How does your garden grow?
Forget Paris in the springtime – for our ducks, there’s no better place to be than down on our farm in Devon. With gardens coming back to life, we’re loving the cheerful colour of the spring bulbs, knowing the bluebells will be next.
As huge garden enthusiasts ourselves, we’re excited to be heading into flower show season – with Chelsea happening in May and Hampton Court Flower Show in July we will be spoilt for choice.
National Gardening Week
Firstly though, it’s National Gardening Week on 10-16 April. If “Greenfingers” isn’t your middle name, don’t worry, we have a couple of Country Ducks who are expert gardeners. And they’re pretty clear about gardening – in fact, they say it’s not all about the flowers.
And that’s because interestingly, spring bulbs and ducks don’t mix – bulbs of all sorts are actually toxic to birds. (Our Gardener Ducklet had a near miss as a ducky…)
But all our ducks love a pond, so if you’re not gifted at growing plants, why not consider creating one in your garden? Historically, the term “puddle ducks” came from the old method of “puddling” clay soil to make a pond liner – something our ducks (particularly our Natural Finish Welly Ducks) are particularly good at!
Making a pond is not as hard as it sounds, either. Whilst puddling clay, or indeed, relying on ducks to do it for you, is a bit hit and miss, Devon Wildlife Trust has created an amazing guide to building a reliable pond which offers tips on how to make it wildlife friendly too.
Tips for building a pond
Essentially, you need a sunny spot (with a little shade in the afternoon is ideal), a space of around 1m x 2m and to choose a liner. This could be a rigid shape or a tough lining material. Creating a nice gentle slope and lots of shallow water, plus planting the right plants around the edge is all key to making it attractive to birds, insects and perhaps even a frog or two!
If that’s inspired you to make more of your garden this spring, take a look at the RSPB which is offering lots of hints and tips for giving nature a home in your backyard.
Meanwhile, if outdoors isn’t your thing – here’s how to cheat: our unique polka dot spotty ducks are cute as a button and will bring springtime cheer indoors in spades.