What is it about brassicas? Just about everything that walk, crawls, slithers, flies and probably swims wants to eat them? I generally don't bother for this very reason but you can't beat a bit of colcannon in the winter months so I grow the kale.
We too have an allotment cat. She made the difference between planting bean seeds straight into the ground and them not all being taken by mice.
Several plot holders feed her now so she isn't as keen as she used to be. The pheasant family is quite safe from her as she is only a small cat.
Trying to keep on top of the weeds now.
Ironically the Large White caterpillar converts brassicas into poisonous oils which it stores in its body rendering it inedible, hence birds go know where near them. Insects do however scoff the eggs.
I grow a small patch of the things at home for the chickens who love tucking into a pile of cabbage leaves, amongst over things. They've now discovered the delights of the black and red currants. As for the local squirrels – they're nibbling/dropping the forming apples in our mini orchard, thinking they're nuts or whatever – right, where's my super soaker...
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Wanted: 26.8mm Orange or Zoom seatpost and Onza RCR 160 Bar Ends (preferably both polished silver). Oh, and an end to 'The Struggle'.