I'm growing vegetables in an area of the garden where the soil is very bad as I hadn't the time to prepare it well last Summer. The soil is very rocky, hard clay and very little organic matter dug into the area. Of course this has made an impact on the success of the plants growing. Even so, I think the photos show that plants can survive in poor conditions however they don't necessarily thrive. I aim to improve the soil in March-April by digging in manure and compost.
Left: I don't know much about growing cabbage but I assume this plant is unsuccessful!
Photo Below: A better looking cabbage - I find it hard to tell when to harvest a plant I've little experience growing. Trial and error huh!
Variety: Cabbage January King, Mr Digwell seeds. Seed sown at the end of June; planted into the ground August.
|The seed pack describes Cabbage January King as "a very hard variety with distinctive purple tinge and really solid hearts that hold for long periods in the cold weather."|
|Above: Kale Nero di Toscanna - also growing in poor soil. Flowers seem to be forming now so I suppose it's time to pull them out.|
|Above: Kale Dwarf Green Curled - these have grown well in poor soil and keep going strong. I don't really like the texture of these curly plants, however, I eat them in soups. The seed pack describes this plant as "ultra hardy."|
|Above: Leek Musselburgh - this poor little leek should really be much bigger - also growing in poor soil. Suppose it's better to have a small leek than no leek at all!|
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