Slowest growing brassicas EVER

Cauliflower seedlings gherkins

Now the mad time is starting. I’ve got seedlings stuffed into every nook and cranny of the house. There’s even more under plastic outside. I’m gagging to get them all planted out, but daren’t: it’s not frost safe for another month yet.

It’s already turning into a very peculiar growing year. My cauliflower seedlings have grown more slowly than I’ve ever known – the ones above were sown in early March, but still have only two true leaves. Quite extraordinary.

In other news, my potatoes are also coming through spectacularly slowly. Looks like patience is going to be the watchword for 2010… which is dispiriting news, because I have BUGGER ALL PATIENCE.

8 Responses to “Slowest growing brassicas EVER”

  1. Tanya Walton Says:

    I have started planting out my seedling already…..sod the frost..I’m sure they will do fine….My potatoes aren’t showing any signs yet although the onions and radishes are doing as great as ever!!

  2. Damo Says:

    I’m a bit worried now, I planted out my cauliflowers a month ago, a couple of courgettes went in yesterday, fingers crossed!

  3. Jane Says:

    I have put some Kale, Swiss Chard out but still under cloches as it is so cold up here. Everything else is in the cold frame and cold greenhouse and even my beans are slow to come through this year.

  4. Simon Says:

    I planted 4 types of potatoes about a month ago (Laura, Sieglinda, Krone and Vitelotte). I have about 70% with 4 or more leaves so far. Actually, let’s say 60%. Frost is not allowed in my allotment after 1 May.

  5. Sarina Says:

    I’m growing vegetables and flowers. My May flowers are looking gorgeous. But I’m having problem with onions. They got some white spot and leaves are becoming yellowish.

  6. Soilman Says:

    Oo-er, Sarina, I hope you’ve not got white rot. Very hard to eradicate if so.

    On the plus side, there’s quite a lot of less serious things it could be, so don’t panic.

  7. mark Says:

    Sarina check out http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/onion-pests-and-diseases.html Hope it is onion fleck!

  8. Manor Stables Veg Plot Says:

    I’ve planted out lettuce in my little veg patch – no frost from here on in for me. Hoping the ash cloud gives us some insulation properties!