Bee Prepared!

two bee hives sit in snow with 4 inch snow cover on roof

Bee hives in the snow

This is the perfect time of year to start a bee hive, well, when it warms up that is!

To get yourself prepared, sign up to the Birmingham and District Beekeepers course for beginners at Urban Veg to learn the basics and gain the confidence you’ll need to start caring for your own hives.

Please note, this course isn’t just for beginners! We have had great feedback from those who already keep bees saying the course was incredibly useful. So, whether you need a bit more info on swarm control, winter and spring feeding or queen replacement, then get in touch!

Every Thursday evening for 6 weeks from 7.30pm-9pm starting 18th April 2013 (£40)

For more information and booking details click here

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Small Productive Gardens — How to produce lots of veg in your back yard

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Helping you make the most of what you have and going some small way to being a bit more self-reliant. Be it a window box, patio or small domestic garden we will show how to maximise home production, and eat your own fresh produce.

Never mind food miles… this is food feet

One Day Course 10am-4pm

Saturday 13th April 2013

£30 price includes: Tea or coffee

Tutor: Wade Muggleton, Countryside Officer, fruit fanatic and permaculture gardener.

To book a place please call 0121 414 3003 (and choose option 4)

Click here for email and more info

 

Snow Joke for Mouse Burglar

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As you may have noticed, it snowed! We thought we could ignore it but no, it defeated us and in the end we had to postpone our chicken course. This does however mean there will be new dates announced so those who couldn’t make this one may be able to attend our new proposed dates! Urban Veg is looking amazing however and in the blue sky this morning, the garden smiled for the picture above.

There are ups and downs to snow in a garden:

On the up side you have the perfect excuse for working inside, caring for greenhouse seedlings and drinking too much tea.

You also have the advantage of following wildlife around the garden. By tracing their footprints you can discover exactly where a fox is getting into your garden or how many badgers come at night and if you’re lucky, how a bird seems to have escaped from a fight with a stoat or fox…

an imprint of a birds wings and feet in the snow

The downsides? Well, its cold, the ground is frozen solid and the mice are really, really hungry. We have a cat, Weasel, but she doesn’t like the snow and didn’t venture into the garden to stop the thieving mice who stole our peas, beans and courgettes, yes, courgettes! We have set some humane traps but there’s a temptation to feed the little burglars some very tasty treats to keep them off the veg but that will only lead to hoards of baby mice eating EVERYTHING!

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Make sure you shake shrubs, roses, bamboo and any other plant laden with snow and do the same for poly tunnels, cold frames and any other structures you may have in the garden. Snow is actually very heavy and can do an awful lot of damage if left on branches, thin plastic covers or unbalanced cold frame lids!

Happy Urban Vegetating in this cold spell!

The Urban Veg Team.

FOR BEGINNERS WE HAVE OUR INTRODUCTION TO URBAN VEG COURSE STARTING ON THE 8TH APRIL. JUST TWO HOURS A WEEK TO LEARN THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES BEHIND GROWING FOOD AND INCREASE YOUR BOUNTY!