Sunday, 19 January 2020

Poly tunnel repairs to be conducted 9.30 am Sunday 2nd February

"The Well Communities will be replacing the thermoplastic on Green Heart Den on Sunday 2nd February. Anyone interested in helping out can join our 20 volunteers on site at 9.30 am sharp" - Project Coordinator Ged Pickersgill.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Free, easy to follow growing guides from Garden Organic

Free easy to follow growing guides from Garden Organic covering a variety of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and fruit.

Each individual guide is set out with growing instructions, growing calendar and facts and figures to help improve your growing success.

The growing guides can be downloaded from the Garden Organic website here. 

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Exciting time ahead for Green Heart Den in 2020

"2020 will be a year of regeneration of Green Heart Den. Poly tunnel repairs in January along with University of Cumbria planting and lots of exciting partnership working opportunities with Network Rail, The Well, Mind and the complete refurbishment of the garden side of the Green Heart Den. The objective is to recreate a vibrant space for all the local community to use"  - Project Coordinator Ged Pickersgill.

Wildlife gardening with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

If you are looking for a new project in the garden perhaps you could consider making the space a little more wildlife friendly. The RSPB has some excellent free advice such as which plants can help encourage a variety of wildlife into your garden and creating different habitats.

For more details please visit the RSPB website here.

Gardeners World to tips for a low maintenance vegetable plot

Free advice and practical tips from Gardener's World on how you can produce a low maintenance vegetable plot, particularly useful for people with limited time. Topics include: space saving crops to grow, vegetable crops for beginners, growing in raised beds and companion planting.

Details on the Gardeners World website here

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Hopefully 2020 will see vital repairs to the poly tunnel which was damaged in February 2019

Rusland Valley Horticultural Society Annual Potato Day

On Sunday 19th January 2020, Rusland Valley Horticultural Society will hold the 5th Annual Potato Day in Greenodd Village Hall.This will be a great opportunity to purchase your seed and plant requirements for 2020 with, dozens of species of potato sets as well as onion sets and large selection of fruit trees, plants and shrubs.The event opens at 10 am till 2 pm. Soup and cakes as well as hot drinks will be on sale in the Hall. For further details, contact:

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Looking optimistically towards 2020, a new new growing season and hopefully better fortunes for the garden

Making and using leaf mould

Making and using leaf mould:

After collecting fallen leaves place them in a bin liner, moisten them if they are dry, then pierce holes in the bag with a knife or garden fork, tie the top loosely and stack the bags out of sight for up to two years. If you have a lot of leaves you can make a simple heap and to stop them blowing away, build a frame round the heap using posts and netting.

Well-rotted leaf mould over two years old can be used as seed-sowing compost, garden compost and good quality soil for use as potting compost.

Leaf mould, less than two years old can be used as mulch, a soil conditioner, or a winter covering for bare soil.

Our guide to general maintenance tasks

A quiet time of the year, but there is always something to do in the garden

December can be a relatively quiet time on the garden but there are always a few jobs you can be getting on with. For example:

Digging over and prepare your soil for next year’s planting and growing season. At the same time you can add organic matter such as well rotted manure and/or contents from your compost bin.

Cleaning bird feeders, stock up on fat balls and making sure birds have access to fresh water.

Making a log pile or mini beast hotel which will help to provide shelter for wildlife.

Washing, cleaning and servicing all of your garden tools and giving them a wipe with oil to help prevent rusting.

Pruning and trimming fruit trees and hedging.

Turning over your compost heaps to let air in and then covering them with a piece of old carpet or some plastic sheeting to prevent the compost becoming too cold and wet to rot down.

Collecting fallen leaves and adding them to the compost bin and/or save separately to make leaf mould.

Removing weeds and adding them to the compost bin.

Clearing any fallen or diseased fruit.

And from the warmth and comfort of your armchair you could perhaps begin planning for next year.

Monday, 16 September 2019

A little early morning maintenance

Cleaning the air box, replacing the missing air filter on the mower and lubricating some of the padlocks.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Signs of autumn from the hawthorn in our wildlife area

One of our inhabitant common lizards on the wildlife friendly area

A year in the life of a common lizard…
Spring - Adult lizards emerge from their hibernation sites in early spring. Mating takes place around April.
Summer - Females incubate the eggs inside themselves and ‘give birth’ to up to 11 live young around July/August. Juvenile lizards are tiny – less than 5cm long – and are darker in colour than the adults.
Autumn - Lizards spend the next couple of months feeding up on invertebrates in preparation for winter. They feed on worms, slugs and insects and give their prey a good shake, to stun it, before swallowing.
Winter - Common Lizards hibernate, often in groups, amongst rocks or dead wood generally between November and March. They may take advantage of milder patches of weather to come out and forage.
Common Lizards are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to kill, harm or injure them sell or trade them in any way

Collecting calendula seeds and storing them for next year

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Free trees from the Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust want to make sure everyone in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So they are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.

For more information and details of how to apply please visit their website here.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Vipers bugloss, ox eye daisy and buttercup on the wildlife friendly area

Vipers bugloss is a good source of food for a large variety of insects including; bumblebees, honey bees, painted lady and large skipper butterflies.