Tidying gardens in Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Knebworth & surrounding villages.
If you would like help in the garden, whether it's for a few hours a week, a month or more, then please get in touch.
Tel: 07963 291504

Fully booked for 2020.

Monday, 30 March 2020

The Secret Lives of Garden Bees by Jean Vernon - Book Review

Now if you're gonna Google 'all about bees' then let me save you the time. Grab yourself a copy of Jean Vernon's new book 'The Secret Lives of Garden Bees' and everything you'll ever need to know will be there and more!

The Secret Lives of Garden Bees simply oooooozes passion. 
Jean's love of bees runs, like honey (see what I did there...lol), from page to page. 
The book is a large 7 x 10 inch hardback that you'll go back to time and time again and is packed with information about the different types of bees, how to spot and how to help these precious creatures.

From bee behaviour, avoiding stings and bee rescue through to plants to grow throughout the year and bee predators, this book contains it all. There's even a section on exploding genitals....yes you read that right. Exploding genitials! Ouch!

My only criticism, from my own personal 'need' in a book that helps you to identify something, is the ease of reference via clear photos and layout. Some of the identification photos are a little blurry and I personally would have preferred every identification photo to have been from above the bee, so markings, shape & size were clear when then trying to identify a bee in my own garden. 

Minor criticism aside, I loved this book. I loved Jean's passion for bees, something that we should all have. The Secret Lives of Garden Bees is essential reading. It's an easy read book, packed with lots of information that even I didn't know about, definitely recommend!




Jean Vernon

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Spring 2020

With all the doom n' gloom in the world right now, the garden and allotment have become even more special to me. Somewhere to escape the insanity & fear every time you turn on the TV, radio or step into a supermarket. 

It's funny how some people's attitude to health & well-being have suddenly changed overnight to simply needing more 'stuff'...loo rolls, soap, canned food, pasta, water, blah, blah, blah...

Before the Coronavirus, where was the fear of all the other health conditions, that on a daily basis take so many people before their time? Why weren't people panicking then?  Why weren't people washing their hands really well or, more importantly, looking more closely at their whole well-being?

I hope none of us get this, I really do.
I hope that washing your hands and not being coughed or sneezed over keeps you safe & well.
What I hope for more than anything is that people will wake up, re-evaluate their lives, the 'preciousness' (if that's a real word) of our short time here and look at what they eat / drink / do on a daily basis. Mountains of loo roll are not the key to good health and washing your hands to the tune of Happy Birthday is only a teeny weeny part in our well-being.

I know a lot of people are being scared senseless by the news but I encourage you to step outside on a sunny, blue sky day and just breathe.

Close your eyes & listen to the birds singing. Grab a seat & soak up those ever warming sun rays. Look around and see what Mother Nature is sharing and try & clear your mind, even if it's for a few short moments. I find it a HUGE relief.

I found this little newt in a client's garden this week, playing dead. I didn't realise he was playing dead to start with. He was on his back, legs in the air, not appearing to breathe, move or blink. I felt quite sad that he hadn't made it thru' the winter so I placed him gently in a safe place & carried on working. 10 mins later I noticed the lil' bugger had moved...lol.

Back home, the pond is a bubbling mass of frogs spawn again. Such a happy time of the year listening to the frog chorus at night. The row must drive our neighbours nuts.

My final photo for today is of my one and only picking of Purple Sprouting Broccoli this winter from up the allotment. Bit of a disaster as I stupidly took off the netting thinking they would be fine, that there wouldn't be butterfly caterpillars at this time of year to eat them. I forgot about the pigeons...DOH!!!

Stay safe & sane people.
Look after your whole body and look out for others.
These are crazy, scary times but I hope to see you all on the other side. 
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