I was saddened to see, in the catalogue of horticultural supplies I use, that you could buy a device to put in the eaves of your house that stops the house martins nesting. I was trying to imagine what soulless people want to deprive themselves of the sight of these beautiful birds, not to mention the free supply of nitrogen rich fertiliser.
Carrots are fussy and they need a deep, fertile soil to do well. Ideally, the soil should be in decent nick up to a spades depth. That means they are one of the only parts of the garden where I do a good bit of work on the soil prior to sowing.
Some gardening books even recommend removing the flowers of strawberry plants in the first year. This all seems to belong to the Victorian school of gardening, tie them down, discipline them and show them who’s boss – this might suit a certain type of gardener but wouldn’t be my idea of fun.
Frankly the notion that eating lunch is optional is ludicrous. What message are we giving our children when we remove time for a basic biological function from their formal education? At GIY we work really hard to help connect children of all ages to their food, their health and the health of the planet.