When I was a kid, I used to love this cartoon. Dick Dastardly and Muttley, his long-suffering dog with the funny laugh. We used to run home from school to watch it, along with our other favourite TV shows.
I was reminded of this programme this morning, when I found two huge pigeons on my terrace looking menacingly at my herb seedlings, which are sprouting nicely in the boxes that I planted a couple of weeks ago. In the theme song for the show they sing ‘Stop the pigeon’. You can watch the video below and see for yourself! 🙂
I have come to love raising plants over the past few years, although I still don’t have enough flowers outside my home. Back in the UK, my parents always had a lovely garden and spent hours outside nurturing their plants, trees and flowers of many different colours. They know everything about gardening and have very ‘green fingers‘, but I am still a novice and so I got a great thrill when the seeds I planted started sprouting out of the soil, little green leaves pushing their way upwards towards the sunshine.
As you know, I love cooking, so I decided to try and grow loads of herbs, and I especially wanted to grow coriander, as it is often difficult to find in Japan, and I love making Indian and Thai food, for example. Other herbs that I am growing include oregano and tarragon, and I am also growing roquette and dandelion leaves for salads throughout the late spring and early summer. There was no way I was going to let those two big pigeons near my precious little green shoots.
I will let you know how I get on with the herbs, and whether or not I need a scarecrow to deter the unwelcome guests from eating my green shoots and stop those bloody pigeons!