Upgrading the cat defences

Upgrading the cat defences

For two glorious years, this garden was cat-free. And then just at the point where the garden was mostly ‘finished’ and all I needed to think about was playing with plants, a feral cat moved into the neighbourhood. And started leaving ‘gifts’ in the raised beds. I had...
It’s time to think about nest boxes

It’s time to think about nest boxes

A note caught my eye the other day that now is a good time to think about adding nest boxes to your garden, if you want to offer accommodation to garden birds this year! Ryan and I were doing a bit of bird watching in the garden today and it’s clear that the...
Jack Monroe’s yoghurt bread

Jack Monroe’s yoghurt bread

Just after Christmas, Jack Monroe posted a recipe for some bread she made to use up some just-out-of-date yoghurt that was sitting in the fridge. It reminded me that we had some homemade yoghurt sitting in the fridge, but when I checked it had already gone to Furry...
2018 garden plan

2018 garden plan

This was the garden earlier in the month, when it experienced quite heavy snow. We had a bit more over the Christmas break, but it gone again now. Like many people, I choose to use these wintry days to plan my spring/summer garden! In May this year, I put in an order...
New for 2018…

New for 2018…

Happy midwinter everyone! For the last few weeks I have been deliberately trying to slow down, to spend some time relaxing and recuperating after a busy year. The garden has been doing the same, and so I have been leaving it to its own devices. When I have thought...
Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden?

Are there fairies at the bottom of your garden?

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Cottingley fairies story, a hoax which entrances the UK to this day. Cousins Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright faked photos of fairies at the bottom of the garden, intended to be a practical joke on their grown-ups....

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