Eco Garden - July
Yes, summer is here and, rain or shine, July will be one of the hottest months of the year when you should get some time to relax and enjoy your garden.
What you won’t enjoy is looking at a dying mess. So keep plants looking good by regularly deadheading and you'll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants, especially those with little root growth, well watered and hoe off weeds, which thrive in the warmth and rain.
Things to do…
Flowers - Autumn-flowering bulbs, such as autumn crocuses, Colchicum, Sternbergia, Amaryllis and Nerine, can be planted now.
Cutting back plants in baskets followed by feeding can encourage new growth and help revive tired displays.
Start collecting seed from plants you want to grow next year, especially annuals such as Calendula, poppy and Love-in-a-mist. You could also take cuttings of patio and container plants ready for next year.
Save on water by trying Aquadrip Watering Spikes – these are plastic watering spikes that independently water plants using a bottle of your choice for up to 2 weeks. These nifty little watering spikes help you to recycle your plastic bottles in the garden. They will fit onto bottles with a 28mm bottleneck.
Tip: Making a small hole in the bottom of the plastic bottle allows better water flow through the system.
Lawns –A zero emissions way to cut grass with no petrol or electricity required is the manual garden lawn mower. Perhaps more effort but easy to use and hassle free and a work out all in one! No filling with petrol, no passing extension leads through the kitchen window, just push and go. They're better for your grass too: their cylinders give a cleaner cut, which heals quicker. The result: a greener, healthier and better-looking lawn. Plus: they're almost totally silent, are lightweight, have no fuel or running costs, and create no pollution or CO2 emissions.
Birds and wildlife – Eco Bird Feeder - a simple way of recycling unwanted food to your local birds
A simple, elegant way of recycling unwanted food to garden birds.
Just hang from a branch or outside your window, insert food, and watch birds come to feed.
From apples to cheese, have fun experimenting.
Local honey from Twickenham Bees.
Raw honey is tasty, healthy and helps your local economy too.
Honey has been used for centuries for its healing properties and sweet flavour. Raw honey is much sweeter than sugar, with a tastier, fuller flavour, and is also better for you. When sourced in your neighbourhood you will also be helping your local economy.
Raw honey is a remarkable natural substance. It hasn’t been heated or pasteurized and contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants, and other important nutrients. Raw honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, and promotes digestive health.
Raw, local honey also contains a blend of local pollen, which can strengthen your immune system, and reduce pollen allergy symptoms.
Local beekeepers are much more concerned about the health of their bees and, as an added bonus; their products do not have to travel far to reach your kitchen. It may cost a little more than the commercial options, but it is well worth it.
Dandelions and clover are two of the bees’ favorite foods – they provide tons of nourishment and pollen for our pollinators to make honey and to feed their young, do your part to help save your local honey bees and leave a wild patch in your garden.
For more information about bees visit the Twickenham & Thames Valley Beekeepers’Association.
Build a bee hotel! Did you know that bees need somewhere to rest when they venture out on their pollen mission? Get the kids involved and get building!