It wasn’t me!

Well, the start of another working week commences but first I took a short trip round the garden and now I have a curious event to report.

The phone camera doesn’t do the best job of close-ups, so what you see above is a clove of garlic which is no longer in the hole where I put it. Was it a rat who pulled it out and then thought better of taking investigations any further?

Anyway, the garlic has now been popped back in its hole. I was pleased to note that it has developed roots and so all being well should continue to grow, alongside the three which have already started to shoot.

Apart from this, all seems well in the garden. At the weekend, I chopped the top off the conifer

as it was going higher than the legal maximum height for an evergreen at the property boundary. I felt a bit sad at first but the bush does look slightly bushier now, so I’m pleased about that.

And the top of the tree has not gone to waste. Some of it is going to feed the rhubarb as well as perhaps give it an acidity boost.

The rest is now adorning my dining table along with wormwood cuttings and dahlias. As I was cutting up the conifer, I realised it had a pleasant smell, which I wanted to appreciate before these cuttings join their siblings. And of course, they look decorative as well.

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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23 Responses to It wasn’t me!

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    We have problems with burrowing rodents of various types here that unearth bulbs with their diggings and leave them on the surface. Could possibly be voles?

  2. Vinny says:

    Very enjoyable blog thank you

  3. Birds can lift garlic and onion sets, It has happened to us. You might have common voles – thy don’t need a river.

    Regarding conifers on boundaries, if you only have one I don’t think there is a legal limit, it’s only when you have a hedge. It’s just as well to keep them manageable and get on with the neighbours, but don’t worry about a couple of extra feet.

    • Helen says:

      Thanks very much for both.

      When I first raised the issue of rats on this blog, voles were mentioned but at that time, I thought they must have been rats because of the burrowing. However, now I know that voles burrow too, I’m definitely pleased that I have abstained from killing them.

      As for the leylandii, my neighbour and I who are affected by the ones along our row are concerned about causing offense. It is tricky knowing how to approach a third party when you can’t exactly avoid them afterwards, isn’t it?

      I do believe they must have been asked by the council to cut them back to some extent. My neighbour who is also affected (actually, far more affected than me) said the trees had been smothering the lamppost on the other side of their fence.

      • Trees, hedges, boundaries, neighbours – it is so difficult. I would ban leylandii hedges as little good ever comes of them. 🙂

        • Helen says:

          Yes, they should be banned. The saving grace with my neighbours’ trees is that the birds love nesting in them.

          • Yes, that’s what I told my neighbour about ours when they decided to complain. I’m currently planning to increase the tree cover/wildlife habitat in the garden in order to allow us to take the conifer down but it will be a year or two. Over the last twenty years the six houses I consider a block have lost two birches, a hawthorn, a laburnum, a crab apple and a flowering plum. I’m the only one to replace anything, the others are intent on turning the place into a desert of gravel and decking.

          • Helen says:

            Such a shame that people eschew a natural environment in their gardens. I can see that they are not interested in gardening but want private outdoor space but there are ways of having plants and not much maintenance.

            Anyway, sounds to me like your neighbours are complaining about nothing. One conifer is not a hedge – and it is easier for birds to nest in all year round than a deciduous tree.

          • We used to have many nests in the hawthorn (mainly blackbird) before the neighbours removed it – partly on out boundary – just disappeared one weekend. The conifer normally has a pair of pigeons nesting in it.

          • Helen says:

            Shame about the loss of the hawthorn. For the birds and for you 😕

          • Yes, it was annoying, but people seem to like deserts and dislike leaves and shade.

          • Helen says:

            They do indeed!

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