Seven o’clock this morning: one or two ripe strawberries ready to eat. Two hours later, there were none. Or rather the birds had been eating them, so instead of feeding me, apart from the birds, the compost bin got the remnants.
This did, however, galvanise me into action. I had got some straw from the farm yesterday with every intention of putting it under the strawberry plants and then covering them with netting, so now seemed the moment to do it. I had been putting off netting the strawberry plants, partly down to aesthetics and partly down to the inconvenience of trying to pick the ripened fruit with it on. Anyway, this is the end result:
The strawberries weren’t the only casualties today. Whilst I was outside this evening, I saw a sparrow chomping away at the beetroot leaves, which I had been planning on having in a salad later in the week, by way of thinning out the plants. So, the netting came out again and they are now nicely protected against my feathered competitors.
It is a shame that I have to deprive the birds of a food they so evidently enjoy. But I am sure that there are still plenty of other things that they can have a go at and which might be to my advantage as well. Like the slug that I saw having a meal of my radishes. At first, I had thought it was just a leaf going brown, but was glad I investigated and removed it from where it was in the tub under one of the cloches.
On the subject of birds, I was actually delighted to see a chaffinch sitting on the fence earlier. It’s the first time I have seen one of these in real life and I am ever so pleased that they and other birds are attracted to my garden, even if there is a downside, too.
Other pleasures today have been seeing that the mangetout I sowed the other day are starting to come through. And one of my pumpkins is now quite a robust little plant on the windowsill. Some of the tomato plants are almost big enough to plant out and some of the potato plants are starting to flower, so hopefully it won’t be too long before I can dig the potatoes out of the ground.
Last but not least, I managed to dig a few more dandelion roots out of what was once the lawn. So, surely I must be have cracked that part of the new vegetable garden now?