Posts Tagged "fridaycraftmorning"

8Mar2021

💜🎙💜 NEWS – How Easy is this? Simple Way to Grow Tomatoes.

Juicy Tomatoes straight from the bush

Hello there, I hope you’re all week and looking forward to longer, brighter days.  On days when the sun is shining, it makes you feel so good to be alive doesn’t it and let along looking forward to Spring, some of are already considering Summer and the goodies we get to eat from our gardens or allotments.  Some of you may not be lucky enough to have an allotment, or even a garden, but this week’s gardening video shows you just how easy it is to grow salad vegetables and we have had them in our dining room at one time in a large pot.

Check out this cute kid and let him show you how to grow tomatoes at home without even having to buy seeds.  He’s an inspiration.

As the weather continues to warm slowly, bats will be coming out of hibernation too.  We used to have bats in our garden until the neighbour took down a huge conifer.  Not that bats like nesting in conifers but they do like the insects that hover around the plant and so it was a bit like going to take-away to swarm around the conifer at dusk for a feast.  Shame because we don’t see them now.  We still have one place we can walk to to see them during the warmer months, so we may do that and video them.

This week, we have a video telling us all we need to know about bats.

You’ll be needing to buy a few more tomatoes this week too, lol, what with planting them and now crafting with them.  You can check out the Craft video on Friday, you’ll need a few tomatoes and some paper and poster paint #fridaycraftmorning

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and try growing your food and helping to keep our planet healthy.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

1Mar2021

💜🎙💜 NEWS – HOW Many Spines Do Hedgehogs Have???

I can’t believe it’s the third month already.  It’s starting to feel like Spring, March 1st is always a sort of watershed for me, I feel energised and upbeat, the dark months of Winter are drawing to an end and with it a lot of our animals will be coming out of hibernation, especially bats, dormice and hedgehogs.  More on hedgehogs later, but I love to try and promote how we can all recycle more and this week, we have a great video giving you ideas for 20 projects you can get your teeth into for recycling.

There’s some really great ideas in the video, I especially like some of the gift bags and clever use of newspapers and those tea light holders are something else.  I bet they smell gorgeous.  Have a watch and you try anything snap a picture and share it with us on our Facebook page

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Now back to those hedgehogs, hopefully, if they’ve survived the Winter, they should be making an appearance around now.  They are in such small numbers in this country now, we need to look after as much as we can.  Here are 5 super cool facts about hedgehogs.  So HOW many spines do hedgehogs have??

Of course, the humble daffodil will be starting to make its presence known in our gardens and waysides this month.  They are one of my favourite flowers, I absolutely adore all Spring flowers, especially hyacinths, but daffodils never fail to cheer me up.  Just a small bunch of them in the house lifts my spirits immensely.

So, on our recycling theme, our craft video this week is all about making daffodils from egg cartons.  Mother’s Day Card??? Perhaps?

You can catch that video on Friday this week on the website and also on our Facebook page.  We should have quite a few here at Prickly Hedge, they’ve already started to push up from the ground giving us that much-needed promise of Spring. #fridaycraftmorning

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and keep recycling and helping to keep our planet healthy.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

22Feb2021

💜🎙💜 NEWS – Getting Paranaoid about the Paratoids!!

Toad

Well, we’ve had a busy week here at Prickly Hedge, our neighbours are having some work done on the party wall in March and in readiness for them to come and move one of the greenhouses that is in the way, we needed to do some prep work.  So we’ve been moving bricks and pot plants and garden furniture.  Fortunately, it’s not been too cold, a bit blustery and rainy some days, but then it’s only water.

I’ve been surprised that normally when we start working in the garden we come across the subject of this week’s newsletter; frogs!  We normally see them around but no, nothing, zippo, zilch.  But I’ve never been able to tell the difference between frogs and toads.  Have you? 

This week’s video teaches us all about the similarities and the differences between the two, most noticeably that toads have two bumps on their heads behind their eyes.  These are called the paratoid or poison glands.  That’s a surefire way of telling if it’s a toad, but give the video a watch and join in with the quiz at the end.

On our website, you’ll find a round up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/ one of the stories this week is about the demise of seagrass.

Increasing awareness of the importance of seagrass ecosystems is one of the greatest challenges for its conservation. Seagrasses suffer from not being as well-known or appreciated as their more charismatic marine cousins, such as coral reefs and mangroves, despite being just as threatened.”

