✿ Routinely put nuts, fruit and fatty cake out for the birds, plus a bowl of water. Note that some birds are groundfeeders, while others prefer to take food off a bird table or a hanging feeder, so cater for all tastes.
shrubs, such as buddleja, forsythia, dogwood, willow and flowering currants from hardwood cuttings. Simply make the cutting
20cm or so in length from the ends of the stems of the plants and push them into a V-slit trench in moist soil. Grow them in situ or plant them in a large pot and put them in an unheated greenhouse, transplanting them in late spring.
✿ Don’t be too eager to tidy the veg plot.
Leaving the roots of beans in the ground after harvesting will naturally help refuel the soil with the essential leaf-making nutrient, nitrogen.