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
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
Previously we covered the basics of wildlife ponds and their importance in gardens. To expand on our pond series we will be looking at native UK water plants which can be perfect for your pond. Choosing water plants can be tricky, but makes all the difference to water levels, oxygen levels, nutrient balance, soil erosion and managing … Continue reading Plants for your wildlife pond
Many freshwater species in the UK are in decline, struggling with pollution, habitat loss/fragmentation and changing land use. For instance, in the last 30 years over 200,000 ponds/lakes have been lost from farm land alone! Due to these changes, species such as frogs, toads and newts are all facing declining populations. Luckily you can help … Continue reading Wildlife ponds in your garden
Gathering nectar is hard work with bees visiting an average of 2,000 plants per day, all that had work makes bees thirsty especially during hot summer days. So bees often risk drowning by visiting bird baths or risk predation by drinking at the edges of ponds and rivers. But you can create a very cheap and simple … Continue reading How to make a bee watering station
Helianthus annuus, better known as the common sunflower, is a truly spectacular plant that cannot fail to lift your mood and bring a smile to your face. Simply growing them in you garden/allotment makes the area a happier place for you, your neighbours and bees! Yes, we are not the only ones to love these bright sunny … Continue reading The Big Sunflower Project
People in the UK are often obsessed with lawns, spending around £54 million per year on lawn fertilisers, between £150 and £225 million on lawn mowers and strimmers! Most people will mow their lawn(s) anywhere from weekly to daily between March and October, in an attempt to keep the grass just millimetres long for that "perfect lawn" … Continue reading Lawns! What are the alternatives?
Nettles get a lot of bad press, largely due to their unpleasant sting, but you'd be surprised at the amount of uses this wonderful plant has.
Hedera helix or common Ivy, is a much maligned plant! Often blamed for damaging brick work and strangling trees to death, but is this fact or fiction?
Peat bogs are vital and beautiful for many species of birds, mammals, insects and plants! But our insatiable lust for this cheap, easy to produce growing media is leading to an alarming rate of habitat loss.