Many of our pets love the sunshine but that feeling of warmth as they soak in the rays can soon lead to heat stroke and even sunburn if we are not careful. Whether they are guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, donkeys or horses, etc., keeping our animals safe and comfortable in hot weather isn’t always easy but we hope these ideas help.
Make your eggs truly eggsceptional! “Eggscellent” ideas for “eggstraordinary” eggs this Easter!
We found it online, it looked ideal, a fairly attractive (well, it is a shed), anthracite coloured, 3 x 4m metal shed with a nice tall door able to take our ride-on. What could possibly go wrong! A comical reader’s account of their shed build in Tarn et Garonne.
Sue Adams explains that we can grow herbs whether we have a dedicated herb garden, a single flower bed or simply a city balcony. All we need is fertile ground or a generous plant pot, and sunshine.
Many of our pets love the sunshine but that feeling of warmth as they soak in the rays can soon lead to heat stroke and even sunburn if we are not careful. Whether they are guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, donkeys or horses, etc., keeping our animals safe and comfortable in hot weather isn’t always easy but this article may help
We thought it would be fun to look at the latest gizmos and gadgets to enhance the outdoor experience plus some marinade recipes.
Sue Adams takes a look at what effect the moon has on our gardens
Tree Time: “The trick is to plant them early enough in the winter for the roots to establish themselves before the tree needs to expend energy on growing leaves”
We take a look at what Mrs Beeton had to say about spring cleaning – these notes are from the 13th impression of the 1960 version which still refers to the “young housewife” but, by then, the title had changed to Cookery and Household Management. Click here to go to link or read the full article in the Feb to Apr 2021 issue at www.thelocalbuzzmag.com/read-online
Now is the perfect time to reassess your garden in terms of the previous year’s successes, your future ambitions and your plans for structural changes – Sue Adams looks at the garden bone structure.
Nicola McCabe and Tim based their new business on one of the reasons why they made the move to France in the first place: total relaxation.
Sue Adams has lived in SW France for 15 years. Turning her garden into a veritable haven of produce, colour and scents. She knows how to create and maintain beautiful, productive gardens, regardless of the season.
We have all been through a pretty difficult period and now it’s time to do something different! What better than a themed event for friends, family and neighbours.*
Glass fusion workshops – workshops to look into: it’s crystal clear that you won’t “glaze over” in these workshops!
Sue Sargeant guides us on the gardening jobs to think about in early spring
Sue Sargeant explains that wildlife in the garden has not always been viewed as being particularly welcome but, today, attitudes are definitely changing.
Entertaining can be costly at this time of year so here are a few inexpensive ideas for some festive fun and sparkle.
Sue Sargeant explains that most fungal, bacterial and viral plant diseases are spread naturally by wind, rain, insects, small animals and even our own intervention in the garden.
A summer garden is made in late autumn/early winter and your plant heroes deserve some extra TLC in these next few months. By Sue Sargeant
As an Architecte Bilingue en Aquitaine, Justine Joseph highlights what you can expect when using the services of an architect.
Hedgehogs will eat slugs, song thrushes eat snails. Sue Sargeant gives us some ideas about how to minimise the effects of pests in the garden in this short article about avoiding garden pests
Sue Sargeant talks about cutting back for growth in the garden. As the weather starts to cool and the sun’s rays are less intense, we can enjoy the last few days of summer sunshine whilst preparing for the 2020 gardening year.
Sue Sargent is a regular contributor to The Local Buzz magazine and gives us her own take on the perfect compost recipe
Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life, yet most of us will choose to do it several times. Moving overseas or within a foreign country can be even more traumatic, creating frustration and even more stress.
SW France Home Staging is by Sarah Day, Owner at Maisons et Manoirs. She explains why home staging is important and how the French and English differ in approach.
Living with SW France Nature by Sue Sargeant: It’s no surprise that those who are keen gardeners like Sue also love wildlife. Here she highlights how gardens and wildlife (including pests) can live in harmony to create a perfect place where plants thrive and pests survive.
Coping with the weather, especially the heat in summer, is one of the things that makes gardening really interesting and very rewarding. Sue Sargeant tells us how to keep blooming through summer.
A Potager is one of those “must-haves” in a French garden and is a traditional part of life in rural France.
We asked experienced beekeepers to give us some tips about how to establish a hive and look after the bees. Jonathan and Anna Beaussire are based in Lot et Garonne and have been keeping bees since 2013.
Our beloved bees are back in our gardens!
There’s a definite Buzz in the air as spring is springing up all around us. This is a perfect time of year in the garden. I just love seeing what has survived over winter and enjoying the fresh air.
We have all struggled with the wrong tools – here are some handy tips on which garden tool is the right one.
More than a few of us will have acquired a lovely piece of land here in France and attempted to fill it with all those shrubs and plants we had back “home”, only to be left with a box of labels and very few plants.
Looking after the winter garden is all about thinking about the future, preparing for the months ahead.
Autumn is an essential time of year for honeybees. The worker bees are out collecting nectar for long hours to ensure enough supplies to feed and maintain their colony through the winter months.
Sue Sargeant looks at how we can be preparing our garden for the cooler months to come during the Autumn.
Tips for creating a little ambiance in the night garden
Sue Gardner looks at summer; a time when friends and family enjoy your garden and, hopefully, you too will have time to relax and reap the rewards of your hard work.