WHAT TO GROW

Bird Watching (UK) - - May Id Challenge -

LIZ POT­TER Edi­tor, Gar­den An­swers You don’t want to dis­turb any birds breed­ing in your hedges, bushes and shrubs, so May is the per­fect month to start grow­ing pol­li­na­tor-friendly plants from seed. Choose hardy an­nu­als such as Sweet Peas, Pop­pies, Corn­flow­ers, Eschscholzia and Stocks. Don’t for­get the Poached Egg Plant, fa­mous for at­tract­ing hov­er­flies, and la­dy­birds which in turn will feed on aphids, while Sun­flow­ers pro­vide a bit of height and the oil-rich late-sum­mer seed­heads that birds love to eat.

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