Cat-astrophy

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Noodles. Not on Santa’s good list at the moment.

He’s done it again. The cat has been at my seedlings. There must be something about brassicas he finds irresistible because he’s not touched any flower seedlings, or herbs, or even the leeks or onions. Just the brassicas. I had thought he was only partial to the cauliflowers (I moved those to the allotment after he chewed the leaves off a few weeks ago and planted new ones out of sight) but today I found out that he’s quite taken with brussel sprouts too. Not wanting to sacrifice another leaf, I’ve transported all my brussels and cabbages to the greenhouse at the allotment tonight.

Spot the difference

Spot the difference

Its to lovely to be on the allotment in the evenings. It has a totally different feel about it. While I was dropping off the brussels I had a quick check on the other veg I’ve got growing there at the moment. I’ve been a bit worried about the peas I planted last bank holiday Monday. I’ve been checking them daily for two weeks and although there’s not been any sign of pests digging or scratching trying to get to the seeds there’s not been any growth…until today. It was a double whammy. I found new pea shoots emerging from the ground (hooray) but I also found about 3 peas which had been pulled out and left on the soil (boo).

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New pea shoots popping up

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Pulled out pea

I’ve quickly replanted the few pulled out peas and I’ll have to get some netting to put over all the canes to stop the pests feasting on the new pea shoots. (Can’t blame them really, pea shoots are really tasty!)

The micro salad leaves are looking great. The rocket and the spinach are getting their true leaves now so they’ll be ready to harvest in a couple of weeks. The tomato plants are growing strongly since I potted them up too, and the previously eaten cauliflowers have made a remarkable comeback.

Rocket

Rocket

Spinach

Spinach

Tomato Forrest

Tomato Forrest

The comeback cauliflowers

The comeback cauliflowers

The warmer weather we’ve had over the last two weeks has really helped the plants come on leaps and bounds. Long may it last I say!

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