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Spring 2015 Newsletter

Honeybee in springSpring is springing all over the place at Habitat Aid's Somerset HQ. I suddenly feel terribly behind in the garden. The veg is ok but everything else - eek! We have a party of beekeepers coming to look around in a month or so, then we have a family wedding at the beginning of August - I'm a man under pressure! I'm seeding the last of the cornfield annuals to make a splash for the wedding, and finally sorting out the pond (see below). Rattle seedlings are appearing and the meadows are almost visibly growing. Queen bumblebees are buzzing about looking for nest sites and enjoying early blossom on our Cherry Plum and Almond trees. It's just about time for me to see how our honey bees have over wintered. Our bare root plant suppliers and planters have put their feet up at the end of a frantic season and are looking forward to a well deserved rest. I don't know how many kilometres of native hedging we've put in this year, but it feels like it has been enough to get to the moon and back. It has been great for the charities we support too. We're increasingly funding them through benefits in kind where we can, which over the last few weeks have included seed and plants for Butterfly Conservation and a display stand for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Among smaller charities we've also helped out local environmental charity Carymoor and the Thorne and Hatfield Moors forum. We're now gearing up for seeding. April and May are good months to sow wildflowers, although try not to take any short cuts when it comes to prepping the seed bed. I'm always impatient in the garden, and it has disastrous consequences! If you run out of time, don't be tempted. Keep working on the site and seed in September.
A playground for pondlife! A playground for pondlife!
We have transformed our pond by planting the sides of the butyl liner with the pre-planted coir mats we sell. They're a great answer to a perennial problem. Easy to install, and creating instant effect. Pollen from crocuses is an important early food source for our honeybees in early spring. We've also planted hellebores and early flowering willow to help them at this critical time of year.