Blackbirds don't care to share

Monday, July 24, 2017

This year marks our fifth anniversary of taking on the allotment. It's been an interesting journey, of which I've played various roles. While I do have plenty to report on with regard our produce and yield (and flowers) this year so far I felt like just dwelling on how even though we are growing broadly the same things in a particular plot each year things can go so differently.
This year, unlike any other, I've seen a plethora of feathered friends frequenting the whole allotment site. Never before have there been more than just a few overhead. Now the blackbirds are pretty much using the area as prime feeding grounds. This has meant that I've eaten about 5 raspberries in total and a handful of gooseberries but virtually no berries as the cheeky little things have stolen all the ripe fruit and not adhered to the idea of sharing. It feels like the weather has been so hit and miss, we did have quite a bit of watering to do earlier in summer but thankfully things seem a little better now. Our ground is very stony and prone to going dusty rather than boggy.
Sadly, no fruit at all is coming our way from the fruit trees barring one tiny apple. The cherries have been nicked by birds and none of the other trees have produced a thing and I can't deny that I'm feeling a mix of heavy disappointment and fury considering all the faff we went to with frost protection in spring. Still, C has pruned the plums, and apricot trees (summer pruners) and once they are dormant then the rest can be heavily pruned so hopefully all will be in excellent condition for bearing fruit next year.
That's all for now but I'd love to give a full allotment update soon.

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  1. Ah I'm sorry to hear the blackbirds have found your allotment, they're clever birds as we used to have a lovely breeding pair in our back garden that would swoop down and eat all of my Mum's red currants come this time of year too - she did try nets and other things like using old CD's as a bird scarer but they just came back and took them all so we can sympathise with you! It's always a pain when you put in the work and don't get to reap the rewards, but hopefully next year will be better and you'll have a bigger yield. It's probably a good sign that your allotment is doing well! Lovely shot of the raspberry there too. - Tasha

  2. Temporary net, canes with plastic flower pots on top make taught using flints should give protection take down and wrap up for next year quick east and rustic solution ;-) with leaves on the net blackbirds shouldn't get caught but you should check

  3. I've noticed more birds this year as well although last year's fruit was almost all eaten by slugs before we got to it, and I've fallen so behind with the plot this year.


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