Finally P-S-B!

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.

Author: Crafty Garden Hoe

For me it’s all about the simple things in life. Pottering around my allotment, growing things indoors and out, baking a good cake, being outside, pretty things, vintage finds and a good pot of tea. It’s all the small things that make me tick, noticing the beauty in everyday things. Although this blog initially was intended to be a blog about all these things its evolved into being basically a blog about our allotment. Our adventures, highs and lows, wins and loses. So join me & Mr Wilson as we learn from our mistakes and successes down plot 18a.

2 thoughts on “Finally P-S-B!”

  1. I was hoping to have a go at purple srpouting broccoli, but having read this I’m not so sure! I only have a very small amount of room, so maybe something else would be better. It’s so yummy though!
    Saw you on the BMB blog hop and popped over.

  2. Hi parklover
    Thanks for hopping over on the BMB blog hop.
    Purple sprouting broccoli is a bit of giant, but gentle one as it is relatively fuss free. It does take up a lot of space, but all you really need is a couple of plants and they just keep sending out shoots. More you pick the more it grows. It is extra yummy fresh out the veg patch!
    I’ll hop over to your blog and check it out.

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