How to help the bees

Garden Science

The time has come for us to help the bees. For the first time in history this week, seven species of bees have become classified as an endangered specie, and have been added to the US federal list of endangered and threatened species. The yellow-faced bee (whose official specie names are, Hylaeus anthracinus, Hylaeus longiceps, Hylaeus assimulans, Hylaeus facilis, Hylaeus […]

January 15, 2017

The science behind slug beer bins

Garden Science

When I say to people that they should use beer to trap slugs and help deter them from eating your plants – I often face a puzzled expression – when you think about it, it does sounds odd when you say it, “use beer to help deter the slugs from eating your produce..” Making a […]

April 6, 2016

Turning your compost bin

Composting, Garden Science

Debris and waste such as weeds, old plants, vegetable peelings and other bio-degradable material adds up at an allotment. Turning your compost bin will increase the rate of decomposition. Composting is basically carbon (brown material) and nitrogen (green material) breaking each other down.  The best way to think of this chemical reaction is to look […]

March 8, 2016