Is it difficult to grow brassicas?

Quite a few people get put off growing their own cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli thinking that it is difficult. It’s actually not, all it needs is to get things right at the planting stage, and the rest is easy. This article explains how…

 

  1. These plants will all do well in slightly cooler temperatures, so light/partial shade is quite a good choice if your garden is a bit of a sun trap. This will keep them out of the hot midday sun, and they will be less likely to bolt etc.
  2. Make sure they have moisture-retentive, well fertilised soil. It works well to cover the soil with a thick mulch of compost when planting. This helps to keep moisture levels and soil temperatures fairly consistent during the summer months.
  3. Once planted, firm them in really well. This will help to encourage the plants to form cabbage hearts and tight florets. Many plants that are only loosely planted will end up being a bit too leafy and open.
  4. Protect brassicas with insect proof mesh netting – this is the best way to keep them free from caterpillar damage, cabbage root fly damage and pigeon damage. Prop the netting up on bamboo stakes topped with jam jars (about 1.5m high) or on a hoop frame.
  5. Keep plants well-watered during dry spells and well protected from slugs during wet spells!

 

Follow these 5 simple steps, and you should get a pretty good crop in late summer/early autumn…