Posted: Wednesday 6 August 2014
by Pippa Greenwood
There's no shortage of challenges in my garden at the moment. For a start, there's been no rain for weeks.
There's no shortage of challenges in my garden at the moment. For a start, there's been no rain for weeks. This is having the most immediate effect on my plants, especially the larger leaved plants such as courgettes. The upshot of the dry weather is lots of extra work watering, mulching, creating shade and so on.
My fruiting crops are suffering, too. The autumn-fruiting raspberries have formed plenty of fruit (with no sign of raspberry beetle, thank goodness). In all the years we’ve lived and gardened here, I haven't felt the need to grow them in a fruit cage - yet. By the time they're fruiting, there seems to be plenty of other food available for the hungry local birds.
Which brings me to another challenge: many of my fruits have been scoffed by the birds. My greenhouse contains an array of tomatoes. The birds (mainly blackbirds) seem to have broken in and are using it as a sort of pit-stop; a source of superbly juicy, high-moisture food. Next, no doubt, I’ll see more evidence of squirrels bark-stripping trees.
So what’s to be done? I don't wish to harm our feathered friends (although my good nature was tried when they ate almost every single red gooseberry). Covering all my crops just isn't feasible... so instead I’m trying to find as many suitable containers as I can to act as water troughs and then ‘watering’ these too as I rescue needy plants!
07/08/2014 at 22:42
I emptied one of my compost bins on a bed as a mulch only to find a blackbird keeps on throwing it all over the garden,I keep brushing off the grass only to return later to find it every where again.