During the heatwave last week, the purple sprouting broccoli seedlings in the shed got forgotten. Just for a day. They were cooped up without fresh air and water, so when I finally remembered them, they were more than a little wilted.
Fingers crossed that I caught them in time. Certainly, the signs are good. I could see that most of the seedlings had new tiny leaves on them which had not wilted, so I’ve been giving them lots of tender loving care over the past week and it looks like they are going to survive.
The bed they are to go in is not yet ready, anyway. I’d been leaving the garlic in there as long as possible but yesterday seemed a good time for it to move on. Thus, the garlic is now drying in the house and I have sown buckwheat seed over the soil in the raised bed.
The idea was that this bed should be no-dig but it is difficult to get garlic out without some help from a digging tool. Even with the fork there was the inevitable soil disturbance. However, I decided that I would avoid further disturbance by scattering buckwheat seeds over the surface and then hope that some would not be eaten by the birds.
A few years ago, I had found that buckwheat seemed to protect the cabbages from cabbage white butterflies. I am therefore hoping that it will do the same for the purple sprouting broccoli and it will also produce seed, which I believe I will be able to eat.