Don’t for­get the gar­den amid the fes­tiv­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES - Ali­son Green­halgh works for en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Ground­work South as a hor­ti­cul­tural ther­a­pist in Iver. After a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in sales and mar­ket­ing, she re­trained as an or­ganic gar­dener and is also a master com­postert

late spring.

The ducks build their nest and have their young on our pond but once hatched, dis­ap­pear with their brood within days up the road to the river.

Cold tea kills slugs (a one-off ac­ci­den­tal oc­cur­rence).

Wad­ing through our pond to dredge the duck weed is a strangely ther­a­peu­tic and popular ac­tiv­ity (and never end­ing...)

Duck weed is resistant to both the com­post­ing and burn­ing pro­cesses (cur­rently ex­per­i­ment­ing with slow burn­ing sys­tem in a sim­i­lar way to char­coal-mak­ing).

Newts play dead if you pick them up.

Pump­kin seeds, along with tomato seeds, over­win­ter well in a com­post heap.

Gourd fruits, dried out and painted, make fan­tas­tic Christ­mas tree baubles.

There’s a flock of para­keets nat­u­ralised in the vicin­ity.

We have a grass snake liv­ing in a com­post bin here at the En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre.

You can make gi­ant an­gel wings out of plas­tic gar­den trel­lis, green bam­boo and re­cy­cled car­rier bags very suc­cess­fully to liven up the sen­sory gar­den for De­cem­ber.

And if you haven’t picked up the hint al­ready, if there’s any­body out there who has ex­pe­ri­ence of rid­ding a large shal­low pond of duck weed and would be happy to share their knowl­edge with us at Iver En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre, we’d re­ally love to hear from you!

Wish­ing you all a very Happy Christ­mas and a Santa sack full of gar­den­ing good­ies.

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