Jul 10th

Sounds of Summer.

By phillip J W

I have just been out to lay out the hose for watering the garden early tomorrow morning. 
I thought there were swarms of midgis in the air around my head -
Went on with laying out the hose - then looked up & discovered they weren't midgis at all.
They were clusters of Larks, very high in the clear evening sky, swerling round & round.
They were so high I could only JUST hear their screeches.
                                     ...Fasinating sight as the light began to turn pink. 

May 23rd

Squirrels (2)

By Chrystie M
Well they managed to get in last night, and ate about 4 inches down the tube. The lid had been forced open.  So off I went to the ironmonger and was going to buy another padlock to go out on the other side, but the man there, who was very helpful, suggested a piece of chain might be better, and thinking that two padlocks might look a bit silly (indeed).  So I have just been out and wrapped a piece of light chain catching any parts that might be raised.  The tits are still coming back and forward so they are not put off with chain and padlock!
Apr 8th

Great Mounds of Compost - No 1

By Geoff J
Eartlings and I have been involved in creating earth for as long as I can rememeber. Millions and millions and millions of little tiny Eartlings have me workng at supplying them with food. Yes, I am always feeding these lovely millions with food and they do the rest. Once in awhile I remove freshly made earth from the bin where they procreate and create the new earth. They are wonderous but I have n'ere seen one of them.

They are not finicky about what I put on their plates but they would take their time to digest bones and the like. They love meat but it gets stolen from the darlings by rats and foxes and other baddies.

They would demonstrate a love of paper and cardboard but take their time to digest. In fact slugs love card and would be in the compost recycling it more quickly. Composteers like me  dislike slugs because they use the new earth as a storage and transportation hub.

The store is for laying and keeping eggs; the transportation hub is to let the dormant eggs and newly hatched Eartling babies and slugs travel to the wilds of other places in the allotment plot and garden! Ughrrr!  

Once in these places the baby slugs gorge themselves on ............need I go on?

I only compost white paper - tissues and kitchen sheet - the latter with kitchen vegetable oil from wiped frying pans etc. Other papers are more than not covered in priters inks and other tackies which may contain heavy metals - so that stuff goes to recycling facilities: not the compost bin. 
Dec 29th

Swanley and the World Garlic Society

By Geoff J
What a great year 2012 has been. For example, this year has seen the creation of "Swanley and the World Garlic Society".  It is merely that a group of friends agreed this venture in October.

It has no constitution, rules, newsletter, etc! It has no aim, objectives, strategies or plans. There is no business plan. It has no president, chair, officers or committee members. How can the English members (there is at least one member from the USA)  expect such a society to flourish???? Garlic with truly English food - a misrepresentation surely? 

 Each member has it in their heart and makes of it what they will. Some will be active: some will be dormant!  For example, I noted that Swanley had a no-rain slot of about two hours this morning. So....I took the growing garlic bulbs from the potting shed and planted a "garlic-dozen" (11 plants to be). The 12th bulb had been dropped outside of the shed (not potting shed) about six weeks' ago. It was noticed again this morning and seen to be  just sprouting despite frost, rain and a migin of snow in that period;  it was planted with the 11 cousins who are more mature.  

With luck the garlic-dozen plus one will grow to full maturity and be consumed as ingredientd of attempted world dishes


In fact nothing has happened since it was formed...except??? 
Nov 25th

Wind and the Garden: Trees and Bushes

By Geoff J
Trees are wonderful but they also attract diseases so beware!

After the high recent winds weakened branches or cracked branches may need attention - assuming they have not already come to the ground. A quick remedy may be to take a stoll and look up.

You may see something unusual, such as:
  • a sight of "raw" wood - say, in a crack, might be best to get expert opinion;
  • a broken, hanging branch;
  • a leaning trunk;
  • lifted soil beneath the canoply; or
  • a newly exposed root or root system.

If property damage is apparent or might arise (some of above may be serious), it may be as well to get on to your insurer as soon as possible, and perhaps an  expert adviser in due (The insurer will probablyimediately advise as to your cover.)  

However, where the tree is near a road, footpath or a canal tow path or other property with public access, etc you might be best to call the emergency services as well as your insurer and perhaps a professional adviser (if the insurer is involved they are likely to adise you) .  


Sep 7th

The Kent High Weald Partnership would like to help you Eat Yourself Fit!

By Mary B

The Kent High Weald Partnership would like to help you Eat Yourself Fit!

We will be transforming community and private gardens over a course of 8 practical taster sessions for the over 50s.

Taking place in and around Tunbridge Wells, all tools and training will be provided by our team of wildlife gardening experts.

Participants can learn about;

·         Wildlife gardening

·         Growing your own food

·         Countryside volunteering

·         Urban Gardening Club

·         Local food growing schemes

For more information on how you can join in this lottery funded project, please contact Sarah Tree on 01580 212972.

It would be appreciated if you could forward this information to any interested parties.

Many thanks

Sarah Tree

Partnership Officer (Assistant)

Kent High Weald Countryside Partnership
Conservation Centre
Bedgebury Pinetum
Bedgebury Road
Kent TN17 2SJ

Tel: 01580 212972


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Aug 20th

Early Crops

By ron d
My allotment has been croping at least a month early

The blackberries are just about finished, I have just picked the last of the apples.

I have already picked enough tomatoes to make soup and tomatoe sauce.

Unfortunately it has also been a good year for weeds, I have never had so many
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