I have become quite irrational about blackbirds. I cannot stand them bullying native birds and am frustrated that they
are so destructive in the garden. Their song is not enough compensation for the problems they cause. I planted some Spanish onions and some spring onions a couple of weeks ago and along they came and scratched them out. This morning, before the ANZAC service, I harvested the last of the tomatoes and pulled out the remaining basil plants as well and then added some of David Stephens fabulous compost, it looks good enough to eat. I rescued the few remaining onion plants and have now put a paling on each side of the row so as to outsmart the blackbirds. It will be interesting to see if it works.
I also thinned out my carrots and parsnips and decided to abandon the broccoli and throw it on the compost heap and start again.I planted seedlings in early March so as to get them going before the winter while the soil was still warm but the white flies were still around so the plants were so badly infested it seemed a lost cause. Climate change is going to make gardening a lot more tricky in Tasmania than it used to be. White flies used not to be able to survive the winter cold in Canberra and in Tasmania but now they are over wintering in Canberra and I suspect the same will soon be the case in Hobart if it is not the case already. Sleeper weeds that used to be constrained by the cold are now taking off and becoming invasive. With fewer hours of chilling there will be a need to change fruit varieties to accommodate the higher minimum temperatures. When I was last at Rocky Cape at the Roberts Thompson’s tulip farm they were saying that the increasing minimum temperatures were a problem for their tulips which is why they have expanded into liliums as well. Adaptation strategies to climate change sound like a mouth full but they extend beyond water efficient gardens and come right down to the fruit and flower beds in the home garden.