How to Create a Bee-Friendly Garden


There are more than 20 different types of bumblebee in Britain. They are fairly placid around people and unlikely to sting you unless you rally annoy them. Their stings leave no venom, nor are arguably less painful than venomous bee stings.

Like the rest of the bee population, these small furry creatures are under threat. They are vital to crop production, but not enough is being done to protect them – two species of bumblebee have become extinct in recent years and others are in rapid decline.


How to Vacuum an Above Ground Pool

Homes are among the places one people spend most of their time. People expect to relax and rest while at home. Homes are also places for family members to interact and reside. People also allow people to keep and organize their property securely. Consequently, homes play important roles in life. They should thus be well maintained and equipped. Among the things that make homes better places for living in are swimming pools. They help people spend their leisure time as well as help in enhancing recreation. They save owners the need of having to visit hotels or other commercial centers that have swimming pools to swim. Home swimming pools can be accessed free by family members and friends at the time of their convenience.


A Little Bit Country

Country style has thrown off its frills and fussy details and taken on a sleeker, more contemporary look, but hasn’t lost its comfort and charm.

Keep it simple

“Be careful not to overdo the rustic elements when creating a modern country look,” advises interior decorator Evi Elsner of Home Concept. “Simple is best. In this kitchen, the whitewashed brick wall and wooden dining room furniture form the ideal backdrop for a few black accents in the form of a wire pendant, table lamp and star ornament.” Dining room table from Now and Then Vintage, wire pendant from Weylandts.


Garden notes

For a fragrant display in late winter, sow sweet pea seeds

Contributing garden editor Marianne Alexander’s handy checklist of essential chores to do in March:

Pull out tatty summer annuals and add to the compost heap. Prepare empty beds for spring annuals and bulbs by loosening the soil to a depth of 30cm, turning in compost, superphosphate, (a good fistful to each square metre) and a sprinkle of hoof and horn (slow- release nitrogen) and bonemeal (phosphate).

Start cutting the lawn shorter as temperatures drop and the days shorten at the end of the month. Feed with 2:3:4 or 3:1:5 fertiliser. If your lawn was infested with winter grass (Poa annua) last year, spray with Kerb, a pre-emergence seed inhibitor.