Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Bird Feeder Workshop

A chilly day for April but there was warm company in the polytunnel this afternoon at Dig In for our Bird Feeder Workshop.

 Making different lard and seed mixes

 Yummy! Apricots and.... mealworms!

Making sure it is all well mixed in!

Pine cones make good bird-feeders...
  ...when bird seed and lard are squidged into them.

 David drilled holes into some rather lovely hazel logs.

 We put some of the mixture in here too.

 Mealworms and cheesy maggots! Nom nom nom
  Yep! That's a loo roll. Spread with peanut butter and rolled in bird-seed!

 Displaying what we've made - some went up round Dig In, the rest has gone all round Stapleford and beyond.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Monday, 12 March 2018


It's much warmer now, and spring does feel as if it is on it's way.

 Can you spot the frogs?

Here's one! Not at all bothered by a phone taking it's pic, only 20cm away.

But this chap (a lovely leech!) was not in the pond - the ground was so wet it had climbed out and was in a puddle!

Amy, Tiffany and Emma spreading compost on one of the Sunray Beds. Getting the soil ready for growing!

 Rocket and komatsuna (sort of Japanese spring greens) in the polytunnel.

 Rhubarb raring to go.

 Onions starting to grow, and we've still got kale too.

 Daffodils and hyacinths.

And garlic looking good! Roll on Spring!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Minus Three Degrees!

Well, we thought about cancelling today, but didn't and we had 6 people turn up! We had two tea breaks and moved lots of the brash from the tree-cutting on Saturday's mega 11-people session. Just about kept warm!
Here's a few pics of the snow.

 Foxy footprints - nicer 'evidence' than what we occasionally find!

Yep - there's a pond under there. Martin broke the ice to let oxygen in. David took loads of weed out last week and has started pond-dipping platform repairs for the school visit season.

 Raised beds...

Sunray Beds... I like the patterns on the plastic sheeting!

And here's some real sunrays! Spot the icicles though!

Willow Wreath Workshop

We had a great time at our Willow Wreath Workshop back in December! Scroll down to see how we made them (look out for some expressions of intense concentration - it's not easy!) and look out for our super-crafty wreaths at the end.

First you get your willow, and twist it into a ring...
...Kathy makes it look so easy!
Roy getting to grips with willow.
It helps to pre-bend your willow!
Angela choosing decorations.
Lots of choice!
Even slices of orange.

Done it at last!
Now to decorate it...
A pair of super wreaths ready to go home and go on the front door.
Didn't we have a lovely time!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

BOOK NOW for Willow wreath workshop - places limited

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