Don’t forget the garden amid the festivities
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.