Brassica Success…And Not

Homegrown CabbageDespite brassicas supposedly being some of the more difficult veggies to grow, I’ve had good success with them. Don’t get me wrong, I have no illusions that it’s due to some great knowledge on my part. It just happens that they seem to like the climate and soil they’ve been planted in.

Cabbage BugsThere have been some creepy, crawly bugs at them, and I’ve dispensed with many of those via squishing (fingers fully gloved, of course). However, I came across a disgusting infestation of what look like bug eggs in my first red cabbage.

I have a confession, and I’m not proud of it — I was so grossed out that, in a fit of repulsion, I pitched the whole thing. (I REALLY don’t like bugs.) Later in the day, long after I’d left the garden, it occurred to me that I probably could have peeled off a few layers and salvaged the inner portion. Too late, tragically. I still live with that regret.

Cauliflower 1One of my other red cabbages was decimated early in its development. In between garden visits, bugs completely devoured the most tender leaves at its core, and it has never produced a proper head.

Thankfully, the regular cabbage has fared well (I’ve harvested 3 so far), the cauliflower has produced it’s first crop, and the broccoli — my favourite — has provided an ongoing supply for the past number of weeks.