Sunday, January 27
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Friday, January 25
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Thursday, January 24
It is really easy to take part and doesn't take very much of your time but provides the RSPB with vital information.
In 2007, over 400,000 people took part by counting the birds in their garden for an hour. Together they spotted 6 million birds across 236,000 gardens. This helped the RSPB determine which species of bird had increased in number and which had numbers in decline. They can then identify which species of birds need help.
Since 1979, the number of house sparrows counted has fallen by 52% and the number of starlings by 76%. However, it isn't all bad news - chaffinchs and great tits have both seen their numbers increase since 1979 by 36% and 52% respectively.
To read more click here
Sunday, January 13
The photograph below shows the Piermaster's Wartime Garden in Liverpool. This is a reconstruction of how even many very small town gardens were 'given over' to the production of vegetables during the 'Dig for Victory' campaign on World War II.
Saturday, January 12
Mick is also into exotic plants which he grows in his garden, but no doubt some spares may find their way to the plot.
Monday, January 7
This trifle is ideal for those of us who, as a result of a good harvest, have a store of berry fruit in our freezers. When the fruit is thawed it produces a juice that soaks into the sponge too. Alternatively you could use fresh fruit and maybe moisten the sponge with fruit juice or something stronger. We have used redcurrants, raspberries, loganberries (well they may have been tayberries) and blackberries. Just shows how many times we have made this trifle over the last month!!
Sunday, January 6
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Today was a lovely sunnny day for being out in the fresh air but it was also really cold. Lots of time is being spent looking through seed catalogues and deciding which of the hundreds of seeds that we would like to grow we can realistically cope with. If you are doing the same then don't forget our links.
It is also uplifting to wander around the garden spotting plants that are starting to come into growth and even into flower.
Everywhere on the plot is a bit soggy. As our soil is clay based we are trying not to stand on it too much as this can ruin the soil structure. I soon will have to set my mind to giving the bramble a really hard pruning if we are to enjoy the same huge fruits as we did last year! Not a task to be undertaken without full body armour! Click here to see how I did this last year.