Our washing machine is in our garage.
Rather than use that soapy waste water on my veggies, we planted 3 rose bushes just outside the garage, and they are loving the soapy water.
For comparison, these are the garage roses...
and this is a rose bush by our patio which doesn't get as deep a soaking as often.
|The outlet pipe from the washing machine can clearly|
be seen on the left hand side of the rose bushes.
|Not as well watered nor as often. The difference|
between the two rose bush moisture portions is clearly
visible in their floral display.
Even though there are three bushes by the machine outlet, and only one in this garden bed, you can clearly see how much fuller the laundry water roses are.
Plus, I don't feel guilty "wasting" the laundry water on the roses either. In fact, I''m grateful for the patch of colour that waste water provides.
Then, on to my fruit trees.
|As the plums are already prolific this year|
it was time to bring out the foil pie trays
The good old dependable plum trees are laden with fruit once again, and a few of the hard unripe plums were showing signs of impatient birds. So it was time to bring out the aluminium pie trays once again.
|This front tree is so laden that I need RMan to|
make me a supporting tripod to help bear the
load of the growing fruit. It looks like there
will definitely be plum jam on the harvest menu
this year :)
There is so much fruit - and although I don't mind the mouse birds having their tithe, I'll be dammed if they can scoff the lot like they did last year!!
These trays work so bloody well at deterring the birds - they don't like the noise which is produced when the tray hits the branches and trunk, nor do they fancy the shiny reflections caused when the trays bounce around in the breeze. I reckon it is the most eco-friendly bird control there is. Just bear in mind that if you have a windy day here and there you will need to go out and untangle the string / trays from the branches. But that's not the worst thing, 'cos it ensures that you check the advancing ripeness of the fruit at the same time.
If you have a bird eating fruit / veggies problem, please try this :D