Posts Tagged "gardening"

12Apr2021
Hello everyone, how are you all?  Well, I hope.

Did you manage to get outdoors more last week?  I hope so,  if the weather was good (or bad) where you live.  I LOVE walking in the rain, so it never bothers me to go out in the rain, but I have to admit to liking the sun a tad more lol.

This week, we have some cute characters that I’ve never come across before in the guise of the Flowertots.  My kids used to watch Tiny Tots back in the 90’s.  Do you remember them?  I’m a tot and you’re a tot, Tilly, Tom & Tiny.  They loved it, along with Bump the Elephant.  Anyway, I digress.
 
Here’s a little vide featuring Primrose and Violet.  Enjoy.

Despite the lovely Spring weather, there are still a lot of animals that like to live underground.  Wednesday, we get to know what it’s like to live underground in a video that due out then.  You can check them out on our website at https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/ or on our Facebook page /pricklyhedge. 

If you loved the paper cherry blossom, then check out our video on Friday for #fridaycraftmorning where we’ve dug up 23 more ideas to make paper flowers.  I feel inspired.

It really does feel good to be getting out and about more in the fresh air, and I may even be able to get a walk in the park scheduled with my eldest son, it would be nice to see him for a little longer than 15 minutes on the doorstep.  Can’t wait to give him a hug, like the rest of the population.

If you have any pictures of things you’ve grown in your garden, or seeds that are already sprouting, let us know.  We’ve planted some broad beans so we’ll keep you updated on those.

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/

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

22Mar2021

💜🎙💜 NEWS – Dormice – Too cute for words!

Dormouse

As a kid I had hamsters, both of whom, if I recall, I called Hammy.  Original, eh!? I never had a mouse or a rat or anything like that, but I did love hamsters, I would sit and watch them going round in their wheels for hours and I loved laying sunflower seed trails for them and seeing how many they could stuff in their faces before staggering back to their nests.

Mice and rats aside, however, I have a distinct passion for Dormice, they are toooo cute for words and this week is dedicated to them and our hope to help save our Hazel Dormouse, but first off, let’s learn a bit more about dormice here

Check the website on Wednesday to see the video on how to help them.  The link is www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar

You can also check out the conservation work this couple are doing in their woodland.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u-yMkXOuTY

Also start to keep a look out for anemones coming up in the garden, they are usually planted in the late Summer/early Autumn for Spring flowering, but there are a few varieties, dependent on where you live, that can still be planted in Spring.

These are wood anemones though, so keep an eye out when you’re out walking too.

Wood Anemones

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/

And a little #fridaycraftmorning for the kids. Doris the Dormouse – soo cute. Hopefully that will keep them amused for a little while at least. Check it out on the Facebook page or the website on Friday. As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and watch out for anemones this week, see how you can help the Hazel Dormouse survive and show us your pictures of Doris!!

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

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

25Jan2021

🧡🎙🧡 NEWS – Learn about Robins and what seeing one of them means!


Hello and welcome from a very chilly, icy Stourbridge in the West Midlands.  As I write this it’s at the end of a seemingly long week, interspersed with increasingly gloomy news on the UK health front and the myriad of logistics issues hitting our import/export businesses.  A bright spot in the week, whatever your politics, was the inauguration of Joe Biden and who couldn’t be moved by Amanda Gorman; I foresee  a glittering future for that young lady.  I wasn’t aware she had a book out but seemingly so, here’s the Amazon link as the book is aimed at children (I make no money out of it) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Sings-Childrens-Amanda-Gorman/dp/0593203224
 
It was good to see Joe Biden sign an Executive Order to rejoin the Paris Accord for climate change, very much welcomed and I’m sure that there will be a number of pleas for him to rescind some of the previous administration’s rulings on the environment and wildlife.  If you want to read up on his plans for the environment, check out this article.
 
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/biden-climate-change-plan-paris-agreement-b1790057.html
 
Some other good news, the UK robin population is on the rise.  Our much-loved bird with its cheery red breast and inquisitive nature has endeared itself to us for centuries.  Star of many a Christmas card, these cute little garden lovers aren’t quite as friendly with their own kind as they are with us humans.  Learn more about them here.
 
 
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/robin-erithacus-rubecula.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAjKqABhDLARIsABbJrGnLxSAAb0OKUMZro-avmE1TTIiprwc6v5JW9_IvTWiKHuj2ql4NYCwaAmEzEALw_wcB
 
Symbolising new beginnings, new projects, and a sign of good things to come, different cultures view robins differently.  But it seems they all agree that robins mean, hope, renewal and rebirth.
If you want to learn more fascinating facts about robins and how others cultures view them, then head over to.
https://www.worldbirds.org/robin-symbolism/#:~:text=Robin%20symbolism%20means%20different%20things,of%20good%20things%20to%20come.
 
