Over the weekend of January 30 and 31, the Belgium nature conservation organisation Natagora organised a volunteer bird survey, “guess who comes to eat in the garden.” Volunteers are invited to count the birds that visit their gardens for at least one hour during this time and submit their findings through the Natagora website. The …Read More about Natagora bird count
Archives for January 2016
A lot of older gardeners hold with turning over the soil before a frost. Letting the frost get into the soil. They say it kills of weeds and pests. In this garden, prone to slugs, it certainly does make some difference for later in the spring. It is good to see a frost after several …Read More about A welcome bit of frost
Balcony rails are useful for hanging trays close to the house. These are ideal for salads and picking crops used regularly. Trays must be well secured and watched for drying out. They do sit nicely out of the way of slugs and snails. Radish are a simple crop to start with.
Making Compost The best compost is made from mixing layers of different organic materials from the kitchen and garden. The layers should not become compacted as air movement through the pile is important. A small kitchen compost box usually needs emptying twice a week adding it to the main compost pile.
Home composting means using all vegetable waste, peelings and cuttings. Cooked foods and meat waste should be avoided. All garden waste can be used. In autumn, leaves can be gathered in leaf bins, leaving them to break down over winter before including in compost bin.