Raised Beds: The Sequel.

Been a tricky season of dodging in and out of wet windy weather to get things done and check other things haven’t blown away.

And to crack on with the raised bed that was featured in my post https://mucktwineandthinker.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/raising-beds-little-by-little/

and I didn’t realise until I just looked for the link that I had taken -and posted so many photos!

But I can now report that with all due diligence and string that bends to accommodate what I am inclined to call my carpentry (but have no wish to

offend real carpenters) the project is now ready for planting. Which may be just as well as it has given me backache that means I may not be able to reach ordinary

ground level for some months.


And the slabbed path that was an autumn-2013 project is also well under way now down between the plot and the hedgerow-and-fence

that separated us from the house next-door. Unfortunately the strong winds have taken out some of their fence panels which caused some minor damage to our

fruit trees.

It’s also been unseasonably warm. Other regions of our country (some very close in Shropshire and Worcestershire) have been inundated for weeks and sewage

is mixed in with the river and ground waters.

Here we are looking at honeysuckle buds breaking open, dandelions flowering, and hazel and alder catkins opening up and spilling pollen.

Birds are also starting to collect nesting material. And, as always most noticeable to me are the pairs of blue tits that seem so energetic as they flit at cursor speeds between

floor and perch and next box, one on the front wall of the house outside our window. A second pair (I think) using the ox on the shed in the garden. It always brings to mind

my maternal grandfather telling me that birds “paired up” on Valentine’s Day.


Another shower and a rainbow is building in the pink-lit sky as they work.

Not sure where you are, but – if you don’t have cats I would recommend putting up a nest box for many reasons: not least the entertainment value and the satisfaction you get from

helping out wildlife. Go to http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/factsheets/nestbox.php for some fine instructions.

Images of blue tits: www.bbc.co.uk


2 responses to this post.

  1. Things seem to be on the move. The birds pairing up for Valentine’s Day is down to Chaucer apparently: http://wp.me/p3DjAB-9s


  2. A single blue-tit has been using our box all winter. Sue


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