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Assorted BeesGive Bees a Chance was launched this year in partnership with the Isle of Wight Festival & Gift to Nature who are running a project to support Bumblebees, Solitary Bees and Honey Bees. We need bees they pollinate around three quarters of agricultural crops. Bees all over the world are dying in record numbers due to the Varroa virus, Colony Collapse Disorder and various environmental factors such as loss of habitat. There is an excellent article in The Ecologist which outlines all the problems affecting bees.

I have noticed in my garden this year that there have been far less bees than ever before,  although I have got lots of bumblebee visitors.

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Potato Bag August


Having run out of potatoes I decided today that it was about time that I emptied out the compost bag that I planted up back on the 30th April.


I planted two manky potatoes that were lurking at the back of the fridge into an old compost bag after hearing that they grew well in bags and not having enough ground to plant some in.

Well was it worth the effort?

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

The 2009 edition of this book is available in September, the best price I have seen for it is £6.29.

Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th until 5am sow and cultivate roots – All root veg, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, endive, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, potato, radish, salsify, shallot, turnip, onions.

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Blackberries

The hedges are covered in free, juicy blackberries right now, here are a few recipes to help you put them to good use. Don’t pick them if they are wet unless you are going to use them straight away or they will go mouldy very quickly.
Photo: Ennor

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Blackberry Cordial

There are so many variations on this so if you are not keen on the spices added leave them out or add your own favourites. This is supposed to be a very soothing, healing drink for sore throats and colds – allegedly.

4lb blackberries
Squeeze the juice from the blackberries.
Measure the juice and add to each pint of juice.
1lb brown sugar
grated nutmeg (don’t add more than a ¼ oz unless you like it really spicy)
1 clove
Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Some people add a teaspoon or a tablespoon of brandy to each bottle. Bottle and store in a cool place.

Dilute with an equal amount of hot or cold water.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

Monday 18th up until 11pm sow and cultivate flowers – All flowers, artichoke, broccoli & cauliflower.

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My mystery shrubMystery solved already, it is a Clerodendrum bungei also known as the rose glory bower or Mexican hydrangea which should give me lots of flowers up until November or our first hard frost.

Do you know what this is?


Need help with identification again.


This is a small slow growing shrub the stems are almost black.


It is about 4 foot tall and only about 18 inches in diameter.

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SunflowerIt is at Ken’s land in St Lawrence

This months meeting is tomorrow Sunday 16th August at 10:30am. If it is not raining it will be at Ken’s plot of land in St Lawrence where he could do with some help with lots of digging and weeding (if you don’t want to dig and weed you don’t have to). The weather forecast does not look too inspiring so if it is chucking it down with rain we will meet in Pedro’s new ‘shed’. So it is probably best to give Ken a call on 854968 before 10am to check where it is going to be. You might ask why we don’t just go to Pedro’s if it is not raining but his ‘shed’ is about the only thing he has grown in his garden this year!

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