A couple of years ago I sowed some red hot poker seeds; I planted the seedlings and thought they had died. I do believe that my wild flower bed/alpine bed/perennial spinach bed can now boast a red hot poker! It has popped up from nowhere; just like the foxgloves 🙂
I absolutely love onions and leeks so decided to try my luck and plant some in November in my 2014 root bed (as it won’t need manuring) in hope that they will be ready in March. It is May now and they are big enough to harvest! (Phewf!).
I’ve decided to harvest them now before they go to seed and/or rot in the ground. We have had a spell of heavy rain which has swollen them but also could encourage rotting.
They taste delicious! 🙂
I have failed before with brassicas from not listening to fellow allotmenteers and just planting willy nilly. Brassicas are susceptible to so many pests and diseases so taking care in the planting stage always pays off.
I was given my brassica seedlings off various fellow allotment friends so I have a mixture of cabbage and broccoli I believe! Suprise crop 🙂
Lime the soil a week or so before planting. Brassicas thrive with an alcaline pH and will prevent diseases such as club root. I’m sure there are more organic ways of doing this, but I got given some lime and let the rain sink it in.
Firm ground is important with brassicas. I believe a firm soil helps the roots stay in place and keeps the brassica strong.
(The dibber was useless- trowel needed)
A small piece of Rhubarb stem or two apparently prevents club root so I put a bit in each small hole with some Compost (to give the roots a head start).
Planting up to the first strong leaf will ensure your brassica are supported and strong. Otherwise I guarantee you will end up with spindly brassica growing to the side due to the wind etc.
One must firm the ground again after planting for the reasons outline above and heel the surrounding soil once to create a channel for water to sit and soak in. This is also important due to the soil structure you have created through stomping. Water will sit on top and be slowly absorbed. The ‘heeling’ will guarantee a water channel for water to be absorbed neer the stem and roots.
So, there you have it. All you need is some builder’s netting to prevent butterflies laying (cabbage whites)!
I have been constantly repotting my baby seedlings to encourage as much growth before planting out on the plot. Roots are such fascinating parts to a plant; a good root system is underrated which is why, this year, I am going to try not to let any of mine grow too pot bound. The cucumbers, squash and courgettes have come on in leaps and bounds since I have repotted them!