Jul 24, 2022 • 1HR 15M

Ep 25. Compost, Worms and the Flowering Rush

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The Wildlife Garden Podcast
A monthly podcast on how to garden for wildlife right at home with top-tips, plant ideas and even a book club!
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This week we dive deep into the musty world of your compost bin and look at the wildlife you could find there. We are also joined for the second time by worm expert Dr Emma Sherlock. Then, we cover our first native pond plant, the charming Flowering Rush or Butomus umbellatus.

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Next Book Club

The Secret Life of Garden Bees - Blackwells

The Secret Life of Garden Bees - NHBS

Wildlife sightings

Ancistrocerus wasp

Swift Conservation Homepage (swift-conservation.org)

Humming-bird Hawk-moth | Butterfly Conservation (butterfly-conservation.org)

Emperor Dragonfly - British Dragonfly Society (british-dragonflies.org.uk)

Plants looking good

RHS extreme heat damage to garden plants survey - July 2022 (surveymonkey.co.uk)

Gillenia trifoliata|Bowman's root/RHS Gardening

Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy'|stonecrop 'Herbstfreude'/RHS Gardening

Hebe / RHS Gardening

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination'|Culver's root 'Fascination'/RHS Gardening

Rosemary - How to Plant, Grow and Harvest | RHS Herbs / RHS Gardening

Sage - How to Plant, Grow and Harvest | RHS Herbs / RHS Gardening

Prostanthera cuneata|alpine mint bush/RHS Gardening

Hampton court visit

Francoa sonchifolia|wedding flower/RHS Gardening

Prostanthera cuneata|alpine mint bush/RHS Gardening

Prostanthera lasianthos|Victoria Christmas bush/RHS Gardening

Wildlife Gardening: For Everyone and Everything from Summerfield Books

Media appearances

What should I do about ants in my garden? - The RHS Gardening Podcast | Podfollow

Become a Bee Walker, forest bathing and a native garden plant - The RHS Gardening Podcast | Podfollow

Wildlife Gardening in Small Spaces with Ellie and Ben from the Wildlife Garden Podcast - YouTube

Compost wildlife

Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata) - British Beetles - Woodland Trust

Digestive System of an Earthworm - Biology Wise

Digestive System of Earthworm (thebiologynotes.com)

Earthworm - Wikipedia

The Earthworm Gut: an Ideal Habitat for Ingested N2O-Producing Microorganisms - PMC (nih.gov)

Culturable microorganisms from the earthworm digestive tract | SpringerLink

The contentious nature of soil organic matter | Nature

CORNELL Composting - Compost Microorganisms

Compost pile - microbewiki (kenyon.edu)

Carbon cycle - microbewiki (kenyon.edu)

Meet the Molecules; Geosmin | John Innes Centre (jic.ac.uk)

Geosmin - American Chemical Society (acs.org)

Petrichor - Met Office

Actinomycetes as nature’s pharmacists | Microbiology Society

Soil smell is bacterial lure (acs.org)

Dr Emma Sherlock

Emma Sherlock Natural History Museum

Earthworm Society of Britain

Flowering Rush, Butomus umbellatus

Flowering Rush Plug (Butomus umbellatus) | UK Delivery | Naturescape

Butomus umbellatus - Wikipedia

Species Profile - Butomus umbellatus (usgs.gov)

Butomus umbellatus Flowering Rush PFAF Plant Database

Butomus umbellatus Flowering rush Grassy rush Lily rush Water gladiolus Care Plant Varieties & Pruning Advice (shootgardening.co.uk)

Butomus umbellatus L. | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science

Flowering Rush – Invasive Species Centre

Butomus umbellatus (flowering-rush): Go Botany (nativeplanttrust.org)

July - Flowering Rush — Living Levels

Butomus umbellatus | Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora (brc.ac.uk)

Butomus umbellatus the flowering rush - Merebrook Pond Plants