Although we managed to gather a good harvest at the weekend, not everything on the plot is looking rosy.
We took the netting off our over wintering brassicas as in previous years the netting has collapsed under the weight of snow and flattened the plants growing underneath. I posted about the problem here.
In previous years once the brassicas have achieved a reasonable size the pigeons have left them alone - not this year. Everyone on our site is lamenting the loss of their brassicas as the pigeons have over indulged and devastated the plants.
Although they have shredded the sprout tops they have left the sprouts and have also spared the 'autumn' cabbages.
One of the disadvantages of an allotment rather than a back garden vegetable patch is that we can't be on hand to quickly respond to problems or changes in conditions. Our crops have to be able to survive without our constant attention so next year we will have to weigh up the chances of our brassicas surviving snowfall or pigeon fest. I'm not sure why the pigeons have been so destructive this year or whether this is now a new pigeon trend but at the moment snow damage seems the less of a problem.