Inspired by my blogging friend Takaeko, from Japan, and other bloggers from the Far East, I have sown seeds for three different types of oriental brassica. I don't need to tell you what varieties they are, you can see for yourself on the labels!
Notice the fine example of "Re-purposing" or whatever you want to call it, in the fact that these seedlings are being raised in an old washing-up bowl. Actually it is a perfect container for this task - much deeper than a normal seed-tray, and much sturdier too. I drilled a few holes in the bottom to provide drainage.
These oriental brassicas grow pretty rapidly. This shot is of the same ones taken only 4 days later:
Has anyone out there in the UK grown this type of brassica before? I'm keen to hear from you if you have. Is it worth me growing them on to maturity, or are they better as baby leaf salad ingredients? Are they nice in any style of cooking other than a stir-fry? What do our UK slugs and snails think of them? I have tried a couple of times to grow Chinese Cabbage (the type the supermarkets call "Chinese Leaves"), but the slugs absolutely destroyed them.
My other brassicas are looking good too. I have had them outside in the mini-greenhouses for the last couple of weeks, so they have perhaps been a bit colder than they would like, but at least they have had plenty of light. Today I started thinning them - removing the weakest of the seedlings. I will do this progressively, aiming to end up with about six of each.
The two pots at bottom right of the picture have red varieties in them - Marner Langerrot and Kalibos. Notice how few of them have come up, compared with the green varieties. They also seem to grow much slower. Still, this is probably for the best, because I won't have room for more than about two of each variety, and it would be good if they would mature after the green ones have finished.