Author, teacher & wilderness woman. Born into a family of British cunning folk where the old ways were passed down since time out of mind. Lives with her cats, husband and a host of wildlife in the back of beyond, a magical twilight place between worlds, on the Welsh Borders.
Work will begin to create the garden this Autumn. It will showcase sustainable food production, wildlife friendly gardening and therapeutic horticulture practices through workshops and educational activities for schools, community groups and individuals.
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do … Today was daisy-day. I love Ox-eye daisies but you really can have too much of a good thing! This summer the lilac garden was completely awash with them, a real “white garden” … Continue reading →
Arrrrggghhh !!! It’s one of the worst mornings of the year for me, the time when the bloody farmer sends the hedge slasher round to scalp the hedge around my garden! The pic is not my garden, we manage to … Continue reading →
Clearing the Pond banks … Here’s Kevin being a garden gnome! He’s clearing, indeed has cleared b the time of this pic, all the Vinca major from the pond bank. A word of warning here! Vinca major (aka periwinkle!) is very … Continue reading →
I curate a wildlife garden. It’s organic and biodynamic, designed completely with wildlife in mind. It’s a 1/4-acre of delight, with a large wildlife pond, trees, glades, wildflower meadows, fruit trees, and some self-seeding and/or perennial fruit and veg. I garden … Continue reading →
As I’m doing a lot of interesting changes in the garden I’m reviving this old site. You can also access it through my writer’s website and blog site. The garden remains biodynamic – I couldn’t work any other way – … Continue reading →
This piece from FOE is both good and disturbing and, for me, the loss of habitat is as bad as the pesticides. People do not understand that their own actions – putting a concrete drive at their house house, perhaps even getting an allotment, having a better pavement for the school walk, a new road to help congestion, a farmer turning a field from pasture to arable – all steal habitat from wildlife, plants and so insects and bees, then birds, then animals!
We have to change our thinking and then our way of life …
Why are the bees disappearing?
There are two key factors in the decline of bee populations: loss of habitat and the intensive use of pesticides. In the past 60 years, we’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows. Add to this the loss of much of our natural hedgerow and woodland thanks to modern farming methods, and you leave the bees without flowers to forage or safe nesting sites. Our bees are hungry, homeless and dying.
Then there’s the hotly debated issue of pesticides used in farming. In 2013, a two-year restriction was put on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides by the EU, after they were found to present a high risk to bees. The pesticides industry has been fighting the ban ever since and, as a result, a growing number of studies have been carried out that show that these pesticides do harm bees.
Just got a good review from Midwest Book Review – Julie Summers (it’s the 2nd one down). She says, “Unique, informative, exceptionally ‘user friendly’ in tone and substance, “Gardening with the Moon & Stars” is an extraordinary read and very … Continue reading →