Patience is often a virtue down the allotment, and it doesn’t ring more true than with Purple Sprouting Broccoli. After almost a 12 month wait today finally our first shoots are ready to harvest.
We purchased (missed the boat to sow our own) the seedling PSB from our local garden centre back in late May, transplanting them into their home in the Brassica bed and left them mostly to their own devices. After many a struggle with netting and canes to protect them from the invading wildlife (persistent cabbage whites and devious wood pigeons) and after loosing many of their rank to the bitter winter weather, we finally have a modest harvest.
As much as I love PSB this year we’ll only grow a few to try out more smaller quick growing Brassica. One of which we’ll be trying as an alternative to the plot-hoggers PSB is Cima Di Rapa. which is actually a sprouting Turnip top ready in under 60 days! A popular southern Italian vegetable used commonly to make Orecchiette dishes. Picked up a packet reduced to 50p in my local garden centre. I do love a good bargain.