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From front garden to abundant allotment

All you need is a bit of space (provided you don’t live in a cave, in which case you’d have to settle on button mushrooms). Even if you have a small apartment or a small yard you can still grow quite a bit of food. You can even grow tomatoes in a small studio apartment. For those of you that have a moderate to large sized yard, follow suit on the picture story below. This is how to create REAL health security. It’s time to stop consuming and start producing!

 

This used to be a lawn.

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It started with eight 6’x4′ raised beds with 1″x10″x10′ reclaimed redwood barn siding.

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Encourage hedgehogs to your garden

Why is it a good thing to encourage hedgehogs to your garden or allotment plot?

Well one reason is hedgehogs feast on insects, including pesky caterpillars, slugs and snails, often consuming over 200g of bugs every night, great news for getting rid of slugs. This will balance out your garden’s natural ecosystem, making it much more balanced as you introduce a natural predator rather than putting down poison or slug traps. (which are horrid to empty). Plus hedgehogs are super cute and fun to watch!

Check out these 5 tips from Grow fruit and veg:

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1. Introduce hedging Hedgehogs like to hunt and rest under these plants for protection. Introduce hedges such as beech, holly, hawthorn and yew (pictured below) as barriers around your plot instead of wooden or metal fencing to create easy access to your crops that need a helping hand

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2. Provide food and water A garden pond is a great source of drinking water for these creatures, as long as you provide an easy exit in case they fall in. Hedgehog food is available to buy which can be left out in the evenings – alternatively, try using meat-based pet food.

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3. Create shelter Compost heaps and piles of logs in a quiet space on your plot make perfect resting places for hedgehogs. They provide protection from predators and a way of escaping higher temperatures during the day.

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4. Leave a part of your plot to grow wild It may seem counterproductive to many tidy gardeners, but leaving just a small corner of your growing space unattended will encourage more food for hedgehogs such as various beetles that won’t be of any harm to your crops. This makes it more likely for them to stay close by.

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5. Keep pets away Larger animals such as cats and dogs may frighten hedgehogs that appear in your garden overnight. To help them feel safe in this environment, make sure your pets are kept away from secluded areas where these creatures are likely to be hunting in the evening. It’s also important to protect any food left out from being eaten by your furry companions.

Further great advice from The wildlife gardener:

How we can help hedgehogs

In order to help hedgehogs, gardeners should avoid using slug pellets because, as well as hedgehogs helping you get rid of a slug problem naturally, the pellets can also kill hedgehogs and even if they don’t eat the pellets directly, if the slugs they eat have been poisoned, this will also be absorbed into the hedgehogs’ body tissue too. You can supplement a hedgehog’s natural diet especially in autumn when they need to accumulate fat before they go into hibernation for the winter.

What to feed hedgehogs

Tinned cat or dog food and even dry dog food is a useful addition to a hedgehog’s diet. They’ll also eat things like bacon rind. You should also ensure that you put out fresh water with any food you leave but you shouldn’t feed a hedgehog milk or bread in large amounts as they can cause diarrhoea.

Do you have hedgehogs in your garden?