Caring for cabbages
Amateur Gardening|October 10, 2020
Caring for cabbages
Val has a few tips on protecting brassicas from butterflies
Val Bourne

IT’S always swings and roundabouts when you’re growing vegetables, because some things fail to thrive. This year the beetroot didn’t plump up, due to the extreme early heat, and I lost most of the sweetcorn to a savage late frost because I didn’t wait until the first week of June before planting it out. Lesson learnt! It’s been too windy up here for the runner beans, so we have picked only a few pounds so far.

Other things have done well, though. We have harvested countless lettuces, more than 30 cucumbers, 42lb (19kg) of tomatoes, 22lb (10kg) of courgettes, 16lb (7kg) of peas, 32lb (14kg) of new potatoes and almost 20lb (9kg) of broad beans from the 8x4ft (2.4x1.2m) plots in our garden.


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October 10, 2020