You might notice around the site or at home some trees that have had some of their leaves completely nibbled away. While there are lots of bugs and beasties that can be responsible for this, some of the main culprits are sawfly caterpillars. Sawflies, like many insects, start from eggs that hatch into caterpillars, and then spin cocoons before they [...]
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
Often called common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, it is a familiar and common plant. This may not be a plant that you want in your garden but it is hugely beneficial to wildlife. A very common plant, the stinging nettle can be found growing in gardens, hedgerows, fields, woodlands and many other habitats. Its preference for damp, fertile and [...]
We are excited to announce the launch of a major new project, funded by The Rothchild Foundation. Take a look at our Press Release for full details.
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 [...]
Known as ‘the meadow maker’ or ‘nature’s lawnmower’, yellow rattle is the single most important plant you need to establish when creating a wildflower meadow. Yellow-rattle has yellow, tube-like flowers protruding from an inflated, green calyx, which appear May to September. It has ser rated leaves with heavy, dark veins, which sprout opposite each other all the way up the [...]
This is the buttercup you’re most likely to pick and hold under your chin to see if you like butter! Buttercups are widespread and common perennial plants found in meadows and pastures, parks, gardens and at woodland edges. But can you tell the difference between these two types of buttercup? Meadow buttercup is a tall and stately perennial flower, flowering [...]
Cowslip is an attractive flowering plant found in meadows and on woodland floors. The leaves are dark green and wrinkled, and quite wide but narrow towards the end. They grow in a basal rosette formation. Th e flowers are bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers that have five petals. The flowers are enclosed by a long, green, tube-shaped calyx (protective flower casing) and [...]
While we wait to plant our Heritage Orchard in the Autumn, we are using the land to grow potatoes. Potatoes have traditionally been used to break in new ground. A potato crop competes strongly with weeds, for light, water and nutrients. Take a look at the different Growing Methods.
It's No Mow May! Short Grass Areas At Lindengate we will cut the paths weekly in this area but leave the central space to show off our longer grass which will be cut 4 weekly, allowing the flowers to grow. Long Grass Areas At Lindengate we will cut the paths around our Long Grass areas, as the season progresses it [...]