|Jackie French - Soil Food|
But anyway I was so completely wrong. This is one of the greatest gardening books I've clapped eyes on. Loads of inspiring soil improving ideas. Probably I'll divulge a few words of wisdom from Jackie in the future, but today I thought I'd share just one.
Make friends with the birds in the garden and encourage them in. They poo - and if you've ever owned a budgie you'll know that even little birds poo quite a lot. Provide water and perches and shelter in your garden for the wild birds. 'Cos the more wild birds, the more free fertiliser.
After reading this book I am never looking at a bird in the garden the same way. My Monkey Man gets very annoyed by the little miner birds that mess up his front garden and toss twigs all over the path. Goodness knows why because we have the messiest, most jungle-like front garden in the entire suburb. You can't walk down our front path without tripping over a loose brick or getting poked in the eye by a wayward branch. And if you do manage to get to the front door there's a whole bunch of boxes still waiting to fit into the recycling bin and an umbrella that someone was supposed to collect a month ago and some political posters that need to be returned to political offices... and a whole big bloody mess. But Monkey Man only seems to notice the twigs and leaves the miner birds toss on his path.
Anyway, I must admit it doesn't make my heart sing to see birds feasting on my fig tree. Or sneaking into the chook shed to steal their food. But I've changed my way of thinking after reading Jackie's book. And since doing so I've started making more watering spots for them.
And I've been looking with new eyes at all this pigeon poop under the railway overpass that we walk along on the way home from school. I've been thinking that maybe I will be a little bit kooky and sneak out to that underpass with a bucket. And a shovel. At some time when nobody's about. And I will scoop up all that free pigeon poop to deposit on my garden.
|free fertiliser - pigeon poop under a bridge|