Liz Bourne and her family have transformed their small Southsea back garden into a grow-you-own-plot
Last week’s artistic creation of a mesh of sticks, stones and any other natural detritus I could find to deter the local cats nearly worked, but some careful restructuring has prevented any further deposits in that area so far.
It was with great sadness, though, that I discovered the sweetcorn seedlings that I had lovingly placed in neat lines in the sunniest bed, tucked up under a small-scale poly tunnel, had all disappeared.
No doubt the victims of slug and/or snail action. I will be deploying some home-made slug traps when I replace the seedlings.
In other gardening news, the high winds that battered our fair isle not so long ago also took their toll on my beloved greenhouse.
A small and fairly mobile structure, this greenhouse was tipped unceremoniously on its side and took a dip in the pond, displacing one of its panels on its way down into the chilly depths.
So last weekend I set about fixing the greenhouse firmly into place, using some garden twine to secure it to a tree to prevent further upset.
The panel, made thankfully not of glass but of Perspex, took a while to slot back into place.
But ultimately the finished product was good enough to house my collection of cucumbers and peppers that I have carefully been tending on my windowsill.
I only hope that the slugs and snails are too full up with sweetcorn to turn their attentions to these.