Sunday, 18 November 2007

beware the tidy gardener!

The wet November garden is not the prettiest sight. Damp hens hunker down beneath shrubs and wet tits visit dripping peanut feeders.
Leaves have been blown off the trees by cold rain. What were magnificent Michaelmas daisies a month ago are leggy and lank. But the danger to wildlife is the secateurs and the man (or woman) on a mission to tidy. It's a natural reaction to want to 'sort' the untidiness, but those stems and seed heads are the hiding places and food sources that overwintering birds and insects need to get them through to spring.
So, restrict the urge to tidy beyond emptying out the shed.

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