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Winter Veg Bed Completed

By Mwillis
Many of you will know that I have committed to trying to extend the harvesting season in my garden by growing some more Autumn / Winter vegetables. This is not to say that I never grow any Winter veg - I do. For instance, for the last two years I have grown some Brussels Sprouts, which have been really worthwhile, but my skills in this area are improving with practice, and I want to do more. Last year, my Brussels Sprouts looked great until the dreaded Cabbage White butterflies arrived. From then onwards it was a constant battle between them and me - and one in which I was not totally successful. This year I have netted my Sprouts almost from the start, so I have "stolen a march" on the butterflies!
Winter Veg bed completed
As you can see, the Sprouts have got pretty big already.
Winter Veg bed completed
The two smaller "Tenderstem" Broccoli plants in the middle of the bed had better get a move on, otherwise their light will all be blocked off!
Winter Veg bed completed
Elsewhere, I have one of my six main raised beds devoted entirely to Winter Veg. In it I now have 7 Cabbages (of 3 types), 16 Leeks ("Toledo"), and 4 Swede Turnips ("Ruby").
Winter Veg bed completed
These are the Leeks, standing up straight amongst a forest of anti-cat sticks:
Winter Veg bed completed
Here is Cabbage "Predzvest". The inner leaves are just beginning to curl inwards in preparation for forming the heart:
Winter Veg bed completed
This is "Caramba":
Winter Veg bed completed
And this is "Tundra", its Savoy parentage already showing in the crinkly and saw-edged leaves:
Winter Veg bed completedThe Swedes are not looking too good at present. Their leaves are very pale and not at all glossy. I put this down yet again to poor compost. I expect they are relieved to be out in real soil at last!
Winter Veg bed completed
I know it will be a long time before I harvest these things, but the very fact that they are there and growing gives me a certain satisfaction, and something to look forward to, even after the Summer veg comes to an end!

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