I haven’t had much luck with growing food this past winter/monsoon season in Singapore. Weather aside, my plants have been on the receiving end of avian assaults, some have been pecked at, some even uprooted. This is the first time it has ever happened in our garden.
I was already pretty miffed when I had lost some nasturtium plants, a baby winged bean, rosella fruits and seedlings, and a cos lettuce plant. The initial suspects were the chickens, but the lack of footprints conveyed that we have a light-footed thief on our hands. Recently, I realised that a band of mynahs enjoy loitering in that area, and I would see the odd spotted necked dove, plus there’s this solo friendly bird that was suspiciously hanging around the scene of the crime today. So it could be any or even all of them.
But it was upon seeing all my aloe vera plants in this horrid state that had really peeved me off. I need to really net my plants now. These birds must be really hungry to have considered eating this, and seeing it’s quite bitter at the skin, I’m surprised that the birds enjoy this so much. Or maybe they are thirsty, or maybe they like its jellied texture. Some research online showed that many birds enjoy eating aloe vera.
As much as I believe in leaving plants in their natural state, I’ll have to keep them all enclosed in netting. It’s either sterile gardening or no gardening, I’m afraid. So I won’t be starting any seedlings till I get some netting. I’m back to Australia next week, so expect Autumn updates soon!