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The worms have pledged to support the ‘Put Pollinators First’ campaign to raise awareness of the decline of insects and bees.

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for May this week. There’s quite a few to dos, like taking softwood cuttings. Plants for free, basically. Follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, tasks and tips.

Snip, pot and cover softwood cuttings with a bag. Ensure good air circulation and keep the bag off your cuttings … The image shows two worms in a pot with cuttings, it is covered with a plastic bag … the two worms are supporting the plastic bag to keep it off the cuttings.  One worm says, “We’ve got to do this for 8-10 weeks The other work says, “ I’m feeling week and it’s only one day”

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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, for advice from the experts on how to take softwood cuttings, try the RHS – they know what they’re talking about!

RHS link on softwood cuttings

Softwood cuttings can be used to propagate a wide range of perennials and deciduous shrubs, as well as some trees, in spring and early summer. Material is taken from the soft and flexible young shoot tips, which root readily.

The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign

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

Click to see our ‘Put Pollinators First’ page

Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:

Join in the Gardener’s World team and pledge here

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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