Maybe I am over exaggerating, and I have to admit, this is not the only bad point to living in Sardinia. I know plenty of people look and think wow, they’re really living the dream but believe me, living the dream is not easy.
For the last 5 years I’ve juggled looking after my kids and attempting to make something of a garden. I quickly realised that the soil was practically dust and not a lot of plants were very happy growing in it. In fact, only cosmos seemed unfased, so slowly but surely I’ve been making compost, adding sand, collecting manure and carting uphill wheelbarrows full of nice leaf mulch from the woods. It’s been a long process.
Last night after I put my children to bed I heard a loud grunting noise, I quickly looked outside and saw 2 large cinghiales (wild boars) having a good old snuffle amongst my lavender plants. I banged on the window to shoo them away. We often see and hear boars around the house during the hot dry summer as they come out of the woods looking for food.
This morning, when I opened my window, I couldn’t see my little orange tree, It had been completely uprooted from it’s nice fertile soil along with my other orange tree. I’m so sad for these trees, as this is the first year they’ve had oranges on them, I don’t think they will have enjoyed the trauma. the other had almost died so I think it may have been just too much even though I got them back in the ground first thing this morning and gave them a good watering!
My rockery and lots of cosmos, miniature sunflowers, lavenders were also brutally attacked and my pretty hydrangea – grown from a cutting which was flowering for the first time this year was also completely uprooted. I can safely say those boars had a good old time.
I have covered the ground around my trees with large rocks. Hopefully this will stop them unearthing them again. I’ve heard that placing half full bottles of water dotted amongst the plants scares them too. Last year I was forced to put my bouganvillea in a large container as it was dug up 3 times, since then it’s been safe! In the future we will fence off our land so hopefully they can’t get in again!
If all else fails we’ll be calling the hunters in and having wild boar stew!