These are seedlings of the variety "Firestorm". It is a Radicchio-type chicory, and will hopefully go on to produce a tight bright red ball-shaped heart.
At this stage, the seedlings are almost entirely green, though you can see a few red streaks appearing already. In due course, as the plants get bigger, and when the weather turns cooler in the Autumn, they will become almost entirely red.
Not everybody likes Chicory, since it is quite bitter, but I like it that way. A mix of Chicory and Lettuce in a salad with a sweet dressing (maybe honey and mustard) is really nice. Last year my Chicory did not do very well. It never really hearted-up. I think this may have been because I was too late sowing it, and the plants hadn't had time to get nice and strong before the very cold weather arrived. This year I am hoping to have more success.
Next door to the Chicory (where the Kohlrabi used to be) I have planted two of my Flower Sprout plants. I would like to have used more (I had 10), but I expect them to get pretty big so I didn't want to overcrowd them. Maybe some more space will magically appear later! :)
One of them is a very deep purple colour. Perhaps some "Red Russian Kale" in the parentage? [This new type of vegetable is a cross between kale and Brussels Sprout.]
In the next-door bed I have put in a few more lettuces and endives, replacing some that I've harvested.
|Celeriac (left), Lettuces and Endives, Red Cabbage (right)|
Check out the size of that "Webbs Wonderful" lettuce at the top of the picture. It is absolutely enormous.
I only kept the inner leaves because the whole lettuce wouldn't fit in the fridge!
This Iceberg-style lettuce was crisp, crunchy and juicy. I can't recommend it highly enough.