When I was small we had a lovely fruit-n-veg garden, ruled over by 'Fuller the Gardener'.
He was a wise old fellow, who taught us how to wring the necks of Chickens, sow Radishes, and shoot Rats.
However, the only bit of Fuller wisdom that I remember was about how much of what to grow. He reckoned you should grow 75% for your own consumption, and 25% for the wildlife.
I was reminded of this yesterday morning when I went to pick Strawberries. Loads of them had been half eaten, and I couldn't really understand how or why. I had put down Slug Pellets, the plants themselves are off the ground in old wheelbarrows, and I had been paying them special attention as it's Strawberry season.
When I went down later to pick a few for lunch, I found the culprits; about five Blackbirds were in amongst the plants fattening themselves on my fruit.
The plants are now covered with fine netting.
The wretched scoundrels!