Want cabbage success from seed to table? Then follw my simple steps for fullproof brassicas.
- Fill a seed tray with compost and squish down gently to remove any aie pockets, water compost lightly and allow to drain.
- Sprinkle seeds evenly over the surface, sow thinly to avoid over crowding when they havegerminated.
- Use a garden sieve to cover the seeds with a thin layer of fine-grade, lump-free compost, then very gently firm compost with your palm.
- Lightly water the compost or place in water until it darkens, then allow to drain. Make sure you label the tray or else it might not end well!
- it is pretty essential to provide the seeds with warmth and humidity, a propagator is perfect, but if you are like me and don't have all the fancy gear, then a bit of clingfilm or glass over the top is your best bet.
- When the first leaves are fully developed then prick them out and place them in a module tray filled with damp compost. Firm thesoil around the roots and water in. Grow them on until they fill their new homes.
- When the weather gets warmer , place them in a cold frame ( or outside in a sheltered spot if you are coldframe-less), giving them a chance to harden off and acclimatise to the outside world.
- Finally, plant out the hardened off veggies in their final position. If pidgeons are a problem, protect them with netting.