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|Garden Blether - A Hare Blether
Illustrations this article by Louise PeacockMarch 2002
By Patrick Vickery (Copyright reserved Patrick Vicery)
There's a hare in my garden and he's systematically eating my plants, not whole plants of course, bits of them, a munch here, a munch there - munch, munch, munch - as if attending a finger buffet.
I spotted him through the kitchen window one morning. He sat
in the flower bed grinning inanely at me through a mouthful of Oriental Poppy,
so I banged on the window in a most vigorous way. We can't be having
this sort of behaviour in the garden, now can we?
He cocked his head to one side, however, unconcerned, more
amused than anything else, quite clearly a hare without a care in the world.
This wasn't the end of it either, oh no, because he returns on a regular basis to haunt me and to taunt me.
Now - as you know - there's very little that a hare won't
eat from your garden, for despite the fact that many leaflets and books have
been written about the culinary preferences of hares (and rabbits for that
matter) - what they will and will not eat - and some by eminent specialists
in the field, they'll actually taste everything. It's simple really. Until
you've tasted something, you don't know whether you like it or whether you
don't, and each individual hare will have its own particular favourites (much
like you or I) which is a factor often over-looked by the pest control experts.
I don't like curry, my wife does. I enjoy 'dollops' of tomato sauce,
my wife doesn't. This holds true for a hare when it comes to plants.
They don't like Buddleias, I discovered, and they don't like potato leaves
either, but if enough hares take a single bite before making that decision
then your plants and your vegetables are in deep trouble.
Why not? Saving them for April or May, I expect, by which time I shall be fenced off. An expensive business - this fencing off business - a nuisance too, but worth it in the long run, particularly if a laid-back hare without a care multiplies over time into more of the same.
Now I must check through the window and see what he's up to.
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