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Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:22 pm
I am a first time gardener. I've never planted veg before. But I brought some seedlings from a garden center a few months back (cabbages). Silly me forgot to bring a label from the shop.So I didn't know how far to plant them apart ect or what type they were. So its been a few weeks. I'd say I got them at the end of may as seedlings and they went straight into the ground. They are planted closer together than I would have liked. I started in a tunnel and they were growing lovely. But they got really tall! I put a net around them but it was useless as the white butterflies kept getting in. So I gave up and just sprayed them. Didn't work as they've all got massive munch marks in them haha. But now I don't think they're forming heads after all these months. Can anyone help? Can we just eat the leaves or shall i just bin them and start growing something else? I've been told by the place I brought them that they don't think theyre going to form heads due to temperatures ect. Thank you.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:47 pm
Welcome to the forum.
Those look OK for a first time! You should have seen my first attempt!
I started having done virtually no gardening on my own account for four decades - I just pruned shrubs under my mother's direction.
And you just learn by doing it and asking questions here! We don't bite.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:45 pm
They look like a white Winter cabbage to me and still have plenty of time to heart up. Unless you have a definite better use for the space I would leave them to get on with it.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:43 pm
With that stalk at the bottoms of the leaves they look rather like Brussels sprouts to me. They also look rather healthy.
Regards Sally Wright.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:34 am
Brussels sprouts were my first guess as well! Just have a look in the leaf axles (the space where the leaf joins the stem) and if you see some tiny, tiny 'buds', they may be the start of sprouts. In which case, you will have to wait for another three months or so for a harvest, but, judging from the health of the plants, you could get a good one!
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:59 pm
I am new at this too and I think I have done similar with my radish crop. So glad to have found this forum.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:03 pm
I can't believe it! Thank to all you guys help it turns out the are sprouts!! The label said greyhound cabbages in the shop. Haha so happy theyre actually growing well. Thank you guys for all the help.
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:47 pm
They look pretty good indeed! Most of the brassica family are a long time coming but worth it! All they need to do is figure out how to stop them all ripening at once regardless of when you sow! But enjoy the Brussel Sprouts but best start searching the site for recipes as you are going to have quite a few!
Welcome to the forum btw! x
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:19 pm
Don’t forget you can eat the heads just like cabbage
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:54 pm
Thanks again all of you. You're all so helpful. Glad i found this forum.