I just hope the snails and slugs are full of sweetcorn

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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.