Bee Natures Friend

Aren’t bees amazing! They have been around, pollinating flowers for more than 120million years and are exceedingly good at it. One species even gives us honey. What’s not to like? In parts of South West China bees are now so scarce due to over-zealous use of pesticides, that the apple and pear orchards have to be pollinated by human hands—with paintbrushes! We need to look after our bees to stop their numbers declining further. The same goes for other pollinating insects. If they die out, so do we. The most obvious solutions are to use fewer pesticides, or none at … more

“Feral” by George Monbiot


Monbiot claims that removal of the top predator, animal or plant, changes the eco-system, for the worst. When, in 1995, wolves were re-introduced into Yellowstone National Park, elk numbers reduced significantly. And also they changed their behaviour, avoiding places where they were easily caught, including bare streams and riversides. Trees in those places quintupled in just six years. Many other beneficial changes occurred, increasing numbers and varieties of many plant and animal species. He recounts many other examples. His aim is not to intervene to recapture some past ecology, but to stand back, and see where nature goes. This has … more

Grow It Yourself – March


March has to be the month when it all kicks off in the garden and the greenhouse. The weather can be very unpredictable though so you have to watch the forecasts carefully.  Once we get towards the middle of the month you can plant onion sets, early potatoes and peas outside. I suggest you start some peas off in pots too (see photo), as insurance.  Soak the seeds overnight first before planting.  Peas have long roots so cardboard tubes are ideal to plant them in.When they are ready to go out in the garden, harden them off for a few … more