Wednesday 4 May 2016

The Brussels Sprouts are in

My Brassicas bed is fully planted-up now - 12 Cabbages and 3 Brussels Sprouts.

I have planted my 3 Brussels Sprouts down the middle of the bed, spaced about 50cm apart. They are one each of "Napoleon", "Bosworth" and "Brilliant". Even when you're growing a small number of plants it makes sense to "hedge your bets" and have plants of several different varieties, so that if one type doesn't do well it's possible that another will. My three will mature at different times as well, which spreads the harvest over a longer period.

As you can see, my seedlings had reached the stage where they had two pairs of proper leaves, which I think is the ideal size for transplanting. If you leave them in little tiny pots for too long they can sometimes run out of nutrients and go weak and spindly.

Each plant is protected with a home-made collar cut from scrap cardboard, offering some protection against Cabbage Root Fly.

Once the planting was complete, the net went back on, to keep the butterflies off. With the advent of warmer weather these last couple of days I have begun to see the odd one or two butterflies, though thankfully no Cabbage Whites just yet. The ones I have seen are mostly the yellow Brimstones.


  1. You are cracking on aren't you?. You will run out of jobs at this rate. We never see brimstone butterflies in our area. I would if they are confined to further south?

    1. Nah! I'll never run out of jobs. There's always something to do, no matter how small your garden is!

  2. Mark, I know you like to grow a few plants each of lots of varieties. How do you buy your seeds for that? Standard-sized packets and keep them for years? Or do you have a good source of smaller volumes of seed? Do you save your own, even? Forgive the nosiness; I'm curious!


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