The thing about attracting wildlife - particularly birds - to your garden is that you want them to eat the food you put out for them, not the food you're hoping to scoff ! I've got three feeders out for the birds. Two full of mixed seeds and one with peanuts. I regularly get to enjoy seeing sparrows, blue tits, starlings, robins and finches enjoying the free buffet. But I don't want them to see the soft fruit I intend to grow this summer as a sweet dessert.
Last year I bought four or five strawberry plants, which gave me a very modest amount of berries, most of which had chunks nipped out of them by my feathered visitors. This year I'm hoping for a larger bounty, and the fruit being intact. My plants sent out runners, which means I now have extra plants, and I've re-potted them all in larger tubs with added handfuls of vermiculite for better drainage. I'm going to rig up some kind of netting over the plants to shield them from hungry beaks.
I've planted two other tubs with soft fruit bushes, but they're only mini-sized right now, and won't give fruit for a year or two. A gooseberry and a redcurrant. The gooseberry's got vicious looking thorns on it, so I need to decide pretty quickly where I want it to permanently live and get it moved from the tub into the ground before it grows even thornier. Can't decide on the best position though ...
Yesterday was unexpectedly warm & sunny, meaning I could get outside for more digging. This is the view of the back garden, the right side of it as you look from the house. I'm still peeling back the membrane and digging out loads of limestone to get to the earth beneath. Ideally I'd have edged this border with some planks of wood, but I don't have those. As this is a budget make-do-and-mend garden I'm using what I've got, namely bricks I've taken up from the front garden. I'm standing the bricks on their end which'll give a neat edge, and hopefully will be largely covered by the plants growing against and over it. I cannot wait to get some greenery in here.
Apart from digging up endless chunks of limestone I've found more bits of broken glass, broken paving slabs, rotting wood, a yellow plastic peg, rusty nails and 'orrible slugs which - sorry - get squished. Not nice, but I can't bear them, so I'll have to accept the bad karma.
Today the sky's iron grey and promising rain, so it's a morning of sewing and household stuff, then yoga and grocery shop. I've got a job application form submitted, so am hoping for a phone call promising an interview. We'll see how the day pans out.
Moved from a garden-less city flat in the South West to a Yorkshire village in 2016. I now have a garden ... of sorts.