Popped down to Longacres today as I wanted a few different herbs for the garden. The veg table is doing well with the tomatoes and cucumbers but there's plenty of space so a few weeks ago I planted my basil out there instead of having it on the windowsill in the kitchen. It's flowering and doing really well so I decided to get some more herbs. There was a great selection at Longacres and, better still, they were 5 for £10 - result!
The girls also wanted some more bug features for the garden. Their bug barn is doing well, although I think the birds have stolen all the straw for their nests! I must put more in and a bit of mesh over the front next time I think. There was a lovely variety of bug houses available so I decided to get two in the end - a Butterfly and Moth Habitat Feeder and a Beehive. We have quite a few butterflies and bees around in our garden so it will be nice if some of them make a home with us.
When I got home with them, the girls were absolutely over the moon. Shame it was raining but we decided to put them up in the afternoon regardless. The girls went off ferreting around in the waste food bin looking for some over-ripe fruit. They found a very squashed melon and picked a strawberry off our plant that the slugs had got to. We then made up some sugar water and N filled the little pots up with it. I also bought a Buddleia. May as well encourage the butterflies and bees right? We decided to hang it on the fence above the potted buddleia, with a piece of buddleia flower inside it as the instructions suggest. The girls then filled the small black pots with some wildflower seeds (probably the wrong time of year to plant them but they wanted something in there). I can always buy a few little plants or some more herbs to put there if needed.
Finally, we have feeders up for the birds and I've always wanted a bird bath but the big ones are quite pricey (and it's where to put it in the garden). I spotted a miniature hanging birdbath and so picked that up as well. I was going to hang that from the tree that overhangs our garden...then I remembered that hubby has cut all such branches down. Oops! So, on the fence instead. Hope the birds like it there.
The girls enjoyed planting the herbs in the veg table and some grobags we have. Hopefully I'll have some lovely fresh herbs for some time now. I love cooking 'from scratch' (and it's better for my diet too) so it's good to have fresh herbs rather than running back and forth to the supermarket every time I need something.