Last summer we spent quite a bit of time getting the garden ready for the summer. We had bought new furniture and also collaborated with Homebase with a new garden parasol. Unfortunately last summer’s weather didn’t give us lots of use for it however we made sure that we looked after it by buying the correct cover for the parasol and for the furniture. The garden also lacked colour last year as we had a new patio area but it was very bare and devoid of plants. This year we have again worked hard to brighten up the garden and now it looks lovely. The flowers are in full bloom and we have added a few more decorative features from Homebase including these floral cushions.
The garden is now looking mush more loved which was just in time for the glorious weather we had over the weekend. Our home is located amongst some very tall protected pine trees and they give us a beautiful natural backdrop. The grass is only cut twice a year behind our house and this provides a natural area for wildlife. We have many squirrels that live by us as neighbours but for the first time we actually have a little hedgehog that has decided our garden will be its home. Erin was beside herself and has taken it upon herself to feed the little thing.
Tips on caring for Hedgehogs
Food and fresh water will encourage hedgehogs to return. Leave out foods like minced meat, tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based), crushed cat biscuits, or chopped boiled eggs. Specialist hedgehog food can also be bought from wild bird food suppliers.
Never feed hedgehogs milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.
Leave areas of the garden ‘wild’, with piles of leaf litter and logs. These are an attractive nest as well as a home for the invertebrates (slugs, beetles) that hedgehogs like to eat.
Making an artificial home can be as simple as placing a piece of board against a wall. Or buy a purpose built hedgehog house.
We now feel very blessed that we have a hedgehog visiting us and we hope it stays a while!