Monday, January 18, 2010


Although I consider myself quite successful at growing vegetables, some I must admit are a bit of a disaster, particularly the Brassicas.

I am quite renowned locally for my wonderful spinach (Perpetual spinach from Suttons Seeds) and I still get a reasonable picking a couple of times a week even at this time of year.

Three other brassicas I attempted to grow this year and the cabbages, cauliflowers and brussel sprouts were somewhat disappointing to say the least. As quickly as I could plant out the cabbages and cauliflowers, the slugs were tucking in as though this was the last supper. This battle went on for several weeks but in the end I admitted defeat.

Now it was a totally different story with the brussel sprouts. They grew and grew until they were about five foot tall, albeit a bit holy after sharing them with the white butterflies, but I could live with that.

However, each time I brushed past them, a huge cloud of white fly emerged, almost like a snow storm. The sprouts were forming beautifully but somehow I couldn't face picking and cooking them. How could I possibly be sure that every single one of the little critters had come out in the wash and the thought of eating a stray one was not particularly appealing. Therefore they had to go and I consoled myself with the thought that they would make wonderful compost for the next season.

I do not give up easily and I am busy leafing my way through many seed catalogues to select next year's produce. This time I will be well and truly armed with slug pellets and insecticides and if that makes me cruel to some of God's creatures, then so be it.

1 comment:

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