The garden is looking very green nowadays, all this sun and rain made it grow and bush out. Unfortunately the slugs are having a ball in this wet weather, they nearly brought me to tears on many occasions along with the fox cubs who keep digging right in the middle of the veg bed, right in the middle, every time!
My slug solution (a cruel one as nothing friendly works) is making salt moats round seedlings in the greenhouse and I am using more friendly ashes outside but they get washed out by rain. I don’t want to use slug pellets, coffee grounds don’t work and copper rings are expensive.
As far as the foxes go I covered the beds with netting over A frames and they are keeping them away, well, they dig the paths now. At last badgers are not visiting anymore after we put up a proper fence and got ruthless with our neighbour’s fence which is full of holes, I told him that we are going to cover a hole after hole, and so we did and the badgers are a thing of the past. Bloody foxes are an entirely different thing as they can jump over high fences like cats, I saw them one morning frolicking in the back gardens.
But the biggest pest of them all is my downstairs neighbour who keeps feeding foxes and badgers in her front and back garden every night! So I still have to chase badgers out of my front garden which is full of new plants trying to make it and badgers are huge and strong and like to dig.
In happier news we now have Alpine and regular strawberries, black currants and gooseberries are ripening up, broad beans and peas are nearly there, roses have opened and peonies are about to burst. The succulent collection is growing strong, a lot of flowers have self seeded which is fantastic apart from borage which went absolutely wild and I had to remove a lot of the plants. Our soil improving green manure and potatoes are looking very well (aren’t potato flowers pretty?). Sweet peas are opening and I have plenty of mizuna, rocket, spinach, lettuce and herbs to feed us for few weeks.
The National Garden Society is back with some fabulous open gardens, we are planning to visit few this Sunday. It was such a great experience and inspiration last year in Wimbledon and Ham, I cannot wait to see as many as possible this summer. Are you going to visit any?