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How to remove moles from your garden

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How to remove moles from your garden

I always feel a bit sad when I find a dead mole in the garden. With its soft velvet coat and long sensitive nose, the mole seems such a small loveable creature. The Min Pins catch them and then toss them aside for their human pet to collect. Clearly they are not as appetising as the guinea pig that they killed in the garden and carried into the house for an impromptu bacchanal on a pretty pale yellow button backed chair. But that’s another story. Occasionally we get an active mole in the garden. They can be a real pest, especially if...

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Ladybirds. Natural, biological aphid control.

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Ladybirds. Natural, biological aphid control.

There has been a ladybird living on the orchids in the bathroom all winter. Today, I discovered that ladybirds feed on scale insects and mealy bugs as well as aphids. We have had a problem with scale insects on the leaves of some of our orchids, which appears to have fizzled out. I like to think that this ladybird feasted in style at The Orchid Restaurant all winter. As the orchids flower constantly, the ladybird would have had a constant supply of pollen and nectar which form part of their diet. I’ve always been keen on ladybirds. Ever...

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