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Ramblings – LandGirl

Ramblings

A list of ramblings and musings on stuff from beyond the garden gate.

Wrap up Warm!

We had our first frost two nights ago and not just a light dusting either:  the chooks' water was frozen solid. L ast year I nearly lost a globe artichoke plant in a very cold snap and I did lose its neighbou...

Hygge!

You can't move these days without bumping into Hygge: the Danish word for "cosy". I t's a lifestyle aspiration we have been slow to adopt but in the wake of scandi dramas and nordic knitwear everyone is light...

Hopping the Nest

In the spring we rescued some tadpoles from a muddy puddle and introduced them to our new pond. T here must have been about a hundred of them but that's a tiny amount compared to the average yield from frog spawn. As soon as the tadpoles swam off to the dep...

Tadpole Rescue!

We visited Mum over Easter and as we were discussing which plant nurseries to visit, she announced "then we can rescue the tadpoles". A huge cloud of frogspawn had been laid in a large puddle in the nearby wo...

Pickled Eggs

Once again we have eggs coming out of our ears.  Our ladies are regularly laying four a day which soon adds up! M y Lovely Husband and I are also on a diet so our usual fall-back position of Victoria Sponge a...

Winter Berries

Christmas is over and the fairy lights that lent a little sparkle will soon be back in the loft.  Now the garden really has to work to lure us to the window let alone outside. W hat you need, according to the magazines, is "winter interest" - shorthand for e...

Spring Chickens!

Well summer really.  We were down to two hens after Bianca died in the spring and decided it was time to get some more. W e bought Pepper and Jet from the same poultry supplier as before because they have a g...

If You Build It…

... they will come!  Last October I repaired a bug hotel and nailed it to the back of the garage. I was prompted to do this because the leaf-cutter bees had been chobbling half-moon chunks out of my Dogwoods....

Summer Solstice

The solstice dawn was grey and wet and rather breezy too.  But while the solar spectacle was  disappointing, the garden is looking radiant. W e had a wet winter and a cold spring.  Although we've reached the longest day, summer has yet to beat down upon us. ...

Free Fertiliser

If you have nettles in your garden don't dig them all up - make free plant food out of them. B etter still find another corner and plant some comfrey.  Not only is it a very pretty plant but your tomatoes wil...