GROW­ING YOUR OWN

The Simple Things - - STAPLE FOODS -

Cab­bages are mem­bers of the bras­sica fam­ily – along with broc­coli, cau­li­flower and kale. It has to be said that bras­si­cas are not the eas­i­est crops to grow. They are in the ground for a long time and there are a lot of crea­tures out there that like the taste of them as much as we do. Pro­tect­ing them from these pests is es­sen­tial, or your cab­bages will be a ho­ley mess. On plant­ing them out, they will need to be im­me­di­ately pro­tected from slugs, cab­bage white cater­pil­lars and pi­geons. Use or­ganic slug pel­lets and beer slug traps, and then build a ‘bras­sica frame’ around them, cov­ered in fine mesh. This will keep pi­geons and cater­pil­lars at bay. The time of sow­ing and plant­ing out will de­pend on which type it is, so fol­low the in­struc­tions on the seed packet.

Three to try:

Tun­dra This is a savoy type, hardy, re­li­able and flavour­ful. Sow in spring, plant out in sum­mer, pick from Novem­ber un­til spring. Avail­able from mar­shalls-seeds.co.uk

Red Rookie A red cab­bage and one of the ear­li­est sum­mer cab­bages. Sow in Fe­bru­ary, plant out in April, har­vest from Au­gust. Avail­able from mr-fothergills.co.uk

Dun­can A ‘spring cab­bage’ style that can be har­vested all year round with care­ful sow­ing. Sow in­doors in early spring and out­doors at in­ter­vals from Fe­bru­ary to Septem­ber. Avail­able from kingsseeds­di­rect.com »

Cab­bages can be sourced all year, so if you haven’t got any in your patch, just pop down to your lo­cal mar­ket and come home look­ing like you’ve just been a con­tes­tant on

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