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May in the garden

If you’ve got plants that you are not entirely happy with their position in your garden, you can move them even at this time of the year. With care they will recover from the stress of being dug up and replanted, l know because I’ve just done it again.

Only yesterday I moved three clumps of comfrey and two lavender plants, the comfrey was moved from front to back garden and the lavender plants suffered a bit in the winter but were recovering.

The care that you give the plants after replanting is important, if you can reduce water loss by cutting back or trimming the leaves then do it, easier with comfrey than lavender.

Now comes the important part – watering, remember the plant is stressed (an over used word nowadays) but in this case true. The secret to watering is don’t just water it and walk away and leave it for a few days, water it well and go for a walk around your garden checking other things and come back to the plant and water well again, go off and potter about and come back with a rose on your watering can and water the leaves.

Repeat this everyday using rain water if possible until you see the plant has recovered and then ease back on the water. A lot of work for I hear you say, then I say to you maybe you’re not a mindful gardener.

The poor nesting birds in our garden are having a bit of a rough time at the moment. The collared doves, wood pigeons are being persecuted by magpies, crows and starlings searching for the young and eggs, even the dunnock can’t get no peace as I’ve found broken dunnock egg shells. The blackbird pair cannot decide whether to nest in the ivy or the bay tree as they have built a nest in each of course they will probably nest in an entirely different place but that’s nature.

I’ve taken our seed feeders out of the pear tree now as it’s in full blossom and placed them by the bird table trying to reduce the amount of seed we give them which encourages the birds to eat more natural food. Water is essential for our birds as well as our plant, please try to rig up some kind of bird bath for them or splash out and install a pond.

Until next time Good Gardening

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