We’re half way through the year already, how did that happen?! and where’s the summer?!
Everything on the plot is growing as well as it can be with such unpredictable weather so I’m now turning my attention to what we’d like to be eating during the Autumn/winter months.
I made a plan a couple of months back which I wrote about here and so far I’ve planted out the brussel sprouts and the 1 calabrese plant that survived an early season slug rampage. I’ve not grown it before but I think it makes a really attractive addition to the plot. I’m told I have to cut off the main head when it’s ready (probably in about a week) and within a few short weeks after that, it should be sprouting more shoots from further down the stem which I can also harvest. Result!
New entrants to the brassica bed this weekend were four flower sprouts and two purple sprouting broccoli. I’ve eaten flower sprouts many times before in restaurants and they are slowly becoming more available to buy in supermarkets but it’s not the same as home grow is it!
The taste is a combination between a brussel sprout and kale and they are packed full of goodness so if space is limited and you like both kale and brussles then I’d recommend giving these a go!
I’ve not grown flower sprouts before so I wasn’t expecting them to look so pretty.. even with a few nibbles!
Last year the PSB took FOREVER to grow but in the end it became a really productive tasty plant when there was little else to eat on the plot so we’ve decided to grow it again this year.
To be on the safe side I’ve spaced everything about 50 cm apart and under planted with marigolds and nasturtium’s which should keep both the slugs and aphids happy. I’ve covered the whole lot with fine mesh in the hope of eliminating any attacks from pigeons, cabbage white butterflies and white fly. Fingers crossed for some brussel tops this year!
Elsewhere on the plot I planted two rows of beetroot, one row of swede, two rows of turnips and a winter carrot bed containing the varieties Eskimo and Autumn King. I plan to store my roots in boxes of damp sand throughout the winter months.
Back home the windowsill has again become a hive of activity housing new sowings of kale, cabbage, swiss chard, beetroot and lettuce. With slug problems at catastrophic proportions this year I’ve decided not to direct sow anything at the moment so these will be raised in modules until they are big and strong enough to survive any early nibbles!
This weekend hopefully my leeks will be ready to in too…