On 22nd September I showed you this photo of a dastardly green caterpillar attacking my cabbage seedlings, and it may at that point have seemed as if the plant in the picture was beyond redemption.
|Seedling of cabbage "Tundra" under attack|
However, I left the seedling in place and it has grown some new leaves.
This particular variety - "Tundra" - is supposedly very cold-tolerant, and though this seedling is not yet very well-advanced it may perhaps be able to to survive to maturity.
Some of the other Tundra seedlings are a bit further advanced.
|One of the best Tundra cabbage plants|
The bed in which I have got these cabbages growing also plays host to a number of Chicory plants. The ones in the next picture are "Rossa di Verona", but there are various others in there too, in less visible locations.
|Young plants of "Rossa di Verona" chicory|
Here's a closer view of one of the plants. It will get redder as the weather gets colder.
|Another view of "Rossa di Verona"|
If you haven't yet tried growing Chicories, and the closely-related Radicchios, I strongly urge you to give them a try. They are not only very nice to eat, but also hugely decorative. They come in loads of different shapes, sizes and styles - probably as many as there are varieties of lettuce - and many of them are very cold-tolerant so you can grow them in the Autumn once your lettuces are over for the year. A good place to source your seeds is Seeds of Italy who sell items from the highly-respected Franchi range. One very attractive feature of the Franchi seeds is that each packet normally contains a lot more seeds than you would get in a British packet (at least 10 times as many!).
|Some other types of Chicory|
In amongst my Cabbages and Chicories I spotted another volunteer tomato seedling -- it looks like another "Wilma" one (the leaf pattern is fairly distinctive). I'm tempted to rescue it and see if I can grow it indoors during the Winter...
|Another volunteer Tomato seedling (centre, small)|