The blackbirds are very tame at the moment. I’ve just been out to the bins, whilst nearby one was too busy pulling out a worm to bother with my presence.
I’m not sure if it is these same birds that are also rumaging through the rhubarb mulch. In any case, I’ve been rumbled. They have discovered the sticks from the Christmas tree, covered with compost, which went down last autumn.
The rhubarb seems quite unperturbed, however. In fact, I think by Easter it might be possible to pick a few sticks.
Incidentally, whilst at Nostell Priory recently, I noticed plenty of mulch material behind the adventure playground (near the kitchen garden). I wonder how many people wander behind the bushes next to the swings and discover this?
The Nostell rhubarb certainly seems to have benefitted from it!