Wildlife gardening???

April 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm 3 comments

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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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Futuristics  |  April 19, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    NICE Blog 🙂

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  • 2. furzecat  |  April 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Birds: It really depends what kind of birds. The main crop eating culprits are pigeons which can be kept off with netting, etc. Most smaller birds are not much of a problem. Some will take fruit but _mostly_ this is due to wanting the water content of the fruit so if you provide drinking water they are less likely to scoff your fruit. We also grow less attractive (to birds) fruit such as yellow raspberries. Birds like red and purple berries and think anything else is unripe.

    Can you safely set a trap for the rat (i.e. so nothing else gets caught in it?). You can use a humane trap but then you have to release the rat several miles away.

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  • 3. Hamster  |  April 29, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Ah, well, I’m stuck with containers so I’m only growing strawberries and blueberries, fruit-wise. Better start putting down water I suppose! There are a lot of pigeons though. Huge, fat ones.

    Thanks for the tips!

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