In recent years we have started to see parakeets visit the garden. Brussels has several colonies of escaped parakeets. At this time of the year there are several unusual birds visit the garden along with the usual blue tits, wood pigeons and blackbirds. Below is a Eurasian Jay.
The aluminium pole frame for the raised bed is fastened to the back wall and the poles are driven about half a metre into the ground. This creates a strong frame for supporting beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. An additional feature is the drilled corner pieces that allows a wire to pass through the frame and …Read More about Raised bed frame 2015
Gardening in the city is very important for helping the birds and bees that visit every day. The insect life that makes up the garden ecology and plays such a central role is often overlooked. Besides producing for the household this garden also provides for a wide range of birds and insect life.
The raised bed is one of the most productive areas of the garden. At the end of the season the bed is cleared of all the climbing plants, beans, tomatoes and cucumbers and the material composted. It is always handy when a friend comes round to help.
It is always very reassuring when the first tomato flowers appear. A bad frost when the plants are small can leave you with flowerless plants and no tomatoes. The flowers are attractive to bees and are followed by the first fruits.
Beans produce a range of bright coloured flowers before the beans set. Some people actually grow beans as ornamentals because of the flowers. They do provide some early seasonal colour and a food source for bees. The quantity of flowers give a good indication of the crop to come.