Category Archives: forest garden

Out with the step ladders

I had been thinking of allowing the birds to eat all the crab apples but when I saw there were some huge apples at the top of the tree I just had to help myself to them. And for the … Continue reading

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A gooseberry bush

With it being warm weather, in spite of the recent rain I felt there was no harm in giving the pots and the compost bin a watering from the water I’ve used today to clean one of the sheep’s fleeces … Continue reading

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A bee for my apples

Before I start my post proper, I would like to report that I have been able to make a partial fix of the comments function on my blog. It seems that WP has introduced a new piece of software for … Continue reading

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Mislabelled methinks!

I’m still chopping my way through the phacelia and poppies around the garden. The flowers on the former are almost finished, so they are no longer offering much in the way of food for the bumblebees, and the poppies are … Continue reading

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Twitter has some uses

Do you use Twitter and if so what’s your opinion of the platform? I set up an account years ago but at the time I couldn’t make head or tail of Twitter. So, I stopped using it. However, my daughter’s … Continue reading

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Keeping the cats off

At this time of year, it’s hard for me to know whether it’s hay fever or something else. But yesterday I slept virtually all day, so there is definitely something amiss. Unfortunately, the patch at the back of the garden … Continue reading

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The verdict on the hosta

It must be at least two years since I learned that hosta is an edible plant. And luckily for me, against all the odds, it grows fine in my forest garden. However, I’d not tried to eat it, not knowing … Continue reading

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Ecology of a tree

I’ve just spent a fascinating half hour watching the various insects on my Orleans Reinette (apple tree). You know how you pop out to put something in the bin, only to find you need your camera… well, I did rush … Continue reading

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The knock-on effect of the drought?

For anyone who missed it, we had a drought last summer, followed by a dry winter and spring. I’ve only been in the CSA vegetable scheme at my local farm since last September, so I can’t be sure they have … Continue reading

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Three slightly bigger trees

I got a timely reminder from The Woodland Trust the other day about looking after my two hazels and the yew tree I bought back in February. This is what they looked like before I cut away as much of … Continue reading

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