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I walk some days and love the outdoors. Here I will try and share what I see..

By jaspers1980, Apr 2 2018 08:02PM

We have moved house. It has been a terrible seven months but we have got through it. The new garden today is a fifth of the size. All the raised beds lost, bird boxes and other things we had. Today we must rebuild.

We have lived in the new house for three months. Our bird number has gone to 21 different species.

This past week we have had a pied wagtail attacking our back door window. At first I thought he wanted me to feed him. Then we thought it was to do with him seeing his reflection so we thought he might be seeing a mate. But we have now realised he is defending his terrotory. He sees his reflection and thinks it's another male. He kicks and pecks the glass. Now we have put up a blind in hope it deters him from wasting energy and us cleaning the glass every hour!

By jaspers1980, Jul 4 2017 09:43AM

The salad leaves are being eaten daily. Spring onions are finally coming to be big enough to eat! Spuds are flowering and will soon start to die off. Tomatoes hang in greeness, while the sweetcorn have already hit ten inches in height. We have picked the beetroot, who have made a miraculous recovery. I thought the sun had wilted them to the point of death. But some very heavy rain over one weekend lifted them up and we have already picked some. We have been picking peas and the onions have started to yellow. Shallots are still going strong and also the red onions.

We are a family of four but we don't even fill the black bin now with rubbish. And that is every two weeks pick up. I find it incredible that we have gonee from nearly two bins to a little under one. Again showing the importance of growing your own food.

By jaspers1980, May 17 2017 08:01PM

Where the sun peeks over rooftops and forgotten chimney pots. Cow Parlsey plumes the country lanes and gnats trampoline the sunlight. Trees stretch sun rays while leaves tap the light as if putting it to sleep.

Tawny owls will be live, aowken by the time lit by the sun. Bagders mingle on quietness and foxes wander the unknown. Blackbirds are the last garden bird to bed, sometimes a robin will linger. In case something interesting happens.

That time of year and we want it to last for the rest of it.

By jaspers1980, May 13 2017 08:50PM

We have Garden Bumblebees (bombus hortorum) building a nest in the front outside porch. In the apex roof where it sits on the posts is a rotten piece of wood. The bees are in and out wrapping up the daylight with their wavy wand like flight. I am assuming there to be only a handful at the moment with more to come. I don't know much about bees and how their nests work.

We may get to the point where the front door is not allowed to be used. Our house has been home to all sorts of creatures since we have been here. Wasps nests and bird nests on a regular basis. Bats are in the attic. This is our first bee nest. Exciting we also have to be aware of what we are allowing to be built.

A t the bus stop I go to for work there is a bee in the rubber sealant of the plastic frame. I think it is a Tawny Mining Bee or a Red Mason. It is that shape and has orange like fur. Very strange. The hole is where the rubber ends on the square corner. Only joy to have when waiting for a bus.

By jaspers1980, May 11 2017 09:24AM

The raised beds are creeping towards 30. All sorts of shapes and sizes. We even have an old rabbit hutch now. Great depth for spuds. The Mrs works in a company that make glasses and they are replacing some of the machines. This week she has brought back big pieces of plastic, some framed. All will come in handy for cold frames and sides for the raised beds.

I have planted some Oriental salad, Red Orache, Serifon, Shungiku, Tai Soi, Tokyo Bekana. Some of these can be edible after 3-4 weeks. Which is fantastic. Most days now I am eating chard, salad leaves, mustard, cress and spinach. A small plate full to add to my dinner. It costs nothing, there is no work involved except making a bed and sprinkling the seeds in. Water when needed and watch for slugs and snails.

We are forced down this road of supermarkets and what they sell is best. It really is nonsense. Our society needs to understand how easy it is to grow your own and the taste idfference is incredible. The reward for growing these seeds is fantastic.

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