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/seagrass-ocean-climate-change-pollution-florida_n_602ced75c5b6cc8bbf3819ff?ri18n=true

We don’t only learn this week about the differences between toads and frogs, but also about the life cycle of the frog.  Who didn’t love looking for frog spawn when they were a kid, well, I still get excited if I see any nowadays.  Let us know if you know the difference between frog and toad spawn. It’s in the video!

That’s one thing we’ve never had at Prickly Hedge is a pond, we have some aquatic plants to attract the dragonflies but never anything for frogs etc.  Hmm.  We’ll see.

Frog Spawn

And to round off the week, get those craft boxes out again, this week, it’s all about the Japanese art of paper folding, yes origami.  It alludes me too at times, my eldest is a whizz at it and can rustle you up a crane in next to no time, I have trouble with napkin folding lol.  But this week you only need paper and a marker pen to make the jumping origami frog

#fridaycraftmorning

The link will be on the How To’s page on Friday, so you can check it out here https://www.pricklyhedge.com/?p=14194

Throughout the week on our Facebook page @pricklyhedge, you can check out the videos we post.  Sadly, not getting many at the moment as the animals seem particularly spooked by the bright light on the colour camera.  I’m going back to the black and white version, but we’re just repairing the camera ‘hide’.  Perhaps I’ll video that next week.

Anyway, in the meantime, I hope you have a great week and I’ll speak to you next week.  Have fun, stay safe and well.  With love from all of here at #TEAMPricklyHedge.

Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

15Feb2021

💜🎙💜 NEWS – BREAKING NEWS – Slugs have GREEN blood!

Hello there everyone from a sunny, but cold Prickly Hedge!  Remember last week, when I said there were signs of Spring?   Hmm, well I was wrong.  I’ve felt like I was living in a deep freeze this week and I’ve most definitely frequented by fleecy pj’s this week.  I’ve spent most of the week in my polar fleece ones.  I don’t sleep in them, just wear them during the day to keep warm!  So inside it’s been toasty and warm and I haven’t ventured out at all.

Nature still has a habit of making its presence known though and along with the lovely robins, we should start seeing more of the blackbirds and blue tits.  The blue tits are the cutest little birds, they feed on the cotoneaster berries under our lounge window – conversely – the blackbirds gorge themselves on the berries, but they have been noticeable by their absence this year, sadly.

One for the boys now, or maybe the tomboy girls; they were something I’ve never really taken to but, hey, each to their own.  Snails!  The bane of gardener’s lives.  Want to know more about them?  Slugs and snails are from two different families, even though they belong to the same Phylum (Mollusca) and Class (Gastropoda).

“Slugs and snails are very important. They provide food for all sorts of mammals, birds, slow worms, earthworms, insects and they are part of the natural balance. Upset that balance by removing them and we can do a lot of harm. Thrushes in particular thrive on them! 

Here are some of the weird and wonderful reasons we love slugs and snails.”

Check out the article here https://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/gardeners-guide-slugs-snails – I’ll let you into a little secret – slug blood is green!  It is!  Wow, I didn’t know that.  I think you might change your mind about slugs and snails after reading this, I know I did.  We NEED slugs and snails, they provide food for our endangered hedgehogs.  We start killing one thing in the chain and others suffer.  Like the beautiful mistle thrushes from last week, they thrive on them too.  This is why we have to be sooo careful with what we use for pest control in our gardens.

There’ll also be a video later in the week all about slugs and snails, here’s your advance link for that

https://youtu.be/c8ma6vDvXAM

And a little Snail song for a bit of light relief. Those eyes, they’re just TOOO cute!

And on Friday 19th, there’ll be a craft video on how to make your very own paper snail – all you’ll need is a piece of green paper and a piece of coloured paper, orange, blue, red, whatever colour you decide you want your snail to be.  So get those ready for Friday Craft Morning along with some scissors and glue and get crafting with your little ones. You’ll need:

  • 1 pc Green A4 Paper
  • 1 pc Coloured A4 Paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue/Pritt Stick

#fridaycraftmorning

What to look out for this week?

Keep an eye out for house sparrows – if you see them congregate, perhaps you have a bird table or you put some birdseed out for them, write down the number of sparrows you see this week.  Let us know in the comments.  They have been in decline in the UK recently, but we’ve seen a few more around this last year (and no, not because we’ve had more time in lockdown – lol).

Housesparrow – beautiful colours!

Anyway, have a great week.  Stay safe, stay well, stay home if you can and we’ll see you next week.

Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge