• Oh! Oh! Jiminy Crickets!

    I'm not sure what cricket Walt Disney used as the basis of his cartoon character, Jiminy Cricket, but it sure wasn't one of ours!

    But how do you identify a cricket? And what makes it different from a grasshopper? And what then is a bush-cricket? And can they be helped in gardens?

    Ok, let's start with identification. You know you've got one of them if you find an insect about an inch long with a giant back leg…

    • 31 Aug 2012
  • Wildlife bliss on the first floor

    Many of you will know that all this gardening for wildlife stuff I do is not my day job - it's my hobby and out-of-work passion. But I've found a sneaky way to take it into work with me!

    The thing is that, at the start of the year, our office moved into a different part of Brighton city centre. Our new home is on the first floor of a terraced building, but it does have a 'light well' - an open air gravelled square…

    • 24 Aug 2012
  • Wildlife gardening on the podium

    Life is sweet when you can mix together your favourite things, and last weekend was the perfect combination - sport and gardening.

    I don't mean that I got to compete in speed-weeding or synchronised digging. No, I was one of the lucky ones who got to go to the Olympic Park to see the high diving final (go, Tom, go!) and at the same time enjoy the special Olympic planting that had been done on a grand scale.

    They…

    • 17 Aug 2012
  • Magical Marjoram

    Regular readers will know that I'm a firm advocate that you don't need to live by the mantra of 'native native native' when it comes to plants in a wildlife-friendly garden - there are plenty of non-natives that are simply brilliant (but you do have to choose carefully).

    But I do like it when a native plant looks great in a garden and is wonderful for wildlife at the same time.

    And right now we're at…

    • 10 Aug 2012