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April 2018

Using Strulch Garden Mulch and Attracting Birds to Your Garden

A nest of eggs made from Strulch Garden Mulch

Over the years we have received lots of feedback about the benefits of using Strulch Mulch - some of them not so obvious. 

A customer sent me this charming picture of eggs nestled in Strulch. An unintended consequence of using Strulch Garden Mulch but very appropriate for Easter. I know birds also use Strulch in their nests as I have seen the evidence when they are abandoned later in the season. Birds are adept at making use of materials that are available to them. Mulching with Strulch encourages earth worms near to the surface of the soil which is great for keeping soils friable but also an excellent source of food for the young.

Here in Yorkshire the garden has been slow to wake up and today we have had another coating of snow! A friend joked that his village had been twinned with Narnia!

The wintry weather has led to stop start gardening outside but has provided an opportunity to reflect on what to grow in our raised vegetable beds. As it is a relatively small space I like to grow my favourite crops that I use regularly in my cooking, and which cost a bit more in the shops. I particularly love shallots as they are so easy to grow and to store. Tender herbs are another favourite along with mange tout, silver beet and dwarf french beans. When they are estabished I give them a good mulch which cuts down on the need to water in dry spells.

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