August has already been a busy month for us at Wildlife & Eco gardens, attending numerous events such as the Northern Green Gathering (You can read more about the talk we gave, or watch the full talk on our blog post "Day out at Northern green gathering"). We have more events coming up in September … Continue reading August/September at Wildlife & Eco Gardens – talks, events and stalls!
On a rather windy day with sporadic rain we set out into the Derby countryside looking for Bradley Nook farm, the home of Jay, a delightfully friendly farmer who was recently in the news and on Country file for rescuing his herd of "beef" cows by giving them away to Hillside animal sanctuary. This year … Continue reading Day out at Northern green gathering
This week we take a look at an unusual but very underrated herbaceous perennial ~ Oxalis tuberosa (Oca). Sprouting distinctive, clover-like leaves in spring, with crimson stems, oca makes for an attractive plant even when not in flower. Warm yellow flowers will bloom from mid to late summer, inspiring joy for anyone who notices them.
Many seeds are just as endangered as the most endangered animals on this planet, and in the last one hundred years over 94% of our vegetable seed varieties have been lost, replaced with mass marketed "resistant" varieties controlled by large seed companies such as Monsanto and Bayer seeds. This loss of genetic diversity is a … Continue reading Seed: The Untold Story
This week we are taking a look at an evergreen shrub that has been used by humans for centuries - Salvia officinalis (Sage). Flowering in summer, sage is a great addition to the garden not only for it's uses and it's value to wildlife but also for the beauty of its flowers and foliage. Let's take a closer look at this wonderful plant.
Whether you want to attract more pollinators, take advantage of it's herbal properties or simply enjoy it's beauty, yarrow is a plant that can offer something for everyone in the garden.
This week we look at a plant that provides a feast for the eyes and the stomach ~ Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris flavescens)
This week we take a look at the enchanting 'Lady of the Wood' ~ Betula pendula (Silver Birch)
This week we take a look at one of my all time favourite plants ~ Passiflora (Passionflower). This beautiful, evergreen vine climbs using tendrils to secure itself to other plants or supporting structures such as trellises, bamboo canes, and pergolas. With its' exquisite blooms opening from summer to early autumn, who wouldn't want to grow … Continue reading Plant of the week ~ Passiflora (Passionflower)
This week we are looking at the delightful Chamomile. Great for insects and has many uses for humans too.