An elaborate bird table

This morning, I noticed that the birds had been fussing with the straw over the beans I’d sown yesterday. I wasn’t sure if they were after the one or the other, but as we were off out I kicked the straw back in place and said to myself I would deal with it later.

Today’s exercise was an exploration of Water Haigh Woodland Park or, to be more exact, breakfast on the banks of the River Aire followed by a meander along the path till it took us to the main road. It was a pleasant start to the day and one I think we should do again before too long.

In the meantime, I needed to sort out the runner bean bed. First, I checked to see if the bean seeds were disturbed and erring on the side of caution I slipped in a few more before redistributing the straw/manure over them. Then I gave the whole lot a good watering before placing and fastening down a net cloche over the bean bed.

I feel sorry for the birds but there is plenty of other food and nest-building material for them close by. I’m also pleased with their antics because they led to me going into the shed and thus being reminded that I had planned to start planting out tomatoes.

So, the first tomato plant has gone in the pot over the drain cover, where I successfully grew one last year (different compost). The former plant was accompanied by parsley but when I went to find the seeds today I came across some cucumber seeds first and thought ‘Why not?’

Cucumbers tend not to do well for me but if they don’t work I will just sow more parsley. On the other hand, any cucumber is better than no cucumber.

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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7 Responses to An elaborate bird table

  1. We are preparing to leave the bird feeders empty, now that the babies are all fledged.

    • Helen says:

      Sorry not to have replied sooner – somehow your comment slipped through the net.

      So, you won’t see any more birds building nests? I think the disturbance I mention in my post is either pigeons looking for nesting building material or blackbirds looking for grubs. The latter will suddenly seem to disappear after they’ve eaten the first round of strawberries.

  2. That sounds a lovely start to your day! Good luck with the beans, tomatoes and cucumber. You grow such a lot in a fairly modest sized garden.

  3. gaiainaction says:

    Your garden is doing great as always Helen, with more experiments. I hope you are enjoying this nice weather too.

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