August 2020

No post for July, for a variety of reasons but my attention was away from the garden for a bit, working to gather some cash to spend on it. Last week I had a new fence installed on 2 sides of the garden; a closed-board with trellis on top for one side and a picket fence on the other in agreement with my neighbour.

While many small beasties can almost certainly access the garden through or under the picket fence, I asked my builder to include a hedgehog gap in the closed-board. I periodically get hedgehog visitors in the garden, and I know they use the alleyway on the other side of the fence as a connecting route, so I thought I’d make life a little easier for them.

August, at least the start of it in England, is very often a dry month. Just looking at the weather forecast there is no rain expected in my corner of the island for at least the next 2 weeks. This means water becomes an even more precious resource. The water but is already almost empty, but an easy way to collect and reuse water if you have an over-bath shower is to simply put the plug in when you use it. Then you can scoop out the grey water (the soap is fine for garden plants) or even siphon it out and use it on your garden. If you have a walk-in shower, try sharing it with a bucket. You’ll be surprised at how much collects in there and every little helps!

And don’t forget to mulch!

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