Summer Varieties - Late March to July - temperature
Winter Varieties - July - August
How to Sow
12mm/½" deep - very thinly - in rows 15cm/6" apart or
in groups/blocks. Successive sowing is recommended to
prevent a glut. Sow a few seeds every 2 weeks.
Thin to 2.5cm/1" apart. Protect from birds. Keep the soil
moist but not very wet.
Growing on - in Pots
Make sure plants are kept watered regularly. Avoid prolonged
dry periods to prevent splitting.
Growing on- in open ground
Pull alternate plants as required to allow remaining globes
to grow bigger These crop over 16-18 weeks. Winter Varieties
can be harvested from October onwards.
Young leaves have numerous little round holes. Seedlings may
die or growth stunted
Water seedlings regularly during dry spells Chemical
Spray with Pyrethrum
1. Sow early to miss most severe attacks
2. Cover with garden fleece
3. Water seedlings regularly during dry spells Chemical Spray with Pyrethrum
Discoloured leaves which wilt in warm weather, swollen,
solid galls on roots
None - lift and burn diseased plants
1. Lime plot where you intend growing brassicas
2. Do not grow brassicas in the same place for 2-3 years (crop
3. Make sure the site is well drained
Holes in leaves or much of the leaf eaten away in severe
Organic Inspect plants regularly and pick off eggs or
caterpillars. The caterpillars like to lie right next to the
veins of leaves, sometimes making them difficult to find
Chemical Spray with a pesticide containing Fenitrothion
1. Try growing crops under a net which will prevent the
butterflies/moths getting to the plant to lay their eggs
Pick off and destroy eggs as soon as you see them to prevent
them from hatching
Cabbage Root Fly
Stunted growth especially seedlings. Discoloured wilted
leaves. Roots are black and rotted with maggot damage and
tunnelling and white maggots present
1. Grow crops under a tent of fleece
2. Dispose of affected plants and practice crop rotation in
Pea, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber
If you know aphids are a problem in your area, grow flowers such as
nasturtiums, calendula asters, dahlias, and zinnias nearby but not
close to parsnips as aphids find them attractive so they act as a lure.
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies".
To learn more about companion planting click
In the Kitchen
off the leaves. Wash, place in a plastic bag and store for up to 2
weeks in the refrigerator
Twist off leaves and trim the tapering root if present. Wash well - no
need to peel summer varieties however large winter roots should be
peeled before cooking.
Summer varieties are usually eaten raw, however winter varieties can be
cooked. They are good served with a sauce such as parsley sauce or
merely tossed in melted butter.
Thick Slices = 10 minutes
Slices = Stir fry 5- 10 minutes
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