Strawberry theft

by Richard Jones

Suddenly my eye was caught by a strange bouncing red thing moving away to the trees. It was an animated strawberry making its way down the path...

StrawberriesI admit that we don't get up to the allotment as often as we should, but does that mean someone else can harvest the strawberries in our absence? I think not. Apart from the rhubarb, and the perennial potatoes that keep appearing, the strawberries are our best crop and the children especially like picking them. So when I first spotted all the flowers I knew we were in for a bumper yield this year.

But two weeks later when I called in to see what was on offer I was met with bare stalks. Not one berry to be seen. My first inclination was to blame local 'youths'. Perhaps the same ones who had, a couple of years ago, started a camp fire next to our shed and ended up burning the whole place down. The netting over the bed was more or less in place, but I could see several places where I imagined gangly arms had been thrust through to pilfer our fruit. Humph. Oh well. I re-pegged the nets, did a bit of disgruntled tidying and left.

The next week we were back. A glorious day, birds singing, clouds puffing and three-year-old laughing in the wheelbarrow as we bumped down the site. Suddenly my eye was caught by a strange bouncing red thing moving away to the trees. It was an animated strawberry making its way down the path ... in the mouth of a squirrel. Pah. Caught red-handed, or perhaps red-pawed. Here was my scrumper.

The nets are now rhinoceros-proof.

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Gardeners' World Web User 01/01/2008 at 00:00

Gardeners' World Web User 11/09/2008 at 13:41

Great story:)

I have made the most of my wee city garden and have planted strawberries too. My only pests are insects and birds, I would love squirrels in my garden to look at:) You should reduce the numbers of grey squirrels by eating them:)lol.. I saw it in the TV programme "The Wild Gourmets" it should help us increase the number of Red squirrels too..

Gardeners' World Web User 11/09/2008 at 21:49

Haw, please don'€™t blame the poor squirrels, they may have taken a few of them but I think if your plants were totally stripped off all fruit that was ready to eat, then I think it was probably young kids who had nothing better to do and they just looked to inviting. These ignorant youths don't care who worked hard a long side there families to enjoy the fruits of there labour and they don't care about the children they are going to hurt, they have no respect at all and this stems from how they are brought up.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/09/2008 at 15:58

Slugs, snails, birds and now squirrels bloomin 'eck they should get tagged. rofl

Gardeners' World Web User 16/09/2008 at 11:05

Looking out of my kitchen window I was confused as to why the plum tree was shaking! Whoa and behold it was a squirrel stealing the plums.

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