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Top 5 Cottage Garden Plants for Wildlife

By Rob 4 years ago

It's time for you to share your patch... with all sorts of wonderful wildlife!

Tour the Wiggly Garden on The Wiggly Podcast

By Heather 10 years ago

Podcast 182 After last week's noise and bustle, it's a much quieter show this time around. Heather and Richard tour the Wiggly Garden visiting the pond, the wildflower meadow, the secret orchard, the tulip cutting patch and the vegetable garden, with side trips to the beehive, the shed and the greenhouse. It all goes so well that there's no time to hear the pieces the Team have brought along about chickens and local food. Still, Monty manages to slip in a quick Montycast. Listen carefully at the end and you might just hear the honeybees in the background: a taste of things to come next week...

Hay Festival

By Heather 10 years ago

We are building a Wiggly Garden right in the middle of Hay Festival. It includes a rain garden, a veggie patch, wildflower meadow, some willow structures and.... 100 planted up Joules wellies! Why not come along 21st - 31st May.

Here's what Rich has written about a little bit of it....

Apple tree graveyard!

Dead wood is essential to support many types of life, it also makes for a great feature as these intertwined apple trees demonstrate. If you take a close look you will notice an inundation of small bracket fungi growing from the trunks. Decomposers in their own right, fungi make a wonderful addition not only to the wealth of biodiversity in a garden but also the overall aesthetics. If you lifted the bark on these trees a host of scrambling millipedes, woodlice and centipedes could be seen making a break for cover. Invertebrates like these are food for birds and small mammals like shrews and even hedgehogs, if you get the inverts into your garden everything else will follow!

More later...
In our garden we will have a potter, and a gardener and various childrens workshops.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

By Heather 11 years ago

It’s a celebration of the humble apple today from the Wiggly sofa. Rachel Harries reports for this week’s show from a Herefordshire orchard where she has been learning about (and sampling) old varieties of apple, some of which are very rare. You can read up about all sorts of orchard news on the England in Particular web site.

Richard confesses to Farmer Phil that he has allowed a visiting group to scrump all the apples from the Wiggly garden and Rachel demonstrates the amazing apple peeler and corer.

Richard also tells us all about the little grown vegetable salsify and what you can do with it.

To listen to the whole of the Wiggly podcast click here.

Below is a taster of what’s on this week’s show:

00:23 Welcome to the apple shopping channel from Rich, Farmer Phil & “the not so young” Rachel H
06:19 Rachel talks to Frank Hemming about some amazing old varieties of apple.
14:35 Local apples are good, especially those from the Wiggly garden and ones used to make cider!
18:56 Richard gives us the low down on sensational salsify.
23:07 The team discusses the merits of heritage varieties of potatoes and why they are so important.

The Wiggly Wigglers podcast team is Heather Gorringe, Phil Gorringe (akaFarmer Phil) and Richard Fishbourne (aka Ricardo).