Hedgehog News

Good News. I have just been in touch with Freshfield Animal Rescue and my little hedgehog is doing fine. He will stay with them throughout the winter when I’ll collect him and release back into my garden. Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre has been helping animals in distress for over 25 years. There have been many difficult times to face over those years and there may be many more to come as life is never easy in an animal sanctuary but the one […]

Olive Tree – Olea europaea

The Olive originally comes from the Mediterranean so are used to dry, hot conditions and not really suited to the UK climate. Try growing one in a large pot.

Feeding Garden Birds

A beautiful, well maintained garden is a wonderful thing but what makes it special is the birds. You can attract birds to your garden throughout the year with very little effort.

Hedgehog Update

My lovely hedgehog settled in for the night in a bed of straw. However by mid morning today it still hadn’t had a drink nor eaten anything. I decided, therefore, to take him to Freshfield Animal Rescue where he will get the care and attention he deserves. I’ll give them a call in a few days to see how he’s getting on.

Rescued Hedgehog

On returning home today I found a hedgehog wondering around my drive. By this time of year most hedgehogs will be hiberating so I knew that something must be wrong with this little fellow. I found a cardboard box and bought it indoors while I called Freshfield Animal Rescue. The lady there told me that for a hedgehog to hibernate it needs to weight at least 600g, any less than this and it will not make it through the winter. […]

Protect Plant Roots

Now the weather’s turned much colder it’s a good time to think about protecting plants in your borders. Very tender plants will need to be lifted and stored under cover, however hardier plants and shrubs can be protected by applying a layer of mulch to protect their roots. Weeds should be removed from the borders first, before covering the soil with a layer of bark to a minimum depth of 50mm (2 inches). As well as insulating the plant roots […]

Propagating Plants for your Garden

Buying new plants for your garden is one of life’s little pleasures and can be extremely satisfying but often expensive. Equally as satisfying and an awfully lot cheaper is propagating your own plants. There are several methods available; softwood cuttings, semi-ripe cuttings, hardwood cuttings, root cuttings, leaf cuttings, division, layering and seed.