Daffodils are poking through, the birds are busy in the garden and Gardener’s World is back on TV; it can only mean one thing…….
Spring is on it’s way !!
Work on the pond
I’m a huge fan of ponds and water features in gardens; if I was ever to design my own garden, water would certainly be a main feature. Over the past 2 weekends I’ve been helping my Dad extend our pond, to help encourage more wildlife into the garden. The current pond has fish in it and is very steep sided; the new pond will have much shallower sides at either end, so that anything that goes in for a drink, for example a hedgehog, can find its way out again.
Our efforts are already paying off, as while we were working we noticed a frog coming up from the depths of the pond. It came up to the surface for a bit, we are thinking it might have been there all winter.
In the garden….
It’s lovely to see the spring flowers – crocus, daffodils and primroses – poking through. We’ve been cutting back shrubs and generally tidying up
RHS Campaign for School Gardening News Update:
We’ve started to chit our potatoes, again we’ve chosen Charlotte’s as they seem to really work for us. Here’s a really useful guide on how to grow potatoes in a container
To celebrate the Campaign’s 10 year birthday they are asking groups to take part in The Big Soup Share – sounds great. Community groups will cook their harvest and share with folk. I love my Mum’s ‘Green Soup’. We will be doing this in October at an Operation Farm event with these #MidgetTrees
In my role as RHS Ambassador I’ll be visiting Chaucer Junior School in April to have a nosey at their garden and get stuck in to a few jobs; I’m looking forward to that!
Finally, a reminder that applications for the School Gardener of the Year competition is back open again – look at what it did for me – go for it guys!!!
Busy with the birds
We have seen such a range of different birds in the garden recently including three types of tits, goldfinches, a nuthatch and a chaffinch singing in the magnolia tree. There’s plenty of activity going on at the bird feeder too and I noticed a sparrow with a twig in its mouth yesterday as they are get ready to build their nests. With that in mind….
Location, location, location – We are pleased to offer this one bedroomed bird box; formally a wine box donated by Lesley from Heyrod Food and recently renovated by my Dad. In a popular location close to local amenities such as bird feeder, pond, trees and shrubs, with 5* views. Vendor is open to offers from any song bird!!