Just in case anyone (and I’m not assuming anyone has) noticed the little blue/green squares at the base of the brassicas and were wondering what they were for! One thing I love about allotments is trialing new ideas to beat the pests that threaten to devour our plants. When my brassicas initially showed signs of damage I thought it was from slugs so as I’m not keen on putting pellets directly on open soil where the birds etc. can get them I thought I needed to cover them. I also know that slugs don’t like crawling over rough surfaces so I made little sandpaper cuffs to go round the base of each plant and put slug pellets underneath. I know it took ages and was very tedious but you just never know it might have worked. As it happened it was the birds but when the slugs do come out they won’t stand a chance unless of course they bypass the sandpaper and go straight for that leaf that is lying on the ground next to it! Best stick to the day job I think.