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June is the gateway to summer

“June is the gateway to summer.” Jean Hersey And with the weather this week, it certainly feels like summer. Although hot sunshine brings the challenge of how to water the garden and keep plants alive. Learning from the experience of the dry period last year, we put water retaining granules in the soil this year. This has helped provide the plants with a reserve of water. But with so many dry days, even the water granules dry out without a good drench. Our Friday morning watering session this week was a bit earlier than usual, 7-9am rather than 10-12. This early start was better for watering plants and was less exhausting for the small team of volunteers. This gave us the chance to give the

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” L. M. Montgomery The 21st June was the astronomical start to summer as well as being Midsummers Day. I find it quite tiring having so much daylight. Particularly when the dawn chorus wakes me up by 4am. Its lovely to hear the birds, but there are limits. Talking of birds. We get a variety of birds in our garden, and we have residents. A pair of blackbirds are living in a nest at the side of the garden. We see them eating in the garden all the time and make sure there are things around for them to feed on. Hopefully they are feasting on our slugs. Did you know that when a slug is attacked by a predator it will contr

It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses. Nathaniel Parker Willis The Anglo-Saxons called the month of June ‘sens monath’ meaning ‘dry month’. Judging from the weather so far, the Anglo-Saxons were right. But because we don’t have water in the garden, the number of dry days on the run is taking its toll. On volunteers as well as the plants. The weather is about to change for a few days, so hopefully a mixture of sun and rain will help our young plants and seeds to grow and get stronger. There is still a lot of work to do setting up the garden. We have moved seedlings into the containers there this week. Mainly

It seems to me the worst of all the plagues is the slug

‘It seems to me the worst of all the plagues is the slug, the snail without a shell. He is beyond description repulsive, a mass of sooty, shapeless slime, and he devours everything.' Celia Thaxter You may have noticed that I hate slugs. May is normally the month when all the slugs come out and eat the seedlings. But everything is running about a month late, so it’s now that we are really beginning to see their presence. They munched all our Peruvian Lilies shoots and I had to replace the rhubarb in May. We’ve been planting out delicious seedlings too, so it is quite a battle. Particularly when there are so many hiding over the garden. I keep finding them under the pots during the day, but th

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