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LADYBIRD


Have a Chemical Free Garden              

 

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Try to avoid or minimise the use of chemicals in your garden.

A wildlife friendly garden will develop its own natural control   for pests and diseases.


Seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)

Common Ladybird
Common Ladybird

 

Seven-spot ladybirds are widespread and common in Britain and are beneficial to organic gardeners because they are insectivores, consuming aphids, fruit flies, thrips and other tiny plant-sucking insects that damage crops.  In fact, their name is derived from "Beetle of Our Lady," recognising their role in saving crops from destruction.

 

 

 

 

I'm looking at you

A ladybird can see in different directions all at once.  Their eyes are called Compound Eyes. They have eyes shaped like a hexagon with a lens in each one which acts  like a separate eye to them.

 


Colour

Ladybirds are brightly coloured to ward away potential predators.  This defence works because most predators associate bright colours (especially orange and black) with poison and other unpleasant properties.  This phenomenon is called aposematism.  Most ladybirds are toxic to smaller predators such as small birds.  Adult ladybirds are able to reflex-bleed from their leg joints, releasing their oily yellow toxin with a strong repellent smell.

 


An unwelcome invader

A new ladybird has arrived in Britain.  The Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) an unwelcome invader!

Asian multicolored ladybird
Asian multi-colored ladybird

This ladybird is an Asian species which was introduced into America 25 years ago to fight aphids.  However, this ladybird also poses a deadly threat to butterflies, lacewings and many other beneficial ladybirds since it eats the eggs and larvae of these beneficial garden insects.

 

 

WHERE TO GROW
Learn about the best places for your Garden Mints to flourish.
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MINT IN COOKING
Great ideas for using mint in cooking.
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MINT RECIPES
Wonderful recipes for cooking with mint
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MEDICINAL AND COSMETIC USES
How mint is used in medicine and cosmetics
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ANTI-CANCER MINT
The use of mint in ant-cancer trials.
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FACTS AND FIGURES
A few interesting facts and figures !
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HOW MANY MINTS?
Just how many different mint plants are there out there?
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PLANT SIZE GUIDE
Our plant size guide illustrated for your ease of use.
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LADYBIRD GUIDE
Read how you can look after ladybirds while looking after your garden.
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CLIMBING PLANTS
A Guide to Planting
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PRUNING CLIMBERS
A Guide to Pruning
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CONTAINER GARDENING
A guide to Growing in Patio Containers
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