I have just been out to lay
out the hose for watering the garden early tomorrow
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.
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.
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???
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) .
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.
Partnership Officer (Assistant)
Kent High Weald Countryside Partnership
Kent TN17 2SJ
Tel: 01580 212972
'Linking community & countryside'
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