Look at the damage! Can anyone help me guess the pest?
Trail of destruction
Looks like nibbles to me….
But then nibbling the ends of the baby beets too? This damage looks like slugs????
Nice of them to leave me some!
Protection so far….
Is the pest of the soft and fluffy variety? Or could it be our chicken? Slugs? Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
We have loads of pallets lying around so decided to make a picket fence out of them to stop the chicken going on the veggies.
The difficulty in working with pallets is that they break easily so it is worth watching a few YouTube vids to find the right method for the right type of pallet. This vid (although long and annoying) was the one I found most helpful.
Firstly we measured the picket fence spikes and used a jig saw to cut them out. You will also need to jig saw all the back bits as per the above vid.
Next was brute force. You will also find that you can’t help singing Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”. I still have it in my head….
Dealing with the nails…..
Knocking posts in and screwing the pallets in.
Finished product! I am awfully chuffed with our basically free fence!!! It just needs a bit of paint now!
This weekend is the time to unleash my cucmbers out of their small pots. Cucmbers need a lot of two things; food and water. It can get quite expensive to have huge pots of compost for each plant so I decided to put some manure in the bottom of medium sized pots to give the needy roots continuous nutrients.
As you can see I have broken the semi rotted black gold up and filled the pots up half way.
I used last year’s climbing terrace made out of two old bits of wood and chicken wire.
So all I have to do now is regularly water and train the plants through picking out side shoots and giving them a bit of direction :). Let’s hope the manure works!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could take a picture of something natural on an app; find out what it is, where is comes from, what it is used for and other such useful details? Does such an app exist- probably not! Does anyone know what this beautiful flower is?
A couple of years ago I sowed some red hot poker seeds; I planted the seedlings and thought they had died. I do believe that my wild flower bed/alpine bed/perennial spinach bed can now boast a red hot poker! It has popped up from nowhere; just like the foxgloves 🙂
The poppies have landed this year in my partner’s garden! How beautiful they look overtaking the lawn-to-be. I’m a great lover of pesky ‘weed’ flowers like poppies and forget me nots. There is something magical in letting nature be in control! 🙂
I absolutely love onions and leeks so decided to try my luck and plant some in November in my 2014 root bed (as it won’t need manuring) in hope that they will be ready in March. It is May now and they are big enough to harvest! (Phewf!).
I’ve decided to harvest them now before they go to seed and/or rot in the ground. We have had a spell of heavy rain which has swollen them but also could encourage rotting.
They taste delicious! 🙂