Birds and Brassicas

Here’s the first of the allotment holder bird-scarer tactics that I’ve seen on our site, and this is really impressive – not only is the Eagle Owl relatively accurately coloured, it’s life-sized, and by some means that I couldn’t elicit, its head turns from side to side. I’m not sure how long it keeps birds off brassicas, because presumably they work out, sooner or later, that the owl might look like an owl, but it doesn’t smell like an owl or fly like an owl, and I don’t know how much the batteries (I assume it’s batteries) cost to keep it running, but it’s quite compulsive to stand there and watch it, and as long as you do that, you’re scaring the birds for the plot-holder too!

Pea seedling update – 37 peas have germinated to date in the (unheated) greenhouse in toilet roll inners. 28 in the pre-soaked section, 9 in the unsoaked section … seems pretty conclusive to me!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, January 16, 2009

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