Sunday, May 01, 2011

Fort Brassica.....

.....has been rebuilt.

It's the only way to keep thieving pigeons off my cabbages. It's actually, I think, really good design. The blue hoops are external water pipe from Wickes, sold in 20m rolls and cut to length with a handsaw. The netting is pegged down at the sides, slid up the hoops to meet in the middle and joined with clothes pegs at the top. For access, just remove the clothes pegs and the netting slides smoothly down to the ground. It's by far the easiest way of using netting that I've ever worked with (ordinarily, I hate using netting!).

They, the pigeons, that is, have also been known to attack sweet peas. So here's Fort Sweet Pea,


which you'll notice has the virtue of being vertically expandable as the sweet peas grow. Nothing if not innovative here you know.

And finally, for ye who doubt the purpose of nursery beds, here are the leeks nestling in the nursery bed for a week or two.

They're almost, but not quite, ready for transplanting. So why don't I just wait a bit and transplant them to their proper home? Ah well, you'll just have to wait and see.

4 comments:

Green Lane Allotments said...

We have marauding wood pigeons too - you can spot them sitting on telegraph wires just waiting for you to leave plants unattended

melsanford said...

What a fab design! I may have to pinch that idea... I bought a netting tunnel myself which is quite good but a lot smaller than your version. I'll see how I get on (and how much better you get on!) Mel xx

Nutty Gnome said...

I'm impressed Woody! I have serious problems with pigeons, squirrels and foxes nicking my goodies and have resorted to brash round all the plants, but that takes ages to put in. I really like the netting tunnel - might well pinch that idea! :)

Woody Wilbury said...

Job's a good un!!