Day 158

It’s been a busy day in the garden at Fraggle Towers. Phil has dug up some of our lawn for me to make a bee sanctuary, i.e a big patch of wild flowers, and I’ve been to the garden center to buy log roll and a couple of flowers and herbs. This year for some reason we have quite a few sparrows and blackbirds nesting in our leilandi hedge and our jasmine plant, so baby chicks all over the shop. Also a goldfinch brought one of her chicks to the niger feeder but I wasn’t quick enough to get the camera before she flew off :/ lesson learned, leave it nearby at all times!

The bee sanctuary

Beebombs are cool, don’t have to do much except stick them on top of cleared ground, there are wildflower seeds in each bomb, which are encased in nutrient-rich soil and then clay, you chuck them on the ground and hey presto, wildflowers specifically that bees love. Well not hey presto as they are slow growing, and I won’t see any results until next spring, but I can wait. I exhort you all to buy a pack. I read today that a huge survey of bees across Europe has just been analysed and the bees are declining way too fast.

day 158 ~ saving the bees πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Day 158

  1. While I don’t have “beebombs” here, we are also trying to do our bit for Mother Nature, and bees and butterflies. We have flowers, figs, a few vegetables, and milkweed, which is specific to the Monarch butterfly. We’ve seen a lot of them! Even insects that we don’t love need care and attention – I’ve read that up to 70% of the insect population has been decimated. Where does that leave us in the future with food needed to feed a burgeoning population? Anyway – good for you!

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  2. The Beebombs look like a cool idea, they must have taken a leaf out of Masanobu Fukuokas book. Another one to try, as its almost impossible to kill, is comfrey. If I remember I will send you some root cuttings next spring. Very good for bees, makes great compost or plant food, and its even good for healing (so the say) πŸ™‚

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      1. The One Straw Revolution; the guy spent his winters putting seeds in clay and then scattering them in the spring amongst the rotted straw from the previous years harvest, the clay protects the seeds until the rain comes. Something like that, its a long time since I read it, but he is a hero in the world of organic farming πŸ™‚

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