Archive for April 19, 2008

Wildlife gardening???

Oh, oh, oh, I don’t understand. *stomps foot and throws organic gardening book at the wall*

We keep getting visits from neighbours’ cats in our garden, I’ve seen at least two different ones. Now, cats might eat or at least deter the rat in the compost heap… but they might also eat and deter birds…. which are useful, because they eat things that might eat my vegetables… so I should feed them…. but I should also protect my seedlings from them because they might eat them instead…..

And comfrey… Comfrey can be used to make comfrey tea to fertilise plants, but it’s also taking over my garden and apparently if you pluck bits off it, it only goes back stronger.

Are birds good or bad? Do I want the cat or not? How can I get rid of the rat? How do I make sure I have the right amount of comfrey to be useful without it choking everything else? How can I encourage ‘good’ wildlife into my garden without the ‘bad’ wildlife wreaking havoc?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh.

And… breeeeeeeeathe…..

Sometimes I’m not surprised people reach for Roundup and slug pellets.

Though I suppose my wildlife neurosis is part of the ‘must… control… nature…’ thing. Maybe the trick is not to panic.

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April 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm 3 comments


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