Busy Bees!

Frosty morn, view from Bee shack garden

Hello again,

The Hedgelaying is coming on very well, as Spring has not quite sprung we have a few more weeks yet to get it finished, we also need to trim back last years growth on the hedge we laid last Feb, the idea is to use a very sharp hook, or for larger pieces a pair of secateurs to cut right back to the level at which it was laid, meaning when the re growth comes through again it will sprout out from more areas, thus creating a thicker hedge.

We also ordered our poly-tunnel this week from  they have a wide range of poly-tunnels to choose from, we have gone for one with a thermal cover, we will also get a heater so that we can get cracking straight away and bring on the first seeds. We’ll be using the poly-tunnel half as a nursery and half to plant out salads, tomato’s, peppers etc in the beds.

At home I have taken lots of cuttings from my raspberry canes and black current bushes and stuck them in pots of compost, they all seem to be growing, so I’ll transfer them over soon to the Bee shack garden to create our very own fruit patch.

Graham and I have now successfully planted out a mixed coppice of hazels, willows and dog roses, we now plan to do the same the other side of the hedge, turning our willow bird hide dome into a giant willow and hazel S’ shape, in the summer this will be a lovely place to eat a picnic whilst enjoying the stunning views across Bulbarrow hill.

With more planting, Hedgelaying, grass seeding & filling up raised beds planned for this weekend I think we’ll be busy bees for a few more weeks yet!

Thanks for reading

Charlotte x

Willow archway with apple heart bird feeder