And Now..

Old fleece Wm


Along with the hail came the unseasonably chilly nights.

And when the potatoes were starting to come up too. But no problem, surely, because I had a couple of fleece cloches safety tucked away in the shed for just such an eventuality. Didn’t I? Fortunately for the mice, the potatoes survived with a bit of extra earthing up.


But now the pheasants, and the pigeons, are looking longingly at my salad leaves. So..


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I recycled the metal frames, and a piece of old netting that has so far escaped being chewed, to make a ‘summer’ cloche. Job done.

The first of the peas and the beans are planted. Spinach, shallots and spring onions too. The sweetcorn is hardening off in the cold frame.

All set for a peaceful and productive growing season to come. Yes?




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  1. Rambler May 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Oh the joys of living in rural beauty and peacefulness . . .
    Unfortunately there are plenty of downsides, too, mostly the 4-legged variety, when you try to be a productive gardener. My little patch is fenced but the predators are either the flying variety or the slippery, slimy ones. The SS ones were out in mighty force during last year’s wet, wet summer (?) and in the end I left them to it, to carry on feasting on my hard-earned flowers and vegetables. Even the lawn was allowed to ‘go wild’ and is only now beginning to look something like it should.
    If we don’t have a proper summer this year, I think I’ll just concrete over the whole flippin’ plot!
    Today it’s windy and very cold; thank goodness I did a few hours gardening yesterday.
    So back to the housework > > > > > > >

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Rambler and welcome to rusty duck!
      Concreting is one option, emigrating is another. It’s dire isn’t it. Cold here too. Approaching the end of May and still gardening in a thick winter fleece. 🙁

  2. Vintage jane May 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Gosh, I do admire your determination … I think I’d have given up and given in!

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      It’s getting close I must admit..

  3. steph May 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    she was just checking on dinner…..c’mon, now!!!

    (i have a friend who has battled the deer in his vegetable garden for years….first the cages (sort of like yours), then a cute little fence—then a larger fence—now, he just put up an 8′ electric fence. I think this is more a case of….by golly, you ARE NOT GOING TO WIN….than really needing such a structure! We’ll see!)

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      I think I need one of those Star Trek force fields Steph.

  4. elaine May 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Oh dear – if it’s not one thing it’s another – it looks like the rusty ducks are chasing him away though!

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      When I first glanced out of the window and saw it, it was sniffing at the ducks, which would have made a great shot. But by the time I had flown to Mike’s study cupboard, extracted camera bag and then camera, I could only catch it walking away. They are not great quality shots, taken at speed and through a rather dirty window..

  5. Abby May 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Lovely pics of the deer – I hope he just politely visits and doesn’t cause havoc for you!

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Polite visits would be very nice indeed. I’m imagining a beautifully warm, late May evening, glass of wine in hand, relaxing on the terrace with a deer grazing on the lawn..

  6. Jill Chandler May 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Wot! No rabbits!

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Don’t.. just don’t.

  7. jabblog May 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Maybe if you put out a large bowl of deer treats (whatever they may be!!) they might leave your plants alone. The only trouble then will be that the entire deer neighbourhood will rock up to enjoy the party . . .

    • Rambler May 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      And mebbe the deer crowd will fancy some salad to go along with their tasty dinner. Oh dear/deer!

      • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        Janice: maybe I could put the deer treats some distance away? Might not do much for neighbourly relations though..

        Rambler: we had a pheasant which used to fly up to the bird table and steal seed. We started putting out his own little pile of seed on the drain cover under the kitchen window. He’d have all that.. and then leap straight up on the bird table and demolish whatever was there too..

  8. Jacqueline May 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    How productive you are Jessica ……. some nice meals to be made with that lot methinks !! …. that’s if the wildlife doesn’t get it and eat ‘cordon bleu’ first !!
    Love the photographs of the deer ….. is that your rhododendron ? That’s going to look a picture. XXXX

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      The rhododendron that the deer is nibbling? Yes 🙁

  9. Sue May 21, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Join the club!!

    It’s the ‘Try to Grow and Eat the Food Before the Wildlife Does Club’, it’s members mainly consist of frenzied looking, undernourished veggie growers with designs for fences and fort knox like structures whizzing through their ever diminishing brain cells. They are drained and white through lack of sleep because even at night designs for deer, rabbit and squirrel proof objects are playing on a loop through their brains.

    I’ve been a member for a couple of years now, the bleach hides the grey hairs well but the furrowed brow cannot be masked …..perhaps I could grow something in the furrows …… just a thought ………

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Where do I sign up?

  10. Em May 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, no pun intended.

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Oh deer indeed.

  11. Simone May 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Such a lovely sight but not within the boundary of your garden perhaps?!!!

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      She is a beautiful animal.
      When I went outside we eyeballed each other for several seconds, through the fruit cage, before she flashed her white tail at me and ran off.

