I recently wrote of trip to Skelton Grange Conservation Centre, which is just down the road from me. I had been aware of the centre for some time but unable to picture its location in view of what else I know to be in the vicinity. Namely, the centre is on an industrial estate.
Anyway, we got the chance to have a second visit yesterday evening, to do an amphibian survey. Prior to our last visit to Old Sleningford Farm, I had been unsure if my daughter would appreciate looking for amphibians in ponds after dark, but she was quite taken with the toads on Easter Sunday. And sure enough it was an uplifting experience for us both.
We saw quite a few newts (I had never seen one before) as well as the occasional frog, toad and tadpole. We also got to eat some chocolate frog at the end of the evening.
I wasn’t able to get any photos of the amphibious creatures but as we approached the first pond, as dusk descended upon us, I noticed some flowers that I immediately thought were marigolds. When I looked more closely I saw the petals were a different shape but the leader of the survey must have been reading my mind as he explained that they were water marigold.
Talking of flowers, when we arrived at the centre the first thing that greeted us was a lavender bush. I was surprised to see it had flowers but then, why wouldn’t a flower have flowers?
Back home, my land was reclaimed from the British Coal Board nearly twenty years ago, so it’s no surprise that to look at my garden now it doesn’t look like I live close to the pithead. At the same time, it is no wonder the garden needs some extra tender loving care. Which might finally come in the form of bokashi tea!
I had read that a bokashi bin would start producing liquid after one to two weeks. So, after a week I eagerly attempted to drain the bin for ‘tea’. Each time, nope, nothing came out, not even a drop.
However, last night when I should have been getting myself into bed, I decided to have a quick go at the bokashi bin. I turned the tap (with bottle at the ready) and…… drip, drip, drip.
It will apparently only keep for a day, so I’m off to do some watering now :-!