I've grown the ones I want from seed in the greenhouse, and they're about the 4 leaf stage now and ready to go out. They're pretty hardy so no need to worry too much about the frost.
This year I'm growing:-
- Cabbage - Mini cole - A Small cabbage should be ready in the autumn
- Cabbage - Tundra - A good winter variety
- Cauliflower - All Year Round - As the name suggests should be available all year, but that depends on when they were started. I've never been very successful with cauli before, so bit of an experiment.....
- Cauliflower - romanesco - A spiky green cauliflower, saw them on the farmers market in Inverness last autumn, another total experiment.
- when they are young the pigeons love them and will strip them to the ground in a day if they find them..........I speak from bitter experience.
- Later in the summer the cabbage white butterfly will lay their eggs on them and the emerging caterpillars will eat them.
|Nice neat rows with netting over them.|
I put 5 sets of sticks in triangles over the plants. I then run a piece of garden twine along the line over the sticks and weight each end down with a rock, then I put netting over and hold down the edges with stones. Luckily their is no shortage of stones on the allotments.
I bought my netting on Ebay and paid the same price for 5 lengths and a single pack in B&Q, so shop around.