Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A guide to companion planting

Companion planting is an organic method of maintaining a natural balance in your garden by combining plant varieties that have a mutual benefit to each other  Benefits such as helping with pollination, helping to  improve crop yields and controlling pests naturally.

For more information on good planting combinations please visit:

Look what the sun brought out

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Free growing guides from Garden Organic

Garden Organic has produced simple easy to follow grow your own cards which can help you get the best from your garden. The guides include; vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and green manures. 

Please visit Garden Organic to view and download the excellent free growing guides.

Monday, 19 March 2018

A cool but spring like morning on the grow your own scheme

Stakeholder meeting 1pm Thursday 22 March at Green Heart Den

Please find details of a stakeholder meeting organised by our new coordinator Ged Pickersgill.
"All interested parties in the Green Heart Den project are invited to attend our 1st stakeholder meeting at Green Heart Den, Marsh Street, Barrow in Furness on Thursday 22nd March at 1pm.
Organisations who occupy planters and keyholders are welcome as well as members of the public.
This is a great opportunity to discuss the project moving forward and a chance to showcase exciting ongoing opportunities that your organisation may wish to be involved in" - Ged.
For more details Ged can be contacted at:

Mob: 07922 222 670

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Spring maintenance for our lawn mower

Feels a little like spring this morning so time to check our lawn mower in preparation of the first cut of the new season. Generally grass will begin to grow in early spring and, weather permitting, you  could be able to mow your lawn in March with a high cut and when the grass is dry.

For more detailed information on caring for your lawns throughout the growing season please visit:

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Feel better outside, feel better inside - Ecominds

Outdoor classroom day - 17 May 2018

For more information on how you could get involved please visit: https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/ 

Soon be time to put that habitat management training into practice again

Once it has warmed up a little more we will once again begin to put the fun, interesting and informative wildlife habitat training we received from Cumbria Wildlife Trust into practice on our wildlife banking areas.

A little colour on the "wildlife" banking area

How to grow tomato plants from seed - free advice from Thompson and Morgan

Helping our feathered friends - topping up bird feeders with suet

Free tree packs from Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust wants to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So they are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. 

If you are interested you can find out more about the Trusts free tree packs and how you can apply at: http://www.woodlandtru.st/hE0ow

Monday, 26 February 2018

From the heat to the cold today

It was a tale of two extremes today with a summer like 24 degrees in the poly tunnel..........

.........and then needed to unfreeze the locks to some of the personal lockers in the arches

Happy memories of working with the Neighbourhood Management Team

It seems such a long time ago since we were working with the help of the Neighbourhood Management Team to install and repair the reptile fence following the habit surveys prior to construction of the grow your own scheme.

A lot has changed since then..........