Tried to get friend to grow me my transplants a few weeks ago, but the fleece wasn't kept in check regularly enough and gotten decimated over time. Some of my original plants that were eaten by cabbage whites over in Aug. has regrown again despite the leaves being completely stripped. I've planted them in my raised beds, and am wondering if it's still worth covering them? I've not noticed any Cabbage Whites for a while now. Last yr, I've nutured my only spr. broc. plant (from March-sown seed) all the way till November, without covering. It died in a v. harsh gales eventually and the staking got a bit tedious everyday nearly.
I would say it depends on how much you like it. If you really like broccoli and kale then go for it, no harm in trying. I am a great one for seeing how long something will last before it succumbs , that way you get to know what lasts and what isn't worth it where you are. Every garden is different depending on where you live and what winds blow through your garden.
yes, mine slowly went like that when I put the first batch out in Aug. Then, the pesky Cabbage Whites got the 2nd batch that I planted at my friend's patch (his garden's much bigger than mine, so was less inspicuous with have a unsightly white fleecing over the top of them). But within a week or so, he told me something's ate them, and there's nothing left.
I just wanted if anyone had any exp. of not getting any pests on their brassicas if they weren't covered. Y'see, last yr's single Sprouting Brocolli plant survived from Mar - Nov. Of course, I squished the horrid yellow eggs daily (thrice sometimes!), and it wasn't covered. I just thought with the weather cooler now, I wonder if the Cabbage Whites (or other culprits) would be out still to feed? I don't want to go thru' another heartache of seeing them obliterated again!
We still have some cabbage whites knocking about but certainly not as many as earlier on in the year but then again on our land in June the place was covered with butterflies of different sorts, there were hundreds and hundreds of them. Most disappeared apart from ..... you guessed it the white ones!
Thought I'll revive this thread to let you know that the Kale has survived and has put on a bit more growth in the last couple of weeks, tho' the overall growth since planting and now, seems v. minimalistic. Should they have thrived a lot more by now, as I know that it's meant to be cropped over Winter? It has about 10 leaves on and only 6" high at the most. The Sprouting Brocolli hasn't grown much either, but they're still in my raised bed. Both types haven't really been badly affected by pigeons or other pests that I was anticipating.
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