My husband has been playing with seep hoses to cut time in watering later in the summer. he has set up the polytunnel with lots of lines which should serve right through the tomato crop later in the summer.
He has used spare lengths to water some seed beds out in the veg bed. It means reconnecting hose ends up but we at least do not have to actually stand there for ages watering all summer.
For the fruit we thought we would try these "fruit cage ball connectors for every size cane". Totally useless in our opinion unless there is some trick that is not obvious (no instructions came with the things!).
Bit more work to do on fruit cages (blackcurrants, blueberries and Tay berries) as we want to get ahead on this task. Last year we were busy as the fruit ripened and lost out to the birds. Raspberries and gooseberries will have to take their chances and I will throw something loose over the strawberries outside as they ripen.
I am trying out a new bird scary thing.
Inspired by "tin art" on Pin interest. A bean can (washed), with wings etc made from those woven plastic straps that come round parcels. The tin was slit with a knife and the straps fastened with an ordinary stapler inside. The eyes come in a pack of 20 for £1 from The Works and have been stuck on with UHU glue. The eyes are a bit too big, they sort of overlap, so we will have to see if they survive rain and wind (when we get some). I have some more cans and straps and may paint them in bright colours.
OK - back to work. Want to put in some peas but need to out fox the mice! But |I will pause to admire this wonderful Spiraea and the wallflowers on the way.