If Kaibroc perfoms anything like its cousin "Tendergreen", (which I also grew last year), it won't be long now before I have a harvest. This year I have 3 types of broccoli-esque veg: Kaibroc, Tendergreen, and Brokali. At this stage they all look very similar. I'm glad I made a note of which is which!
Some of the cabbages are looking very promising, like this one of "Duncan". Not ready yet, but it's definitely forming a heart. The netting has certainly kept the butterflies out this year - no sign at present of any caterpillars.
Unfortunately not all of the cabbages are looking so good. One of the "Copenhagen Market" variety is looking very strange. It has thin, weedy looking leaves, unlike the others.
I looked up in some of my books to see if I could find what might be causing this. It could perhaps be a mild dose of the condition known as "Whiptail", caused by a deficiency of the mineral Molybdenum. The other cabbages look fine, so I don't think there is any remedy I can apply at this stage, though I have given them all a dose of general-purpose plant-food which may help.
The Kohlrabi "White Vienna" is looking a bit strange too. The stems are quite elongated - almost "straggly". If any bulbs are going to form, they are probably going to be a fair way above the roots, which is unusual. At this moment there is only just a slight thickening of the stem.
I'm wondering if maybe the plants have had insufficient light. I know I plant my brassicas much closer together than most people, but this doesn't normally give me any real problem. It usually just means smaller individual veg. This year I have had the plants under a net from the word Go, and the net is black, so I suppose it's possible that this has reduced the available light.
|Brassicas in the middle bed. Summer broccoli at near end of the bed.|
Here is the next batch of brassicas coming on...
|Sprouting Broccoli (2 types) , Cavolo Nero, Kailaan|