Monthly Archives: April 2016

  1. How garden wildlife works

    How garden wildlife works

    As gardeners, we all value the natural environment, and while our focus might be on plants, trees, lawns and flowers, it’s important not to forget that other creatures like our gardens too.

    Squirrels, bees, blackbirds, sparrows and starlings are all common sights in most well-kept gardens but there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other visitors who we can enjoy – and help. Hedgehogs, field mice, frogs, toads and newts, lizards, slow worms and grass snakes as well as lesser spotted birds like tawny owls will all make use of our gardens if we create the right environment for them.

    Not only is it important that we provide an environment for garden wildlife to help them survive and thrive, but they can also help us create a great place to revel in. Who doesn’t like the idea of nature’s cuddliest creatures keeping us company as we sit in the sun, relishing the fresh air and sunshine?

    Why garden wildlife are a gardener’s friends

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  2. Summer Garden Guide: May Tasks

    Summer Garden Guide: May Tasks

    Summer Garden Guide: May tasks

    With sunny days and April showers, it’s time to get your garden ‘spring-ready’.

    May promises to bring with it some warmer days, warmer evenings, and hopefully a bit less rain! So now is the perfect time to finish getting your garden ready for summer by moving plants from greenhouses into the soil, and getting your houseplants in order.

    Download our Summer Garden Guide, print it and pin it to your fridge so you don’t forget what needs to be done in the garden this month.

    Download the printable May edition
    Summer Garden Guide May.pdf
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  3. Why playhouses bring out creativity and imagination in children

    Why playhouses bring out creativity and imagination in children

    Children are spending less and less time outdoors – and it’s having an impact on their development, well-being, and mental health. A recent study revealed that 74 percent of children spend less time outside than prison inmates.

    Although prisoners get at least one hour a day in the open air, the survey of parents found that nearly three-quarters of 5-12-year-olds were inside almost all the time, playing on screens.

    Research for Persil’s Dirt Is Good campaign shows that those children are not learning essential skills. They aren’t exploring parks or gardens, running around in open spaces or finding out how plants grow. Playing is a vital part of growing up because children learn a great deal from trial and error. Chi

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