Bringing in the Wildlife

Worrying about family, worrying about empty shopping shelves, worrying for those who are in ill health and can’t help themselves. With everything going on in the world right now, it was a relief to retreat into the garden this weekend. As the sun shone brightly in the sky, I took it as a sign that we’re all going to be OK.

With the kitchen garden now established, this year I’m focusing on colour, blooms and wildlife. Not wanting to use any chemicals in our garden, I’ve been trying to bring in bees, butterflies and other creatures to pollinate  our fruit and veggies and to get rid of unwanted pests.  I have a real  sense  of  wellbeing  when  I hear  the  gentle  buzz  of  a bee  going  about  his  daily  business.  It puts  life  into  perspective,  which  is  just  the  tonic  for me in the  current  climate.

I created an area in the kitchen garden that we named ‘Bugmetroplis’, which provides rent-free accommodation for the insects with penthouse views of the veggie beds. And this weekend I’ve also added haute cuisine dining to the establishment! In three separate areas of the garden, I’ve sown wild flowers that will not only feed my pollinators, but will also act as a refuge for the wildlife. So if Bugmetroplis has no free rooms, they can still take comfort in the wildflower surroundings.

I used three different seed mixes from Thompson and Morgan. One specifically for pollinators, which I sowed in Bugmetropolis. One of the other mixes was for for shaded areas, which I sowed around our fruit trees. The final mix was an annuals mix, which I wanted for a patch near to the house. For nearly a year, this area was my dumping ground as we were undergoing the house renovations. From old ovens to rubble, it all sat here. Finally able to clear the area, I was left with a blank canvas. Unfortunately, I can’t create anything permanent in this space as we’ll need to dig up the ground to lay a waste pipe at some point. However, an annual wild flower mix is perfect as a short-term solution.

Ensuring all three areas were cleared of weeds and stones, I created a fine tilth. Then, I sparingly scattered the seed, and gently raked over. I then gave all areas a water with a fine hose head, to avoid disturbing the seed.

With my part done, I’m hoping Mother Nature will do hers by germinating these wildlife spaces. All being well, the Agents of Field bug business will soon be big news on the pollinating scene. Bees and butterflies will be travelling from miles around just to get a taste of the highlife.

On a final note, this a time where we need to be there for one another. So take time to phone or video chat with family, friends and neighbours. Help those who might be struggling, through a good deed or a kind word, but please look after yourselves.

In a few months when we can hug one another again, flowers will be blooming, and crops will be growing. So let’s look forward to happier times.

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Bringing in the Wildlife

  1. A very worrying time. In fact, I have never seen a time like this in all my 62 years on the planet. So, yes, plant flowers and reach out to friends, family, and those who might need your help. Stay safe, be well.

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  2. can’t imagine the world can ever be the same after this little lot. And how lucky (didn’t we always know it?) those of us that have reasonably sized gardens are after all. Lovely writing, lovely positive attitude. That closing paragraph is a champion!

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  3. When my colleague in the Los Angeles region complains about ‘another’ swarm of bees arriving in his garden ‘again’, I remind him of how they see it as they fly over the rest of the less appealing urban landscape.

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