Have you ever wondered why there’s so much fuss about bees? Why earthworms are good for the garden? What’s the point of slugs? Do you know how to give your roses the best chance of blooming year after year? What about shells? Do you know that every shell was once some tiny creatures’ home?
Wondered what on earth to do with all those lovingly collected seashells and stones that the kids bring home from every visit to the beach? Or how to make a walk out in the fresh air a bit more of an adventure for reluctant children and adults!
Gumby Legacy will be exploring all of these ideas and more in our exciting 365 Nature days exploration.
Nature is defined as the physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.) that is not made by people.
I’ll be first to admit, I am clueless with regards to all things gardening and to be brutally honest, I haven’t always been that interested in a lot of the things that my brother Jeremy (Gumby) was interested in. I have a poinsettia on my kitchen window sill that, besides occasional watering, only had attention once every 6 months when he came to stay. Miraculously it is still alive but I genuinely don’t know what to do with it when it needs pruning, feeding and hiding in a dark cupboard (to turn the leaves red again). Apparently all of that does make a difference to the health of a plant!
Jeremy definitely inherited his love and passion for nature from our mom and dad. 33 years ago today they welcomed him into this world – 2500gm, 5 weeks early, bit jaundiced (but so was mom) and very hairy even then. ”Still making me smile, every day, in some way” (that’s from mom, Marian. She has most of the knowledge and ideas).
I had always assumed that with both my folks and Uncle Gumby around, my children would get more than enough general knowledge and exposure to all things small, beautiful and green via them.
Well now it’s all down to me, my mom and a whole lot of research and getting out and about. Hopefully we’ll meet some like-minded folks along the way willing to share their knowledge and tips with us too.
Not quite as simple as I’d taken for granted but I expect we’ll learn a lot in the next 365 days!