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Beautiful butterflies make a return

We are starting to see many of the late spring and early summer wild life appearing in the garden at Jordans Mill. The butterfly is one of the first joys of spring and varieties that are appearing in the garden now are wonderful.
We can encourage them into our gardens with a large variety of butterfly and bee friendly plants. They eat anything they can dissolved in water and love nectar from flowers, as well as tree sap, dung and rotten fruit; hopefully we do not have too much of the last two!

Home grown Honey

What’s there not to love about honey! It tastes delicious, has medicinal healing properties and keeps our bees busy pollinating our plants.

This month we are talking to Wally Thrale, our local honey supplier who tells us more about how it all began and shares his success.  

Nationals Gardening week is held between the 30th April to the 6th May and was launched seven years ago by the RHS and aims to encourage more people to take part in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening.

We will be sharing lots of information on how you can build your own bugs hotel, what to feed our birds and insects, how we can save our butterflies, how you can get the whole family involved and where you can learn more about what we do here at the Mill!

Field Vole

We are very lucky at Jordan’s Mill to have a large variety of wildlife. And you may well see the ducks and swans on the river from time to time, but there are lots more animals which are harder to see.

Gardener’s corner with Jenny and Debbie

Although April has arrived you could be forgiven for thinking you were still back at the beginning of the year, with cold spells and endless days of rain. Frustrating for gardeners who just want to ‘get going’! We share your frustrations as we are a few weeks behind where we would like to be at the Mill. It’s not just muddy paths that are the problem, on light sandy soil such as ours, if you walk on the beds when they are soggy you can compact it and reduce aeration. This prevents future water and nutrient retention which is paramount for healthy soil.