I was very disappointed this morning to see that the cauliflower seedlings I had planted at the back of the garden were no more – presumably eaten by the birds who must have got through the netting. In other words, it looked like I needed to buy some of a more bird-proof kind. At the same time, I also remembered that I had some bags cum tubs from the days when very little of my garden was serviceable. Wouldn’t it be great if I could kill two birds (no pun intended) with one stone and get netting which could be used to protect the bags and enable me to grow not just some cauliflowers but more salad?
So, at school finishing time, I picked my daughter up and we went to a garden centre which was new for us to see what their range of stock was like. Very good in fact, as there was just the netting that I felt I needed: net cloches. In other words, the frame is an integral part of the net, which means I won’t need to fiddle about with wire and separate net which are both misshapen as well as time-consuming and difficult to handle. What a relief!
I haven’t got as far as reseeding any cauliflowers yet. However, I have planted the following: dill, parsley, radishes and lettuce. The shame is that I did not have enough of my own compost for the bags, so had to buy some of that, too. Still, should the herbs and vegetables grow, they will save me far more than the £4.49 for the compost they have grown in.