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Brassicas

Beset by insects and disease, not to mention making a tasty snack for pigeons, slugs and caterpillars and accompanied by the memory of overcooked school dinners, it’s not surprising that Brassicas are shunned by some growers as too much trouble.
Despite this they form the bulk of plants grown for the dinner table and make up the majority of the winter kitchen menu. From Cabbages and Cauliflowers to Mizuna, Pak Choi even Horseradish, they are a diverse family of edibles. Freshly harvested and lightly cooked, they possess a flavour that can never be matched by supermarket bought produce.
Quite a few varieties are suitable for container growing and here in The Mediated Garden we are growing Kale, Rocket, Pak Choi and Mizuna, each chosen for their ease of growing, resilience to pests and challenging conditions and value forĀ  money.
Fresh Rocket flowers have a mild sweet aniseed taste and if the plant is allowed to set seed they are an easy way to get into seed saving.

Saving Rocket Seed
When the seed pods start to turn a straw colour, pick them all and dry out on a sunny windowsill. When dry, crumble the pods to release the seeds and separate by sifting with a colander. Store in a paper bag in a cool dry place.

Beans

Growing alongside the main staple Scarlet Emperor Broad Beans you will find more unusual varieties such as Cosse Violette, Borlotto and Cannellino. Beans differ widely in flavour and colour are very easy to grow in containers and of course delicious to eat.
Cosse Violette are a French heirloom variety with dark purple pods and a delicate flavour. They produce beautiful purple flowers and masses of stringless beans. Being a heirloom variety you can produce your own seed ensuring a self sustaining supply. Allow some pods to mature and dry on the plant before storing them in a cool dry placeĀ for sowing next year.