Here at Lindengate we have been trialling 3 different types of grain – wheat, rye and oats, this year, with the intention of making some harvest tokens and corn dollies with our participants. ‘Once given, it became a symbol of the budding romance. If the recipient wore the token to church, the giver would know their affection was returned. If [...]
Over the past few weeks we have been collecting seed from the wildflowers in the conservation area and beautiful plants growing in the garden here at Lindengate. If you would like to try this at home here is a useful link to this activity on the RHS website.
It's a busy time of year at Lindengate, with the team busy harvesting a fantastic variety of fruits & vegetables in the kitchen gardens and propagating plants, ready to be planted out next Spring. Take a look at the Gardeners World guide of the best plants to propagate. You could even donate some to Lindengate next Spring!
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
Why not get together with the kids and let their creativity take over this Easter and create some healthy Easter Bunny pancakes.
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 [...]
Lavendar Bags This time of year if you have any lavender in your garden it can be cut back. Cut at the base of each stem. The flowers can be taken off the stems and used to make a lavender bag or put in an open dish to scent the room.. This could be given as a present to [...]
Pressing Flowers and Leaves Picked at their peak and then preserved, beautiful pressed flowers and leaves have many decorating and craft uses. INTRODUCTION Use them to embellish cards and stationery, arrange them on paper for a lovely wall decoration, or sandwich them between glass panes to make coasters with a botanical touch. There are a variety of plant presses [...]