Country Traditions

September 12, 2010

Apples and bats

Filed under: animals, gardening — Tags: , — dmacc502 @ 1:43 pm

And so to bed: Put up bat boxes on the north sides of walls and trees. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Order your apples

The apple planting season (autumn and winter) is coming; for the greatest choice of varieties, order now. Adam’s Apples (run by a real, actual man called Adam) has an impressive range. If you have space, go for a collection hand-selected to suit your postcode. Choose between apples for cordons and espaliers, or a “longest season” collection, which will keep you appled up from August to February.

Attracting bats

In the next month, bats move from their summer roosts – near good sources of food – to cooler roosts for hibernation. Put up bat boxes on the north sides of walls and trees if you want them to hang at yours over winter. You may still get a little crepuscular swooping at this time of year, as your pipistrelles and brown long-eareds fatten themselves up for the big sleep. If your garden sees no bat action, sow a bat-attracting wildflower seed mix now. Find mix and roosting boxes at nickys-nursery.co.uk.

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