Horticultural aide memoire No. 6: Look after the birds
By now, the winter store of fruits and seeds upon which our birds rely is running low. Beef up their supplies by putting out plenty of emergency rations. Seeds of all sorts are easily piled up on surfaces out of reach of marauding cats. Those that get knocked to the ground will be hoovered up by the dunnocks of this world. Blue tits and their relations will cheerfully hang upside down to pick seeds in dripping out of an upturned half-coconut. A sparrowhawk will clean up from time to time, but that’s life. Enjoy the passing show.