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This year we are trying a new gardening concept, called square foot gardening and small space gardening.
How did it all begin?
This idea was originally developed by Mel Bartholomew and was devised by creating individual foot squares in a grid system (4ft x4ft).
Some people make boxed grids, in effect small raised beds which can be filled with fertile soil.
Its Insect Week and the Meadow at Jordans Mill is looking great, it has an abundance of wildflowers and grasses growing which are attracting all sorts of insects. If you stand still and watch one area, you will see all the different plants like corn cackle, columbine, teasels, oxy-daisies and various types of thistle; it’s the perfect habitat for our diverse eco-system.
The teasel’s have attracted loads of banded demoiselles, a beautiful blue damsel fly with a large black band in the middle of its wings, but also the common blue damsel fly which is an electric blue colour. When the teasels flower, watch out for the beautiful Goldfinches who will be flying in to eat them.
We have grown this beautiful hardy annual for the past couple of years as it has received such positive comments from our visitors. At its peak it is covered with stunning crimson flowers which flower for three to four months if deadheaded regularly.
As it reaches around 90cm high it often requires support in the form of staking. Despite its delicate nature as a cut flower it will last around 10 days in a vase.
Its other super quality is that it can be eaten and will look super on a salad! Plant in full sun and water well - pick up your plant today from the Mill shop at £4.00 each.
Introducing our new summer and autumn menu which is already proving popular!
We’re delighted to include some lovely light bites, perfect for this time of year and some heartier dishes as we head into the autumn months.
For starters we have a full breakfast offer which is sure to get you going in the mornings. Why not try the Jordans full English, pancakes or new bubble and squeak options!