Well the first of a few hopefully. Despite the perennial issues with cabbage fly, it’s officially brassica season, the best time of year.
Armed with B.t. to deter the moths I rode into battle with my favorite of all brassicas.
Joi Choi to be specific, that wonderful variety that resists bolting and tastes just as good as a large head as it does small.
The cucumber bed got ripped out to make room. As did the buggy Swiss chard and beans to the right, but that’s another day- and another post.
Luckily I had a bag of compost in the shed so after some pretty intense weeding I dumped the good stuff in the bed and got planting.
All these beauties need is some mulch and they’re ready to go!
The strip of bare soil in the back is where I sowed some shelling peas. Legumes and brassicas (at least leafy brassicas) are the perfect soil mates. Nitrogen fixation will help my little cabbages grow big and strong.
The other reason I love Joi Choi so much is that it resists the worst of the cabbage fly. I have no doubt I’ll get a few of those maggoty bastards- but as long as the plants are healthy one or two maggots seems to just be the price of doing business.
Once the peas sprout I’ll put in some support and mulch the rest of the way.
Now onto planning the other fall beds!
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Ah, brassica season. This is one thing that San Francisco does better than San Jose. If had a climate like your, but without the cabbage fly, would grow cabbage and Brussels sprouts! Leafy things like mustard and radish greens grow as weeds.