Happy Brassicas

IMG_20141003_090109 copyI took the enviromesh net off the purple and white sprouting broccoli on Friday, since I think the cabbage whites must (must!) be finished now. Especially since hail is forecast for Wednesday! And if any sneaky caterpillars have found their way in, I’d rather the birds have easy access to them. However, I am slightly worried that the pigeons will see this as an open invitation to get guzzling; but apparently there is enough of other food sources around at the moment…

And now the net is off all the brassicas, it’s a chance to admire how well they look. The early crop of kales I tried (on the far  left of the pic) is very patchy, and most were munched. I really must spend the extras weeks getting the ground in better shape before planting next year, and give it an extra cultivation to get rid of the weeds; the later crop is so much biger and better. While weeding the brassicas a month or so ago, I tend to leave the legumes’ roots there; creating a kind of undersown crop of clovers, based on the green manure that obviously didn’t quite get completely destroyed this spring. But they don’t seem to have affected the main planting of brassicas. There were also a few spears of PSB to pick, which confused me a tad (in October!)… a welcome treat for the weekend!

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