|Cauliflower "All the Year Round"|
interplanted with Corn Salad and
Lettuces "Little Gem" & "Lollo Rosso"
|Everyone still happy one month on...|
However, new for this year, we’re having a go at inter-cropping. We probably haven’t done this in the past because we’ve never been organised enough. Also, it really only applies to the brassica bed, which we’ve rather struggled with for some reason (probably because most brassicas tend to take ages to mature, tend to need lots of weeding, seem to be rather high maintenance, tend to have lots of pests, probably need lots of feeding and, because we’ve been typically neglectful at various critical times of the season, have generally performed poorly compared to the other crops. That and they’re rather boring. Although not Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Or Kohl Rabi. Or Kale. Or Turnips. Or probably others). Anyway, the great thing about the brassica bed is that we grow all our leafy stuff here like Lettuces and other salad leaves, Spinach, Chard, etc. Some stuff (like Lettuces and other salad leaves) can be gown quite close together in-between the larger things like Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower and Broccoli. As a result, this year we’ve managed to do some intercropping of the Cauliflowers, Broccoli and Kale with Lettuce and Pak Choi, with this fast-maturing stuff getting harvested whilst the wider spaced, longer-maturing crops stay in situ until they’re ready – none yet, but soon (we hope).
|Cauliflower remains (apart from the newly-plated|
Calabrese and Brocolli, inteplanted with more Lettuces)
course, once we start harvesting these main crops were then into successional
cropping and, possibly, even successional inter-cropping – who’d have thought?
Actually, we have started some successional cropping in the Onion bed, with the
Garlic “Cristo” now lifted and tied up to dry on the Raspberry hedge wires, and some Leeks and Celery plants from spring
sowings planted out – getting a bit late for these to make show-bench
specimens, but hopefully good enough for a soup or two.
|Successionally planted Leeks and Celery|
(between Mint and Onions)
|Garlic "Cristo" hanging to dry|
(hopefully it won't influence the rasps flavour...)