June 26, 2015
Status of overwintered broccoli in manure bench: the early batch of broccoli tends to be removed in early June (after heads are harvested) to make room for cucumbers in the bench. This time I sowed the cucumbers a month later (mid-May) and let the broccoli show what it can accomplish by side shoots. It has become a total of about 5 1/2 kilos (as well as a cave mass of green for the hens), where at least the 2 kilos are side shoots. But the subsequent shoots do not turn into more than a trifle, so the plants must be removed at the weekend - and the cucumbers are now the right size to be planted out when the heat comes a few days later. For once, the timing is almost perfect.