We had a wonderful day getting the first sowing of brassica into open ground a few weeks ago. They had been burning a hole in their pots, getting bigger and bigger. But the ground hadn’t been fully prepared. Once the soil was dug over, they were put into position and they looked pretty awesome and happy in the sunshine.
As the plants carried on growing away, life got in the way and we could not find the time to get back to the plot to put on the netting. The sawdust deterred the Slugs and Snails but, obviously, did nothing to put off the barrage of Wood Pigeons.
Within a week, the Pigeons had had their way with them…
Every brassica looked the same. We knew we had to get the netting on, it was something that niggled in the back of my head, but work and life jumped in front.
We decided this week to give the plants the benefit of the doubt and net them anyway, hoping they would make a miraculous come back.
They have now been netted for just under a week. I am so glad we did it. It was a seriously close call. If we had left it any later, the growth tips would have been eaten and there would have been no coming back from it. We initially considered taking the plants out and putting out our second sowing when they were ready instead but, had we done that, we would have lost out on a possible harvest from 20 plants.
The plants have now started to regrow from the centre again and are starting to fight back from their attack.
What have we learned from this experience?
Always be prepared. Cover your brassica plants and be ready to do so BEFORE you plant them (obvious now, I know). Also, don’t be so keen to give up on your plants. Nature is a wonderful thing and it’s surprising how it can comeback from an onslaught.
Trust in nature, it knows what it’s doing!