FROM THE MILL
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Planting different crops together is useful for several reasons. Some help control pests, improve pollination, add nutrients, fill up some unused space or just provide some support to grow.
Runner Beans are nitrogen fixing so improve the soil, planting with Sweetcorn gives the bean plants something to grow through. Plant a few Sweet Peas with the Beans to attract pollinators
Marigolds and Nasturtiums attract pollinating insects, plant around the edges or in between crops like Courgettes, Nasturtiums will self seed in a mix of different colours plus the leaves and flowers are edible,
Onions & Leeks planted with Carrots help deter Carrot root fly and Spring Onions & Chives planted with Lettuce will help keep aphids away.
Radish and Lettuce both grow fast and are quick to harvest, sow in rows between other slower growing vegetables like carrots and beans early in the season.
Jordans Mill is home to all sorts of wildlife, not all easy to see but worth looking for!
In the recent very hot weather the gardens and meadow have been full of insects; Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies and other bugs have been seen including some which are quite unusual.
Several different large Dragonflies can often be seen hunting smaller insects on hot sunny days; Brown, Southern and Migrant Hawkers, Common Darters and Black-tailed Skimmers. The smaller Damselflies are very dainty and prefer the areas of rough cut grass, pale coloured White-legged Damselfly can sometimes be found in the meadow but can be quite hard to spot sitting in the grass.
Unlike Dragonflies they sit with the their wings folded, look for white females and very pale blue males amongst the more common blues.
The moth trap has been very full in the mornings after the warm nights; lots of Hawk Moths, a Scarlet Tiger moth and recently a rare Jersey Tiger. Both very colourful and sometimes active during the day, bright orange colours under their wings make them easy to spot.
Our meadows are full of Grasshoppers, they vary a lot in size and colour but are mostly quite small and either green and brown. Roesel’s Bush Crickets usually have short stubby wings making them flightless, a scarce long winged form was found in the grass near the bee hives.
Crickets are less common, a little bigger and can be identified by the long thin antennae on their heads.
Why not visit us to see what types of wildlife you can spot?! We're open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm (Coffee Shop closes at 3pm). Don't forget to share your findings on social media and tag our pages!
Photo: White Legged Damselfly captured by Richard Webb.
We're so pleased that we are able to open our doors again and share our wonderful site with you!
To help maintain social distancing we have implemented a number of measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.
As of 2nd July, you will be able to enjoy visiting our Mill Shop, Mill Gardens and Meadow (Thursday - Sunday 10am to 4pm) Our online ordering service will still be running.
As of 9th July, our Coffee Shop will also be open for takeaway food and drinks! This will be open Thursday - Sunday 10am to 3pm as a trial period only from 9th - 12th July. We do hope to be able to extend this period, please bare with us during this initial trial period.
As of 31st August, you will be able to enjoy a served Breakfast! We'll be launching this on Monday 31st August as a one-off exclusive opening day. Thereafter, our opening days/times will be :
Thursday - Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm (Riverside Cafe closes at 4pm).
We have now transitioned from the Coffee Shop to the Riverside Cafe in order to expand our offering.
- The Main Car park to the front of the building and the Rear Car Park will be open.
- Access to the Mill Shop, Gardens, Meadow, Coffee Shop/Riverside Cafe will be from the Main Entrance Doors, gate to the right of the main building doors and the Meadow from the Rear Car Park. Please do read the Welcome sign before you enter the gate.
Online Orders for Collection/Takeaway Food
- The Collection Point is at the Kitchen Servery, please follow the signs when you arrive on site. Please speak to a member of staff to retrieve your order.
- Please queue respectively of Government Social Distancing.
- A one way system is in place within The Mill Shop
- There will be a set limit of customers whom can enter the shop at one time.
- A queuing system will be in place, please respect Social Distancing
- Please read further Mill Shop Guidance before you enter/queue.
- A face covering is mandatory, unless you are exempt from doing so as outlined by the Government.
- When arriving in the café from the Main Entrance or decking area, there is a one way system in place. All customers are required to wear a face covering (unless exempt from doing so) when queuing. Please note you do not have to wear a face covering when seated at a table inside the café or on the decking.
- To place an order of Main Meals/Breakfasts; please find a table and take note of the number, as you will need to quote this at the main counter. Your food will then be delivered to your table.
- Please queue respectively of Government Social Distancing
Use of The Mill Gardens
- Some areas of the Gardens will be one way only, represented by a roped barrier or appropriate signage.
Use of The Meadow
- Access to the Meadow is via a small bridge leading from the Mill Gardens
- Please respect the signage in this area and act responsibly
- Only food purchased from the site can be consumed on the site
Jordans Mill Partial Re-opening
We're thrilled to announce that we will be opening our Mill Shop, Gardens and Meadow from Thursday 2 July at 10am!
After careful consideration and planning; we have taken the necessary steps to ensure customers can visit us safely in line with Government guidance. Adjustments and safety measures will be in place, further details will be released in due course.
We will be open as of 2 July: each Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am - 4pm.
Our online shop remains open for our collection service.
We look forward to sharing our historic site with you soon!
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and GYO in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief. National Growing for Wellbeing Week (1st - 7th June 2020) is a celebration of the magic that growing your own produce can do for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
Sweet Peas are easy to grow, make a colourful addition to any garden and brighten up your home with freshly cut stems!
Regular picking will keep a supply of sweetly scented blooms for months.
This year we have planted a large bed in our garden with different named varieties plus some heritage types, Cupani was first introduced by a Monk in 1699 and still grown to this day, “Painted Lady” dates back to Victorian Times.
They can be sown in the late Autumn to overwinter which will produce strong and vigorous plants or sown in early spring. Once the seedlings have three or four pairs of leaves pinch the tips out to encourage them to branch, plant out in spring and keep the them fed and watered.
They will need support, use wigwams made from bamboo canes or up trellis on walls and fences, if space is limited there are also dwarf bedding varieties that can be used in pots and hanging baskets. Picking flowers and dead heading will encourage them to produce more flowers.
For more information about National Growing for Wellbeing Week and free resources, visit https://lifeatno27.com/national-growing-for-wellbeing-week/