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what to grow between slow growing brassicas?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:43 pm    Post subject: what to grow between slow growing brassicas? Reply with quote

Hello All!

I intend to set a raised bed with Broccoli, Cabbages and a few other brassicas, and am aware that they take both time and space to mature. Can i grow quick yielding salad leaves/lettuces between these plants and are there any other suggestions to make good use of the space?

Thanks as always for your advice.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this should answer the question
List of companion plants
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants#Vegetables
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try a for want of a better word a "catch crop" of snowball turnips between the rows.
But here's the trick..... Once the seeds have sprouted and a nice bunch of soft leaves are produced, you can pull the whole plant.
These leaves once removed would be classed a "greens" in the states. Delicious chopped up and wilted in a frying pan with some already fried bacon bits or chopped up rashers.
Toss onto a bed of cous-cous, and away you go.
I've been drooling just writing this, and can't wait to thin this years turnips. Laughing

The secret though is get the leaves before they become coarse, and before they produce a root sizable enough to battle against your Broccoli and Cabbages for food/water reserves.

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