Author: Christine

Spring 2013

Hurray, spring is on it’s way! I am beginning to  re-awaken after my Winter hibernation and  am venturing out into the garden. I am definitely a fair weather gardener. Seed sowing has now begun in earnest, but I am now behind having been struck down by a horrible virus – not a good time of year for it! Things I really should do! One of the things that I need to do, is keep a proper list of all the seeds that I sow, and the date sown. I do try to do, but usually end up with scraps of paper scattered about, wet record books (wayward watering with the hose), lost pencils and pens so can’t write what I have done. Luckily though, I remembered that my daughter did a spreadsheet of all of my seeds a year or two ago, so I have printed these off and am determined to keep a record of what I am doing – watch this space! Sowing and Planting Undercover Our greenhouse is about 10ft x 8 ft and has raised  wooden beds on one side, which are divided into three sections. We  bought some large bags/containers from Marshalls Seeds  which fit exactly into these  beds and we have used them for growing tomatoes in previous years. As I am once again embarking on a healthy eating programme, I decided to...

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Wildlife in the garden

After all the rain and winds that we have had in June, I’m relieved to see that some of our birds have produced young. I know that we had some long tailed tits nesting in the wild garden. I am pretty sure they have fledged now but I haven’t seen them around so I hope they have survived.  On a good note, we have baby great tits in the garden – one flew into one of our windows yesterday, but luckily revived and flew off — the dangers of growing up! There is also one baby blue tit who sits beside the bird feeders and  demands lots of food from a very active parent – only one fledging though. Quite a few sparrows are  nesting in our nest boxes and hedgerows but I haven’t seen any young yet. Two weeks ago we were getting pots out of our plant pot store near to the compost heap when a robin flew out of one of the pots. There were tiny eggs in a nest in the pot, so we  left this area alone as much as we could, and happily a brood of chicks has survived and are now in the garden. Such a pesky place to nest though! It has been such a difficult Spring and early Summer that I am concerned about our bird population. At the moment...

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