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Pecked by pigeons


by Jane Moore

After my shame-faced confession of last week, I thought I'd better get up the plot and see how everything was doing.


Pigeon on telegraph wireAfter my shame-faced confession of last week, I thought I'd better get up to the plot and see how everything was doing.

The leeks were just lovely so I harvested a few for tea. I used a couple of leeks as well as the tops from the others for a leek and potato soup. The green tops add so much flavour to soup and stock and it saves wasting them. My soup tasted much better than the carton of ready-made I bought the week before.

The leeks have fared better than my catastrophic purple-sprouting broccoli. This was looking fab — big, bushy and full of promise for early spring harvests. That was until last week's winds which blew the netting off, exposing my lovely plants to the ravenous attentions of the local flock of peckish pigeons.

Of course, my tardiness in getting up to the plot to check on things really didn't help, so it's my own fault the broccoli plants were pecked down to their ribs. One plant of the six had netting caught around it, so I might keep it in the hope I'll get a couple of harvests from it in the spring. And to remind me to keep a better eye on things!



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Gardeners' World Web User 30/01/2009 at 17:19

I too noticed that the pigeons had been at the greens on all the plots that had failed to net. What a shame after all that work.Even the leaves that pushed up my netting had been eaten.

Gardeners' World Web User 30/01/2009 at 17:59

pigeons got my purple sprouting broccoli too! One day they were thriving - next day just skeletons - the broccoli, not the pigeons!

Gardeners' World Web User 31/01/2009 at 14:42

Six or eight woodpigeon breasts in a casserole with some onions,garlic, diced celeriac and a handfull of small salad potatoes make a good Winter meal. (Only the breasts are worth cooking, the rest is worthless) We're plagued with them, but the occasional shoot scares the rest off for a week or two -----

Gardeners' World Web User 31/01/2009 at 16:02

we also have a problem with the turkeys sorry pidgeons well there as big as before christmas they ate most of our sprouts even the net dont do much any advice

Gardeners' World Web User 01/02/2009 at 13:34

has anybody got any advice on how to stop cats using my rose bed and any other part of my garden as their favourite toilet?

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