Flower Power!

For pure joy. For the bees, the parasitic wasps and the lacewings. For the magic they bring, the quiet power they wield. Toss some flower seed about to create some wild, carefree beauty in your garden for this spring. Anise hyssop, echium, larkspur, calendula, chamomile, snapdragon, stocks, heartsease, poppies, love in a mist, honeywort, sweetpeas […]

A Planting Plan to Entice the Beneficial Insects

More insects are on your side, than not. There’s an army of beneficial insects willing to help your cause, should you wish it. Parasitic wasps, hoverflies (pictured), bees, bumble bees and ladybirds, praying mantis, spiders, dragonflies, assassin bugs, lacewings, various beetles, frogs and earwigs. They’ll manage pests, pollination and recycling of debris in return for […]

Make A Speedy (But Slow) Garden Bed

This is a quick and easy way to make a new garden bed. I must warn you; though the construction is quick, the wait until its ready to plant is long. The waiting brings huge benefits, giving nature the opportunity to fully express herself and you the chance to well, wait for something. Oh wow!, […]

Raising Really Good Seedlings

When you sow seed and raise seedlings, something magic this way comes. The magic brings wonder (so important in this know-it-all-age, don’t you think), it brings joy. Magic is good, important even; so are seeds. Mainly because they are our dinner, but also because they are our story. Here’s how to raise really good seedlings. […]