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Deterring rabbits from your garden and protecting vulnerable plants - theenglishgarden.co.uk
theenglishgarden.co.uk
23.01.2024 / 15:36

Deterring rabbits from your garden and protecting vulnerable plants

Little is more discouraging than discovering healthy and recently-planted spring borders and developing vegetable crops damaged or eaten by rabbits; it’s enough to bring the Elmer Fudd out in the mildest of gardeners. Annoyingly rabbits are most active feeders early in morning and at dusk, and so often hard to spot; they also seem attracted to newly-planted areas. But by employing a range of tactics it is possible to reduce problems. 

Protecting Plants from the Sun and Heat - backyardgardener.com
backyardgardener.com
19.01.2024 / 23:45

Protecting Plants from the Sun and Heat

The gardener must at times give plants protection against too intense light and against excessively high temperatures.

Sunday 1st May 2022 – Bean time!!! - clairesallotment.com - Britain - France
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 15:02

Sunday 1st May 2022 – Bean time!!!

After several years of sowing at different time, I’ve come to the conclusion that the perfect time for me to sow my Runner and French Bean seeds in the greenhouse is on 1st May. That way they have exactly one month to grow and be the perfect size to be planted outside on 1st June. I live in the South East of the UK so all worries of frost have gone from that area by the beginning of June. If you live further north or south of where I am, then you know your frost dates and can adjust your timings.

Wednesday 25th May 2022 – Peppers in their final pots - clairesallotment.com
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 15:02

Wednesday 25th May 2022 – Peppers in their final pots

Yes I know it’s unusual for me to blog mid week, but there is a lot to do in the greenhouses and out in the garden.

Sunday 13th March 2022 – Getting the whole family involved. - clairesallotment.com - France - Switzerland
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 15:01

Sunday 13th March 2022 – Getting the whole family involved.

About 10 days ago I had another 5 bags of top soil arrive. This is usually an annual thing, I like to get it in before the end of the financial year as it’s an expense for work. The soil in the raised beds always drops slightly during the year, it’s just something that it does, but eventually I won’t need to get any more. Each bag weighs about a ton, so that’s a lot of soil for one person to move on their own. George is at university so got away with it this year, but with Mark and I shovelling into the barrow, Emily wheeling the barrow and then with the help of Kai tipping the soil into the bed and then Kai raking it about we were working like a very well oiled machine. We got the first 2 bags done within about half an hour, and then sat down for a little light refreshment, and then did the last 3 bags. We started at 10.30am and were finished by just gone noon. I didn’t think that we’d get them all done by lunchtime, I was hoping to get about 3 done, so that was brilliant. Well done team Woodside Barn!!

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2022 – A weekend at home….Yay!! - clairesallotment.com
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 15:01

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2022 – A weekend at home….Yay!!

After the last couple of weekends being frantic, one with ringing for the Jubilee, and the other with a retirement party and collecting George from university, I finally had a weekend to myself and at home. Saturday morning was busy with shopping and getting pet supplies, the chickens eat so much. The afternoon was house chores and we had a BBQ in the evening which I managed to get it all cooked before it rained. There are 6 of us in the house at the moment so that’s a lot of food for a BBQ. Still the best thing about a BBQ is the left overs for the next couple of days.

Sunday 10th April 2022 – One, two, three and lift. - clairesallotment.com
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 15:00

Sunday 10th April 2022 – One, two, three and lift.

Another Sunday, another day in the garden, what more could I want. As usual when I came home from ringing I went out into the garden to check on everything in the greenhouses and gave them a little water. I need to do more pricking out and tidying in the greenhouses, but the outside needs my attention first. The Easter weekend I am planning on spending as much of it as possible in the garden so hopefully I will be able to get everything up to date then. I decided I would work Good Friday, but have the Monday off, the perks of being self employed you can decide. Mark is away from Friday to late Sunday, and Easter is very low key for us at home, so we’ll have a special meal on the Monday when we’re all together again.

Sunday 15th May 2022 – A day to unwind…. - clairesallotment.com - Italy
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 15:00

Sunday 15th May 2022 – A day to unwind….

This weekend wasn’t as hectic as last weekend, but there was still a lot to do. Saturday was the usual shopping, bell ringing for someone’s wedding and then a bell ringing striking competition. There were 7 bands (teams) ringing and you get judged on how many mistakes you make. The fewer the better. I am pleased to report that the band I was ringing in came 1st!! Yay!! We got 37.5 faults, the band that came 2nd got 40 faults, so it was close. We get the special cup for a year.

Monday 17th January 2022 – A busy afternoon in the garden. - clairesallotment.com
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 14:59

Monday 17th January 2022 – A busy afternoon in the garden.

At this time of year a couple of my client’s only need me for a half day tidying their garden, where as most still need me to be in their garden for a whole day. When I get half days I take the opportunity to get bits done in my garden and this afternoon was no exception.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2022 – How are we nearly in June?! - clairesallotment.com - France - Spain
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 14:59

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2022 – How are we nearly in June?!

Where has this month gone? Where has this year gone? I know the older you get the quicker times goes, but this is ridiculous.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2021 – One garden, two greenhouses, two chickens and lots of work. - clairesallotment.com - city Brussels
clairesallotment.com
19.01.2024 / 14:59

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2021 – One garden, two greenhouses, two chickens and lots of work.

I am pleased to report that Victoria our new chicken and Big Bird or BB as we now call her, are now getting along very well together. There’s the odd angry look, but BB isn’t scared of her new buddy anymore. They’re still in their separate areas, even in the big brassica cage, but when I’m out in the garden, I let them play on the grass together. The grass is like no man’s land so no one feels they have the upper hand, except me that is. I think next week end they’ll live quite happily in their shed and attached run, but baby steps for them both is needed.

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