We can breathe again

I learned today that the birds will seem to have disappeared at the moment because they are moulting. Certainly, I had noticed that they were less in evidence, so I decided it was time to lift the netting.

For one thing, the netting was getting on my nerves when I wanted to pick strawberries. It also seemed to be stunting the growth of other plants.

Well it may have been. At the same time, there was another reason for the currants looking a bit sorry for themselves: upon closer inspection, the new growth was being attacked by aphids (and ants). So, out came the neem oil, which I hope will be as effective on them as it has been on the apple tree.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to We can breathe again

  1. andy1076 says:

    Keep the birds away and the critters decide to come out and play, but take away the netting and the birds help themselves huh!

  2. thank you for sharing Helen have a blessed day

  3. Where there are aphids, that ants are sure to follow. Did the neem oil do the job?

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