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This weekend, sit back and connect with your pollinators

Over the next six months, The Wrigglers pledge to do their bit to support Gardener’s World’s #putpollinatorsfirst campaign by drawing some cartoons (and connecting with them). With 22million gardens in the UK, we can all do our bit – whether that’s planting some wild flower seeds, not using insecticides or making a new insect hotel

Over the next six months, The Wrigglers pledge to do their bit to support Gardener’s World’s #putpollinatorsfirst campaign by drawing some cartoons (and connecting with them). With 22million gardens in the UK, we can all do our bit – whether that’s planting some wild flower seeds, not using insecticides or making a new insect hotel

The cartoon headline says, “Connect with your pollinators, sit back and watch them. See what plants they like best in your garden.” The cartoon shows a worm talking to a bee on a flower. Behind the worm is a had holding a magnifying glass, looking at the worm and bee. The worm, oblivious to this, says, “ Do you ever get the feeling someone, somewhere, is watching you?”   #putpollinatorsfirst

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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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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