The Cabbage Patch Protection Scheme (nothing to do with kids)

Spring Cabbage

We have two types of cabbages growing now, Spring & Savoy cabbage & we were hoping to be able to eat some of the Savoy for Christmas day, but the slugs, snails & wood pigeons had other ideas.

The slugs & snails are an ongoing battle.. a story TBC in the spring when I’m going to try all kinds of chemical-free tricks I have stashed away including nemotodes and garlic spray.

In the meantime, I COULD  foil those pesky, greedy, fat wood pigeons and at the same time give our brassicas a better head start by helping to protect them from frosts and heavy winds by covering them with insect netting.

This was a really easy project to do. All I did was wire together a sort of frame about 50cm above the ground made from bamboo canes, using longer pieces for the sides and pushing the corner canes really securely into the ground.   I then draped the netting over the frame & pinned it securely to the ground using little skewers at a 45 degree angle to the ground. (the kind you use to BBQ kebabs on) .

I’m looking forward to a yummy cabbage harvest now… Let me know if you have any great cabbage recipes!

The Cabbage patch pigeon net






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  • Reply
    Julie Burgess
    January 5, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Japanese cabbage pancakes are a great way to use cabbage in conjunction with other grated veges and eggs

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    • Reply
      January 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      I love those too…hmmmmnn can see a feast coming up- I haven’t made them for aaaaggges!

  • Reply
    Emma Sarah Tennant
    January 6, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I love cabbages – ornamental and on my plate. Yours look absolutely lush, no wonder all the wild things are after them!

    • Reply
      January 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      I wish they weren’t! I’d like to eat some too …

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