Sunday, 11 July 2010

Those pesky wabbits!

So, returning to the allotment after a two week absence, I was dissapointed to see that the beans have not come up at all. Not so much "has beans" as never will be.

We do have some mange tout sprouting but they are looking very sorry for themselves after being nibbled by rabbits. Not entirely eaten away more "manged en peu" than mange tout.

The tomatoes are doing well and look healthy and strong.

Of course we have the potatoes. I am searching for potato recipes!
We decided not to follow the advice of just about everyone we know, I don't want to shoot or snare and eat the bunnies! We have covered the peas with chicken wire to try to deter them, although if they really want them they could easily burrow under. We have also employed someone to keep watch on the veg when we are not there. Philip's son and daughter in law gave him a little scarecrow for Father's day. I hope he works on rabbits too!

There is still so much to do to clear the rest of the land but in this weather it would be just too much like hard work. There are still piles and piles of rocks and bricks to clear before erecting a shed and maybe the greenhouse.
The tree we cut down is still lying in bits in the entrance. We had thought about burning it in situ but thought our neighbour might not be best pleased if his shed caught fire. Then we decided to take it to the local tip.. but the bearings on the trailer have gone and we just cannot afford to get it fixed at this time.

Philip seemed to have lost momentum a little and talked yesterday of giving up the allotment altogether. After all the work we've put in already I was horrified. Luckily he seems to be interested again. He was even talking about taking on the neighbouring patch as the guy appears to be letting it go a bit. That would give me room to have quite a few chickens which sounds good to me. We'll see.

I keep hoping for a real good downpoor, but it just isn't happening. I spent about two hours watering yesterday and the ground looked just as dry and dusty as it did before I started. Is it me or does everyone get so protective over their veg? It's almost a maternal feeling. Ok so it probably is me and I should maybe not admit to that so publicly.

Later today we are taking delivery of a truckload of fresh horse manure so next week will be spent shovelling shit. Oh the joys of gardening!


  1. Dear Julie,
    No silly comment by me, such as, bean there, done that. Nope, not me.
    I hope that the scarecrow works on the rabbits. I know that 'scarecat' seems to have kept little pussies away from my garden.
    The allotment is a statement of what you guys can do. I hope that you keep going with this worthy and therapeutic endeavour.
    I look at all the hard work I did by myself with my garden. It is, like your allotment is, a statement, that out of squalor, we can make something wonderful.
    I wish I had a sprinkler. It would be so much easier than hauling out buckets of water from my bathtub to my rain barrel.
    Hope you have a great time shovelling shit.
    Kind wishes, Gary x

  2. Thanks for your comment Gary, I'm so pleased that "scarecat" seems to be effective against the puddy tats. Hope ours works on the bunnies.

    Your garden is a credit to your hard work and determination.

    love as always Julie x