Undressing for the blackbirds

Today, I dared undress my beds  –  by which I mean I took off the netting. Soon I’ll see if the blackbirds are still as keen to dig the whole place up. The peas had already attached themselves with their little tendrils, which are surprisingly strong and have kept them upright through the last few stormy days we’ve had. Explaining patiently to them that they’re supposed to attach to the chicken wire frame I’ve put up on the other side… and apologising for ripping them off their nice netting. I find using bird netting over the vegetable beds as long as the seedlings are small is a great help to get them established, as the blackbirds seem to prefer the worm hiding directly under the plants and thus absolutely has to dig them up.

In next weeks workshops, I’ll share some other tips and tricks on how to deal with the different hazards when the seedlings are new to outdoors life. It all starts with the art of growing strong seedlings – which, of course, starts with the seeds and the seed raising mix you use. The first Sow Seeds workshop in the “Grow More Veges” series will take place next Tuesday (18th), followed by Plant Plants on Wednesday 19th. If you’re interested but the time doesn’t suit you, please let me know so I can choose a better schedule next time!

Of course, people with gardening experience are also most welcome to come and share experiences and ideas. Email me on rego @ edibleoasis.net or head over to Chalkle to register there.

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