Hi there, i tried Brassicas last year, it wasn't a big success.
There were worms eating my Bruxelles sprouts roots, killing off most of them. two of them survived and are about to flower next week.
The Borekale i planted in the mid of the heatwave. The whole summer was a heatwave/dry spell, last year, a wild boar came and ate most except some hidden ones. The two survivors are about to flower next week too.
It's not clear which one is going to flower first.
I had some brocolli, which failed completely, and some Savoy Cabbage which failed utterly.
The one that did brilliant, were many, survived the drought, worms, cold, looked good to eat, grew quite big and tasted great was the Kale, black Tuscan.
I thought he looked kind of funny, not how i imagined from the picture, but i tread it like a Kale. Getting the leaves from the bottom. It grew closer to the ground than the Kale i had seen, not like a Palm tree at all, and the leaves were totally different, but it tasted great, so i didn't look into it.
Until now. Turns out it is some kind of mix and the e-bay account(what the hell was i thinking) of the guy i got the seeds from has been closed down. Guess he got into trouble for his weird mix.
I always try to save seeds, because it saves money and because i believe the next generation will be better adapted to my soil, conditions, plagues, bad temper and everything else then the previous ones. And so i will with these Brassicas. I've looked online, people say it's very difficult and don't bother.
But why would i even listen to them when my best Brassica was a weird mix from a guy that closed his ebay account and not some of the pure races everybody advocates.
So now, how to proceed, because i am not hindered by any knowledge about Brassicas i thought to tie a plastic bag over the flowers and tie it closed at the stem. But maybe they need an insect to cross pollinate. Or me with a cotton swab.. Maybe they don't self pollinate.
I have no idea and would appreciate any guidance. Even stuff like don't even bother, it's useless.
I've ordered the Carol Deppe book Breed your own vegetable varieties. So i guess i'll learn more soon.