So I feel a much more cheery note on which to end the week as we look forward to rolling out vaccines worldwide, new and bold initiatives from America and our little robin red breast.  Give him a shout out if you see him in your gardens or parks.  If he stays still long enough for you to get a quick photo of him, then upload it to the Facebook page @pricklyhedge, you can find that here .  https://www.facebook.com/pricklyhedge
 
Have a great week and when I speak to you next, we’ll be in the second month of the year, how quickly does time fly.  As I say, have a great week, stay safe, stay well and stay at home if you can.
 

Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

18Jan2021

🧡🎙🧡 NEWS – The Plant of Hope and Renewal

Hello

I hope you’ve been checking out the Prickly Hedge page this week and the website as I’ve been more active in getting content out there.  If you’ve watched my live video, you’ll understand why I’ve not been on the radar as much for the last 12 months or so.  If not, you can check it out HERE

https://fb.watch/31cMp-RYEQ/

I don’t know about you, but I seem to be playing catch-up everywhere at the moment, I seem to be behind in everything I’m doing.  I have soo much to do, I don’t know where the time goes lol.  If you’re not so fortunate or live alone, then please do come and check out the page and perhaps learn more about the natural environment and how you can help #teambubble in their quest to save the planet.  If we can get out into nature or our gardens, it certainly does lift the spirits.

Talking about saving the planet, we are starting a new group on Facebook, it will primarily be for caregivers of children who want to help their kids engage more with the natural world and showing ways in which we can achieve that.  There will be lives, discussions and interviews with eco-warriors who are doing their own thing looking out for what they believe in. Look out for it in February.

Searching around Youtube, I discovered a series on plant meanings, which I found fascinating.  Today, Monday and this month, January, is symbolic of our beautiful, and much revered, snowdrop.  Your task this week is to find a snowdrop or a crop of snowdrops, take a photo and drop it on our Facebook page @PricklyHedge

You can check out the video here

If you do see Yew Trees on your walks out, please DO NOT touch them, every part of the plant is poisonous from the foliage to the wood.  They are gorgeous to look at; we have two here at Prickly Hedge and they feed the birds who are able to process the alkaloids that the tree contains but they are definitely poisonous to humans.  You tend to find them in hedging or graveyards, but, beautiful as they are, keep your little ones (and big ones) away from them.

PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM THESE TREES ALL PARTS OF THEM ARE POISONOUS TO HUMANS

I hope you have a fabulous week doing whatever you are able to at the moment, come and engage with us and let us know what you’re up to in looking after our planet.

With lots of love from Prickly Hedge and #TeamBubble xx

Yvonne

11Jan2021

🧡🎙🧡 NEWS – Making Something Out of Nothing!

Hello

Couldn’t get the newsletter out on Monday last week, hence you’ve got a bit of a double dose of Prickly Hedge this week.  We mail out on Monday’s only, so look out for us to keep up with what’s happening.

After many long months of shielding from covid, we are making a more concerted effort to connect with our friends and family over Zoom, WhatsApp etc.  I think Christmas was a turning point of ‘how much longer is this going to go on’.  So we had a great night chatting to our eldest last night and playing cards.  Won’t say which ones, but had a great laugh with them.  I’m beginning to sense a renewed sense of vigour for 2021, hope you are too.

The New Year is all about renewable and in that vein, there are lots of ways to help reduce our food waste from using leftovers to make tasty meals, using our freezers more and making compost. But before you throw everything in the compost, take a look at this video that shows you how to turn your waste into something new and sustainable. Really clear, informative video.

Here is a simple way to grow beans in a jar with kitchen paper towels. This is a fairly quick process, results are usually noticeable only a few days later. Simply rinse out a clean jam jar, leaving it wet, put folded and scrunched up kitchen towel inside and put a broad bean seed between the kitchen roll and the glass. Add a spoonful of water to the seed every day. Don’t let it get waterlogged, just moist. It should start to sprout quickly on a bright windowsill. Once it’s got a good root system, you can transfer it out to a small pot or open ground. You will need to support them with stakes but they are fun to grow. You can plant them anytime from January onwards.

Sadly, now we, the UK, have left the EU, it looks like our Government are endorsing the use of pesticides that kill bees again. We need to fight that decision and help our bees as much as we can. Check out the following article from The Independent.Bee-killing pesticide to be re-introduced now we’ve left the EU

Yvonne

#TeamBubble xx