and perennials, and add the recommended dose of granular or liquid fertiliser. The cartoon shows two worms at the foot of a plant looking at some granular fertiliser sprinkled at the base. One worm says, ”It’s a quick solution to boost flowering”. The other worm says, “ Really? I could swear that’s granular.”

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

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With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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