Planting out Brassicas - One of our favourites!
What are Brassicas?
“Brassicas” or “cruciferous vegetables” refers to species in the genus Brassica, which is part of the mustard family. We love growing brassicas here in Colebrooke. That’s the plant family which include things like cabbage, broccoli, brusselsprouts and cauliflower, although there are a few things that make our lives awkward growing this particular family of vegetable.
We have a disease in the soil called club root which deforms the roots preventing the plant from growing properly. The best thing to do is to grow a big, healthy plant in a bigger pot before putting it into the ground. This usually does the job.
Our second problem is cabbage root fly. This is a horrible pest that lays its eggs around the collar of the plant so its larva can eat away at the roots. Using these special nets is a great way of stopping them. Once the plants get much bigger, we just take the nets off. Cabbage collars are another solution, which are cardboard rings placed around the stems of the plant.