163343_364915e7859fc37d5dad9f991cf5f918_largean example here of a very dangerous fox.

Who knew old bits of food could be so exciting. Following the delivery of our incredible dalek-ish composter, I’ve found myself thinking about how to compost the remains of my food before I’ve even started eating it. There is something wholly satisfying in realising that I can return what I ate to the ground from whence it came to further nourish our next batch! Even more exciting is that, occasionally, these OBJECTS just SPRING UP, such as “plastic” forks and “disposable” coffee cups which, upon further inspection, are labelled “Vegware – entirely compostable” – my heart sings. Yet again, disproved is the myth that we need to pollute our environments for some silly reason or other. Keep our composter in mind if you live nearby and  would like to recycle your food waste from home – let’s send zero items to landfill!

So, strolling across the garden to compost my coffee cup (and what a nice ring that has to it), I noticed that our whisky barrel planter with freshly sown pak choi and chinese mustard has been ransacked. The netting is in disarray. Cheeky pawprints, soil wildly displaced by some canine noses, the energy of playfulness still lingering… foxes.

Our best theory is that they’re salivating at the scent of the manure. Aherm.

Unfortunately, when the foxes are out, we’re all at home dozing and snoozing and dreaming of gold-digging rooster potatoes out of compost bags, so there really is no way of sitting them down in a group and calmly explaining the importance of sustainable community growing in inhibiting the massive effects of climate change. Indeed, it is human activity that has pushed our previously-rural foxes into the city to begin with. In a way, I guess I’m thankful that they’re freegans now, but it takes a yogic stretch of the mind to reach that conclusion.

Here is what we have tried:
Netting does seem to deter the foxes… to an extent. The sturdier the netting, the better. We had used a wire grate over another planter which hadn’t been touched. But foxes like to play and will play with anything less robust.

The next stop might be to purchase some nite-eyes. These are weird, glowing lights that mimic the eyes of big, scary monsters and deter the foxes from entering. Updates on their efficacy to follow!

Of course, if you have a window-garden on the third floor… foxes are no problem! Come and join us for some homegrowing hints and tips.

 

Recent changes:

Harvested plentiful rooster and charlotte potatoes and sown some seeds which are hardy enough for the autumn, pak choi and chinese mustard. The rocket continues to thrive and we’ve now planted out some kale from the mini greenhouses. Radishes will soon be ready to pop up! Our outdoor learning space will soon be lit up by solar-powered light, this will help us use the space through the autumn and winter nights.

Next events : 
Tuesdays 1-3pm, Garden workshop
Thursdays 6-8pm, Challenging Sectarianism Across Generations – meet in the community garden