Are bees in for a drastic decline in 2017?

Worldwide there are around 20,000 different species of bee, most of which are solitary bees, 9 species of honey bee and around 250 species of bumblebee. We have around 270 of those species native to the UK! Sadly all those wonderful species of bee are in for a drastic decline in numbers in 2017 due to … Continue reading Are bees in for a drastic decline in 2017?

Therapy of trees, nature, and gardening

Surely no one can deny that after walking through a wonderful old forest or even just your local country park you feel more relaxed, less stressed and happier! More and more research is being done into the therapeutic benefits of connecting with nature, trees and even gardening. This connection to the natural world is one … Continue reading Therapy of trees, nature, and gardening

Butterfly and moon gardens for moths

Butterflies are well known pollinators, fluttering from flower to flower on delicate wings during the warm summer months. Moths on the other hand are largely forgotten and not often thought of as critical pollinators. Instead many see moths as flame obsessed nighttime pests! Yet these beautiful creatures are vital pollinators which have been in decline for … Continue reading Butterfly and moon gardens for moths

Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond

Ponds are one of the best ways to create habitat and invite wildlife into your garden, which we explored in previous weeks with "Wildlife ponds in your garden" and "Plants for your Wildlife pond". To show you how a pond can enhance your garden we will be following Dawn's garden as it receives a wildlife … Continue reading Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond

It’s national hedgehog week. How can we help this iconic delight of British wildlife?

Hedgehogs are an iconic part of this country's wildlife, but how many people have regular hedgehogs visiting their gardens? We can help this severely threatened species by making a few changes in our gardens. What can we do to help hedgehogs? 1. Get together with your community and create a hedgehog highway. Simply cut CD … Continue reading It’s national hedgehog week. How can we help this iconic delight of British wildlife?

No dig, ditch back-breaking cultivation and grow great vegetables

Origins of no dig cultivation methods are not completely clear, but the benefits of having healthy soil, bountiful crops with minimal work is clear! Managing your allotment/home vegetable garden using techniques such as double digging are time consuming, labour intensive and damage the delicate balance which exists in soil between beneficial bacteria, insects and microbial … Continue reading No dig, ditch back-breaking cultivation and grow great vegetables

Pruning your stone fruit trees, how, why and when.

Pruning trees can be a complex art form, with each species of tree requiring different techniques, methods, environmental conditions and times of the year. Today we will be looking at when to prune stone fruit trees such as cherry trees, along with some problems which can occur as a result of pruning at the wrong time of … Continue reading Pruning your stone fruit trees, how, why and when.

Stone fruit pruning at Windmill community gardens on a warm spring day

One should never give up the opportunity to learn and even experts still have much to learn. This weekend we got the chance to attend a stone fruit pruning workshop at the Windmill community gardens in Nottingham. Lead by Marc Richmond, an RHS expert in pruning who works on over 900 apple trees per year, and hosted … Continue reading Stone fruit pruning at Windmill community gardens on a warm spring day

No garden? No problem, why not grow a container garden?

Many people rent properties and cannot always change their garden structure (such as having decked, paved or concreted areas), or you may only have small areas which are paved over. Don't let this stop you from creating a mini wildlife haven on your doorstep this year. Get creative and grow beautiful flowers, shrubs or even … Continue reading No garden? No problem, why not grow a container garden?

Know your soil, types, structure and condition

Soil, mud, dirt is truly a fascinating subject which can be very complex, yet is often overlooked as a dry, boring and simple topic, but without the complex relationships, chemistry, types and structures of soil we would not have the myriad of flora which graces the variety of habitats on earth. Sand Silt Clay Loam * Water retention … Continue reading Know your soil, types, structure and condition