  12. Josephine May 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    You’ll end up with an electric fence, otherwise word is out…..all you can eat buffet, coming soon to Jessica’s place 🙂
    Well done on the netting tents !

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      I can see the veggie garden becoming a huge cage. Not a good look.

  13. Denise May 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Well, I am glad that all I ave to contend with at our allotment is a few shifty-eyed pigeons! Beautiful deer, though.

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Ah, you wait. There may yet be ducks from the river… geese. Even swans. Many, many beaks to feed.

  14. Wendy May 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Your salad crop is looking great and I love the deer. Deer can’t really get to my veg because of the pond and stock fencing, so I can appreciate seeing them.

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Maybe it was just a one off visit.. she won’t come back and I’ll just be able to appreciate seeing her when I did.

  15. snowbird May 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    What a creative use for the metal frames, pure genius!

    Your salad leaves do look wonderful, you can’t blame that DELIGHTFUL deer for being attracted to them…..If I had the deer I think I’d grow stuff for them just to get a view like that1xxxx

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      It was quite a shock to see her. But brilliant too, when I went outside and we watched each other for a while before she ran off.

  16. Pats. May 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    “Flow, dear?’

    “No, Roe deer!”

    Shades of Carry On!

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      As long as it isn’t Carry On Munching..

  17. Vera May 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I just noticed a patch of nothingness in the middle of two side by side rows of sugar beet. Slug pellets will be put down tomorrow! Been too wet to earth the potatoes up. Should have been done by now, but it is not my favourite job, so blaming the rain! Deer are lovely creatures, but better somewhere else!

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Wet = slugs. As sure as night following day.

  18. Suzanne May 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I have been told that these “predator eyes”
    Perhaps they sell that on your side of the pond?
    I am going to try it. I garden as a job. Mostly for weekenders who live in the city. I am at there house once a week and tend their fenced in veg patch. Luckily no deer, but an occasional sneaky rabbit and the chipmunks and squirrels are the worst. They eat everything there. Netting, no netting. They dig under, chew through.
    Good luck scaring your pests away, before they make a habit of visiting.

    • Jessica May 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      I’ll be very interested to hear how you get on with that! Thanks for the tip – looks intriguing!!
      It’s a real problem, I love having the wildlife around but they can be so destructive, and between them leave no produce for us! Always on the look out for deterrents that work without causing harm.

  19. BadPenny May 22, 2013 at 6:12 am - Reply

    I think I’d sacrifice my veggie leaves to have deer roaming my garden !

    • Jessica May 22, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

      They eat a lot of veggie leaves though!!

  20. frayed at the edge May 22, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

    At least we only have to contend with the pesky cats!!

    • Jessica May 22, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

      At least they keep the mice at bay!

  21. domesticali May 22, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    You must have the tastiest garden for miles around. The entire animal spectrum is out to eat it!

    • Jessica May 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Just as long as there are no rabbits..

  22. Anne May 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    You seem to have become a haven for wildlife, which would be fine I guess if they didn’t eat the contents.

    • Jessica May 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Exactly Anne. Everything seems to turn up hungry though.

  23. Anny May 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I’ll lend you the dog. x

    • Jessica May 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      As I recall, he doesn’t take prisoners either..

  24. rachel May 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    No, no, not the shorts! I bought a straw sun hat last year, and look what happened to summer after that!

    • Jessica May 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      I have committed a worse crime Rachel. Three years ago we bought a parasol to shade a cafe table and chairs. Used twice.

  25. starproms May 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Is that a little Muntjac? looks like a young one. I can understand why the wildlife is keen to get at your veggies. You’re going to have a battle this summer, I think.

    • Jessica May 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      A bit bigger Oma, it’s a roe deer. I’ve heard them crashing about in the woods, and had brief glimpses, but this is the first time one has ventured right up to the house. That I’ve seen anyway.

  26. haggiz May 23, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I was moaning about a basset hound stomping over my seedlings, but I think you’ve got me beat with your menagerie! Julie x

    • Jessica May 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Basset hounds can have big feet!

  27. Rosie May 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Oh, no – a deer! I wonder what will visit your garden next? This newest visitor could cause lots of problems though – you must feel as if you are growing food for the wildlife and not yourselves. On another level how super to see a deer so close:)

    • Jessica May 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      It was lovely to see it. And lessons learnt – we now have a camera left out near a window so it’s easier to take action shots!

  28. Annie @ knitsofacto May 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Oh deer, it never rains but it paws!

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist 😉 )

    • Jessica May 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply


  29. CherryPie May 24, 2013 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Deer 🙂

    How wonderful 🙂

    • Jessica May 24, 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

      More mouths to feed 🙁

  30. Jo May 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I love wildlife but it can be a right pain sometimes, especially when you grow your own. I think I’d rather have the pleasure of seeing deer though, it must be wonderful to have them so close.

    • Jessica May 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      The compromise would be that they stay in the wooded part of the garden, but I don’t suppose that will happen!

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