When Robins Come Knock Knockin’!

I managed to get out into the garden for an hour or so yesterday afternoon which was nice. Li’l Robby arrives not long after l am out in the back, usually within a couple of minutes. She/he [hard to tell with Robins] stayed for a good while whilst l worked with the two cubes, filled up the trays and forked over some dirt beneath the suets feeders – l do it for Robby as they like to pick through the turned over dirts.

They are so friendly that l do believe that if l had the patience for it, l could probably get them to feed from my hand if l had the right mixture palm up. I ‘ll not do that, as l love the nature visiting as it is … l will protect them as much as l can of course – but l’ll not make them pets.

I have a regular Kestrel visit the garden now and it is breathtaking to see a bird of prey species sitting on the courtyard wall overlooking the garden in a regal fashion. This garden is blessed in so many ways with all the visitors we do have.

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Once l had filled up the two large feeding trays, l could hear the familiar sounds of the doves and the woodpigeons gathering in the tree across the ways patiently waiting for me to be done ….

The trays now attract sometimes up to 30 large birds to the garden ranging from the previously mentioned doves and woody’s, but also seagulls and crows as regulars and occasionally jays and woodpeckers and feral pigeons. In the two images below, the same but one is enlarged – there are 15 doves waiting to swoop down to the freshly filled feeders..

I was giving the compost bin a forking over. It’s going to take a fair bit of time to break down on account of it being mostly twigs, so l have to turn it over every ten days or so to aid the breakdown.

There isn’t enough of it to gather a hot heat, so it’s a cold compost or maybe a ‘lazy compost’ would be a better term for it. Neither of the neighbours have any major surpluses yet, hardly surprising, we are fast leaving autumn and approaching winter.

I had an idea of gathering some of the fallen leaves in the streets but guessed l might look like some kind of street urchin and so thought best not to start that in case l get some funny looks!

I really only need a few bags just to kick it into action, we’ll see. Unlike Hillyfields, not everyone is as friendly here along the street, l know my neighbours across the road and Edward next door and that’s about it – l hardly ever see anyone else.

Maybe that’s the way it is with Town residents or maybe it’s because there is a lockdown and a pandemic and people are keeping to themselves … hardly surprising, l am mostly doing the same!

Do you recall when l left Hillyfields of seeing these three pots below? They held three plants of the Cape Gooseberry – the image below was taken on July 14th this year and they were just about to be moved to my courtyard garden.

Well the Cape Gooseberry [Physalis peruviana] is also known as the Golden Berry, they can grow to a good height and their fruits are usually harvested between July to September……

….. well here they are in November – all transferred to one large pot in later July. They took to life in the courtyard pretty well.

The other reason l was out in the garden yesterday was to look at how the worm bin was performing. After Episode 11# – Worm Bin Update and Cage’s interest and our discussions with heat and so on. I bought myself a soil thermometre probe, just to make sure that worms were being kept in the right heats which thankfully they were.

But l did discover that the waterproofed cover was leaking and letting in more water than l would have liked, so l bought a new one and topped up the bedding levels. But yesterday it was time for a new feeding the last one being just over two weeks ago. Everything was fine and dandy, the worms are still mass producing and now less wet which is good.

I also bought myself a new paper shredder, as the last one had a crack in the lid and wasn’t functioning so well, but l now shred all the packing papers which arrive in parcels as well as old statements and bills and what not. Worms love paper just as well!

The worm farm is performing really well and l acknowledge that this particular feature of gardening may not be of interest to many people and more so non-gardeners – but these worms are fascinating to me – because of the beauty of their role in gardening, not just vegetable or fruit but ornamental too.

So looking after them is a real priority because once they are sifted out of the compost, the humus which is left will be filled with remarkably rich nutirients and castings and when added to the growing mediums inside the pots and containers for next Spring and Summer plantings will be invaluable.

15 thoughts on “When Robins Come Knock Knockin’!

  1. I like the worms. And how exciting to have a Kestrel!! We have a lot of Redtail Hawks. I love birds of prey! I’d love to see more variety of birds in my yard, but with two cats, I’m not going to attract them. A few birds visit the pecan tree… mostly crows.

    The robins are beautiful. We don’t have themโ˜น

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      1. No robins, no cardinals… no red birds. Maybe some with red…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
        The first time I saw a cardinal was when I was visiting the ex’s family in Indiana

  2. A question: do you also put soil from old pots in with the worms? I find I have to add dolomite, so started giving them the old potting mix, too, and the worms went gangbusters again (they’d slowed down for a while, and not due to weather). I don’t know if it was the dolomite or the dirt.

    1. Hey Cage – no to dolomite and yes to old soils as the worms will cleanse it out for the new season.

      With regards the Dolomite .. are you adding that to lower the acidity levels? Sometimes the pH levels of a wormery can go astray and either lean into acidity or alkalinity. Dolomite will aid with that … but l don’t use that, l actually use crushed and heavily blended eggshells.

      I eat 4 eggs per day every day and sometimes every week l eat 30 eggs. It’s one of my main sources of protein. So on average l am eating close onto 130 eggs per month.

      I feed the worms twice monthly and the eggshells or fragments are then added into the wormery. There is no smell or bad levels of pH in the farm and l put this down to the shell neutralising and stabilising the pH. Also eggshells in a wormery are like a love potion, it helps them produce faster.

      1. I wish I had access to that many eggshells! The dolomite is an aid for the worms to grind their foodstuffs, I believe, as well as sweetening a wet load. I don’t usually have a wet mix, but with not enough dry stuff, sometimes it helps to give the worms a bit of help (and the old potting mix or a bit of soil). The eggshells as love potion — that’s what avo shells do, too!

        1. Yeah, you are right – the eggshells also serve to aid the worm’s lack of teeth. Do you know someone who keeps chickens? So, do you have Avos growing Cage?

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