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Brassica Netting

As a beginer it was my first year growing Kale, broccoli etc. I started them off in plugs and planted them out in a raised bed in May. 2 days later there were just a few stalks left. After falsely accusing the slugs I realised it was birds (probably the two fat wood pigeons) and stuck some netting over them. This solved the problem BUT can I now remove the netting? Do the birds only go for the tender young shoots or will they still eat my 2 foot tall Kale and broccoli in October?

Many thanks



  • No guarantees, but it is unlikely the pigeons will go for the older plants. They like the tender and sweet young ones and by now yours should be OK.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,852

    I've seen hungry pigeons strip the leaves from  fully grown kale and broccoli in harsh weather - it depends what other food there is about.  I'd leave pigeon nettng on all winter, really I would.  image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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