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The month of May

The trend nowadays is for foraging in the countryside or urban areas such as parks for wild food, WHY! we are not starving, if you are hungry go to a shop and exchange coinage for edibles. By all means go into the countryside or parks or take a trip to the coast eat an odd berry or leaf IF you are a 100 per cent certain you know what it is you are putting into your body. I have come across people picking plants, taking them home and posting on the internet what is this plant and can I eat it? Why is it a matter of life or death if you don't.
This has become a fashionable pastime, oh look at me aren't I cool I go foraging with my family every weekend, oh when do go, oh not until we've done our big shop at the supermarket. Exactly… leave the wild plants where they are. By all means take one of the numerous guide books with you, learn as much as can about plants,learn to recognise them at different stages of their growth, observe or find out what species of our wildlife needs them for food and nectar and if you want them all for your self well grow them at home and you will have the best of both worlds. A few leaves and berries for you and wildlife attracted to a new feeding station which is your garden. Remember the old saying when in the countryside, Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints.
I hope everything is progressing well in your garden, progress is happening in mine. Birds are nesting in the garden, we have Collared Doves, Wood Pigeons, House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Robin,and Great Tits all nesting within our garden boundary. As for the plants all well at the moment, some we haven't tried before such as Raspberries in pots are working well for us. This could be due to the liquid feeds that I'm using, not one of them commercially bought. I have comfrey, nettles and used teabags all soaking separately in buckets with sealed lids on. Having mentioned the feeds I have conscientiously watered my plants a lot more this year and this season I now have a crop of figs which are looking good for harvesting later on in the year proving what I mentioned about my watering is working.
This is a lesson we can all learn as gardeners if a particular plant is not growing as you would like have a think about the watering and feeding that you are giving it, it might need changing. We never stop learning as gardeners and if we do it is time to stop gardening, until next time, Good Gardening. New plants in a pot this year Asparagus

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