Beans need lots of water to keep them healthy and nature is no different. The voice says it’s really important that nature has accessible drinking water in the winter.
We have two ways of providing this. A water-butt and an old butler sink that the voice turned into a wildlife pond a couple of years ago. Here’s some pictures of our pond when it was first installed. The voice says, when she has time, she’ll take some more to show how the plants have grown and the pond has become a real feature.
The voice put a plug and gravel in the bottom of an old butler sink and added couple of small pond plants. She also put a little solar-powered fountain in it. It only works in direct sunlight when the sun is shining but it’s lovely. Around the sink she planted ferns, lobelia and pulmonaria. Over the last year or so we’ve seen all sorts come to the sink. Lots of birds, particularly Dunnocks and even the odd Ruddy Darter. Daddy voice gets annoyed because, when the fountain’s not on for a while and the water’s very still mosquitos like the pond, but they are nature too!
Do you have a pond in your garden? Don’t forget to share your comments and pictures with us below or on twitter (@beantweeting) or Instagram (@writerDSNelson), and let us know what’s going on in your garden this winter.
*Quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge,