Bras­sica care dur­ing winter

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

■ A wide range of bras­sica crops in­clud­ing Brus­sels sprouts, winter cab­bage, khol rabi, broc­coli, swedes and turnips are all ready or get­ting ready for har­vest as winter pro­gresses.

■ Though the threat of cab­bage white but­ter­flies has sub­sided, there are still prob­lems to watch out for and pro­tect against.

■ Stake your tall bras­si­cas, such as Brus­sels sprouts, so they can stand up to winter storms and wind. Tread round them af­ter high winds to firm soil that may have lifted, and do the same af­ter frosts, which can also raise the ground.

■ Pi­geons are En­emy Num­ber One now, so guard against them with net­ting. This should also help de­ter op­por­tunis­tic deer and rab­bits.

Brus­sels sprouts need sup­port to help them stand up to wind

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