Make our brilliant DIY birdhouse feeder and attract all sorts of birds to your garden! If you don't have a green space of your own to hang it, you could make it as a gift. How to Build a Bird Feeder
Tree spinach has eye-catching bright magenta leaves with almost sparkly growing tips. Plants can grow up to 2m tall, hence the name Tree spinach. This vigorous plant can be harvested as a cut and come again leaf from 25cm tall. Easy to grow, adds columns of height and colour to the veg garden. Yields are high and the plants aren’t [...]
Taking some time to walk, just for the sake of walking, without thinking about where you're going or why, can be an act of self-care. Why not try a short walking meditation to make the most of these light summer evenings? You don’t need to do it throughout your whole walk, just a section to help you to focus on [...]
Have you ever tried wild garlic? Often found in ancient and mature woodland, wild garlic can be hard to miss. You might notice the smell first and then, perhaps among the bluebells, you might see a carpet of broad leaved plants on the forest floor. The leaves are best picked when young and fresh (before it flowers) and are perfect [...]
As Spring gets underway you may be aware of more and more birdsong outside. This great Bird Song Identifier from The Woodland Trust will help you identify which garden birds you can hear.
Leave some ivy as shelter for hibernating insects. Leave swept up leaves and leaf mould in piles in the corners of your garden – these will provide ideal habitats for hedgehogs, small mammals, amphibians and insects in the colder weather. Avoid turning compost as there may be creatures sheltering under it.
Keep bird feeders and bird tables topped up and check bird baths daily to make sure there is a good supply of clean water and that it has not frozen. It’s a good idea to place a few small stones in the water as an escape route for animals and insects that find themselves unexpectedly in the water and [...]
The ground may be too hard to work at the moment, but if you are preparing any soil in the garden look out for queen bees. They can sometimes be found in the soil and if you do unearth one don’t rebury it. Gently find something to slip underneath it, like a thin piece of card and use it [...]
Follow a routine If you’re put into a stricter lockdown, it’s important to create a routine to give your day structure. Try to get up and go to bed at the same time every day, aiming for seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you’re working from home, make sure you schedule in lunch breaks, and time [...]
At this time of year we get mixed weather but often the skies are clear at night. The stars and the moon and sometimes some of the planets can be seen in the night sky if no clouds are obscuring them. Have you ever thought of having a look to see what you can see on one of these [...]