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.