What went wrong with my veggies?
QThis year I planted cauliflower, purple sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts and leeks, and the leeks are the only things that have done well and produced much edible stuff. What went wrong?
Bill Broadley, Truro, Cornwall
AI am sorry to learn that your sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers failed to meet expectations. All need lime to flourish.
If you have not done so, sprinkle 4oz per sq m of garden lime where you are proposing to grow this year’s brassicas. Additionally, work Vitax Q4 fertiliser into nursery beds before sowing and where you intend to transplant 4-6in (10-15cm) young plants.
It is important to plant firmly, ideally with a dibber, so that the roots are well ‘anchored’.
When, in summer, plants are growing strongly, feed them again with Vitax Q4. Also, use strong canes to stake broccoli to reduce the risk of plants being destabilised by wind rock.
Brassicas do well in soil that has been limed