At this time of year with the advent of planting season you can go through a lot of plant containers, especially if you give a lot of plants away. The standard 2 litre milk carton, with the top cut off, makes a good intermediary container for bean plants. The beans are started in plastic boxes …Read More about A bit of recycling
Posts relating to winter
This was a quick visit to Graham Bell’s forest garden in Coldstream, Scotland. The visit with Frank was to see the garden in winter. Graham has been building the garden for over 20 years and has created one of the finest examples of a permaculture forest garden in a cool climate.
Attracting birds to the garden is a clever gardening strategy. In return for some simple bird food the birds then scavenge around the beds and eat any pests. It is also nice in the winter months to have regular bird visitors to the garden providing a bit of life and colour to the otherwise quiet …Read More about Feed the birds
Honey bees spend the winter in a hive. Bumble bees have a different life cycle where the queen will spend the winter alone in small burrowed nest in the ground. In the spring she will emerge to find a larger nest to lay eggs and rear young. Over the summer a small colony emerges. Come …Read More about Where do bees go in winter?
It is too early in the year to talk about a “false spring,” when warm weather followed by a freeze confuses the garden. But this year the bluebells are coming through in January, last year they did not appear until March. That gives a good indication of the mixed up weather that is now becoming …Read More about A false spring
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