Monday, 24 April 2017

Attracting birds into your garden

Do you want to attract more birds to your garden? The following plants can help to provide a valuable food source for a wide range of species..........

Holly – song thrushes, redwing and blackbirds
Ivy – robins, wrens, blackbirds and starlings
Hawthorn – blackbirds, chaffinches, greenfinches and redwings
Honeysuckle – thrushes and bullfinches
Rowan – blackbirds and starlings
Teasel – goldfinches, bunting and sparrows
Sunflower – long tailed tits and nuthatches
Shrub  rose – mistle thrush and blackbirds

Friday, 21 April 2017

Quote for the week

If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

What to do in the garden in May - free advice and top tips

Not sure what to do in the garden, looking for some inspiration? The good news is that there is a wealth of free advice on the internet. Websites such as Thompson and Morgan, The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Gardeners World. For free advice and top tips please follow the links below.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Our voluntary project coordinators availability 2017

Due to a change in circumstance Graham, our voluntary project coordinator, will only be available on weekday mornings between 9am and 12 noon. He will also be taking time away from the project between the following dates:

Friday 7th April – Monday 24th April
Friday 26th May – Monday 5th June
Friday 21st July – Monday 4th September
Friday 20th October – Monday 6th November

Thursday, 6 April 2017

What to do in the garden in April

Wondering just what to do in the garden in April, the Sunday Gardener may have the answers.

The Sunday Gardener – an independent website offering free down to earth gardening advice and tips.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Spirera Arguta (bridal wreath) flowering in our planted borders

First sighting of juvenile common lizards this year

New buds on some of our young trees

Say no to the mow and help wildlife

Mowing your lawn less, and letting parts of it grow long, will not only save you time but also help to give nature a home - benefiting to a wide variety of wildlife species including: hedgehogs, lizards and slow worms, butterflies, dragonflies and birds. It does not need to be the whole lawn, perhaps just around the border or a section in the centre, creating an area where wildflowers can flourish.

More information can be found on the RSPB website here

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The benefits of companion planting

What is companion planting?  - it is creating planting schemes which have a mutual benefit to each other. It is not only about natural pest control but also about helping other nearby plants by improving nutrients in soil and compost, providing a little shelter from wind and helping to attract a variety of beneficial insects. It can also help improve pollination of fruit and vegetable crops.

Details of a good companion plant guide can be found on the Thompson and Morgan website here.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Helping to attract beneficial creatures into your garden

You can attract a variety of creatures into your garden by building a minibeast hotel  -  everything from bees to hedgehogs and ladybirds. They can be fun and interesting to make and built using items such as; wooden pallets, dry leaves, logs, bark, twigs, bricks and old tiles.

For details of how to build one please visit the RSPB website here.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Helping our pollinators

Butterflies are in decline and need help. One way in which we can all help is to plant and grow wildflowers. They not only look good but attract a variety of pollinators such as butterflies, moths and bees. Many varieties will also self seed after flowering.

If you would like to know what to sow the Butterfly Conservation Trusts secret gardener has some wildflower seed suggestions and details on how to grow them. For more information please visit their website here. 

A miserable day outside so its time for indoor garden planning

Re-potting nasturtiums in the poly tunnel

Friday, 17 March 2017

Helping to give nature a home

Whether you have a garden, a balcony or just a few flower pots and containers the RSPB have a range of activities that will help you attract wildlife and provide nature with a home. From birds to bees and butterflies to moths.

You can learn more about how you can help attract wildlife by visiting the RSPB website here.

Today we are mainly thinking of the summer

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Hopefully we will have another bumper crop of apples this year

Compost bin offer from Recycle for Cumbria

More information can be found on the Recycle for Cumbria website here.

Freegle give and take event with seed swap

Transferring seedlings in the poly tunnel

Looking forward to the growing season ahead

Free gardening advice from the Royal Horticultural Society

Whether you have a garden, an allotment or containers the Royal Horticultural Society has produced a wealth of free practical advice that could help you grow your own. There is a wide range of topics including: growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs all year round, wildlife gardening and dealing with pests and diseases.

If you would like more information please visit their website here.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Free ID spotter sheets from Plantlife

If you want to know what may be flowering near you Plantlifes free ID sheets could be just what you need to help you find and identify them.

You can download several free ID spotter sheets from the Plantlife website here.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Top 10 easy to grow vegetables for beginners

Do you want to grow your own vegetables but just dont know where to begin? unsure of which varieties can be grown easily? how much space do you need?

If these are some of the questions you have Thompson and Morgan might have the answers. They have produced free information on their top ten easy to grow vegetables for beginners. For full details please visit their website here.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

What to do in the garden in March

As March approaches and the longer days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks, it's time to start preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

Free gardening advice and top tips can be found on the following websites: