Our gardens are much more than a pretty walk, and a lot of what we do in the Mill gardens resemble the working of a real farm especially around diversity, sustainability and the protection of wildlife.
October has been a busy month and the winter cereals have all been sown ready for next year.
The wheat in the Norfolk four course rotation demonstration bed germinated very quickly. Most of the vegetable beds have been cleared and dug, some have been planted with Perpetual Spinach and Spring Cabbage, and green manure has been added to help improve the soil condition.
The field margin beds have been cut back, lifted and divided to make way for our spring flowering bulbs, but everything has either been replanted or composted to reduce wastage.
Wildlife in Autumn
With the warm weather early In October lots of insects were still active such as the Common Darter Dragonflies around the river and meadow and we were able to still see the Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell & Brimstone Butterflies.
The Little Egret is a regular visitor feeding in the river below the cafe terrace and our resident Kingfishers were seen most weeks. The winter migrants arrived including the Redwings and Lesser Redpoll flying over.
Look out for our Winter update!