Saturday afternoon garden project

It’s a gorgeous, warm and sunny day here in Hampshire in the south of England, so I decided to paint a wooden garden flower trough that sits on our decking.

It’s very heavy when filled with compost, so I had to slide it across to be able paint both front and back. I used a nice bright gloss green.

One of the big advantages of painting while naked is that you don’t have to worry about getting paint on clothes and ruining them.

All done, it looks nice and the wood is preserved.

Don’t forget World Naked Gardening Day 5th May 2018

Don’t forget #worldnakedgardeningday 5th May 2018

Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us–even if only for those few sunkissed minutes–that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.

Don’t forget to share your photos using the hashtag. Let’s show the world we love gardening, our planet, the environment and our bodies!

Planting up ‘plug’ plants

It’s Saturday 21st April 2018, that time of the year when the plug plants I order annually from Sutton’s Seeds arrive.

I tried to grow my favourite Begonia from seed and found it very difficult, so every year I buy a good value pack of extra value plugs, quite small plants which you have to grown on yourself in the windowsill. They’re not big enough of hardy enough to be planted outside yet.

Luckily the weather is very warm and sunny 23 degrees (for the time of year) so I enjoyed a comfortable clothes free morning planting them up using new multi purpose compost.

Fingers crossed by the middle/ end of May, the plants will be large enough to begin to plant outside when the risk of frost would have disappeared.

Bye for now.

Early January 2017 – enjoying some clothes free time in my garden.

It’s Sunday 8th January 2017, happy new year by the way!

Martin BelcherAfter a cold spell in the first week of January with nighttime frosts with the coldest night so far this year recorded in England of -8 degrees, the weather has changed direction and now milder Atlantic low pressure systems are due to rattle past in the next few days. 

Today it’s mild but grey, overcast and with light drizzle, it’s not very pleasant at all, I much prefer cold, crisp sunny days at this time of year. 

My garden is looking wet and a bit sad for itself, most plants are in Winter hibernation apart from the many evergreen shrubs I have growing in the garden.

My photinina (red robin) tree continues to flourish with beautiful hues of green leaves. The first signs of Spring and it will begin to burst into life with bright red leaves.

My many conifers all look resplendent and green. I will give them a nice trim in Spring to keep their shape. At present they need no more work.

One of my ‘garden casualties’ is one of my terracotta garden pots which has been a victim of frost.

The water gets in to the pot through hairline cracks and then during the frost, the water freezes, expands and breaks it.

I’ve lost a large chunk from the side as you can see in the photo of me not looking very pleased!

I will see if I can repair it, if not, it will make great drainage for larger pots when broken up and it’s a good excuse to treat myself to a new one!

Well, there’s not much else to report in the garden at this time of year, so it’s back indoors and dream of Spring!

Martin BelcherEnjoy your outdoor space whatever the weather and if you’re a keen naturist like me, try and get some outdoor clothes free time, your body, mind and immune system will thank you. 

Bye for now!

A brief spell outdoors clothes free in November!

Today is 6th November and a cold northerly wind has set in bringing cold weather and a significant wind chill even down here in the usually mild south of England.

As a keen outdoors naturist, even some cold weather doesn’t deter me from enjoying some outdoors time clothes free to feel the windy and air all around my skin. It’s amazing how quickly after the initial shock that your skin reacts and copes with the temperature drop. I find just a scarf around my neck helps make it more tolerable and providing it’s not raining (wet & cold is the worst!) and you continue to move around, you can stay outdoors naked for quite some time. 

There’s not a huge amount to do outdoors this time of year, mostly sweeping up leaves, raking the lawn and some pruning. 

It feels my mind with joy, my body with renewed vigour and my heart with love to enjoy and be amongst nature clothes free, natural and at peace with the environment around me.

Enjoying the garden clothes free in late summer.

Here in Hampshire in southern England it’s been quite a nice Summer 2016. Not a record breaker by any means and the lack of long settled periods was disappointing. Despite this temperatures especially in July and August have been above average for the time of year and high humidity has been an issue on many days.

If you’re a regular follower of my blogs you will know I started a garden project in late Spring to turn an area of garden shaded by an Acer tree and a buddleia into a ‘woodland’ area covered in bark chips and interspersed with pots filled with ladies mantle, wild mint and ferns. My decision to do this was mainly because of repeated attempts at growing grass in this area failed due to heavy shade and dry soil.

Almost four months on and I’m really pleased with how it’s looking:

The wild mint, ladies mantle and various ferns have grown very well and given a boring area a different feel, it’s now a natural home to many wood lice, ladybirds and other beetles.

Here’s a photo of me (below) in my home grown woodland enjoying my little glade clothes free, natural and at harmony with my surroundings:

All it leaves me to do now is give my little woodland area a name = I officially name it in honour of my dear late Mum. “Joan’s glade”. Beautiful.