In an attempt to keep the slugs and snails at bay I’ve been planting as much as I can in pots. We are on our 3rd sowing of runner beans on the allotment and unless a. the weather improves, or b. Andrew is prepared to spend the night there in pursuit of slugs and snails, it seems unlikely we will be dealing with the usual gluts this year. At least this way when I go out on my evening slug hunt there is a limited area to check and it is easier to protect the plants with copper tape, wool pellets and nematodes.
Andrew reports that the blight resistant Sarpo maincrop potatoes are still looking fantastic with not a sign of blight. Sarpo are available from Thompson & Morgan
Regular followers will know that I have my fair share of badger bother in this garden – especially when they munch their way through my newly planted tulip bulbs! I’ve come up with a number of deterrents in the from Wire netting to Robust Hurdles.
And now a possible solution has come my way courtesy of greengardener, specialists in wildlife friendly deterrents. Nite Eyes (£19.99 or £49.99 for 3) is a solar-powered unit that repels both foxes & badgers by mimicking the eyes of a predator. The unit charges by day and then comes on automatically at dusk when the two red LED lights in the front start to flash. It does not harm the animals, but they will feel threatened because they believe it’s the eyes of another animal. It is this sense of being watched that the animals do not like so they turn tail and run away. I’ve ordered three and will report the results here and on the allotment.
Andrew had to abandon all other tasks and dig part of the potato crop as the badgers have been helping themselves!